I traded in an Audi A8 for my Legacy 3.0R Auto at Christmas 2004. The car had been Subaru in-house and I got a £4000 discount as well as a very generous part-ex. My first impressions were that it was noisy and had a hard ride, especially at low speeds around town. In its favour it was spacious, and well-equipped, and from 4000rpm on, decently quick. After three years, my overwhelming sense is of a machine that is completely reliable, much more so than any other marque I've had of late, including Mercedes, BMW and Audi. In three years, nothing has failed so far, and everything works the way it did when I took delivery. If anything, the engine has opened up, and it definitely thrives on high octane (and high-cost) petrol, so I feed it some for long motorway runs. With four wheel drive, the handling is always ultra-safe, and it copes easily with rain, snow, mud etc. I've come to enjoy its discreet nature. It doesn't cause the same offence to others as the big Germans, so I hope Subaru will carry on with the less macho styling for this model (though not as unmacho as the new Impreza). What other high-quality, reliable, quick, leather and sunroofed 3-litre estate car is there for anything like the money? A similarly-equipped Audi Quattro would be more by £10k, and in my experience, doesn't have the 100% reliability of the Scoobie. I just wish they could do something to reduce the road noise, the only real downside to an excellent machine.
david thomas, glamorgan, December 13th 2007