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Old 06-05-2008, 02:25 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of picking up an '05 Legacy GT with a manual transmission. I was wondering if any owners could give me input as to what they think about their cars.
Reliability
Driveability
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Any first hand experience is better than none.
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:28 PM   #2
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Get one! I love mine.

Only drag is that you can't swap parts between the WRX and the Legacy (with a few exceptions like crank pulley, etc). The turbo, intake manifold and intercooler are a different design along with the exhaust, suspension and clutch. However, it responds just as well to mods and you can make a ton of power in a very sleeper car (mine is a wagon).

Reliability is just as good as a wrx, only issue is a cooling fan switch recall, which isn't a big deal.

I also own an 06 wrx. They're different cars, but both very fun to drive and mod.
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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I love mine and expect the same build quality as your WRX with a bit better fit & Finish. But it is still a Subaru....
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:28 PM   #4
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It did pretty darn well in a luxury sports car comparison a while back, as I remember.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:40 PM   #5
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also, check out legacygt.com as there are more new-legacy owners over there...
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:23 AM   #6
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I bought my w/ 14k, and have a little over 30k on it now. So far it's been very good in every respect. I had a dashboard rattle that was fixed under warranty, and I've already blown two headlights (common complaint on the forum), but that's about it.

The turbo's compressor housing is different from earlier the WRX/STI, in that the old style had the outlet pointed toward the driver's side but the LGT/08-STI style has a bend in the outlet that blows straight up into the TMIC. There are a couple of sources for 18G turbos with VF40 (stock 05 LGT) compressor housings, those have been around for a while.

After the 08 STI came out with the same style of compressor housing, us LGT folks have been looking forward to more aftermarket drop-in turbos... we'll see.

Plenty of people have added VF39s though (stock on pre-08 STIs (I'm not certain of the exact range)), with an STI intercooler/intake manifold/etc. Or if you want to go bigger, you can use the same turbos as the older WRX/STI, or rotated setups, with a front-mounted intercooler. There have been lots of examples of all three on legacygt.com over the last couple years.

I test-drove a WRX the same day I test-drove an LGT, and WRX just felt like a smaller LGT. I really wanted something right in between (my last car was about the same outer dimensions as the WRX, but it felt much bigger on the inside). The LGT won out and I haven't regretted it.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:09 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the great info. I actually got rid of my '02 WRX and we now have an '06. The 2.5l makes A LOT of difference. I daily drive a '98 Outback Sport with wrx suspension under it but I'm developing some rattles and I just need something a little nicer to run clients around in. I was thinking the LGT now that the prices are starting to drop. Keep the info coming and I'll check out legacygt.com

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Old 06-06-2008, 04:10 PM   #8
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legacys are nice
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:55 PM   #9
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Get one! I loved my '05 LGT (and love my '08 spec b even more). It got decent mileage (20-30mpg in-town-all highway) but was still very quick. It was extremely comfortable for commuting in traffic and on longer trips. Its quality was great and no real issues once the rotors that came on it were swapped out under warranty. My only complaint was the overall feel of the brakes which was likely not legit since my other ride is an STi making it an unfair comparison.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:02 PM   #10
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def. check out legacygt.com if you want to see what mods you can do we've figured out plenty of ways to do STI swaps =D =D and they turn out fantastic!!! i love mine and don't plan on getting rid of it any time soon
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:35 AM   #11
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It's an all aroung great car. The only complaint I have is the slow throttle response off
the line. wait...wait...go!
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Old 06-07-2008, 05:49 PM   #12
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The turbo's compressor housing is different from earlier the WRX/STI, in that the old style had the outlet pointed toward the driver's side but the LGT/08-STI style has a bend in the outlet that blows straight up into the TMIC. There are a couple of sources for 18G turbos with VF40 (stock 05 LGT) compressor housings, those have been around for a while.

After the 08 STI came out with the same style of compressor housing, us LGT folks have been looking forward to more aftermarket drop-in turbos... we'll see.

Plenty of people have added VF39s though (stock on pre-08 STIs (I'm not certain of the exact range)), with an STI intercooler/intake manifold/etc. Or if you want to go bigger, you can use the same turbos as the older WRX/STI, or rotated setups, with a front-mounted intercooler. There have been lots of examples of all three on legacygt.com over the last couple years.
08' STi still has the same style turbo/TMIC/manifold as the previous years, only the 08' WRX has switched to the LGT style
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:14 PM   #13
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It's an all aroung great car. The only complaint I have is the slow throttle response off
the line. wait...wait...go!
Do you have auto? because if you have it then you don't know how to torque launch.
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:15 PM   #14
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my friend got one and i was jealous. it is fast, looks sick, and is decently comfortable. it is also very easy to modify. good luck with it.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:23 PM   #15
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Do you have auto? because if you have it then you don't know how to torque launch.
If you beat on it it will launch. I'm reffering to the turbo lag. If you
want to turn and roll into the throttle with some purpose, from a standstill,
real power doesn't come on untill half way through the turn then you have
to dial it back so as not to make like Makkinnen.

...can't drive like an asshat with kids in the car and traffic around...
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:44 PM   #16
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^^ to the turbo lag, get a downpipe and a tune. You'll tap a bigger wider powerband and improve responsiveness, as well as improving your MPG.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:36 PM   #17
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Yeah I know, but it's the wifes daily driver. Besides, the Impreza is having a few "minor"
mods done this summer.
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:08 PM   #18
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You should still get an ECUtek tune for the wife's car. That alone makes a huge difference.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:08 PM   #19
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You should still get an ECUtek tune for the wife's car. That alone makes a huge difference.
A good tune is worth it for so many reasons...
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You should still get an AccessPort tune for the wife's car. That alone makes a huge difference.
Fixured, that way you can revert back to stock on your own....
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:43 AM   #21
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^^ that's the point though - you should get a tune even if you run a stock car. You don't need mods on the boosted cars to take advantage of a decent tune.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:14 AM   #22
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i am also in the market for one, too bad they are so hard to find in southern arizona, and i am too tall for a impreza, got a friend with a wrx and i have to duck everytime i get in and out. i bought a honda element on impluse last year, and while its a nice car its no subaru.
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