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#847 of 1006 Used 2008 Legacy 2.5 GT
Feb 04, 2011 (11:14 am)
I just bought a used 2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT with ~36,500 miles on it and one previous owner.
I found the car through autotrader at a dealership in Chicago Wilkins Hyundai and Mazda. Originally the dealer wanted 19,991$ (not including tax which would be 6% in MI since I am from Michigan), my friend and I were able to get him down to 18,775$.
The specs on the car I bought are the following:
- Popular group 2 config, which I think included the auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, heated driver and passenger seats.
- Windshield wiper de-icer and heated side view mirrors
- Extra speakers and subwoofer under the driver seat
- Power moonroof
- All weather floormats
- XM satellite radio
- Trunk spoiler
- 5 speed manual transmission with momo sport shift knob
I wasn't sure what else was an extra on this car, essentially I just got lost in all of the buttons and features this car has.
An interesting circumstance though was that I bought it last weekend and was pretty much in the perfect position to test it during the "snowpocalypse" which was a huge snowstorm covering 3/4 of the US Feb 3-Feb 4th 2011. Coming from a rear-wheel drive car, the Subaru needless to say exceeded my expectations, while my neighbors were stuck in their parking spots next to me I put the Legacy into reverse without shoveling any snow out and drove through the snow drift behind me and proceeded to plow a channel out to the main road. I will of course refrain from driving in deep snow on a regular basis but I could not resist the opportunity to see for myself why my friend who introduced me to Subaru in the first place was going on about.
Anyway though the car isn't perfect, there are a few things I noticed although it could just be me getting used to the car as well and iron out in the future.
- Rear driver side passenger door lock froze shut, so I could not unlock it manually or with the key fob. Eventually after driving around a bit it thawed out.
- Slight rattling noise from I believe the glovebox
- I find it sometimes a bit hard to get into reverse gear; but perhaps this will work out once I get more familiar with the car.
- The interior trim near the gearshift seems to be a little loose as I can press on it and it will move up and down.
- The frameless windows of the 2008 model make for more wind noise
Otherwise I was glad to confirm that all of the electrics I checked at the dealership were indeed continuing to work.
#848 of 1006 2011 Legacy 2.5i Premium
Mar 08, 2011 (6:57 pm)
I recently got a Ruby Red Pearl 2011 Legacy 2.5i Premium from Glanzmann Subaru in Jenkintown, PA and I think that I got a half decent deal. My car is equipped with:
All Weather Package
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/ Compass
Media Hub (dealer installed before delivery)
Remote Start (dealer installed before delivery)
I negotiated down to $23,500 including installation of the 2 options (media hub & remote start), and then I had the $250 Subaru coupon from the Philly Auto Show. So I got my car for $23,250 plus TTL. The car had 17 miles on the odometer when I took delivery.
#849 of 1006 Re: 2011 Legacy 2.5i Premium [karunch]
Mar 09, 2011 (8:22 am)
#850 of 1006 searching for used legacy limited
Mar 12, 2011 (5:48 pm)
Thank you all for the helpful info posted here.
I am searching for a used Limited 08/09/10.
Edmunds price vs kbb is often higher on kbb. "Odd" the last dealer I sat with used kbb.
Looking for info from any who have had luck recently. Limiteds seem hard to find. Elites even rarer. Many dealers seem unwilling to budge from online posted prices. I'm trying to stay low 20k's otd. I am located in NJ + Bill Kolb seems shady.
Any info would help, dealers, year/model feedback etc. Thanks. I will update,when/if ever, i can find a deal.
#851 of 1006 Re: searching for used legacy limited [cptspalding]
Mar 14, 2011 (7:22 am)
I would sell you my '08 (diamond gray metallic) if I didn't love it so much. I bought mine at North Coast in Glen Cove, NY. They will bargain hard, they don't seem to be able to keep much in stock (Subies very popular here on north shore of Long Island), but their service has been fabulous and very reasonably priced. You might try casting around at www.legacygt.com. The folks on there are very helpful. And while you're there, you can check the postings on Kolb. The stories I read are mostly bad.
The last time I checked, Subaru was valuing my car at between $15-$16 as part of its guaranteed trade-in program, so if you add a hefty dealer profit on top of that, you're talking in the very high teens retail before taxes, tags, etc., for an '08.
Frankly, though, unless you're buying the Subaru for its AWD, you can get a new Hyundai Sonata for around $20K (although not with leather at this price). They are really fine cars, and to me, feel far more advanced than even the 2010 and later Legacys. I'm a Subaru loyalist (I also have an '08 Outback), but I would still switch if I didn't need the AWD in the winter.
Good luck with your search.
#852 of 1006 Re: searching for used legacy limited [longislander1]
Mar 15, 2011 (4:11 pm)
Thx LI1 for the info. Legacy web site helpful too.
But now I am talking myself into going for 'broke' with a 2011. With used subby limiteds tuff 2 find and holding value I am beginning to bend.
I tested the 2.5 and the 3.6. Now I have to talk myself down from the 3.6 as you can imagine the ride is awesome, though the 2.5 was close other than off the line. I have gotten a good quote (below inv.), I'll update when I leap.
Any one buy either 2011 limited of late? Any/all info is helpful.
#853 of 1006 Re: searching for used legacy limited [cptspalding]
Mar 15, 2011 (4:40 pm)
When I was looking for a new one, I used fitzmall.com as the benchmark for low prices. I couldn't duplicate their low price in my area (where living and other costs are higher), but it did help me to negotiate what I thought was a fair price. You should also check out truecar.com for fairly accurate sale prices on the new models (vs. too-high prices at edmunds, carsdirect, etc.).
I have a sports car for weekends, so I didn't feel the need for speed in the Limited (especially with gas prices -- once again -- approaching $4 a gallon). I will stand corrected, but I believe there is no difference in the suspensions in the various Legacy models. It's one way that Subaru saves money. I know this was true back in '08. The only difference then was that the GT had bigger brakes. If you go with the 2.5i, you will be fine in most circumstances and will save a few bucks on gas. The only limitations: 1) you won't be able to hit the gas and squirt into openings in traffic, and 2) you won't be able to fill the car with three other people and luggage without noticing it. Other than that, the 2.5i is a great performer and I understand it's even better in the 2011 with the CVT transmission. Good luck in the search.
#854 of 1006 Re: searching for used legacy limited [cptspalding]
Mar 16, 2011 (5:15 am)
I bought a 2011 2.5 Limited in December. I paid $200 under invoice, which I thought was a very good price. It was right around the price fitzmall.com sells at. If you can get at or under invoice, I think that's a good deal.
I test drove both the 3.6 and 2.5 twice before I bought. While I liked the power of the 3.6, I didn't like the high revs at highway speeds compared to the 2.5. The CVT really holds RPMs quite low on the highway. Given gas prices, I'm glad I went with the 2.5.
#855 of 1006 Re: searching for used legacy limited [timadams]
Mar 18, 2011 (2:35 pm)
Well goin with a 2011 2.5 limited for 800 under inv. Spoke with every subby dealer w/in 100+ miles and ended back the nearest one. The 3.6 just was not possible, 3300k more than the 2.5 inc moonroof + bells + whistles.
New rather than used due to the better value, availability etc. Thanks again to all contributors.
#856 of 1006 Re: searching for used legacy limited [cptspalding]
Mar 21, 2011 (7:38 am)
Yeah, they just don't depreciate much.