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2008 Subaru Legacy Overview
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The Subaru Legacy will see several minor changes for 2008, including new instrumentation, an MP3 input jack, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The new model year will also bring some trim-level adjustments. The wagon body style has been discontinued, and a performance-oriented 3.0 R Limited style has been added.
There are six Legacy styles to choose from, including the base 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i Limited, 2.5 GT Limited, 2.5 GT spec B and 3.0 R Limited. Subaru's top-shelf sedan is available with three engine options, depending upon the trim. All styles badged 2.5i are powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four-cylinder engine, which generates 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. These sedans can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5 GT Legacy houses a turbocharged version of the flat-4, bumping horsepower to 243 and torque to 241 pound-feet. Buyers may select from two transmissions again, but the automatic is upgraded to a five-speed on this trim. The GT spec B features a six-speed manual. The top-of-the-line 3.0 R Limited gets a 3-liter flat six, good for 245 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. This engine is teamed with a five-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
There is considerable variation from trim to trim, with respect to features, but all 2008 Legacy models will come standard with air-conditioning, an MP3-compatible audio system with a portable device input jack, keyless entry, a trip computer and full power accessories. Mid- and upper-level trims are also eligible to receive an optional navigation system.
In the past, owners and reviewers have praised the Legacy for its controlled and forgiving ride, strong acceleration, and thoughtfully designed interior. The Subaru flagship has continued to receive the highest acclaim for safety, and the IIHS has bestowed its high honors on the 2008 model after initial crash tests. All-wheel drive is standard on all variants. The 2.5i models offer adequate performance, but enthusiasts should consider the GT trims, for more responsive steering and agile handling, despite some turbo lag off the line.
Inside, all Legacy models offer a well-crafted cabin, despite the inclusion of some lower-grade materials. Front and rear seats are accommodating, but taller passengers may run out of headroom in the rear quarters. Many drivers have reported that the Legacy could be a bit quieter: Although the turbocharged engines are quite refined, they display noticeable rumble and wind noise at higher speeds.
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Subaru Legacy Questions
How To Replace 2008 Legacy Rear View Mirror
I have a 2008 subaru legacy who's wires (power the compass) were ripped out of the rear view mirror. I'd like to fix this myself without all the fuss of a mechanic. I know how to unhook the mirror f...
Adding Hp To Stock 2008 Legacy 2.5i
I have a bone stock 08' legacy 2.5i. I love the car but want some more power to it. Anybody got any ideas? I'd like to add a turbo but dont know how much or what other parts i'd have to add to make th...
Intake For 08 Subaru Legacy 2.5l Non Turbo
sense its impossable to find a cold air intake to fit my 08 2.5L non turbo legacy how do you go about finding a custom pipe with the mass air flow sensor hole..
Snow Tires Necessary?
Hi All, First forum post here as I just bought a 2008 Legacy 2.5i yesterday. I have brand new Riken 205/50zr17 89w - Raptor zr - tires on it. Are these tires okay in the snow or will the chaincheck n...
Ej20 Twin Turbo
I have a stock 2008 Legacy 2.5i. Does anyone know if an ej20 twin turbo will fit in my car?