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Old 06-10-2013, 04:13 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I've been around here for a while and owned an STI for a few years. I would really like to get back into the Subaru World and pick up an older Legacy, but can't seem to find as much concrete information as I'd like about the car.

Is there a general consensus about when (mileage-wise) to avoid Legacys? I'm looking at a few with between 125 and 150k and am a little apprehensive.

Also, your general concerns with a Legacy with similar mileage are also greatly appreciated

Thank you so much!
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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I have a 98 legacy outback limited, 248k miles, runs like a champ! Make sure that the timing gets done, valve cover gaskets and head gaskets as well, they have a tendency to go bad fast. Other than that I think they great car just depends on who drove it last and how they treated the car as any other car you would be looking into getting. Hope this helps some, good luck
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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my 2000 legacy outback will turn 200k soon!. agree with above on timing belt and head gaskets.

my car is highly modified. feel free to ask me anything if you decide on getting/modding anything between 2000-2004!
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:43 PM   #4
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Thank you, guys! I know I'm posing a really vague question, but you have answered it well. I'd forgotten about the relevance of the timing belt with Subarus, so I will definitely keep my eye on whether or not it has been replaced in each of the cars I'm looking at.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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www.legacygt.com lot's of info over there.

My 05 GT wagon has 175,000 miles. Thu not much of it is stock anymore. There a couple guy's there that have over 225k on there GT's.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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I'm actually looking to buy an 05lgt in the next week or so. I found one with 110k on it. I plan on getting it and doing a full service when I do get it. Just wondering what price would be to do head gaskets and timing etc. Its a clean car for an honest price. Can't afford a low mileage car at the moment.
I had an 05 wrx with sti swap back in the day. Then got into the desert truck world for awhile. Now itching to get back into a subie. Thanks for any help guys!
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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05+ Legacy GTs don't have a head gasket issue, so you're fine there.

What they like to eat are clutches (on Stage 2 cars), and it's good to swap out the factory catted up pipe with a catless one. 2005 and 2006 only. 2007 switched to a catless up pipe like the STi and also went with a different OEM turbo.

Find a well-maintained one, with good oil change records, and you should be OK.
Many on lgt.com have reported turbo failures, but the car is now 8 years old, and the overall percentage is small. Swapping in a fresh OEM turbo would be good insurance.

Spark plugs should have been changed by now, and a compression test on the car would be a good idea before you buy.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:19 AM   #8
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I'm actually looking to buy an 05lgt in the next week or so. I found one with 110k on it. I plan on getting it and doing a full service when I do get it. Just wondering what price would be to do head gaskets and timing etc. Its a clean car for an honest price. Can't afford a low mileage car at the moment.
I had an 05 wrx with sti swap back in the day. Then got into the desert truck world for awhile. Now itching to get back into a subie. Thanks for any help guys!
I just bought mine a month ago he had full service done recept says right around 1100 dollars
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:07 PM   #9
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So may factors go into longevity. Mileage doesn't matter near as much as maintenance and overall treatment by previous owners. I bought my Outback with 135k and now it has over 275k. It runs amazing and shows no signs of quitting.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:20 PM   #10
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I jus bought a lgt with 135k n its beast ^_^
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:36 PM   #11
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Mine is at 192k and still running great
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:14 AM   #12
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Mine went all the way up to 205K being naturally aspirated, it's now at 211k at 6psi and rwd.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:20 PM   #13
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My 99 legacy 30th anniversary just turned a whopping 55k miles
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:42 AM   #14
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damn prospect. mine just hit 238k 99 legacy outback wagon
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:04 PM   #15
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2003 Legacy L here. 63,5XX miles and piston slap. Other than that, it runs fine and has no rust
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:47 PM   #16
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I've legacy 2000 model wagon And now the distance about 251k miles
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:19 AM   #17
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97 Legacy with 182k+ miles, running great. As with most any car, proper maintenance is key and was able to review the service records before buying it.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:18 PM   #18
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Mine is 8 years old and only has 52k. Not a single issue ever.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:33 AM   #19
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I have a 97 Legacy with 237k on it. It's a 2.2, so it's not going to win ANY races, but the engine is in good shape. As long as the timing belt and head gasket are replaced around every 100k, the 2.2 lasts forever.
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:47 PM   #20
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Most I've ever seen was 450,000 miles on a Legacy. 250,000 or so seems to be the point most make it to when the cost of repairs is more than the value of the car. 150,000 is nothing to worry about.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:01 PM   #21
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I have a 97 Legacy with 237k on it. It's a 2.2, so it's not going to win ANY races, but the engine is in good shape. As long as the timing belt and head gasket are replaced around every 100k, the 2.2 lasts forever.
u did the HG on a 2.2? i would do timing belt and pulleys/tensioner before the HG. I just re sealed my entire 96 2.2 hg was fine (certified subaru tech helped with job)

ps I would only buy a old leggy with 2.2 the 2.5 are not worth the minor HP boost lol
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:45 PM   #22
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Daily Driver 99 Legacy L Sdn., 2.2L 5MT almost completely stock.
Bought NEW w/ 79miles, has 308,967miles now. Never opened up the longblock, just Tbelt, wpump, & 1 clutch (got 183K on first one!).
Bit of a misfire issue I can't pin down since the end of July, still going (mostly).....
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:57 AM   #23
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Had an 04 WRX, currently have an 02 WRX. Looking to get an 05-09 Legacy for the girlfriend as a good dependable car. This was a great thread to read and encouraging since the average milage of the cars I've seen at low 100's (in my price range anyway.) My sister had an 05 LGT but traded it in because it was a lemon..... She told me that the N/A legacy's are more reliable. Thoughts on that?
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:19 PM   #24
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I had NO luck w/ the 2.5L in our 'used 01 Forester. Head gaskets done @ 107k under 1 yr. warranty, external leak again @ 113,700 miles 3 mo. later, while still under warranty time. Warranty & garage wouldn't repair again.....

Mother-In-Law has a 3.0 LLBean Outback w/ 129K, still going great w/ no problems!
Maybe look for a 3.0 Outback? JMHO.....
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