"I have owned my 06 Legacy GT for over one year now. I bought it used with 19K and it is still running strong at 49K with multiple cross country trips. I perform my own maintenance with the car, and can safely say that "I know my car, inside and out."
I purchased the car knowing that I would be living in Colorado, and needed an AWD vehicle to get me up to the mountains over snow and high elevations. With that in mind, I chose the legacy gt with knowledge that a turbo is more efficient at higher elevations, power-wise - and of course, AWD with winter tires would ensure my safety. It is now upgraded with a few performance extras, and I've never been happier - and I still have money in my pocket. I average 22-23mpg with both highway & city daily driving.
-Everything about the car, minus the cons.
-With a few small tweaks, even better power and handling can be had.
-Basic maintenance is straight-forward and shown/taught in the manual.
-The "Sleeper" effect is great.
-5EAT transmission is always ready to have "fun" when you finally hit an empty road.
-Subaru has posted "Service Bulletins" that can be acquired on the internet. These are common issues that are "gladly" replaced under warranty. Some of these issues are extended to 100,000 mile warranties.
-See the last comment above.
-The paint is extremely soft, after a year in harsh weather, my front bumper is "sandblasted" pretty bad.
-The stock tires, Potenza RE-92's, are a horrible tire to match the power of the car - the first thing you should do is change them.
-The OEM windshield is poor quality. I've been through 3 of them this year.
-You cannot fold down the rear seats of the sedan. (You can in the wagon.)
-A transmission cooler should be added to the 5EAT (auto) transmission - ESPECIALLY if you plan to tow with your car. (You can purchase one for about $50.)
Hopefully, this helps someone. The car all-around is a blast. It's safe, and fun to drive. With a couple extra dollars, it will outrun anything going up to the mountains.
And one last thing for all,
!!DO NOT TOW THE CAR UNLESS ALL WHEELS ARE OFF THE GROUND!!
(I Suggest getting a small sticker to put near your VIN that says the same.)"
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