2005 Subaru Legacy Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles

Summary:

This car is part of me, I am attached

Faults:

Day time running lights burned out at around 45000 miles.

Slight rattle in dash. That's it.

General Comments:

Bought this car from the original owner with low miles, he was a neighbor. Had 15k miles when I got it, now have 66k.

I have not had one issue with my legacy and it's an absolute tank in the snow. Every bit as good as an Audi.

I live in Massachusetts and a co-worker sold me on the idea of a Subaru (our crap driving conditions).

I love my car.

I'd say it has average appeal in most categories, but I think the interior is more inspired than most other economy cars. It's not a sports car (though it is peppy), it's not plush like a Lexus (though I like the interior), it's exactly what I was looking for, for the money.

It certainly excels in the reliability category.

I think the dual exhaust looks pretty cool :) Honestly, no one owns this car. I'm sad that Subaru isn't on more people's radar.. They don't know what they're missing. Heck, it makes mine feel more 'one of a kind'.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2009

2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5i Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired125 miles
Most recent distance35400 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

A step in the right direction

Faults:

There were two minor issues with the car. The cruise control began disengaging by itself. After a trip to the dealer I found out it was the cruise solenoid. After a replacement under warranty, it burned out again. After the second repair I had no further issues.

The headlights both burned within weeks of each other after about a year or so. I found out there was a shipment of faulty bulbs from GE, and most all of the 2005-2006 Legacies and Outbacks had been fitted with them.

Other than those two small issues the Legacy has been trouble free.

General Comments:

The 2005 is a great improvement over the 2004. The interior quality is top notch, and the styling is very attractive.

Handling is great, however, the factory installed Bridgestone Potenzas wear quickly and have poor performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2008

2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Wagon 2.5 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired88 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Not luxurious, but decent, reliable wheels for the money

Faults:

It's noisy with the boxer engine, thin sheet metal, mechanical AWD system. Interior is little on the cheap side. But compared to some of the horror stories I have seen on this site, it is a gem. Blower Motor for heating/air conditioning system failed at 20K miles.

General Comments:

Generally well built if a little cheaply in places.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2008

2005 Subaru Legacy 3.0R 3L H6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3L H6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Excellent handling

Faults:

I bought this car about 3 months ago and haven't had any issues with it so far.

General Comments:

Good build - Mine has leather, but the quality of leather is not that great.

Very thirsty around town. I did a long run to the ski fields and even though I was thrashing it in places I managed to get 600Ks out of a full tank.

Like the one button seat fold down option.

Stereo is integrated so will have issues replacing it. Factory one does not sound great. You can buy one of these cars with the Macintosh Premium sound if you can afford it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2007

13th Feb 2009, 12:42

You are getting VERY good mileage for your car... mine gets avg. 7 km/l.

11th May 2009, 22:08

I have this car for 5 years now, but I have this strange issue, sometimes it launches as you are racing... it changes the gear at 7000 rpm or it won't change gear (like miss interpreting your gas pedal position). I went to the dealer but they can't find it or won't fix it.

I like to know if anyone has come with such problem...

5th Apr 2011, 23:04

Around town around 8-9 km/l but open road over 12 km/l easy.

2005 Subaru Legacy 2.0 i 2 litre petrol from Singapore

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2 litre petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance13000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Good drivers car - passengers look elsewhere

Faults:

Day 1 - front left fog light not working - easily fixed.

Steering pulls very slightly towards passenger side since Day 1.

General Comments:

SPACE - for a mid sized car, not great. Seats are low so perceived space is not great even though legroom is OK. Front legroom is also not great as it it taken up by the gearbox and drive train. Glove box small and not much storage space.

SEATS - Good, no complaints.

RIDE - Could be better.

HANDLING - Fantastic. As good as it gets.

NOISE - Very quiet.

PERFORMANCE - Underpowered and engine needs to be pushed hard to 3000-5000 revs to get decent performance at the expense of FC. Unresponsive at low revs.

ECONOMY - Not bad (40 mpg or 14 km/l) on expressways. Push it hard in town and you get 15-20 mpg or 5-7 km/l)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2006

8th Sep 2006, 04:15

I had a 2.0 Legacy from new. Be patient - engine takes ages to bed in and seems to run-in finally at about 30000 kms when performance gets noticeably better!

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 16 reviews