Legacy estate

Legacy estate

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superflid

Original Poster:

2,254 posts

226 months

Monday 4th November 2002
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Due to circumstances (2 Kids and electric wheelchair to transport) I need to use an estate. I don't want F.W.D. and need RELIABLE. I have been looking at the Legacy and would welcome opinions from anyone with experience of these. The 2.0 Turbo does look quite quick........

egomeister

5,462 posts

224 months

Monday 4th November 2002
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There are a couple of fast legacys. You may be able to get a B4 on import - i don't think they do them in this country. Otherwise consider the forester, impreza running get and a bit if a hoot apparently. they did a long term test of one in EVO.

Imelda

793 posts

227 months

Monday 4th November 2002
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I've had my UK spec 1994 Turbo estate from new and it's been nothing but trouble. It's already had to have a new clutch, and I'm now being told that the exhaust will need replacing soon. It's only just over 8 years old FFS. And just to add to my woes, imagine my horror when I recently realised that one of the number plate bulbs had gone. I spoke to Subaru about it, but apparently the car is no longer under warranty and I will have to replace the bulb out of my own pocket. Legendary Japanese reliability my arse!

Now admittedly, in 8 years that's all that's gone wrong, and the clutch going might just possibly have been connected with me practising my doughnuts in a deserted car park late one night , but even so.

It's never failed to start. It's never broken down. It doesn't use any oil. Tyres seem to last about 35,000 miles (maybe I'm not trying hard enough). It handles tidily, does 0-60 in 7 seconds, 149mph, sure-footed in the wet, stable in motorway cross-winds, a large boot for the kids and plenty of space on the back seat for your wheelchair. In short, I'd say you should get one.

The only minor complaint I can think of is the fuel consumption. 25mpg on a good run, but closer to 19mpg in everyday driving, when combined with a small fuel tank, gives a range of about 220 miles between fills, which is a tad tiresome, but a small price to pay.

If you need more grunt than the 197bhp of the standard UK spec car, you can get twin turbo models giving 280bhp, but these will all be grey imports. Have a look at www.parklane.net, as they usually have a few imports in stock.

Good luck.

superflid

Original Poster:

2,254 posts

226 months

Monday 4th November 2002
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Thanks Imelda, that's what i was hoping to hear! A P/H er's estate....... Sounds just the job!
Anyone with a smaller-engined version, don't want anything too gutless. 2.0 big enough without turbo?

JohnL

1,762 posts

226 months

Tuesday 5th November 2002
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Another option might be a Vauxhall Omega 3.0 estate - rear wheel drive, 210bhp and all the goodies you can think of.

My brother in law has an L plate Legacy turbo estate, thinks it's great (and he's a hooligan with it ), it's been very reliable I believe.

Imelda

793 posts

227 months

Tuesday 5th November 2002
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Good call JohnL. Not as quick as a Legacy but certainly no slouch. I looked at an Omega before buying the Legacy, but found the fit and finish to be appalling, with various pieces of trim falling off the demonstrator. Admittedly this was an early production model, and hopefully quality improved for the later cars, but I have heard various tales of woe regarding reliability and electrical niggles.

Best bet is to take a test drive or two, but you MUST test a Legacy Turbo. You'll love it!

superflid

Original Poster:

2,254 posts

226 months

Tuesday 5th November 2002
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Been doing some checking on the Omega, good choice - but plenty of reliability issues. Being too knackered-up to go and pay for my petrol (I send the wife!) I need "reliable" more than most.
Have heard of turbo Legacys with close to 200k on the clock and no real probs........