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1998 Subaru Legacy

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Information shown for entry-level Wagon.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 27/Comb 23 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1998 Subaru Legacy Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 285 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Great car!

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 224,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great car. Very reliable"

Cons: "Cup holders don't work very well"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this car. It is ideal for getting around town as a daily driver. It has yet to let me down with over 220k miles on it I know it has many more to go. Highly highly recommend."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Like a Magnet on a Steel racing track

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling. Transmission gearing"

Cons: "Console is dated."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've driven mine for six years. I got it when it had 132000 and it now has 186000 miles. Snow. Rain. Ice. Heat. Dirt. you name it. Drives like a dream. Handling is fantastic for a wagon form. Good on gas (I still average around 22 mpg city/hwy). I am selling it now and will miss it."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

A Great car for its time...

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "AWD,Safety,Good MPG"

Cons: "Stereo,Weird Cup Holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had two of these cars, One a wagon and this one the sedan. I bought this car knowing it would last a long time and after 5 years and 60k Miles it still runs great. I bought it with 148k miles with one prior owner. It's now just over 200k Miles and still starts every morning and runs great. No Check engine lights or any warning lights. Granted it does show its age a bit due to the last owner having dogs with scratches in the paint and a few marks on the door trim. Other than those parts the car looks as if its new. In the 5 years I've had it I've only had to do Oil changes and tires as well as the usual PM to the car. It was only recently that I had a problem when I drove from Nashville,TN to Reno, NV in which 100 miles from Reno the Driver front bearing went out and took the CV Joint and Hub with it. I ended up making it to a shop in Reno, NV and replaced the Hub with a pre-pressed Hub for $30.00 and a New CV Joint for $60.00 I also replaced the brakes as they had a little wear on them from the damage but overall it was an easy fix and only took a couple hours to fix. Since then this car has been running just as good as before if not better. It is really great in the snow and slippery weather and also is true to the Subaru name and has plenty of pep to keep up with new cars on the road. The Factory stereo was good but the tape deck didn't work and it was under powered. I eneded up replacing the deck with a Pioneer unit and it was much better but being a car of its age the factory speakers started to stop working and I replaced them with 4 6.5 Pioneers. It was easy to replace the front but the trunk speakers were not easy and I would recommend Best Buy to do it for you so that nothing is broken in the process. As far as features there are other cars of this year. It has the basics like Cruise control but can be a little annyoing as you need to press another button to turn it on then set it. But it works great. The steering is like all Subarus where you feel the most control even in the worst of situations. This car has saved me many times during a snow storm. As far as gas mileage it gets a decent 350-400 a tank during road trips and in the city it can do close to 325 a tank. But it all depends on how you drive, even if you race it it seems to still get good gas mileage. As far as safety this car is very safe and good for first time drivers such as kids. Having owned another subaru like it in the past I can attest this car is very safe and will keep you from getting too hurt as I was in an accident where someone hit me from the side towards the front passagener side in which knocked the engine loose and totalled the car but I was safe with just a few bruises from the seat belts. The ride of the car is great and is very smooth for a car of its height and weight, it gives you the a good feeling on those curvy roads and is very comfortable for road trips. The 5 Speed transmission is smooth but the engine could use a 6 speed transmission as at 65-70 Mph the engine is close to 3000RPM which can be loud at times if you don't have music playing. Overall I would recommend this car even with high mileage as this would be a great car for parents with kids learning to drive or going to college as the cost of ownership is very low and will last for years."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

great snow machine, and reliable.

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good value and very utilititarian"

Cons: "tiny and somewhat noisy, road and engine"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"this is my fourth Subaru. I started with a Brat, which I think was a 1972. Yeah, I'm an old codger, but I love cars and have owned many. (30+) Suby's are great, economical and perform well in snow, rain and icy conditions."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great car awesome value

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"honestly may not be the "coolest" car but extremely reliable. Never had any problems with the car. Great all around love the awd great in all weather"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Inherited this car; dependable but uncomfortable

By on Saturday, January 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good winter car in upstate NY"

Cons: "uncomfortable and console controls locations odd"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Very reliable but front seats are very uncomfortable and have had trouble with back lift gate not operating. Gas mileage is good, but not great about 25 mpg."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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