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Old 07-05-2001, 04:59 PM   #1
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Question Legacy Wagon vs Sedan

Can anyone give me some input on pros/cons of the 1997-1999 body styles of the Legacy GT wagon vs sedan. I always liked the sedan, but then I saw a very nice black wagon the other day and I like! I haven't driven the wagon yet though and don't know how it handles compared to the sedan. I am looking at getting one within the next year.
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Old 07-05-2001, 05:23 PM   #2
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I've owned a GT wagon since '97 and can't say enough good about it. Recently replaced the springs (H&R) and struts(KYB) now it handles unbelievably well. If you are looking for extra room in a great looking package I would suggest the wagon.
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Old 07-05-2001, 07:35 PM   #3
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I couldn't live without my wagon. I put so much junk in there on a daily basis I am not sure how I could survive without the space.

I do not believe I can ever own a non-wagon again.

It is just too damned useful. Fun to drive too!

For some reason people don't expect a station wagon to be airborne. Not sure why.
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Old 07-05-2001, 08:47 PM   #4
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Are your wagons manual or automatic? A manual is a must for me and I have had a hard time finding one in my area.
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Old 07-05-2001, 09:13 PM   #5
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Now see, if you lived in Chicago area, you could have bought my black beauty, a 5-speed Legacy GT wagon. I prefer the wagon's looks to the sedan's.

Handling-wise, the wagon has better balance because of the extra weight in the back. Both the sedan and wagon will need some suspension work to give of anything approaching their best, however. You can start with a bigger rear sway bar, and see how you like that.

5-speed GT wagons are rare birds, though. Mine sold rather quickly. Good luck, and Legacies are killer rides.

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Old 07-05-2001, 10:14 PM   #6
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They both are great looking cars. I have a sedan. It has a huge trunk. I found a wagon and my sedan at the same dealer. I liked them both but the wagon was auto. I have a two year old son and he loved the sedan so we bought it. My wife is now learning how to drive the manual. Boy it is fun.
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Old 07-05-2001, 11:56 PM   #7
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The wagon has better weight distribution. From one of Motor Trends mags, they tested a 97 Outback wagon and noted the weight distribution of 51%F/49%R....thats near perfect like 3 Series Bimmers! So GT's must be similar. Thats the reason why I bought my, and plus it looks longer and more substantial for only $700 bucks new.

After Eibach-Kyb-18mm r/sway bar transfromation, every stock car that I have driven did not impress me - that includes some coupes. With some of the crazy manuvers that I do, the wagon still awe's me.....and thats with the not so great RE92's. Can wait to get my Yoko's........almost here. The wagon has such awesome balance.....its soo predicatble....more reason to get overconfident.

But, if you are single, please be warned that single women in the 20-30 age group don't think they are cool....even after you modded it.......they just don't see it.....I'm sorry to say that.
This is THE most important advice I can give you....if you are single that is.

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Old 07-06-2001, 12:11 AM   #8
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I'm new to the club and I'm young to add to that, but I love my wagon. True, mine is older, however i'm sure the newer ones are as nice. Mine is a manual and I run it really rough, mud, snow, you name it. I see adverse weather conditions and i get giddy and take off with my keys. I have driven both sedans and wagons, and I love the body style and handling of the wagon. Sedans are lighter so they are faster, but the weight in the back offsets engine weight, so better handling (true a bit more top heavy, but the GT's are low enough) I personally want a GTWagon over and over again. (if i have to settle for a WRX, then it would be a wagon) Any car, I want a wagon, wagon all the way

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Old 07-06-2001, 12:59 AM   #9
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Gotta love those "shagg'n wagons"! Talk about an under valued car here in the U.S. The rest of the world understands the true value of the wagon, may I cite the screaming twin turbo Audi based on the A4 wagon making over 300hp. Or the fact the Soob actually decided to bring in the "sports wagon" WRX.
If you envision yourself needing ever a SUV then the wagon is for you. If on the other hand you could NEVER see yourself throwing your camping gear, gardening stuff, building supplies, duck decoys, ski equipment, kids things, etc in the back then the sedan will be a perfect fit for you.
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Old 07-06-2001, 09:02 AM   #10
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Well, I am a woman and I think these cars are great...that is why I am on the search for info and then I'll be on the search to buy. I think I'm starting to like the wagon even more! It seems weird to think of a wagon as a cool vehicle, but I'm coming around!
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Old 07-06-2001, 09:16 AM   #11
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Subette, don't listen to anyone except your own soul. Wagons rule! I traded my Legacy GT wagon for a WRX wagon, but would visit my old baby for the few days she was on the lot until sold.

The WRX wagon looks a lot better than the sedan. The 95-99 Legacy GT had that magical, square-shouldered good look of the legendary 88-91(?) M3.

Oh, Legacy STi, I'm just back from France, where every other car seemed to be a wagon. It was really cool to see. And cars that weren't wagons were hatches. It seems the French like to haul things other than ass.

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Old 07-06-2001, 12:28 PM   #12
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Kevin, exactly what I am talking about. I learned how to drive over in Germany and have spent a great deal of time in Europe, (my wife is Portuguese). The exciting thing about the US market is that we are now going to get true 5 door hatches in! THe Mazda Protoge 5 and the Focus will be offered in the european version of the 5 door.
Americans are coming round to "our" (wagon owners) way of thinking. May I also cite the new Mercedes coming in as a wagon, the Lexus! will be bringing over a wagon, not to mention BMW, and the Passat with synchro
It is all good.
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Old 07-06-2001, 03:17 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info!! I'll have to see what I can find now.
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