2005 Subaru Legacy User Reviews

2005 Subaru Legacy Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"power" 23 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"ride" 11 reviews
"awd" 8 reviews
"interior" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"transmission" 3 reviews
"suspension" 3 reviews
"radio" 3 reviews

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Rkscuba1 writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Review
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5

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This car has been such a fun build project the last couple of years. It is  reliable for all that has been done and accomplished. The guys over at BK Industries have been great through all this, and so much help. The car drives fantastic, is fun & sounds great. You can drive conservative, if you can keep your foot off the accelerator. I love that this car is low key and doesn't attract the cops....its a Legacy, not an Sti, Wrx or an Evo but just as quick.

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Even with dampers on the coilovers turned to the softest settings, it's still a rough ride compared to stock suspension/normal cars.

Rkscuba1
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A Blast To Get In And Drive Every Week — This car is fun to drive, handles magnificent and still gets pretty good gas mileage. It is tuned for 91 octane pump gas. Even with 400whp, the car still gets decent gas mileage (19 city/ 24 hwy). I think that has surprised me the most. The 6 speed Sti transmission is a much better fit than the 5 speed that came with the car. The 5 speed clutch and tranny couldn't handle the engine power, so that's why the big decision was made to swap to the better transmission.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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bwhitt writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Review
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Very good dependable family or single person vehicle. Great on gas averaging about 26 city and 32 highway.

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Not made for a big family

bwhitt
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Awesome And Dependable — This vehicle is a great dependable car and very cheap on gas and is very clean. This car has limited space for a big family but is perfect for a small family or single person. Would make a great car for a college student of a work vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Elijah writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Review
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5

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Everything.

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I don't get to drive it more. lol

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Amazing. — It's a WRX wrapped a legacy's body. This car has exceptional performance right outta the box with impressive road manners. The updates to the design from the previous generation were astoundingly functional as well as aesthetic. This car is a real do it all family car.

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Jason writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Review
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I'm keeping this one for a while. Its a genuine sleeper with 290hp, stops good, handles great and has room for friends. Reliable and great in bad weather.

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gas mileage and aftermarket parts are more expensive than mustang/civic parts so expect to pay more to modify them.

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I Love It. — I love it. I have tuned it to Stage 1 currently and have timed it to 60mph in 5.0 seconds. It can get ~25mpgs if you keep your foot out of it but I usually get around 18 which isn't great but the AWD is incredible in the winter. I even won my second local rally-cross event in this ca. I have since lowered it and put new 18" sparco wheels on it. It gets lots of looks, has a perfect record for reliability and handles great. For some odd reason Legacys don't hold their value as well as Imprezas so I got this 250hp 2.5GT with 55,100kms on it for $10,100+tax/fees from Subaru of Moncton. A similarly equipped Impreza with 55k of the same age would have been 3/4 grand more. mechanically it is the same AWD system as the WRX and uses the same turbo but with the STI block. For less than $1500 you can have these reliably making 305hp and 330ft.lbs at the flywheel. What's not to love about that. As for looks I think it is one of the only Subaru's made in the last 20 years that doesn't have a bad angle or view. It looks classy with just a touch of aggression from the inter-cooler hood scoop.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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clrndiu writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Wagon Review
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Powerful engine, AWD, great in the snow, very comfortable, great cargo space, panoramic sunroof.

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Premium fuel

clrndiu
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Great Family Car — This is my third Subaru and it did not disappoint. Well built and extremely reliable, very comfortable for long trips. The turbocharged engine is very powerful, although there is just a hint of lag at low revs with the automatic transmission. AWD is great in the snow and wet, however this is a road car, not an off road vehicle (ground clearance too low). Handling is very safe, with moderate understeering when pushed hard. Understated styling with a very light and airy cockpit. Panoramic sunroof offers great views and is draft free even at highway speeds but it becomes noisy at speeds above 50 mph.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chuck writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Review
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durability

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a little small on interior space and uncostomizeable head unit

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Can't Beat It For The Money! — excellent! durable! inexpensive! awd standard! IIHS top safety pick! voted the safest car for that year! highest resale value of any brand! It advertises as 25mpg highway, but i bought it used with 50k and have been averaging between 27-28 without any mods.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Clameb02 writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Review
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Performance and appeal.

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None

Clameb02
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Fun Car To Drive, Reliable Engine And Transmission. Comfortable Interior. — This car has a great kick, 265 horses with a 4 Cylinder Turbo and its a light car. 0-60 in under 6 seconds and the sound ripping out of 2nd gear could give you goose bumps. I currently get 24 mpg on the highway and the overall performance is outstanding.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kyle writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Wagon Review
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fun to upgrade

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the fact that i have a payment

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Its A Sleeper — five stars across the board! Good on gas, plenty of get up and go. Enough room in the back for almost any outdoor activities. doesn't look like a 13 second car so your not as likely to get pulled over. very reliable. Oh and as long as you change the oil..they run forever!

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Mohammed writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Review
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PoWeR

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Resale in Kuwait

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You'll Love Driving It — Subaru Legacy has a 2.5L 4X4 AWD boxer enginer.I love my car specially the throttle response and the power or initial pick that a 4X4 drive gives.Its the most powerful car in its 2.5 Liter class. The interiors are awesome as well.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nick writes:
2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Review
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Its a suby

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nothi g

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Plain Awesome — It was a non turbo :( but the car was just awesome it cornered like no other all wheel drifting was intense. When i wrecked it it held up really well. I recommend this car to all who want a good vehicle.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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