My car is coming up to its second birthday, and has now done around 33,000 miles. I still love this car (deeply) and its appeal grows as time goes by.
Something has gone wrong (at last!), in that the alarm/immobiliser/remote central locking unit on the key failed one wet, dark night in a poorly lit car-park. This was a pain, but a call to my local garage provided the necessary pass-code to type into the (hidden) key-pad in the car. That got me moving again in 15 mins.
I'm glad it happened to me, not my wife, though. The new key was a paltry £25 incl VAT.
I've been wanting to 'improve' the car for a while and so have invested in Prodive Sports Silencers for the twin exhausts.
These look fab (in my view) and provide an extra deep growling bass tone to the exhaust that adds something of the night to aural driving experience. It adds a little to background cruising noise, but, at the moment I'd say it's a more than fair trade.
I am still baffled by how exclusive these cars are, because on many counts it's a really fine car to drive and own.
Hopefully the diesel (which is getting great reviews) will bring new much needed, new interest - I do get concerend that lack of demand and emissions regulation challenges will result in my local dealer disappearing and Subaru withdrawing from our market.
I like this car a lot - I think it is good looking and not something you will see on everyone's drive, so that's a bonus for a start.
I average 32-35 miles to the gallon, and it has been up to 40 miles to the gallon a couple of times. On a recent trip to Scotland, I averaged 38 miles to the gallon.
I wish the car had a bit more zip at times, as I have been caught out a few times trying to overtake. The autobox is fine 98% of the time, but can be snatchy sometimes when you pull away.
The driving position could be a lot better than it is; the electric adjustment works well and can fit most sizes of driver, but the seat could be a bit more comfortable and the steering wheel needs to adjust for reach, then it would be perfect.
My main problem with the car is paint quality. Subaru must show these cars the way to the paint booth and if they don't want to go in they don't have to. Is the reason the paint is so thin that the car wieghs less, thus making it faster, or is it to save a few pence?
All in all, it's a good car with a few niggles. I think Subaru should survey Legacy owners to work out the niggles with people that own and drive their cars. This could be a great car with a bit of help, and a few more horsepower (why only 165bhp from 2.5-litres?), but at the moment it's just a good one.
I dont know if I would buy another. Maybe if they decide to make a diesel I would consider it.
It's taken a little time to get comfy with driving this car. Its six-speed gearbox takes some getting used to and I manage to stall it on a regular basis. However, get it right and it flies with a fantastic flow, making it feel all-conquering.
In terms of fuel economy, it averages a whisper under 30mpg - not bad given the performance.
I'm very happy with the cabin and build quality and equipment. It does need a better sound system and remote locking fob (not faults you'd find on an Audi).
The only fault so far is an odd little rattle from rear from time to time.
To Steven Robinson - if your Legacy is locked, one short click will unlock the doors, but a longer 'hold down' click of about two seconds unlocks the doors - and the boot, too.
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