1998 Subaru Legacy User Reviews

1998 Subaru Legacy Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"awd" 5 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews

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CP writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT Limited AWD Sedan Review
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5

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Great handling, reliable, low-maintenance, comfortable, practical, beautiful.

Cons

Poor cupholders, and that's about it!

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Great Driver's And Buyer's Car, Rain Or Shine! — The first thing you need to know about this car is that it handles beautifully. It's a little heavy but the AWD, even though it's a 10-year-old system, does a great job. Its ABS is sharp; and even with an AT, and though it was the last year the Legacy didn't get a turbo, it still has plenty of pop. The build quality is very solid -- almost 110,000 miles and all it's needed has been basic brake, engine and wheel maintenance. It's only just begun to make a rattle, and when I checked the source of the noise the part was actually snug -- just a resonant frequency thing, I guess, seeing as it always rattles when the engine reaches the same RPM. It's a beautiful car. While Subaru makes fantastic cars and always has, it's increasingly been missing the styling mark in the past few years. This car has a classic, timeless look and it looks great in its candy-red paint with still showroom-quality black leather interior. Its mileage is good -- it generally gets nearer 30 mpg than 20. Maintenance is practically free, since as I mentioned, it barely needs anything but a fluid and tire pressure check every so often. It's got nice perks such as very quick heating and A/C, easily adjustable mirrors, limited blind spots and great windshield visibility and driver position. The fold-down rear seats are nice as well, though not very unusual these days. As I mentioned, the interior is very nice. Both room and comfortable, the leather looks great on everything and the layout is very accessible. The only major drawback (and the only thing I dislike about this car) is poorly-constructed pop-out cupholders. The best part is probably its poor-condition driving. This car is glue in the rain, and in more than two feet of snow I regularly drive my little red sport sedan past spun-out Explorers on the side of the road! If you're looking for a fun, safe, reliable and great-looking sedan to go churning around mountain passes or pick up groceries, in rain or shine, this car is a steal.

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Charles writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD Sedan Review
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5

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Cheap to drive reliable great first and last car

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I dont hate anything about this car except the dent in the passenger door.

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I Love My Subaru Legacy Gt — This car is my life. It has been very reliable 217xxx and counting not many repairs have been needed but only about 1000 in repairs at its age is great. Gas mileage is ok insurance is cheap. Fun to drive loves the snow, rain or whatever you throw down its ready to power down.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Scott writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr Outback AWD Wagon Review
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4

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Smooth, quiet engine, excellent traction

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Poorly designed engine head gasket, oil pump, exhaust system...

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1998 Subaru Outback Wagon — Unscheduled maintenance costs were too high in the 3-5 years of ownership. Performance is excellent on snowy, icy roads, but it struggles when the snow is more than 6 inches deep. Manual transmission rocks! I like this car very much. 24 mpg around town 27 on the freeway trips.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matt writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT Limited AWD Sedan Review
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AWD, Boxer engine, Appearance, reliability...EVERYTHING

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the cup-holders block the radio when they are out.

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Bullet Proof Car With Stunning Performance And Grip. — I have had this car for 4 years now and it is simply amazing. It is 11 years old and requires almost no maintenance. It is absolutely unstoppable in the snow and with the AWD system it is able to tear the curves apart. Also the Subaru Boxer engine has been around for ever and keeps a low center of gravity which allows for even better handling. The interior is very simple and comfortable with soft touch trim and leather seats. It has plenty of room in the trunk and it can be increased by folding down the seats 60/40. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants a fun, dependable, and good looking car.

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Roy writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD Sedan Review
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5

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nice car,leather int.,handles great

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needs a bigger engine

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I Love This Car — I would recommend this car because it is just an overall solid reliable car.

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Jamie writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD Sedan Review
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4

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+ good acceleration
+ sounds great
+ high MPG/KPL
+ Sporty appearance
+ lots of interior room

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- prone to catastrophic engine failure
- lower top speed than turbo version
- most dashboard buttons not illuminated at night
- very expensive to repair

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Fun Little Zipper With Plenty Of Room — This car is very fun to drive, 5spd H4 2.5L. It sounds amazing and actually has coupe performance unlike other GT's. If you're going to pick on up however; make sure the cylinder heads have been done. If not the don't buy it unless you're paying $2,000 or less becasue it's a $3,000 job and you WILL have to do it. Overall very practical and very sporty, the best mix of two worlds.

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Josiah writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD Sedan Review
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4

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psh

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third motor...

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Rice Rocket With An Attitude — psh, The awd and low profile, make for one great winter driver. She's heavy, and rides extreamly well. Her sleek design gives her pretty good gas milage, but dangit, my betty keeps breaking down on me every year during the summer time!

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Zack writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr Outback Limited AWD Wagon Review
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3

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INTERFERENCE ENGINE!

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i've learned alot because of this car. at the time it was a bad thing but now its a good thing.

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Bad Ass In The Winter! — DONT LET THE TIMING BELT SNAP! bent valves suck. the boxer DOHC engine sucks. to get to the head bolts u ahve to take the cams out. if u mix up the cam caps you'll seize the motor (i've done that once)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alexander writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD Sedan Review
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4

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twin turrbo, AWD, manual, comon what not to love

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i cant think of any

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Great Car For My Wife. — I love this car. Quick fun and can take alot of beatings. At the same time perfect car for family use. lots of room and comfprtable. perfect car for the wife and her errands. Plus its a subie whats not to love

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Sam writes:
1998 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr L AWD Wagon Review
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5

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Cheep, and a solid car.

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Slow

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Good Safe Car To Get You From Point A To Point B Without Incident. — Love it, cheap to buy, cheap to run, and gets me ANYWERE. whats not to love? i mean, a 2.5gt would be nice, but the L is cheeper. I hapten to have the auto, so it is quite slow, but with a five speed and the 2.2 engine it can be quite sporty while getting 28 mpg.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2012 Subaru Legacy Reviews

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