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2001 Subaru Legacy

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 25/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

2001 Subaru Legacy Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 125 Ratings for the 2000 - 2004 models.

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

Loved this car

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This was the first car I bought from a dealership and I loved it dearly. I bought it at 135k miles for a really good price (for a Subaru in CO). It's a fun little sedan to drive, and it does fine on rough conditions (dirt roads, snow packed roads, mountain climbs). Most of it's issues were pretty minor: It went through headlights pretty quickly, which isn't an uncommon issue in Subarus, and it needed spark plugs changed more frequently than normal. A bigger issue with it was the radiator. Twice in the 3 years I've owned this car the radiator has completely emptied in a matter of minutes, with no detectable leak. My first thought was that the lid of the radiator fluid had come off, but that proved not be true. Why it lost all coolant twice, out of nowhere, remains a mystery to me and the 4 different mechanics that I've taken it to for an explanation. It's reaching the end of it's life now at 175k miles, as it begins to have that headgasket issue that these cars tend to get, and its rough life with me catches up to it. For people looking for a tough, reliable sedan I recommend this vehicle, because it's entirely possible the radiator issue was simply user error."

Best car EVER. It is a great car to own and drive.

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Moved and needed rent money

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "handling,comfort,style,room"

Cons: "low ground clearance, and first gen 2.5"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Looked good for having 216,350

"I'm 16 and my mom and recently sold our 2000 Legacy L in Colorado. I have to say that this car was a great first car and very fun to drive, besides my friends 02 wrx. I'll get all the good stuff first, one it's really a rally car in disguise. I mean this thing handled and corrnerd amazingly on mountain passes to the ski areas in Colorado. If im not in a Subaru on a mountain pass I don't feel safe. I trusted this car with my life. Even took it to empty snowy parking lot and had a ton of fun with my mom. Also got it up to 110 mph one time. Its great all around! Now the bad side about all that. I know quite a bit about Subaru cars, and this one has the notorious first gen 2.5 engine. Now this engine does eat up the head gasket over time. we went through 2 in the 8 years that we owned it. Plus the low ground clearance caused a lot of snow to build up in the wheel wells. The alternator seized up on use before we sold it (easy fix). But its a easy engine to work on for basic stuff. Dont let any of that bad stuff fool you. As long as you take care of it and love it and if something needs replacing soon get it replaced, THIS CAR WILL LAST FOREVER. WE sold ours around 216,3500ish, pretty much broken in. And to be honest I was in tears the last time I saw that car when I left Colorado."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Looked good for having 216,350

Comfortable, responsive in traffic and reliable!

By on Monday, September 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, reasonable price"

Cons: "Has cup holders and very comfortable seating."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Dependable, great in snow and ice in 2nd gear AWD, responsive in traffic and lots of get up and go when passing!"

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

I loved this car, is hard letting it go.

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,500

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"This car is very dependable. Only issue may be when it is snowing heavily, and sticky, there isn't a lot of clearance . The snow sticks under the wheel well."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Worst car I've owned

By on Thursday, June 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Pretty color. Good on the highway."

Cons: "Poor fuel economy (23-25 mpg), lots of servicing."

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

"This vehicle spends more money in the shop than on gas. It needs a new part every month. It's like a delicate flower that must be handled just right. I wish I never looked at it at the dealer."

8 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Well built, drives great

By on Friday, May 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "build quality, drivability, HVAC, grip, AWD"

Cons: "33xxx lbs and only 165hp"

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

"I got this car off of a person whom thought it needed a new motor due to the ticking noise. Turns out that it is the notorious piston slap. I brought the car up to snuff and have been driving it ever since with no issue. Gas milage is 23-24 mixed and the power is OK for this size car. Visibility is great and the driving position is good overall. If your car has excessive wind noise there are 2 things that may need to be done. 1. if it is coming from the MIRROR area, replace the gusset that the windows slides into. This will run you about $40 and you will have to remove the inner door panel and mirror to replace it. you can verify this by placing your hand on the rubber and pressing it to the glass, if the noise stops, replace gusset 2. If the wind noise is going from other areas around the glass, lower the window all the way and then slowly bend the window gusset towars the inside of the car (pull it in) while bracing the door with your body. For those of you with a constant engine rattle that sounds like a rod bearing. Remove timing cover and inspect your timing belt tensioner and idlers, replace anything that is leaking or making noise. they typically start going out around 60K miles (mine was leaking at 63K miles) Overall impressions? very reliable, well built, easy to drive car"

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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