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#9877 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [paulotterst
Feb 07, 2007 (12:49 pm)
I think all of them fit your bill. I think the anecdotal evidence on reliability also peaks with new models. The recent Legacy platform was released as a 2005 model. The Impreza line will have theirs next year.
I believe the Car and Driver experience is not indicative of most experiences. I recall Automobile magazine having nothing but positive things to say about their Four Seasons test of an LGT wagon. Every car magazine has their biases and at the end of the day, a long term test is just one data point.
#9878 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [ateixeira]
Feb 07, 2007 (2:12 pm)
If you're gonna tow, in my experience the Outback and Forester are pre-wired with a harness, and the Legacy isn't. That may not be a big deal to you, but you won't have to splice any wires.
For my '98 Forester, it was plug-n-play for the trailer wiring on the OE hitch. They cost more but it was worth it for that reason alone.
The Legacy (at least the 2005 wagon) was plug-n-play as well. It requires feeling around a bit inside the d/s rear panel for the plug but its sitting right there. The hitch was also bolt on as well, although it might sit a little lower than I like.
We've been big fans of craigslist and ebay for finding furniture, so the Legacy occasionally gets to pull our new finds home in a U Haul trailer, which it does without complaint. It also holds a hitch mounted bike rack a lot of the time.
#9879 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [paulotterst
Feb 07, 2007 (7:05 pm)
If you have time, wait for the all new 08 Impreza WRX, to be on sale this summer. The outgoing 07 model is a good car, but has been around since the spring of 2001 and is getting dated (though it did get fairly significant refreshes along the way).
My feeling is that the reliability of all the cars are more or less the same. We have owned Outbacks, a Forester, and a WRX, and they were all great cars -- no major issues on any of them.
2007 is the last year for the Legacy GT wagon, so get one soon if you decide on that model.
#9880 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [lilengineer
Feb 08, 2007 (6:46 am)
Oh and I think the towing capacity of the Legacy/Outback is 2700 lbs and the Forrester is 2400. Not too big a difference but I think its because the Forrester is Impreza based.
#9881 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [paulotterst [kens]
Feb 08, 2007 (10:19 am)
I wouldn't put too much weight on results from a magazine that put diesel in a gasoline car. DUH!
I mean, no wonder they had issues. What else did they forget?
#9882 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [ateixeira]
Feb 08, 2007 (11:56 am)
I wonder how they got the diesel dispenser nozzle to fit into a gasoline tank opening.
I don't like C&D much anymore. Not because of the diesel, but because they don't have anything really useful or interesting in the magazine anymore. The writers just like to show off their linguistic shenanigans, while, at the same time, forgetting to have substance in their writeups.
They might as well rename C&D to Motor Trend 2.0.
#9883 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [samiam_68]
Feb 08, 2007 (12:42 pm)
I agree, they've gone way downhill. They never even mentioned why Brock Yates left (not that I was crazy about him).
#9884 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [ateixeira]
Feb 08, 2007 (1:04 pm)
I was always disgusted with how he was allowed to peddle his wares in his articles. I remember the one with him babbling about a book his wife had written. Almost made me vomit.
#9885 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [zman3]
Feb 08, 2007 (1:16 pm)
He'd even mention cars he was selling, like his H2. Leave that for the classifieds, please.
#9886 of 10833 Re: Subaru Legacy and Legacy GT reliability versus Impreza WRX [ateixeira]
Feb 08, 2007 (1:22 pm)
Yeah, I can't say I miss Yates a whole lot, but they could have handled/explained his disappearance better. Made me suspect the parting was not mutual.