Used Subaru Legacy Estate 1998 - 2003 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

1998 - 2003 review
Subaru Legacy Estate (98 - 03)
  • Subaru Legacy Estate (98 - 03)
  • Subaru Legacy Estate (98 - 03)
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Our recommendations

Which used Subaru Legacy estate should I buy?

If you'll be doing some off-roading, go for the Outback model, a beefed-up version with extra ground clearance and decent equipment. Don't expect miracles, though, because it's designed for light off-roading, not hardcore back-of-beyond work.

For all other uses, we'd stick with the standard Legacy. The six-cylinder 3.0 (auto gearbox only) needs revving to give its best, but its best is very good. However, it's costly to buy and run.

So we'd go for one of the four-cylinder cars. Both have a throaty growl under acceleration, deliver strong low-down pull and stay quiet at cruising speeds. The 2.0 is fine for normal family duties, but for carrying heavier loads or towing, the 2.5 is the one to go for - especially if you want the optional auto gearbox.

Kit isn't overly generous on GL models, but GX will sort most of your needs. Cars with the posher Lux pack are desirable.