2003 Subaru Legacy Overview

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2003 Subaru Legacy Overview

Just to keep you on your toes, the 2003 Subaru Legacy shuffles its trim offerings up a little bit this year, adding on some performance refinements and more standard features on its base model sedans and wagons. Last year's GT Limited becomes the 2.5GT. Last year's GT is now the L Special Edition. And last year's L is, well, the L. All three trims are available as a sedan or wagon and are powered by the 165-hp 2.5-liter H4 engine. A 5-speed manual is standard, and 4-speed auto tran optional. For the 2.5GT, the 4-speed comes with a Sportshift mode, in keeping with the bigger brakes, limited slip differential, and sport suspension offered in this trim. Short-range gearing also provides a more responsive performance in the GT versus the L trims.

The base L sedan and wagon adds a CD player and remote entry to its power features and cruise control. The new L Special Edition is a lot like the old GT. It comes with larger 16-inch tires, a sunroof, wood accents, foglights, and a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter. If you want leather seats and a new 8-way power driver's seat, you want the 2.5GT, which also gets a Momo steering wheel, a 6-CD player, and heated seats and mirrors. All of the 2003 Legacy lineup feature ABS brakes and dual front airbags, and the full-time AWD that has made Subaru such a reliable and trusted name in northern climates. Though the Legacy isn't quite as rugged or out-door oriented as its Outback sibling, it is a good family car that gets four stars and top ratings on crash tests. The wagon is a bigger seller probably because of its storage versatility (up to 68 cubic feet).

Aside from the AWD, drivers love the 2003 Legacy's handling. The horizontal boxer 4 engine sits lower, dropping the center of gravity and making the car a more stable performer. Though gas mileage is an average 21/27 mpg, it's still better than comparably-sized SUVs. Compared to the V6 Outback, the 2003 Legacy feels underpowered, and owners say the seats are uncomfortable for long rides. Overall legroom is limited, and some owners have had problems with the clutch.

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    Ktkat13
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    2003 Subaru Catalytic

    I need a new catalytic for my car. Can I take one off a 2000 outback an it fit my 2003 legacy?

    8 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
    bonagrad61
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    P0851 Code> Replace Neutral Safety Switch, Replaced Harness. Light Will Go ...

    P0851 Code. Replace neutral safety switch, replaced wire harness. Occasionally can not start but if the key is turned to off then on 4 or 5 times starts. Once started no problem

    24 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
    bonagrad61
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    Cel Will Go Out Occasionally But Then Come Back On

    lCode is P0851 for the CEL. I have replaced the neutral safety switch and the harness. A few occasions but not every time when I turn the key to start car it is flat and no response like a dead batter...

    23 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
    Bryce Duck
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    Subaru Legacy 2003 2.5 Cooling System Problem

    Car won't over heat at idle but will while driveing top radiator hose is hard but bottom isn't

    42 views with 12 answers (last answer 3 months ago)
    jennakay
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    2003 Subaru Legacy, Noise On Acceleration That Goes Away Over 30 Mph

    2003 legacy makes a ticking or rattling noise on acceleration; goes away over 30-40 mph, think it is gas-related but not sure which part

    27 views with 5 answers (last answer 3 months ago)