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Old 04-18-2006, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default How reliable is Legacy '98

Hey guys,

a buddy of mine is thinking of buying Legacy Sedan automatic/manual with +/- 110,000 miles. What kind of reliability issue will he be dealing with? Are Legacy '98 fairly relaible car?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 04-18-2006, 01:40 PM   #2
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'98s are 2nd generation Legacys with DOHC engines and are prone to Head Gasket failure. That is the only real common problem with that year. If at all possible, ensure that this has been fixed previously. If not, expect that it is very possible this will need to be done at some point. Check to see if it has a history of overheating.
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:17 PM   #3
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Pretty much what Gray said. My 97 has 206K miles and is going strong. Only major problem was the head gasket, went out at 173K I think (previous owner).

Automatic's are bullet proof, manual's are too if maintained properly.

I'd also check the CV axles (front and rear), see if the boots are cracked/torn. Not a defect or anything, just something that will tend to happen with age and can also be caused by hard driving.
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:26 PM   #4
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no head gasket problems for me. (knock on wood) but my CV did go bad (dryrott) not sure if that's how you spell it. Only problem with that is that it's almost cheeper to buy a new axle. oh sorry forgot to say I've got a 98 legacy GT.

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Old 04-18-2006, 02:29 PM   #5
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no head gasket problems for me. (knock on wood) but my CV did go bad (dryrott) not sure if that's how you spell it. Only problem with that is that it's almost cheeper to by a new axle.
http://cvaxles.com

Mine were $130 shipped, $50 core each (they only charge you core if you don't return the old axles). Oddly the axles they sent had ABS teeth rings on the end, just broke them off since the BK's ABS teeth are behind the rotor. Either way, good deal and the same stuff dealer wanted near $400 for.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:19 PM   #6
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All modern Subarus are very reliable. 98 was possibly the best year ever for the Legacy (in the 2nd generation).
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:14 PM   #7
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Mines gold, no problems at all! the AT are very strong, and the MT can last a long time. the 2.2L engines are bulletproof but the 2.5L have headgasket issues (usually a one time fix though)
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