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Old 09-09-2003, 02:22 AM   #1
am0n
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hey everyone. I'm quite new to subaru, but was looking into a '97 or '98 Legacy 2.5 GT and was curious if someone could answer some questions for me.

1.) I was reading through the '95-'99 top speed post, but was curious if anyone knew what the actual limited speed is?

2.) I also have not been able to find the 0-60 and 0-100 time, so if anyone knows, can you toss it my way? ( for an auto )

3.) How are they with handling?

4.) I know this is the Subary Legacy page, but I figured i'd ask this. Overall, how would you rate the Subaru Legacy GT, and what are some of the pros and cons in your opinion?
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Old 09-09-2003, 03:23 AM   #2
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Although I'm not to sure about your first or second question, i do have an answer for your third and fourth question/s

3) If Subaru has done anything in the past 20 years, it has established a name for there handeling. Subaru's AWD system has been ranked by many with that of Audi, BMW, and Mercedez. So to simply answer your question, the Subaru bang for buck as far as handeling goes...It's the best on the market.

4) I Feel that the Legacy GT is among one of the best cars on the market as far as best buy, reliability, power, handeling, and of course, the most important reputation and looks As far as cons go...If you have a head Gasket go bad, sucks to be you. not that I have had one go bad but I've heard of it happening. And don't count on any Altezza lights, or else you'll have a few irritated Legacy supporters.

Just a little bit from my opinion and knowledge
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Old 09-09-2003, 03:23 AM   #3
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1. my 96 GT auto top speed is 112 mph- electronicaly limited.
2. never seen figures
3. stock - understeer unless on snow. modded - as good as the parts you buy and they way you dial it in. I race autoX, and with nice tires, agx's, stiffer springs and the right alignment I hang (and regulary beat) the RS's and integs ( cept for the turbo one, I hate that guy ) My car is rather neutral right now.

4. For what it is - a sport edition family sedan I think the GT gets the job done. it pleases my eye, it rallys in the snow, dirt gravel, and whatever else. Sure it could use more HP but so can everything. seats are not good for my skinny frame.
cons - my 96 uses premium and its $2 here. my 96 doenst have a hood scoop stock.
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Old 09-09-2003, 05:13 PM   #4
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1. '95 auto, top speed limited to 112

2. Probably 8+ seconds, depending on altitude

3. Handles great. I spend a lot of time driving through the twisty mountain roads here in Colorado, sticks to the road and has no tire squeal at all at 60+ mph (215-40 Falken tires and CUSCO front strut brace). Awesome in the snow, no problems yet.

4. Don't know about the GT, never driven one (I've got an L), probably a lot better than the L though.

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Old 09-09-2003, 11:22 PM   #5
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Default Loving every minute of my GT....

answers for #1 & #2 come directly out of ROAD & TRACK June 1997, yes I keep all back issues. It pitted the Integra GS-R, A4 1.8T Quattro, Maxima SE, Leg 2.5 GT & the Jetta GLX against each other.

1) 0-60: 8.3 sec

2) top speed (elec lmtd): 110 mph

and it pulled 0.78g, plus it showed the shortest stopping distance from 0-60 and 0-80.

it was the 5spd MT that was tested.

as for ?'s #3 & #4 I agree for the most part with 'biggreen96'.

great, superb handling (I don't race it though, don't have the $$$) could use a bit more power (what gearhead doesn't think their car could use more?!) and (agreeing with 'pilfflip') THE best bang for your buck!!

There are bits out there that enhance the handling as well. strut tower braces, stiffer anti-roll bars, STi struts.... the list can go on. And the STi mounts for the engine and tranny just make it more fun to drive!!

Although, I did find out from my trusty local Subaru mech/tech that Subarus prefer lower octane gas. Mine was skipping/hesitating between 1500-3000 rpms. I was feeding it 93 octane and he asked me to go to 87. I tried it and it went away. And it starts a little better too. He said the power diff is negligable and the amount of residue (from a lower oct) is also negligable.

So I've been running 87 ever since. Its been a couple thousand miles thus far.

NO ALTEZZAs! If you want tails, contact someone in Japan. They look FARRRR better with JDM tails. I know my black one does!!

Most of the time used GTs are hard to come by just cause everyone loves them and they don't want (or need) to get rid of them. Which is a bittersweet fact. sweet cause the cars are AWESOME, but bitter as hell if you can't find one.

But REAL SWEET for us GT owners!! esp 5spd owners at that!

Good luck with your search and keep us posted if you have joined the fam!

Later,
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Old 09-10-2003, 01:21 AM   #6
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Don't suppose there is anyway to get a higher limit? Lol... my friend has an audi a4, and it'd be nice to be able to keep up with him...

Also... what kind of fairly cheap mods can I get to increase the HP? I was told about a sports performance chip, but unsure how much HP and how much more gas it eats. Also was told about a new cold air intake system... can anyone else elaborate?
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Old 09-10-2003, 01:39 AM   #7
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I dunno, my legacy seems to be able to go faster than that.



and this is on a heavier car with the SOHC.
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Old 09-10-2003, 02:31 AM   #8
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Originally posted by Hiroki Tada
I dunno, my legacy seems to be able to go faster than that.
I've also had my 97 Legacy GT (when I had the 2.5) needle buried just like the pic above. Defineately faster than 110-112 mph. Maybe the cars in Canada aren't limited
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Old 09-11-2003, 10:55 AM   #9
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Default Re: Loving every minute of my GT....

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Originally posted by Gator GT
answers for #1 & #2 come directly out of ROAD & TRACK June 1997, yes I keep all back issues. It pitted the Integra GS-R, A4 1.8T Quattro, Maxima SE, Leg 2.5 GT & the Jetta GLX against each other.

1) 0-60: 8.3 sec
2) top speed (elec lmtd): 110 mph
and it pulled 0.78g, plus it showed the shortest stopping distance from 0-60 and 0-80.

it was the 5spd MT that was tested.
Actually R&T lifted the times and top speed from the previously tested '96 Legacy GT that only had the 155 bhp 2.5 liter engine and didn't use "H" speed rated tyres. There is a reason why the GT's come with those infamous Bridgestone RE-92s.

While I have never yet had my '99 GT up much over 90 MPH, my understanding is that it is indeed a true 130 MPH machine.
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Old 09-11-2003, 03:20 PM   #10
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I know in the automatic legacy with a 2.2 (and probably 2.5) there is a peak that you hit that is sometimes hard to overcome.

Ill explain. Peak hp in the 2.2 happens at 5500 rpm. When in 2nd gear you hit redline at about 115. The shift to third brings you down to about 4200 rpm, where you have very little power for the speed. It takes a while to climb the RPM. Once you get to 125 (takes a while) the car starts taking off again. Problem is that 115-125 peak takes along time to pass, and if your short on distance you will never make it.
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