Excellent car, excellent AWD!
These cars are under-rated!
Large inside, top quality luxury, fantastic AWD grip, a very good car to own.
I was impressed as soon as I drove this car, it is quiet and smooth with more toys than most (heated seats, full leather, heated electric mirrors, heated windscreen wipers, remote central locking, cruise control, front and rear fogs, ABS, All Wheel Drive, etc)
What really makes this car is the AWD. This car handles very well with grip to spare. Not a sports car, not an Impreza, not hugely fast, but can handle better than a lot on the road and show it some rain/ice/snow and it really comes into it's own.
The newest UK model however (06 3.0R Spec B Semi-Auto) seems like this car except everything it is lacking, such as an extra 100 bhp, rear LSD, more toys, twin exhaust, and improved styling.
Poor points though are the dealerships (or lack of) and lack of knowledge, high running costs for servicing and not massively economical (28mpg)
A good buy though if you want a reliable large car (the estate version also has Subaru's VDC, Vehicle Dynamics Control), with excellent handling, and as high spec as a BMW etc, then you could do a lot worse then a Legacy.
Mine is the 2.5 GX AWD Auto Lux model, 1999. Would not advise the diesel or non Luxury pack however.
Large depreciation means buying one second hand is great value for money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th November, 2005