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2013 and earlier-Subaru Legacy Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The asking price is pretty silly.

    Value should drop 10% as soon as you drive it off the lot, so look for a 15% or so drop compared to a new one with those miles.

  • jae2jae2 Posts: 7
    was this a sedan or wagon as the invoice looks lower than expected? i'm looking for the '07 2.5i wagon, but was wondering if the '06 might be a better deal.
  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    The '06 2.5i SE wagon has cash rebate of $2,000. You should pay under invoice for one. ;)
  • jae2jae2 Posts: 7
    Was this in Canada or in US? - the rebate doesn't show up on any sites including carcostcanada. the SE comes out at:
    invoice 30561
    pdi 1495
    total 32156 +GST

  • Hi All,

    First of all, these forums are great! Never realized just what a wealth of great information there is here...

    Okay, to cut to the chase, I'm interested in purchasing a 2005 Legacy GT Sedan, manual transmission. Those are my requirements...not interested in the wagon or an automatic trans (or the "automanual" trans). Is it me or is there a scarcity of these vehciles on the market? I'm finding a heck of a time even finding these cars for sale.

    Can someone recommend a resource or two in the Mid-Atlantic area that I might check out to get the best deal on this car?

    I've been checking AutoTrader, Cars.Com,, eBay, CraigsList... There is a local Honda dealer in Edison, NJ who has one for $18,995.. 21k miles. This appears to be an okay deal compared with other dealers, but honestly out of all the colors this is the one that I really dislike.

    Also, is there a "rule of thumb" regarding how much a dealer will come down from the initial asking price for these cars? i.e., if I did pursue the car above, any ideas how much the dealer could come off? I have nothing to trade (unless the dealer wants a 1995 Dodge Intrepid ;).

    But much appreciated if someone could provide some tips on good dealers/resources to find this car at a good price in the Mid-Atlantic region (NJ in particular).

    Thank you very much.


    - Dave
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Fitzgerald Auto Mall in MD is, I believe, the nation's largest-volume new Subaru dealer, so they should have a good selection of used, too.

    I think part of the problem is that 2006 didn't have many dramatic changes that would've encouraged '05 owners to trade in.
  • Thanks Jeff. Checked out their website, didn't see much..

    So I actually looked at one today that was nice.. 23k miles, regal blue. The guy was asking $17,900 but he wasn't moving off that price at all. Not one bit. So I walked...

    I thought he might chase me out the door, but nope... I may need to give him a call tomorrow, although honestly I'm not sure how to approach. We'll see...

    - Dave
  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    If you don't like the color and can't find what your looking for, why don't you tell the dealer about the one you saw in Regal Blue. Tell him if he can beat his price, you'll go with him. Make sure you tell him your not crazy about the color. Also that you wanted to be fair. You could try calling the other dealer about the new price the of the undesired color and see if he comes down. You could always get a new paint job if the Blue doesn't work out. Post how it turns out. Good luck! :)
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Honestly, I think $17.9k is not a bad price for a GT. I'd check the tread wear on the tires... if they're the original stock set, they may not have much left on them. Otherwise, if the car's in excellent condition, I can't imagine you could go much lower than $17-$17.5k. Regal Blue's a nice color, too.

    If they won't budge on the sale price of $17.9, and this is at a Subaru dealer, maybe you could get them to throw in a free 30k service, or something similar that doesn't cost them nearly as much to give to you as it would for you to pay for.
  • You're right Jeff -- $17.9k is definitely a pretty good asking price. I also agree that Regal Blue is very nice on this car. In retrospect, I probably low-balled him a bit too much... I guess I was curious to see what his "real" bottom line was and thought I could determine that quicker by offering a figure lower than the car's worth. I also offered to trade my vehicle in, but admittedly it doesn't have much resale value.

    Actually it's not a Subaru is a dealer though. The only negative I see about the car is that it doesn't have a spoiler (and it's hard to call that a negative, more like a personal preference). A friend had a spoiler put on his Impreza WRX (2005) by a local Subaru dealer for $300 I believe... so that's not horrible.

    I'm really starting to think I should go in there again. Any suggestions on what my next offer should be? I readily admit I'm not too experienced in purchasing cars from a dealer.

    Thanks for the help...

    - Dave
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Sounds like the dealer's fairly straightforward if they're offering a decent price up front. Maybe offer to buy it on the spot for somewhere in the low-to-mid $17s, or high $16s if it doesn't have new tires. And I'd only offer that amount for a vehicle in excellent, "like new" condition. Again, even paying $17.9k seems like a fair deal, especially when it's a car that's somewhat hard to find.

    I think it's always tougher to buy used cars than new, 'cause you never know what the dealer paid for it. Good luck!
  • clicli Posts: 2
    Interested in getting a new 2006 Subura Legacy SE sedan, but not getting much response from the dealers around here. (I emailed several of them for quotes.) I live in Central Washington area. Any suggestions, Jeffmc and others?
  • luvmbootyluvmbooty Posts: 271
    Did you check their inventories? Go to and check inventories with your zip code.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    I highly recommend Carter Subaru in Seattle (actually Shoreline) for any new Subaru purchase. Contact them through the internet, you'll get no-pressure, take-it-or-leave-it pricing right up front. I've purchased several vehicles from them this way, and have friends and co-workers who have also. No regrets, no complaints, best car-buying experiences ever. It's nice to find an honest dealer/salesperson for a change. Depending on how far you're coming from, if you're willing to drive to Carter for service they've got free loaners, too, and a service dept. that's open 7 days a week - early and late most days. If you need any more info about Carter, feel free to e-mail me... you can view my profile (which contains my e-mail address) by clicking on my name in the title of the post.

    Now, the real hard part is that you're about a month too late. There aren't many '06s left... '07s have been arriving for a month or more. Checking Carter's website, they've got a 2006 SE wagon, a Limited sedan, and two GT Limited sedans. That's it. The rest of their Legacies are 2007s. They're one of the country's largest dealerships, and usually have a good selection, but only have those 4 '06s left.

    You might e-mail them for a quote on that Limited sedan (silver, automatic)... it's a small step up from the Special Edition, but I bet the price will surprise you - in a good way. :) Also, there's already a $700 rebate offered on '07s, so you may want to consider that as another option. They'd probably also be willing to sell an '06 SE from their loaner car fleet, if that's what you're set on.

    Other than that, maybe try Carr Subaru, if you're willing to drive to the Portland area (Beaverton). They offer a low, set price on every vehicle, and are also one of the country's biggest Subaru sellers.

    Happy hunting, and let me know if there's anything else I can do.
  • clicli Posts: 2
    Thank you so much Jeffmc. See my email. cli
  • Jeff -

    Thanks for your help. Just wanted to let you know that I am now the proud owner of a 2005 Legacy GT. 5MT, Regal Blue... just picked it up a few hours ago! I called the dealer back and he came down $400... so I got it for $17,500. Really not bad at all -- the car appears to be in excellent condition...23,000 miles..

    I'm very happy.


    Thanks for your help and support, it is much appreciated!

    ::heading over to to learn a bit more about my new vehicle::


    - Dave
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    WooHoo! I'm savin' souls for Subaru this week! :) Congrats on the GT... sounds like a beaut and a very good price. Great value for the amount of vehicle you're getting. That's a decent forum for us Legacy owners, but Edmunds seems to be a more friendly community, at least to me, so I "hang out" here and check up on the rumors over there.

    Check out the Subaru Crew Cafe and Subaru Crew - Meet the Members II to talk with other Subaru owners here about Subarus or, well, pretty much anything else. :) There's a pretty nice group of regulars (and some irregulars as well ;) ).
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats, Dave. We joke that half of all Subaru owners are named Dave, for whatever reason it's the most common name among our Crew.

    Hop on over, we also chat live every Thursday night.

  • rbramrbram Posts: 4
    I am close to pulling the trigger on a 2007 Legacy GT Spec B. I have been offered about $1,000 under MSRP. Has anyone done a deal with a 2007 yet, curious to know how this compares?
  • Dealer inventories of the 2006 Legacy SE are getting very low, that’s true.

    I started looking a week ago, checked Subaru’s website for inventory of all the dealerships within a two-hour drive and found very little. Those I called or email on were demo models, which didn’t interest me.

    I had pretty much decided to give up and start pursuing the 2007 model (no cash-back offer) when out of the blue, last Friday, I received a response from a dealership about an hour drive away. It was the last 06 SE on his lot and not a demo (67 miles on it).

    The vehicle didn’t have many options on it (auto-dimming mirror/compass and splash guards, that’s it), but that was pretty much all I was looking for anyway.

    I guess the lesson there is not to give up yet just yet. Call or email every dealer within the range you are willing to drive and ask.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Hey, congrats on finding one of the last ones! In my region (NW), the '07s have $700 cash back... not as good as the $2k we got on our '06s, but it's somethin'. The only option included on mine was the subwoofer/amp, which in retrospect I'm pleased to have gotten. The SEs come with plenty of features standard, so even though I didn't add many extras (I did order splash guards and tint the windows), I don't feel like I'm really missing anything.
  • Thanks. It's pretty much exactly what I was looking for.

    The car is going to be a family vehicle for a couple of years, at which time my daughter will take it with her to college out west. It’ll be her car then and will still have plenty of mileage/reliability/safety remaining in.

    Whether it still has all those things once she graduates four years later is up to her and how well she treats it and maintains it.

    Good info to know about the $700 back on the ‘07s. I never researched the ‘07s, so I'm not sure if it's available in my area (midwest).

    One of the salesmen I dealt with on the ’06 said the MSRP on the ’07 is a couple of hundred dollars less than the ’06. True? I don't know, but it's worth mentioning, I suppose, for those logging on here looking for info on the ’07 model.

    Edit add: I'd be curious to know if the invoice on the '07 is also a couple hundred less than a comparable '06.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    '07 Legacy SE automatic sedan invoice = $21,175
    '06 Legacy SE automatic sedan invoice = $22,160

    Wow - '07 has nearly $1000 lower invoice and a few more features. Didn't realize the price difference was that great. Nice work by Subaru making it an even better value. I'm sure the factory-to-dealer incentives aren't as high on the '07s, but folks must be picking up '07s for a pretty low price.

    You can find invoices on all the Subaru models here:
    I think Edmunds lists invoices as well.
  • Thanks for your detailed info. I am shopping for an 06/07 WRX STI and noticed a huge CND/US price difference. I'm from Newmarket and was wondering if you might suggest a US dealer and anything else you may feel could be useful. I'm selling an 02 Trans Am collector's edition prior to this purchase - Autotrader? - ebay motors? I usually traded-in.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wow, indeed. I think the 06 had a $2000 incentive, so let's see what the 07s get (eventually).

  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    My friend is shopping for a 2007 Legacy GT wagon, and he has been offered $100 over invoice by the Internet manager at a local Subaru dealer. He would have to order it as they don't have any in stock. Apparently there is also a $750 rebate. It seems like a good deal. Should I tell him to go for it?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd look for a left over '06. They had a $2000 incentive and cut-rate financing (both).

  • aftyafty Posts: 499
    The dealer claims there is only one '06 GT wagon left in the state (CA), and he can't get it. Otherwise that would be my suggestion too.

    On the other hand, with the lower invoice on the '07s, maybe the final price on an '06 wouldn't be that much less anyway.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Plus he may get some gas savings over the life of the vehicle with the "SI Drive" in the '07, so that may help offset any additional cost.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Guess so. They say you can save about 10% of your fuel, which doesn't sound like much, but over time that adds up. At 15k miles/year, 22mpg average vs. 20 without it, you save 68 gallons, or a little over $200 a year.

    I keep my cars for a long time, the Forester is 9 years old, so that would be $1800 already.

    Yeah, go for the '07, especially if you keep 'em long.

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