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2008 Subaru Legacy

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2008 Subaru Legacy Review

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The 2008 Subaru Legacy offers buyers all the comforts of the finest sports sedan coupled with the sure-footedness afforded by Subaru's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. No longer associated mainly with snowbound Vermont drivers and die-hard ski fans, the Legacy has blossomed into a handsome and sporty mainstream vehicle, offering top-notch ratings in the areas of safety, comfort and resale value. The Legacy's horizontally-opposed engines provide good power and decent fuel economy, and the GT features a turbocharged version that cranks out an impressive 243 horsepower. While not as smooth or refined as the engines offered by Honda and Toyota, the Legacy's drivetrain is every bit as reliable and its low-slung design helps reduce the height of the Legacy's center of gravity.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2008 Subaru Legacy occupies the sparsely-populated space between high-value family sedans and premium sports sedans, offering some of the best characteristics of both.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't live in an area where slick roads are a regular concern, the premium price of all-wheel drive might seem unwarranted. Conversely, if you want the added peace of mind brought by traction and/or stability control, you may be disappointed to learn neither is available on the base 2.5i.

What's New for 2008

All Legacy models receive a modest exterior freshening, while the wagon models are renamed Outback, leaving only the sedans to carry the Legacy nameplate. A new trim, the 3.0 R Limited, becomes the top-of-the-line offering and features a 245-horsepower six-cylinder engine. New standard features for all Legacy models include remote keyless entry, revised dash and seat fabrics and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel.

Driving the Legacy

Driving Impressions We drove the turbocharged 2.5 GT Limited sedan with a five-speed manual transmission and enjoyed it very much. The engine's turbocharger comes on quickly, strongly and smoothly, the steering is...

also responsive and handling limits are high enough to promote outbursts of enthusiasm. Still, when driven at an everyday pace, the Legacy behaves not unlike its less-athletic competitors. With a light steering effort and small turning circle, the Legacy is pleasant around town and in a parking lot. Likewise, highway ride is well within the range of comfortable. We'd expect similar ride and handling from the less-powerful 2.5i models. For even sharper handling and sportier accessories, check out the limited-edition 2.5 GT spec.B and the 3.0 R Limited.

Manual Shift Buttons
Steering wheel-mounted shift buttons provide handy manual control of the Legacy GT Limited's optional five-speed automatic transmission.

Fast-Tune Radio
The Legacy's AM/FM/CD sound system moves from station to station with minimal delay, so you can find something you want to hear more quickly.

2008 Subaru Legacy Details
2008 Subaru Legacy photo Interior

Inside the Legacy, a decidedly sporty three-spoke steering wheel sets an athletic tone enhanced by supportive seats, straightforward gauges, metallic trim and crisp, contemporary styling. Combined with the liberal use of quality materials, the Legacy's passenger cabin conveys a solid sense of refinement. While it isn't the biggest midsize sedan out there, most backseat passengers should find the Legacy plenty accommodating for trips across town and beyond. Notable standard safety features include front side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags.

Exterior

Despite an aging platform, the Legacy is still fresh enough to compete with newer designs from Honda and Toyota, avoiding the trapezoidal grille and awkward styling that permeated much of the Subaru line over the last few years. We did notice the Legacy's frameless doors make it difficult to open or hold a door without touching the window. The turbocharged 2.5 GT Limited model is identifiable by a functional hood scoop and exterior mirror-integrated turn indicators, while all Legacy models sport the same 17-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Legacy sedan and wagon include a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD sound system, cruise control, trip computer, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cloth seating and 17-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Optional Equipment

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 243-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, four- and five-speed manually-selectable automatic transmissions, a six-speed manual (Spec.B only) DVD touch-screen navigation system, in-dash six-CD changer, power glass moonroof, leather seating, power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, heated side mirrors, wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, wood-look trim and front sport seats. The 3.0 R Limited includes a 245-horsepower 3.0-liter engine, 18-inch wheels and touch-screen navigation.

Under the Hood

Both turbo and non-turbo Legacy models feature a four-cylinder "boxer" engine in which the cylinders and pistons are arranged horizontally, with the two on one side opposing the two on the other side (thus, an "opposed" engine design), rather than being positioned vertically or in a "V" angle. One of the boxer's advantages is its lower center of gravity that promotes better handling. Depending on the model's engine/transmission configuration, each Legacy features one of three distinct all-wheel-drive systems designed to match the characteristics of the powertrain. The new 3.0 R Limited differs from the four-cylinder models, with a non-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine good for 245 horsepower.

2.5-liter Boxer-4
170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)

2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
243 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
241 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 (manual), 18/24 (automatic)

3.0-liter Boxer-6
245 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24

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2008 Subaru Legacy Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 288 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Great Car!!

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, quick, comfortable, and reliable"

Cons: "stereo system is a bit lackluster"

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

"I just bought the car about a month ago and so far I have no complaints whatsoever. It handles nicely. It's quick and with it being a 5 speed, I can control my fuel economy pretty well. I average about 26mpg with mixed (city and highway) driving. I really like AWD, this is the first car I've ever owned with AWD and I don't think I'll ever go back to front wheel drive. I'm really excited to see how well she handles the snow and ice that Indiana winters surely bring along with them."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Good car--no prob;ems, has less than 47K miles-

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very reliable, can even drive in a snow storm"

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

"I am at an age that I am giving up driving--otherwise I would either keep this car or trade it in for a new model just like it--"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Subaru Legacy special edition 2.5 GT turbo/inter

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Accelaration increadible and it really zips quitef"

Cons: "no navigation system"

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

"Car has very low milage< (38000) turbo with intercooler, full extras, garage openers upto three. Seat warmers, independant A/C, multiplayer cd , 6 speakers, leather black, extra gear for greater speed. Momo steering wheel with gear shifts. ajustable, fog lights, cruise control, 260HP, automatic gear box with 5 speeds and with individual shifting inclueding sports gear. HWY MPG= 25 , City 17MPG. Has reached 141MPH. Brakes excellent, handling excellent, pick -up speed when in sport gear suberb. it is quick and agile. low noise from out side even at high speeds."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Thursday, May 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,800

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Most reliable vehicle I have ever owned."

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

"I have owned this car for 10 years and it has been a great car. Never any major issues or mechanical problems. Great in the snow with snow tires."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I loved my subaru. best vehicle i have owned

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "excellent safety equipment"

Cons: "not good place for lighter/power supply"

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

"I received an inheritance and wanted to buy a new car.My Boyfriend looked at hundreds of vehicle reviews for Recalls,Safety,Reliability,Quality and had to have all wheel drive. He found complaints on several vehicles.We had everyone tell us Subaru was one of the best vehicles to buy so I bought my Subaru legacy in California and had it a month and on my way back home to Washington I lost control and hit the center cement barrier at 65mph the speed limit. I came out of it all with only some bruises.The safety equipment worked wonderfully. If it was any of the vehicles i was thinking of buying I don't think I would be alive today. THANK YOU SUBARU!!! I'm buying another Subaru as soon as possible."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I'm all out of love

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "All wheel drive, handles hazardous conditions well"

Cons: "tight interior, expensive to maintain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"While I loved this car when first purchased, it seems to be nickel and diming me to death. Actually, it is more than nickel and diming me. There are several major repairs looming that I just would not have expected of a Subaru and I have made sure that regular maintenance was completed. I am told by my mechanic that while they are good cars, the issues I am having are typical of the brand. My wife drives an Accord with over 230K miles with none of the major issues I am experiencing. The car is fun to drive, but I don't think I would buy another Subaru, despite their great reputation. If you keep a car only a few years and you like the all wheel drive feature, then this car is for you. If you like to keep your cars till they drop then you may want to look at other brands."

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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