1996 Subaru Legacy Consumer Reviews

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1996 Subaru Legacy
4.8
Average based on 8 reviews
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Superb

by from northeast Indiana on December 28, 2008

I bought mine (Brighton Wagon/manual/AWD) new and it's proved itself. I'm almost to 190k (Dec 2008) and have no plans to switch. Mine is pretty bare-bones (no electric windows or locks, etc), but that...
I bought mine (Brighton Wagon/manual/AWD) new and it's proved itself. I'm almost to 190k (Dec 2008) and have no plans to switch. Mine is pretty bare-bones (no electric windows or locks, etc), but that just means less things to go wrong :) My main requirements were: 1) enough room to haul my windsurfing gear or my music gear 2) enough room to sleep comfortably (laying down) 3) fun to drive and good in snow 4) reliable I have had to put some money into repairs over the years (just replaced the fuel pump this year, but it was very easy), but nothing out of the ordinary. I've driven it across the country twice and through lots of snowdrifts :) I'd buy another if I needed to!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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Great Wagon

by from Palm Springs, CA on April 19, 2007

In this age of SUV's this is a great alternative. Great gas mileage considering its AWD. Less valve noise than the old Sub's. Extra head room for taller people. Very utilitarian but comfortable at the...
In this age of SUV's this is a great alternative. Great gas mileage considering its AWD. Less valve noise than the old Sub's. Extra head room for taller people. Very utilitarian but comfortable at the same time. Gets better gas mileage than my 91 Accord. Over all thumbs up.
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Does recommend this car

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A Good Second Car

by from West Coast, Canada on May 29, 2008

Bought a '96 Outback in Jan 08. Replaced oil/filter, water pump and cam seals. Otherwise a rock solid, reliable car. Very comfortable and versatile. Not too many 12 year old cars can attest to it! Nic...
Bought a '96 Outback in Jan 08. Replaced oil/filter, water pump and cam seals. Otherwise a rock solid, reliable car. Very comfortable and versatile. Not too many 12 year old cars can attest to it! Nice addition to our '08 Forester.
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Does recommend this car

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Great all-around vehicle

by from DC Suburbs on August 22, 2007

Does everything - from weekend trips cycling, camping, kayaking to hauling around the kids and groceries.
Does everything - from weekend trips cycling, camping, kayaking to hauling around the kids and groceries.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Built to Last

by from Central PA on August 11, 2015

1996 Outback with 2.2 engine and 5 speed manual. Bought at 156,000 miles. Just retired it at 263,000 miles. Still has life left in it, but needs several minor to moderate repairs and I decided to let ...
1996 Outback with 2.2 engine and 5 speed manual. Bought at 156,000 miles. Just retired it at 263,000 miles. Still has life left in it, but needs several minor to moderate repairs and I decided to let it go for $400 rather than fix it. Parts replaced in the 9 years I've owned it: ac compressor, alternator, brake calipers, wheel bearings, some exhaust parts, clutch, and timing belt. Considering the high mileage, I'd say this car has been very reliable. It's never left me stranded. Take note that I got the 2.2 because this engine does NOT have head gasket problems. I got 24-25 mpg in mixed driving. Highly recommended.
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Does recommend this car

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the best car to have in mn in the winter

by from mn on June 10, 2012

i pay $1000and spend another $500 in parts and i got almost 50,000 mile out of her. 1996 subaru legacy L sedan
i pay $1000and spend another $500 in parts and i got almost 50,000 mile out of her. 1996 subaru legacy L sedan
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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This car helped shape who i am!

by from on April 1, 2009

for me this car was more than a car. it was a lifestyle. for all the years and all the hundreds of thousands of miles i put on her, she was SOLID! from mountain back-roads to urban gridlock, she was m...
for me this car was more than a car. it was a lifestyle. for all the years and all the hundreds of thousands of miles i put on her, she was SOLID! from mountain back-roads to urban gridlock, she was my girl. she had her quirks, but i loved her so much i can't even bring myself to reveal her adorable flaws. she had 220000 mi on her and was ready for another 100000 when she reached the end of her life in a no-fault accident. i know i will never find a car that can compare to this one (though, as you can probably tell, a lot of her value was sentimental). i would recommend this car to anyone and EVERYONE!!!
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Subaruson

by from Lawrence, Ks on September 13, 2013

Excellent value, great salesperson ( very friendly and knowledgeable), and overall great experience with the dealership in our quest to find the right used Subaru for a commuter vehicle!
Excellent value, great salesperson ( very friendly and knowledgeable), and overall great experience with the dealership in our quest to find the right used Subaru for a commuter vehicle!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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