I have owned my Legacy for 5 and a half years, and other than consumables such as bulbs and brake pads, have had to spend almost nothing to keep it sailing through MOTs without a hitch. Curiously enough, like one of the reviewers of the new shape model, my "Lo" ratio light on the dash packed up, but this is hardly life-or-death surely? It has been a dependable family pack-horse which is exactly what I wished for, happy hauling 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog along Donegal back-roads or towing a motorbike trailer to track days. Handling is perfectly adequate and indeed better than my old Audi 80. Its not the most frugal when it comes to fuel consumption, but neither is it the bottomless pit some reviews would suggest. The best endorsement I can give it is that I pick up my 2008 Legacy 3.0R B Spec in 5 days time. Can't wait.
We love this car!Bought for £1600 two years ago.Bought space and towing ability with intention to keep for only 2 months.After many problems with other cars it has always been old reliable too good to sell.Have had no problems, tows 2 horses with ease, comfortable drive, luxurious well made interior with lots of buttons for year (98). Spacious boot and can really shift.Is thirsty but this is the only negative!
This is my second Subaru Legacy I keep in addition to the current Legacy Sports Tourer I also use. Outside isn't much though the design grows on you. The inside is dated but equippment massive. This top of the range Lux model at 24K new has everything. Electric windows, mirrors, twin sunroofs, Cruise & Traction Control, CD Changer, Heated Leather seats and a Tiptronic auto box. Don't think its dull to drive, though not quiet as sorted as the newer model its still great on the open road. I remember the Subaru saleman saying that a Subaru is designed to go round a bend at 60 mph no question. Well I'll belief it. Grip is sensational and steering feel near perfect. The old Legacy is great but expensive to run. At best I get 28 mph where as the new one gives me 37 mph. What is suprising is that the older car is a little quicker. The new cars auto box can take a time seaching for the gear before kicking in making overtaking that bit more tricky. With the older one higher spec models have a 'power mode' button which when pressed changes everything. It acts like a Sports mode function which when engaged holds each gear for longer before changing upwards, making accelaration a great deal faster! In the countyside, driving one gives you the ultimate in credability. The new Legacy is too good and doesn't look right with mud across it. The old one is perfect up unmade roads, tracks and even muddy fields. Like the new one, I simply love driving it.
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