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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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31 reader reviews for Subaru Legacy Estate.
  • 2.5i SE 5dr

    Sean Wilcox Date: 18/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have driven near 200,000 miles in 2.5 Outbacks and rate them as good, dependable machines. The biggest problems I've had is headlight bulbs blowing and number plate screws shearing for no apparent reason in winter. Changing the headlight bulbs is ridiculously awkward I have to say, however.

    Driving sensibly will return 35 mpg or more on a combined cycle and when pushed, the car has excellent balance and handling for a family estate. It gives plenty of warning of when it's doing something it would rather not, but it shouldn't be expected to rip up the tarmac. Off road ability is fair and is mainly limited to the willingness of road tyres in the mud.

    Criticism that upkeep can be heavy is fair, particularly with discs and clutches. Clutches can start to complain at about 60,000 but lasted to 75,000.

    Maybe Subaru owners do have unusual brand loyalty or 'rose tinted specs', but I think it is beacuse they make good, reliable cars and the dealership's customer service network is top drawer I have always found.

  • 2.0R 5dr

    Charles Anderson Date: 20/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Subaru owners tend to look at their cars through ‘rose-tinted-spectacles’. The Legacy isn’t a bad car, but it isn’t that brilliant either. I feel I have to warn people about the kind of reviews on this website as well as the car. No one can give a true opinion of a car after 24hrs, and if you have no problems with you car, how can you know that Subaru Assistance is 1st class. The truth is that I had a 2.0L Sport Tourer which I have now sold at a huge loss due to the poor residuals. The real issue I had with the car was the engine which really struggled with the AWD. It means the car wastes fuel and can really feel slow to the point where motorway journeys are arduous and overtaking is dangerous. Over 12 months I managed about 26 mpg with mixed driving that should have given me 31 mpg and road tax is £190 due to high emissions. As for the equipment, remember that a high level of equipment means that it isn’t always the good quality equipment that you get. Subaru continue to add to this car only to increase its appeal in a very competitive market and some of the items they have added are a compromise. Reliability isn’t always as stated as I had problems with the Mass Air Flow sensor which failed when I really needed the car, but I can say Subaru Assistance were helpful in getting me a car while mine was in the garage. Also, the thin paint chips and scratches easily; even if you hand wash the bodywork.

  • 2.5i SE 5dr

    graham ocock , Surrey . Date: 18/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have previously owned K reg 2.0L EST and 03 reg 2.0L Forester only battery failure in K reg after 8 years.No probs with Forester but Legacy superior roadholding. Interiors vastly improved since in my 05 model. You really do get everything included as standard unlike Germans. I think that driving experience, allround performance and strength of build quality compensate for slightly higher running costs. My experience with several Subaru dealerships has been excellent.The Subaru assistance is 1st class.

  • 3.0R spec B 5dr

    Mark Lee , Co. Durham . Date: 13/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    An update. I have now had this car a year and it has 15000 miles on the clock. Not a single thing has gone wrong in this time and it still brings a smile to my face every time I start it up.

    Dealer service is spot on, handling is great and performance and running costs are as expected. Interior is great with no rattles. So much better than the eqivalent BMW or Audi in my opinion and being very rare makes this a great (although due to emissions) an niche choice which suits me fine.

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