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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD SedanReview
Ahmad writes:
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It Is Good-pretty Good At Doing Most Things All While Looking Good. —

Structurally solid with zero rattles at 123K miles, it also gets decent mileage for AWD. I average 22MPG and I drive like an animal. Handles great and feels lighter and much smaller than 3rd gen. AWD works as advertised though right now it is significantly better in dry than wet due to H rated Firestone Firehawk GTs. I will be switching to BF Goodrich Traction TA T-rated tires in the winter for tradeoff for better wet/cold weather traction. I believe it would feel unstoppable on slick surfaces with these tires. It is maintenance intensive and expensive; It has the usual high maintenance Subaru repairs like rear clutch pack for automatic transaxle, head gaskets/timing belt water pump, which the first year quad-cam NA 2.5L EJ25 motor is notorious for eating; auto shifting could be more aggressive less jerky at times and it consumes zero oil which is great for a boxer motor with as many miles on the clock and basically an engine rebuild. I switched to full synthetic and change about every 6 months. It is also better on the internals. ABS pump failed twice. Braking is still decent without, drama free but pedal feel could be improved. Visually, I think it looks great. The rio red is super bright, the hood scoop looks badass and the wheels carry that BBS laced vibe that Trans Ams, RX7s and BMWs once wore. The fog lights are massive, add to the only ok-standard lighting power and of course add visual punch to the face. Visibility is great and seats are comfortable, even on long drives. The sunroof too is massive. Interior plastic quality could be greatly improved. Minor gripes though, car is overall great. It could also benefit hugely from more HP but power is adequate. Roomy trunk and full fold down 60/40 rear bench are always useful.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: handling, traction

Cons: maintenance intensive

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD WagonReview
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I Wish I Still Had It! — This was a SWEET car. I got a smokin' deal when I bought it and it had super low miles for a '97. It was tons of fun to drive. It went great in the snow and I could haul almost anything in it. It was a sad day when it got wrecked and I need to have a moment of silence for her every once and a while.

Pros: Fun factor, AWD great for snow.

Cons: None that I remember.

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1997 Subaru LegacyReview
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1997 Subaru Legacy Gt Awd — Acceleration is ok for a stock car, but the beauty is in how good it is in new england weather. the AWD is amazing in the snow, and the handling is rediculous, it is also the most beautiful sedan i could find, and is very reliable. And i love RED!

Pros: Its a Subaru.

Cons: none

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr L AWD SedanReview
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The Car Is Very Fun To Drive — Great car. very fun to drive and the car is rilayble. The performence can be more good than its now but its a very old engine. I Love this car and I have it about 3 years. Buy this car

Pros: Driving possition and the confort

Cons: A little bit slow

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr Outback AWD WagonReview
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97 Subaru Outback —

I have always been a fan of Subaru, but now that I own one I am thrilled and will always consider them when I make future car purchases. The exterior is clean lines and simply elegant even for a car that is 11 years old. The interior is cloth, making it easy to clean, the controls are well laid out, but I wish the cup holders were in a different spot and adjustable. When you want to use it, it blocks the radio controls and won't hold anything larger than a soda can. The mileage is decent. I get about 21mpg, and I have a heavy foot. When you step on it it pulls well until you hit about 5500 rpm, and considering it redlines at 6500 rpm, its pretty good. One thing I didn't expect was how well it handles, I know its AWD, but even with generic tires, it holds the road like a kitty kat stuck on velcro. On dirt, if you push it hard, you can brake the tires loose, but you have to have some skill to get'em loose. All in all, I would buy this car again, and would recommend it to a friend. Its damn impressive for a wagon.

Pros: Good visibility, steering feel, acceleration, cargo room.

Cons: Cup holders, radio, repair cost.

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr L AWD SedanReview
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Small Tank, Reliable Car, Typical All-wheel Drive — Likes: The paint stays on perfectly. The color does make it look old, and washing the car is pointless because you can hardly tell the difference after a wash. Engine is wonderful, no leaks, boxer engine, smooth... The car runs like a bull, not for fun drive, but can take quite some beatings (not talking about crashes..never been in collusion, wouldn't know how it perform in that situation) Gas tank is quite small, but gas consumption is quite small for a all-wheel-drive Dislikes: an alright looking car with old-looking paint... not eye-catchy... (good for not catching attention..*hint*)

Pros: reliable, low maintenance

Cons: not a love-in-first-sight car

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr GT AWD SedanReview
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Looks As Good As It Performs — perfect first car. goes quick, looks good, reliable, and easy on gas.

Pros: Keypad to turn on car

Cons: brakes are making a squeaking sound right now due to an uneaven rotor. no aftermarket parts

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr LSi AWD SedanReview
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Breaks A Lot, And Leaks Oil. — Little things keep breaking, and I cannot make it not leak oil. Replaced every seal, valve and fitting....

Pros: Handles pretty well, AWD is nice.

Cons: It's noisy, unreliable, and weird.

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr L AWD WagonReview
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The Subie Is A Beast — I really like this car except for the fact that I drive a station wagon. The AWD is probably the best part about it followed by the boxer motor. It actually makes pretty good power considering and the gas milage isn't too bad either.

Pros: AWD. If you've ever driven through snow you don't need to know anything more.

Cons: Station wagon and the driveline gets kind of expensive to fix if you break anything.

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1997 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr Outback AWD WagonReview
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Got Me Through Norther Ontario Roads For 6 Years - 0r 320,000km — Purchased it used with 93,000km on it, left it at the dealer 6.5 years later with 410,000km on the odometer. Butt warmers, all wheel drive, and hoodscoup. Fun and comfortable car to drive. For four years i travelled the 144 between Timmins and Sudbury - any weather any time, this machine will go. On that little highway people dispise because of it's narrow, curvy road, rock cliff, moose, and lack of fellow drivers to help you in case of need, i would set the cruise control betwee 105-110km and let it ride for 3 hours to Timmins like i was going through the desert. Later i did the North Bay -Timmins run - not as exciting but stil some challenges. I sadly left this car at the dealer to purchase a new Imprezza (same car but smaller and even more fun to drive).

Pros: Everything - mainly awd, hood scoop, and butt warmers

Cons: Large repairs and maintenace cost a lot

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