1998 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5 from North America
Better than a Beemer, more practical than most anything else out there
The automatic transmission, when accelerating at a leisurely pace, shows inconsistencies. The 1-2 shift is rather abrupt, but the 2-3 shift takes much too long. When accelerating more briskly, all shifts work flawlessly.
A minor complaint is regarding the angle of the seat bottoms on the front seats. They are too flat, and at times make me feel like I may slide off the front of them.
I would really love to see Subaru's 3.0L flat-6 in the GT model. All their major competitors have a V-6, so they should follow suit (That would boost Legacy sales substantially - Americans love power under the hood!).
I love the driver's seat-height adjuster - I've seen it the SVX and the XT / XT6, and really liked it. I'm glad mine has it.
Why do the car magazine's ignore the Legacy? I feel it's better than the Camry & Accord (and has 4wd), but it doesn't get noticed by the car testers. Too bad - they don't know what they're missing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th September, 2002
22nd Mar 2003, 14:12
Road and Track did mention your model once when they said and I quote "the old Legacy had an interior that looked like it should be washed out with a hose!" At the time I had a '98 GT as well. Absolutely perfect car.
14th Nov 2003, 01:59
I have a 97 Subaru Legacy GT and I have also noticed that the shift between first and second can be abrupt. Other than that it is a wonderful car.
6th Jun 2004, 17:06
I love my 97 GT. I can't believe how ignored this car is, especially by aftermarket parts producers. Unlike the many unimaginative, young, slow Honda owners who spend money on performance parts; I chose to be original, young, and fast. The only problem is finding the parts meant for a WRX that will fit in my GT (I will have to have my carbon fiber hood custom made). positive/negative due to the AWD system: Great traction (stays stuck to the road in all weather conditions) / understeer during aggressive cornering. I'm waiting to see if I can fit Subaru's new b-spec 250 horsepower turbo charged 2.0 boxer 4 under the hood of a 1997.
17th Oct 2005, 19:18
"Better than a beemer"
Only someone who has never owned a nice, or driven a good condition BMW would make a statement like this.
Please disregard this statement.
17th Dec 2009, 23:52
I've owned/driven multiple Beemers, and while they do drive nice and handle excellent, all of them broke down atleast once a month.