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I Must Own The Only Subaru Lemon

Reviewing: Subaru 1992 Legacy L  |  Rating:
cnt24 By cnt24 on
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It's a long story of how I came to own this 1992 Subaru Legacy L. I won't bore you with the details. I needed a car and this is what I got.

This was not my first choice, nor my second, but it ran good, had A/C, and I had heard really good things about Subaru and this station wagon model...My first advice, don't believe everything you hear.

Within 3 months of owning this car, the Mass Airflow Sensor gave out on me. The replacement part for it was $300+ change. This sensor is pretty much all plastic. You are paying $300+ for plastic.

After one year the air-conditioning needed freon. After it was serviced the compressor broke. We did not get this fixed. I just suffered through the Texas summer heat.

A myriad of other little parts failed (including a control arm in the rack and pinion, twice on the same side) all within two years of ownership.

All totaled we have put in as much money in repairs into this Subaru Legacy as we paid for the car originally.

As I write this review the station wagon sits where the picture shows it sitting. It needs a new transmission because the reverse broke. This would be fine if I only needed to go forward. The estimate to get the transmission fixed is over $1000.

Generally I like the car's roomy interior. I like all the space in the cargo area. I like all the little cubby areas you have to store stuff in. The car still gets pretty good gas mileage for its age.

Truthfully this car still looks new on the inside and out. I can honestly give Subaru kudos on that.

It's the car's upkeep that's killing us. We have less than 130, 000 miles on our Subaru Legacy L. I realize we did not buy it new. However, I have heard stories about the Subaru Legacy running for 300, 000+ miles with little problem. I wish I had one of those in my driveway.