"With over 200000 miles this car always starts and gets me to and from. My cost of ownership has been by far the lowest of any car I've had. This car was rode hard and put away wet. I did replace both front axles which is a known weakness and there is a seal leak in the engine but after all these miles and time I only replaced 1 headlight and 1 taillight. Unlike most American cars of 1994 there have been no electrical failures, no failed shocks, an indestructible automatic transmission.
I most like its drive ability. It is by far the easiest car to drive of any I have tried including my wife's 2009 corolla"
"I got this car from my mother and I love it. It has some wear and tear but the engine is still solid and has no leaks. for this car being 20 years old I am sure that I has another 20 years as long as oil,tire are changed on a regular basis."
Pros: "Great price, great mileage, low maintenance."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Best car I ever bought! We purchased this car over one weekend in the summer of 1992, and have never regretted the purchase. It consistently exceeds the gas mileage expectations, and has had no major issues, just routine maintenance over the years. Got us throught the baby, preschool, and school years for our first child, and now our second child is almost 15 and hopes to drive the Subaru in a year or two. We love this car."
"I bought my '92 Legacy in '94 with only 9,700 miles on the odometer. It was previously used as a demo at a dealership before I bought it. I love the car, as I haven't parted with it in more than 13 years now. I am forcing myself to finally give it up at the end of this year (I have made that promise three years ago); primarily because it has developed four cancer spots of rust and it's beginning to look bad. This car has been so reliable. A few expensive items I had to replace have been the rubber axel boots on the front end and a starter for the ignition system. It is now also starting to leak, not burn, oil, which could be an expensive repair at 122,232 miles on its odometer. The most annoying thing about this car is the interior styling, particularly where the front cup holders have been placed. The radio, clock and cassette can not be used easily when the cup holder is in use. It pulls out directly in front of the audio system. Somebody was not in their right mind when they designed where the cup holders should go. Otherwise, it's been a reliable, great handling friend!"
"I paid 800 bucks for my '91.This car got me hooked on Scooby Doos(Subarus).Just one week after i got it,I drove fromWaterbury,CT to Worcester,Mass in the snow with absolutely no problems.The only thing you have to be aware of is the front axels.Easy to replace and cheap,so thats not even a big deal.After owning this car,I really wanted A Legacy GT, but I figured it going to be few years before i can actually afford one so I put a new muffler,timing belt,water pump,front axels,plugs,wires,belts,front brakes(rotors&pads) and new tires on this one.Two weeks after all that,I found a 1999 Legacy GT with leather,moonroof,power everything and I bought it.Now I don't drive around thinking"man I want one of those".Nor will I ever buy anything other than a Subaru."
"I bought my 93 turbo wagon 3yrs ago,paid top price(6000),with 75000 miles,and it has been worth every cent.No break-downs,great performance,gas milage OK(22-city,24-highway),it's a tank in the snow,able to put lots of ski gear and all my stuff in it,no problem.Very fun to drive and a great investment!!"
Pros: "Long durability, decent gas mileage, comfortable"
Cons: "cup holders in front of radio, automatic seatbelts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I initially went to the dealership to buy a Jetta and ended up qualifying for the Subaru instead. I needed a car for my upcoming birth of my daughter and it had to be a 4 door. Well I drove it off the lot and was thinking would I love this car? 250,000 miles later, my 18 year old daughter is driving it as her vehicle. We joked about it and she always thought it would die, but never! The only major repairs were 1 clutch, replaced the radiator and a blown spark plug cable. Other than regular maintenance, religious 3K oil changes, and tires, this has been the best car I've ever owned. I hope my newer Subaru lasts as long."
"I bought this car 12 years ago with 163,000 miles on it. I currently have 287,743. This has been the best car I have ever owned. I Drove back and forth during college from Helena, MT to Seattle, WA for 3 years every break. An 8 hour trip. Stopping only for gas. I have the LSI sedan with leather, CD and power everything. It's comfortable except for lower back support probably because I'm 6'3''. It handled great in 3 feet of snow over 4 passes. I have only replaced the CV joints once and a year ago put in a new exhaust sensor for $90. I have a block heater for the cold -20 MT winter. Worked well as long as it was plugged in with gas line anti-freeze.
If only my 1999 had been this reliable! I've picked up my wife at the shop 3 times in my 287,000 mile car to have my 150,000 mile car fixed. The 2.2L engine is much better then the DOHC 2.5L. The car will go any where in the snow and off road rally through about any thing as the ground clearance will allow. I change the oil my self every 3,000.
I still drive it every day to work and back and the thing keeps running. I almost wish it would blow up so I could get another car! I can't bring myself to get rid of it partly because I want to see how long it will go.
Which is why Subaru will one day take over the world."
"We bought the car used with about 55K on it and it has served us well for almost nine years. We changed the oil every 3000 miles or so and made sure it was regularly checked by our mechanic. Now at 156K, it's slightly overdue for a timing belt.
Major issues have been weak air flow in the vent/defrost system (due to a significant build-up of organic matter in the ductwork ... garaging the car might have helped), and a seriously degrading exhaust system. (Additionally, I didn't care for the driver's seat — and needed an additional foam cusion — but it didn't bother my spouse.)
AWD is great for upper Midwest winter weather — we've navigated numerous winter storms — but cuts mileage somewhat. We usually got mid-20s mpg.
We're replacing the Legacy with a Matrix and passing it on to our daughter who will be using it in MN and CO. I'll miss the larger hauling capacity, large windows, and roof rack. But I know it will safely get her where she needs to go."
"I've owned my baby for almost 3 years now (3/1/2007) and have kept up with the routine maintenance on her. All fluid levels are where they should be and very clean. I have the FRONT wheel-drive and it goes through snow unbelievably fantastic!!! (4 new Uniroyal tires help!!) It's like a 4-wheel (or all wheel!) drive and is one very tough car. It goes through snow like nothing I've ever seen!! It's exceptionally smooth, especially with 170,000 miles! It's not unheard of fior these cars to hit the 300,000 or even 400,000 mile mark! VERY quiet and VERY dependable! These cars never die!! I'm looking for another one for my 17 year-old daughter or she'll just get mine! I highly recommend these cars to anyone in need of forever reliability!"
"we bought this vehicle brandnew right off the showroom floor in 1992 and have since put 220000 miles on it and have used it for 17 years all year round and other than regualar maintainence we have done nothing. but know the maine winters are takeing their toll so we are purchasing another subaru to replace this one."
"Had soem minor repairs - two solenoids on the transmission, water pump, fuel pump, but otherwise, it has been a great car. Bought mine @120 K and am driving it now at 300K. I think it could be time for a new one!
Great in the snow!"
"I bought my baby on March 1, 2007 and my 2 year anniversary is tomorrow, 3/1/2009 as far as length of ownership!! I plan on replacing the passenger side cv joint, rear wheel hub bearing (also on pass. side) and 4 nice, new tires. Of course, the wheel balance on all 4 wheels and 4 wheel alignment is a MUST when replacing these parts. I had an accident in February of 2008 (front and fender damage) and put a junkyard hood/fender on and she still runs like a top!! Not the prettiest car, though! I hope it goes through inspection with flying colors April 1st. No frame damage is there, a professional told me. Superior comfort, needs much better gas mpg, though. A very smooth, comfy ride and only routine maintenance needed. I HIGHLY recommend these babies to anyone looking for cheap, super reliable transportation!! Good luck!!"
"I bought my baby in 2007 with only 129k miles on the clock and the only repairs needed were driver side cv joint and an alternator. It now needs a passenger cv joint and a wheel bearing. Repairs done within the last month was brakes only. VERY little maintenance required on these due to high reliability and excellent build quality! She rides so smooth for a 19 year old car and is very fun to drive, esp. with the moonroof. My daughter will be getting this car on her 17th birthday and will remain in the family until the wheels literally fall off or until she just no longer goes!!!! Keep all fluids at proper levels and changed routinely and these cars will pay you back TEN times over!"
"All in all, a great car, ran great with no unscheduled maintenance for most of the time I owned it. Minor unscheduled maintenance started showing up at about 120,000 miles, when a rear door lock started acting up, and the engine started to lose oil. Losing oil was why I replaced it after 11 years. The only minor annoyances was the climate controls in the car, the windshield defroster didn't do a good job in the upper corners, and there was no intermittent setting for the rear wiper. In its later years, it probably lost a step in acceleration and gas mileage, but certainly not more than one would expect. It cruised well enough on a German Autobahn, but the engine got a bit loud over 95mph, and the front end started to feel a little squirrelly at around 110mph. It was a great car to buy new in '91 and served my family very well."
"My third car was a 1990 Subaru Legacy L and after owning two 80s era Mercury Grand Marquis junkers. It was given to me as a gift from a family friend to get to and from college and it turned out to be a godsend. This car was so well built that even 12 years after its model year I got very reliable use from it. During my student teaching, I drove it an hour and a half each way through the high peaks of the Adirondack Mtns in NY in temperatures of -20F and I had very few problems. The AWD was so helpful in the snow, including one time when I ran into a sudden blizzard driving up to Ottawa, Ont. to watch the NY Rangers play the Ottawa Senators (Rangers won, 5-1.)
The Legacy isn't much to look at, so I docked a star for styling. The seats are comfortable enough, but on an eight-hour drive to Toronto, Ont. I did need to take a couple breaks.
Also, the engine is extremely reliable. It does not, however, have much pep. Be prepared to have your hazards on while you go up steep hills at 25 mph while lines of cars behind you honk at you.
I only had a couple of major repairs while I had this car. I had to replace the transmission once because I didn't know about a hole in the transmission oil reservoir until the transmission seized. I also had to replace the alternator. Total cost of these repairs was $1200.00.
That's the trade-off with this car. Repairs are very few and far-between but when you do need to have something fixed it is expensive for the parts. I had to have the transmission shipped up from Tennessee.
Overall, I think it was a fantastic car and just the right kind of car for a college student/high school student on the go looking for reliable transportation."
"brought new in 93, still running after 300,000 plus miles, original transmission and engine and exhaust system..only changed oil,tires,brakes..bullet proof engine and best 4wheel drive transmission money can buy.."
"I bought of these cars in nov. of 2006 and i only payed $100. For the price i payed and the minor issues that has risen over the past year this car is excellent on gas and i would recommend any subaru to anybody that wants a quality vehicle. I would take an old beat up subaru over and new BMW any day"
"As a single parent it has been inportant to have a reliable car; its never let me down.
I bouht the car 11 yrs ago with 41,000 and only had to do minor maintenance; cv joints at 80,000, alternator and clutch at 134,000.
Power features all still work well including radio.( some Bulbs burned out in instrument panel) It is now a very good first car for my 16 yr old daughter"
"I've gotten a quarter million miles on it and it's still chugging away. If you give it check ups every once in a while, it'll keep running forever. It runs smooth and flawlessly, I've only had to replace the transmission once. Great car. I'd definitely buy a Subaru again, and run it into the ground too."