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Subaru Legacy/Outback



  • Automatic--finally had to give into reality with kids and city driving. It's just not that fun in bumper to bumper traffic with a manual. I guess the only up side is that it will be better for the slow crawls on the rough trails...

  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    I know that feeling. That's one of the reasons I switched to an auto as well. I miss the MT, except when sitting in traffic for a hour ;) .

    Another upside that others have told me is that it is far easier to tow stuff with an AT.

    Once again, enjoy! (BTW - I like your choice of color as well. Only problem is it is a pain to keep clean.)

  • acoronisacoronis Posts: 4
    My car (1993 Subabru Legact Sedan) was running fine and then once I parked, the car died, and will not start again, it sounds like it's not getting gas and I replaced the fuel filter, but it's still just grinding. It should have enough gas, and has enough oil, and the battery has full power. I don't know what's wrong and I am scared that it will cost a fortune to find out!

    Any suggestions??? :mad:
  • cdndrivercdndriver Posts: 86
    My daughter stepped on the cup holder in the back of our '03 Legacy spec. ed. wagon. The dealer says it'll cost 100.00 to replace. Any where on line you recommend for spare parts that might cost me less?
  • rob_mrob_m Somewhere North of BostonPosts: 795
    Try They are a dealer out of Tacoma, WA which does a lot of on-line business. Rob M.
  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    John, it might be worth your while to check auto wreckers in your area as well. I'm sure it's a part you could replace yourself, and it's likely common on all Legacy wagons (and maybe sedans) of that generation. Hope this helps.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If you live in New England, these guys have spares:

  • jfljfl Posts: 1,346
    There's also in Auburn, Washington. They accept Subarubucks too.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes they do, in fact I've used them.

  • andmifandmif Posts: 2
    I am trying to decide on a subaru for ~20K and it may sound strange, but right now my choice is between newer 2005-06 standard and 2004 35th Anniversary edition. Both cars are used with low (~10k) miles on it. I know that std one is 4 cyl vs H6 in 2004 model, and my initial choice was hands down 6 cyl model (I am driving v6 accord now and I got used to some power in engine). I did test drive 2002 4 cyl outback and it didn't feel much underpowered, but not sure if I can trust these short test drives.
    Anyway after reading these forums I got impression that 2005 models have a lot improvements over prev years including more efficient engine and auto-manual transmission and thought I should consider getting newer model instead of H6 engine. Main reasons for going with 4 cyl seem tobe: ability to manual shift eliminates underpowered question, better mpg, more warranty left with newer year.
    Or am I just confused and 35th edition model is way better and clean choice? Any suggestions?
    Please help to choose.

    Thank you
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,346
    For only a bit more than $20k, you could probably get a new base model OB or Legacy after rebates.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, I'd shop for a new 2.5i SE model, those are very well priced. Low $19k range for a sedan, low $20s for a wagon.

  • andmifandmif Posts: 2
    Looks like there are no voices for older H6 engine.
    I guess I'll go and do more testing side by side to make sure I am happy with 4 cylinders.
    Thank you, Jim and Juice
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,346
    juice and I have been with Subaru Crew since before it became the "Crew". I recall very few issues with the H6 engine. I'd say it's Subaru's most bulletproof engine if you are going to go used. With your budget, I think you are just in the ballpark for a new Subaru after the rebate.

    It's a difficult decision! Best of luck.

  • nickelnickel Posts: 147
    I posted on the Prices Paid forum more on the experience, but for you to know that I got an '06 Outback 2.5i Auto, weather mats, cargo area cover, mat and net, autodimming mirror and 2 years free maintenance, for $21,836.
  • djettadjetta Posts: 20
    Hi all-I need an opinion, please. I will be picking up my new Outback LL Bean next week. Is the sound much improved with the woofer and is it worth the expense? Also, I know it goes under the driver's seat-can you feel it and is it annoying when driving? Thanks!
  • rob_mrob_m Somewhere North of BostonPosts: 795
    Huge difference in sound, and well worth the cost. Rob M.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's not the H6 per se, it's just used vs. new, I prefer new. Especially when Subies don't really depreciate much.

    The H6 (EZ30) is a gem of an engine.

  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    I live in NYC. Not sure if I want sedan or wagon. Just using mostly for back and forth to work. Have 2 kids, sometimes 3 (ages 13,9,3). Second car is 2006 RAV4 w/3rd row.

    Want something with good city gas mileage. Also considering Toyota Matrix, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3.

    Don't have much of a choice with my requirements. I want a car with good city mileage and good crash test scores and isn't a chick-mobile.

    Matrix and Civic I think is a little fem. Mazda is border line on fem. I think the Legacy sedan is my favorite for style.

    City gas mileage is good with all with Legacy being the lowest.

    Crash tests are excellent with Civic and Legacy. Not so great with other two.

    The drive with the Matrix is the worst, according to critics. Legacy's drive is supposed to be descent. Civic has a excellent drive and the 3 is sporty. What do you guys think? :confuse:
  • gjksngjksn Posts: 35
    I have almost compulsively recorded the mileage for every tank of gas for every car I've owned since 1969. In practically all city driving, my 2003 Legacy SE 5 speed manual transmission wagon has consistently gotten between 16 and 18 mpg. On rare highway trips, mpg has gone as high as 25-26 mpg. I still love the car, but it sucks gas like an SUV, and I drive like the sterotypical little old (gender irrelevant) person. My 1995 Legacy automatic transmission wagon got almost identical mileage. My 1989 Civic and 1997 Sentra each got mileage at least in the mid-20s in similar driving and conditions. FWIW.
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