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2008 Subaru Legacy

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yup I don't think you can do that, as the doors don't have auto-locking ability.

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • I bought a new 08 Leg. SE auto 3 months ago. I am getting 22 mpg on 80% freeway and the rest is rural light traffic. Funny I get less mpg than paisan and he has a GT on a three day race. I have 3900 miles on it so far.. Anybody like to post there mpg I do not hot rod or speed much still trying to break it in. Thanks in advance.
  • I have an 08 GT MT with 2700 miles and I am getting a minimum of 22-23 MPG and averaging 24-25 mpg according to the trip computer. I checked the trip computer once and it seemed to be off by about 1 mpg too high. Still I am happy. I drive in the "I" mode most of the time but a fair number of hills in about 75% freeway driving.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Well don't forget my car has 50k miles and I run synthetic. It's also an MT.

    I can get it down to 15-17mpg if I really push it around hard.

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • 5spd manual GT - ~ 20 mpg @ town and ~24-26 highway. Car has 5k miles on it. I have a totaly avg of 21.3 mpg since I drove it off the lot. Actually very impressed with the MPG, especially since I have never used I mode and always drive it hard in S or S#.
  • rebel71rebel71 Posts: 87
    I test drove 08 auto 2.5i limited sedan & 08 impreza wagon. How has your reliability been w/ Legacy regards to any type of issue you may have. What made you choose sedan over wagon? Do the fold down seats give you more flexibility?
    Opinion on the OEM Yokohoma Advan tires? Is the VDC helpful/ worth it?
    Your opinions will help greatly!! Thank you :)
  • rebel71rebel71 Posts: 87
    Is the poor visibility at night an issue? Sharp cutoff/ can't see too far ahead.
  • rebel71rebel71 Posts: 87
    I see many posts about head gasket leak, should I be worried?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    VDC is well worth it. This system essentially gives you an LSD in front and rear as well as helps prevent you from losing control. The AWD system does a good job of that but more help in adverse conditions is always better.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I believe in 2002 or 2003 they changed the gasket material/design and therefore we haven't seen much reported issues after that. I would not worry. I own an 05 LGT and no issues at 52k miles.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The sharp cutoff of the low beams is actually an advantage. I drive in upstate NY in the mountains and the low combined with the high beams have not caused an issue. Probaly in my top 2 or 3 cars in terms of stock lights.

    -mike
  • rebel71rebel71 Posts: 87
    I just became the proud owner of 08 2.5i limited automatic legacy(love it). It now has 245 miles all city driving (stop & go) I'm getting about 19mpg since the computer says 20.7, I figured it's always 1 mpg off. EPA states 20/27 sadly I hope it gets better since it's not broken in yet. owners of the 08, what is your mpg?
    Thank you :shades:
  • kmaurerkmaurer Posts: 48
    I also have an 08 Legacy 2.5i limited. I also have 100% city driving (stop and go, generally between 35-40 mph). My idling, though, is limited, as I go to work at 6:00AM and usually have short stop lights. I am averaging around 25 mpg, but I am a VERY conservative driver.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The engine is still very green.

    FWIW, I had a loaner Tribeca for a week, and the trip computer said 20.5mpg, but when I did the math myself I calculated 21.2 mpg.

    So it can go either way. I would not assume you're getting 19mpg.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Also traditionally Subies don't get their best milage until they hit about 10,000 miles. So at 245 miles it's going to get very bad milage.

    -mike
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,392
    Ironically, the very first tank of fuel through my '08 Outback netted the best economy over the 7500 miles I had it: Just under 28. But, it also experienced the most favorable conditions on that tank. One passenger with no cargo, nothing on top (other than cross bars), and mostly freeway (some Seattle area I-5 stop and go freeway) driving. After that, it had a load of cargo on top and inside all through northwest (about 3000 miles) and then went straight north into the deep freeze of winter. Sigh. It did okay. Total average mileage was near 21.5 for the "life" of the vehicle, and I still was not at that 10,000 threshold!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You may also have been driving it gingerly during the break-in period.
  • bigearz1bigearz1 Posts: 20
    Hey I read the manual and cant seem to find the Wheel Torque specs for the car. My freind has install them on at 70. But I'm still curious to know what Subaru recommends. Anyone know?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I use 90 for mine.

    -mike
  • bigearz1bigearz1 Posts: 20
    wow! So i got 70 and you got 90. Anyone else ? do you think it would be dangerous for them to be at 70?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I believe the spec is 82, but I round it up to 90.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A while back I seem to recall the official specs being 68-75 lb-ft. That was for a Forester.
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,346
    In the Section 1 Service Manual for 2000 Legacy & OB, it's 65 ± 7 ft-lb.

    I set mine at 70 and recheck once after 25-40 miles.
  • bigearz1bigearz1 Posts: 20
    Thanks for the info. I'll have mine re-check this weekend. I have no problem with them at 70 so far and seeing that others have it at 90 without problem. I guess its just preference.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yeah sometimes mine are at about 150ish, If I don't use a torque wrench I use my breaker bar and 1/2 lean into it which would be about 150 lbs or so :)

    -mike
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    thats almost as good as when a Ford dealer told me the correct torque is hand tighten then another half turn!!
  • mfletou1mfletou1 Posts: 508
    What's up with the Outback 2.5i Limited not having steering wheel radio controls???

    Pretty glaring omission.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    its a 2.5i, that's a base model, none of the base models have them IIRC.

    -mike
  • mfletou1mfletou1 Posts: 508
    A "Base" model that is called "limited," stickers for nearly $29,000 and has virtually every other possible option?

    Not buying it. If you equip a vehicle with leather, heated seats, a WOW surround sound system, a big honking moonroof, digital auto climate control, etc...you can put a steering wheel control on the wheel. Cars a lot cheaper than that have them.
  • kmaurerkmaurer Posts: 48
    Completely agree. The lack of steering-mounted radio controls is the one major gripe I have with my Limited sedan.
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