1998 Subaru Legacy L 2.2L from North America


AWD rules, but the L needs a bit more power


Nothing has gone wrong since I've owned it.

General Comments:

I love Subaru's. This vehicle doesn't have as much get up and go as I would like though because of the weight and engine of the car.

Cons: The engine valve train ticks and theres quite a bit of road noise. Its underpowered as well. The interior is a little cheap, but I'm neutral about it. I don't like the A/T at all.


The AWD is great to have in the winter. I can easily go where FWD vehicles can't, even though the car is quite low to the ground. Gas mileage is good for a AWD vehicle. I've beaten on this car quite a bit (the front and rear bumper are a bit scuffed from off road excursions, ha ha) and it still drives perfectly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2004

1998 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 from North America


A reliable and comfortable vehicle


The transmission is quirky at times, even with synthetic fluid.

Surprisingly few problems, even though I am obsessive about maintenance.

General Comments:

This car has excellent suspension, handling corners surprisingly well for a car of this size.

The cornering ability is complemented by a smooth ride, even on a pothole filled dirt road like mine.

Seat's are very comfortable. My back usually hurts in other cars on long rides, but these seats are awesome.

I put a little money into performance parts, and the car really wakes up with a small amount of cash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2003

24th Jul 2005, 21:24

I am looking at buying a 98 Legacy. it has 143,000 miles on it. Is this something I should consider when buying it? Is that a lot of miles for this type of car? I need something durable to make it back and forth from college, and this legacy seemed like a nice car, but I don't know what to think about the amount of miles on it. It would be great if you could give me some good advice on this thought. Thank you.

6th Dec 2006, 15:50

I don't know where you live, but a Subaru with 140K on it here in Alaska is nothing! People drive the tires off of them here and they STILL keep running!

1998 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 litre from North America


Rock solid and fun to drive!


I've had minor issues, most recent is a check engine light that came on during a rainy day, but the engine is running fine and I've yet to take it to the dealer to have the issue checked. Other issues related more to wear and tear items such as interior lights needing to be replaced etc.

General Comments:

This is my second Subaru and I'll most likely buy another (Impreza STI would be nice). The car has decent power, but could use a little more due to the weight and AWD system.

I'd like to see better brakes installed, this was an issue with my previous Subaru, and even with ABS the stopping distance seems too long.

Other than minor gripes I love this car and plan on driving it for many years to come. With over 87,000 miles, the engine is still strong and I haven't seen any sign of wear such as excessive oil consumption or leaks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2003

1998 Subaru Legacy LX + 2.0 from UK and Ireland



General Comments:

Good; taut and responsive to drive, and corners confidently. Car is very quiet. It will climb a spiralling, snow-bound driveway without so much as a side-slip. Gear changing is not as sweet as it should be. The clutch pedal could do with a shorter travel. Steering wheel adjustment is a bit pointless, as anyone over 4 feet tall needs maximum height, and anyone under 4 feet couldn't see over it anyway. The seating is poor--considering the price of the vehicle--but the accessibility of serviced components and the general performance make up for this. It is a tough and resilient car with an incredible combination of low-speed torque and high revs. Its popular acclaim is well-deserved.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2002

10th Dec 2007, 08:38

Why the sad blue face? I'm assuming it was a mistake?