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2008 Subaru Legacy



  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    VW is selling well in spite of terrible reliability because of exterior and interior.

    For the record, VW does not have terrible reliability. #1 Lexus has 1.36 problems per vehicle and VW has 2.9 problems per vehicle in JD Power long term dependability. Subaru 2.3 problems per vehicle.
  • mogul2mogul2 Posts: 14
    Well, JD Power operates with advertising dollars from car manufacturers. I will trust independent groups like consumer reports than JD Power any day.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    even in Europe VW does poorly compared to the Japanese
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Subaru's numbers should improve with JD Power soon. 2002 was the last year they had head gasket issues. I think the Dependability study looks at 5 year old models, so once they start looking at 2003s I bet you'll see significant improvement there.

    Then again, VW phased out the 1.8T, so the ignition coil failures will eventually disappear from those studies as well.
  • Agree, wouldn't trust JD Power. Would go with CR or even Edmunds!
  • this is too funny. you seem to be the expert at lots of things... though I have yet to see your credentials. :lemon:

    Everyone likes to spin JD Powers, Consumer Reports, Edmunds and others. Consumer Reports for example... will rate some new vehicles based on their replacement model w/ some brands and not with others. Consumer Reports doesnt send me a surveys for my new vehicle purchases - JD Powers does. I chose to rely on information that I've actually experienced and know first hand that they ask consumers for data.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    CR sends surveys to all their subscribers. which is a pretty large population, whether they (or more importantly those who reply) are truly representative of the general motoring public is another question. I have had 3 JDP surveys in my time and the CR ones for two decades or more, they ask very different things.
  • I just bought my first Subaru. It's a 2008 Legacy 2.5i se. So far I love the car from top to bottom. Anyone have advice I should know about?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I get both.

    Did not fill them out, though. Too time consuming, and noone's paying me!

    CR does have the biggest sample size, IIRC.
  • I need a definitive answer: can I use a 15" wheel for snow tires on an '08 Legacy 2.5i Limited that comes with 17" wheels as standard? I have a nice set of Blizzaks from my old car that I would like to use on my new Legacy.

    TireRack says no due to brake clearance; Discount Tire Direct says yes. The '08 Legacy has an 11.5" vented front disc and a 10.6" solid rear disc. By comparison, the 2004 Legacy L (the last year that came with 15" wheels as standard) had a 10.7" vented front disc and an 11.3" rear disc.

    Anyone have an idea? My thanks in advance.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I am sure there are SOME 15" wheels that would clear your brakes, however, I don't think that the generic 15" steelies for subies will clear them due to brake caliper clearance issues.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I seriously doubt it.

    Maybe 15" gold Impreza RS wheels.

    Ask the dealer if you can test-mount one wheel on the front axle. Tell them it's a pre-requisite for a sale.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Now if there was a 15" Gold Impreza RS wheel that would be suprising!

    The Imprezas were 16x7!

    There are aftermarket 15" rally wheels that run about $300-400 a pop that will clear the 4-pot FHI calipers, but even then I'm not sure they'd clear the legacy brakes.

  • OK--thanks for the info.
  • I'm considering an '08 outback Xi (?) series (the one with the 4 cyl turbo engine) given that the base 170 HP engine just isn't enough (0 - 60 times longer than a Prius and with less than half the MPG).

    But I do not know if the turbo engine tolerates 89 or 87 octane fuel (Subaru recommends 91). I also don't know, in general, how Subaru turbos hold up (one work associate of mine went to great lengths to put additional oil pumps on his, along with long idle up and idle down times).

    I also don't know how seat comfort holds up over long trips. Any comments from folks around 170 lbs who have had long stints in this car would be welcome.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Regular gas in a Subie turbo? Don't do it. These engines "require" (not recommend) premium gas. Also, new for '08 Subie turbos, is that they now require oil changes every 3750 miles, not 7500 as per earlier turbos. Not sure why the change this year.

    I've got almost 30K on on my '06 WRX 2.5 turbo without any problems.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Especially with the higher-boost Legacy/Outback engine.

    The lower output tune in the Forester runs less boost and in that case premium fuel is not actually required.

    It is required on the Legacy, though.

    Maybe an H6 for you? You can use regular fuel with those.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    I find the seat comfort on the Outback to be outstanding. I just drove one more than 5000 miles over a two week period. I still needed to stretch now and again, but it was leagues beyond any other seat I have experienced. They are firm, but supportive. Note of caution - do not sit for long periods with things (like a wallet) in your back pocket. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My Miata is so tight that I can't sit with a wallet in my back pocket for my 13 miles commute!

    So I've grown accustomed to doing that all the time.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    after having been pickpocketed a few times I never put my wallet in that back pocket and have not lost a wallet in 20+ years now, plus I don't need to worry about sitting on it!
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