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Subaru Legacy/Outback 2005+



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    So, how do you guys like the styling on the new Legacy?

    So far reactions have been very positive. In the Subaru Crew - Future Models thread, I only heard one slightly negative response, and more than a dozen positive.

    I really like it. It's a little derivative of Acura, Audi A4, and the Mazda 6, but they seemed to merge the best of those designs into one well integrated package.

    It'll be on my list for my next car, for sure.

  • blackbeanblackbean Posts: 100
    I like the new Legacy. I wonder how much will carry forward to the Outback models. Any photos of those around?
  • intrigue2intrigue2 Posts: 46
    I'm ordering mine at the end of the year,the new GT, Subaru is the best car I've ever owned.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    Yeah there's a partially masked spy shot floating around on the Internet.

    Brenda Priddy & Co. shot it. Try checking her web site.

  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    Thanks for the link. Thank goodness it looks very different than the new Legacy.
  • buddhabmanbuddhabman Posts: 252
    I got blasted by mentioning Subdriven becuase it has a forum, even though it is weak. But check out for more Legacy pics. Also has Legacy pics. It's a nice upgrade, a little derivative of the Audi from the rear, maybe a little Accordish from the front. But I think Honda stole that look from Subaru. : ) The Legacy is just a great underated car, it should see more appreciation soon.
  • jlemolejlemole Posts: 345
    I really like the looks of the new wagon. I've not been a real fan of the current legacy wagons (preferring the Outback), but the 05 really has an elegant, but sporty, look to it. I would definitely consider it over a new Outback for something a little more refined.

    The new interior stylings look really sweet too.

  • subewannabesubewannabe Posts: 400
    both look like great strides forward to capture the euro wagon look from the saab/audi/bmw stables, with a bit of honda/mazda thrown in. IMHO,the improvement is so significant that I may try to nurse my old junker through the winter, or at least until SoA announces prices, and hold off buying that Forester XT I am sitting on my check book for ( until my subaru VIP certificate matures). I get pretty excited about XT-like performance from the Legacy turbo wagon with a "skoash more room in the seat and thighs", as Walt Garrett used to say in the Lee jeans commercials.
       I am dreading the possibility that Subaru will introduce both the Legacy GT turbo and the new generation Outback at BMW/Audi prices...if I wanted burled walnut, Id buy an end table, not an AWD grocery/kid/dog hauler!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Outback looks good too. The cladding is sort of Volvo XC-ish now, not just painted on. But it's blended well and body color. The XC uses blue or even brown colored cladding, which to me looks odd.

  • bhrobertsbhroberts Posts: 13
    My preference is to wait for the new Legacy rather than jump at the Forester XT right now. But, I keep worrying that Subaru will wake up soon and start charging "market" prices for 250 HP AWD vehicles.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I think that these cars are going to start the mass transition from SUV over to Crossover/Wagon/Minivan. I would buy any Subaru, because they're great in the snow, with great safety records, great reliability, and don't use too much gasoline in the process. They're different than other cars too. They just stick out in some sort of odd way that Volvos,Saabs, and Mazdas do.
  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,922
    With Kirstie, libertycat is very obviously a troll in here to bash Subaru, so my question why is anyone wasting time communicating with the troll.

     Cheers Pat.
  • subewannabesubewannabe Posts: 400
    at least in the photos of the japanese spec version, look a lot like the seats in the current WRX, with the pronounced bolsters to keep your seat and torso in place in the twisties. I really like those WRX seats and the rather flat seats in the Forester XT have me concerned about long-drive comfort. Obviously, pronounced fixed seat bolsters make it hard to slide across a seat as you get into it, as is the case in a higher vehicle like an SUV or truck. My 04 Explorer solved that problem with power pneumatic seat bolsters that you can inflate once you're in the seat. In a lower ride vehicle, like a WRX wagon, you descend into the seat at the same time you move your rear over the seat . Its got me thinking that the '05 Legacy turbo wagon may be a better match for my needs than a 04 Forester XT at least enough to wait on the Legacy.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    I don't like current Subarus. I am hoping that these new ones will help me to like a Subaru. In fact, I CREATED this discussion.
  • subewannabesubewannabe Posts: 400
    libertycat, I noticed the fact that you created this discussion. I assume until proven otherwise that you are a car enthusiast with particular interest in AWD vehicles.
       Vehicle style taste is so personal. I see the Mustang concept car looks almost exactly like a '69 Mach 1. For me, that car was a rolling wet dream, given my age and exposure to cars at the time. Yet, I understand how some folks hate that look . The only competition for a '69 Mach 1 was a '70-71 Hemi Cuda or a Challenger TA with a 440 Mopar monster with dual Holley 4 barrel carbs ...have you noticed what the going price for one of those is, these days? Cheaper to get a new Porsche!
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    Great interpretation, it is totally correct!
  • intrigue2intrigue2 Posts: 46
    Found these in another topic, but they demonstrate what a beauty the '05 will be.

    As for the car enthusiast, in the recent JD powers listing Subaru was in the top six,didn't notive Volvo though.Oh well, I guess all those free donuts for the many trips to the volvo service bay,due to its low reliability ratings might be responsible.
  • luck11luck11 Posts: 425
    I'm going to pipe in here and give my thumbs up on the new Subs. As a current 00 Outback owner who is looking to trade in in the next year, I am definitely pleased that Subaru is changing the look. I must say that at this point, I'm leaning towards the Legacy, but its too early to tell with only 1 or 2 pics of the Outback floating around. My only concern, as others have expressed, is pricing. I hope they keep the pricing reasonable.
  • rsorganizersorganize Posts: 131
    Had been trying to decide among the OB LL Bean, A4 Avant and Saab 9-5 and 9-3. But, I am really intrigued by the changes in the offing on the 2005 Legacy - bigger engine, bigger interior, better seats, better looking (IMHO). While I'm sure my anxiety level on the next Volvo XC ('99)repair disaster will be unabated until I dump the car, I think I'll be a lot happier with the 2005 - if it comes out looking and driving as the previews suggest. So, unless/until something else goes wrong, driving me over the edge, I think I'll wait on the 2005 Legacy GT wagon, w/leather and, perhaps, manual. Could be a lot of fun. Peace.
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