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Old 06-20-2001, 10:55 AM   #1
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Question What other cars did you consider?


I was just wondering what other cars you all considered before getting a Legacy? I am looking for used cars, and my top choice is a Legacy GT, but I am also considering a VW GTI as a second option. I am also looking for an A4, but finding one for $15K is harder than finding a GT !


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Old 06-20-2001, 11:03 AM   #2
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Old 06-20-2001, 11:06 AM   #3
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I dont even want to admit this but i drive a new Cougar.haha it as so funny.... It was the 6 and the guy hands me the keys and he is like when you get back you are gonna love this car it drives great... so I take it for a drive.. i leave the lot and punch it and no go.... the seats were so uncomfy it made my back hurt my mom was like this thing is awful...so i drove for less then 5 min....i get back toss him the keys and hes like back so soon... so i told him that car was awful and uncomfy and what not..... The biggest thing was i had just drove the Legacy GT 30 min before.... oh the difference
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Old 06-20-2001, 11:16 AM   #4
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Let's see.... at the time, I considered the Audi A4 1.8T, 2.8, or the BMW 328.
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Old 06-20-2001, 11:21 AM   #5
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before getting the legacy gt, i looked at a whole bunch of cars:
jeep cherokee - liked the 4wd and power, no brakes or handling
nissan maxima, bmw 3-series - nice, but really wanted awd
legacy outback - reason i looked at subies, gt is better for street
camaro z28 - wanted awd and no one would insure this car for me
audi a4 1.8t quattro - nice car but dealership was a total turnoff. may have gotten this if the dealer was better

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Old 06-20-2001, 11:37 AM   #6
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I considered the A4 but it was a little pricey.

My ultimate car would have to be a Skyline GTR AWD Turbo with mods to make it push around 800 horsepower. Either that or the 0-60 in just under 4 seconds Porche 911 Turbo AWD.

Key Word AWD!
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Old 06-20-2001, 11:49 AM   #7
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At that time?

Audi A4 1.8T, Jetta, Volvo 850, and Mitsu Mirage

oh boy...

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Old 06-20-2001, 12:29 PM   #8
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Before I settled on the Legacy I looked seriously at the following :

Saab 9-3 (too darn small)

Saab 9-5 (No serious motor at the time, a tad too pricey)

VW Passat (An Audi A4 but no AWD - no rear seat leg room)

Daewoo Leganza - (too small & not available with Manual + Options)

Accura TL - (No manual shift & dealer too far away)

Outback SuS - (No Manual shift)

Infinity G20 - (too wimpy & dealer too far away)

I suppose I could have concidered the following as well
Ford Taurus, Honda Accordian, Nissan Minima, Toyota Camery

While the Noise, Vibration & Harshness of my GT is more than I was used to (a SAAB 9000 Turbo), on balance I think the Subaru is an excellent choice, and I no longer regard AWD as a silly feature.
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Old 06-20-2001, 12:31 PM   #9
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AWD Turbo cars in the US are kinda rare, so a 323 GTX (2000 imported), Celica All-Trac (very few), A4 ($$$$)....you get the picture.

I think an old Volvo coupe would have been cool, or even an early 90s 850. I've always dug Saab, and a 900 or even 9000 turbo would have been kinda neat.

Obviously i've got eccentric taste, and when i found a Touring Wagon, it was mine!
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Old 06-20-2001, 01:43 PM   #10
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Before my 1st Legacy (a '98 Legacy L Sedan), was looking at possibly another Honda Accord... either that or the Passat w/ Syncro or an Audi 1.8T Quattro.

Before my 2nd Legacy (a '99 Legacy GT Sedan), was looking at Audi 1.8T Quattro, BMW 328i, etc.... decided the Subaru was the best bang for it's buck... Also looked at the Impreza RS (98 model)
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Old 06-20-2001, 05:29 PM   #11
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Exclamation What car's were on my list:

Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
Volvo S70 AWD
Volkswagon Passat V6 4motion

basically a roomy 4-DR with AWD!!!

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Old 06-20-2001, 05:52 PM   #12
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I neglected to mention the Galant VR-4, but they only imported 3000 of those too!
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Old 06-21-2001, 09:33 AM   #13
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Smile My top choices...

When I was looking for a car, I was looking for something with 4 doors and a stick shift. I think I drove everything out there in the sub-$30K category that met those requirements.
<ol type=1><b>My List:</b>
<li>Subaru 2.5 GT Wagon
<li>VW Passat*
<li>Ford Contour SVT
I really tried to be subjective, and was really planning on getting a used car. But, after my trip to the Subaru dealer (I figured I had nothing to lose in going to a dealer of quirky cars), I was so head-over-heels <b>nutso</b> for the GT that nothing else came anywhere close. I <b><i>had</i></b> to have it.

Almost 4 years later now, and I'm still in love with it...

&nbsp;&nbsp;- Eric
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'98 2.5 GT Wagon - <a href="http://members.i-club.com/ViewMemberPics.cfm?MemberID=143" target="_blank">Pics</a> - <a href="http://www.jeneric.ws/eric/radioflyer.htm" target="_blank">Page</a> -
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ICQ #: 9292601

*Okay. I actually wanted the Jetta, but their notorious electrical problems and made in Mexico were huge turn-offs.
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Old 06-21-2001, 10:13 PM   #14
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Apexboy, we think alike. Before buying my wife's GT, we test-drove the A4 1.8t and 2.8 and the BMW 328. Also looked briefly at the Pontiac Grand Prix (too big).

When I was buying my Outback, I checked out the Accord, Camry, and Taurus wagons (back when they still made them), at least one SUV (forget which; they're all the same), the Impreza wagon (way underpowered in 96), and a Volvo 850 sedan. The only vehicle that I considered seriously other than the OB was the Camry - and they wanted over $27k, without AWD but with the V6.
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Old 06-21-2001, 10:50 PM   #15
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98 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP - torque curve from the heavens, but take it around a winding road with dips and get on the breakes....talk about a big whale out of control. Too much power for the handling the car has.

1.8T Quattro Avant - Pricy and still weaker than 2.5GT, and cramped back seats.

Buick Regal GS - Like GTP but worse....its a pillow with power.

Maxima - torque steer just like the Regal and GTP.

Eclipse GST, GSX - Insurance was a killer

1998 Trans AM LS1 - Insurance killer

1998 Camaro RS V6 - Sweet....too wide and not agile

All fwd cars could not put the power to the ground.

Finally what sold me was before I even drove all these cars, the Subaru sales guy (x-Cop), took me out for a spin in a 98GT sedan and took a 90deg right hand turn on a 1 lane road at 30mph without hitting the brakes......WOW - I was sold, the car skidded, took the turn. Car was composed as can be. Wanted GT WGN - never drove it coz of limited availibility - so ordered it, and drove it on the day I bought it - risky, but no regrets - its all of that an more in handling (of course with Eibach/AGX now). Power.....well, always not enough.

I just had to drive a bunch of cars to make sure I made the right decision on the GT.

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Old 06-21-2001, 11:20 PM   #16
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Default Tried lots...

Many test drives, restricting list to cars availaable in the US:

Diamante - yech! There was a 270ps (?) 3ltr here - 'orrible it was!
Volvo 850 T5 - torque steerus maximus - actually I tested it twice, first time dry and I thought OK, so did it again - it started raining luckily, the dealer drove it back!
Saab 9-5 - how could a lower powered car be this torque steery!
Audi A4 1.8T - too cramped, horrible pedals, slow, expensive.
BMW 5 series: not bad, but that tiny interior and trunk in that size car for that price - pllleease!

Considerations: seat 4 comfortably, reasonable trunk size, good safety, functionality, good enough as is (ie not much modding required ). Manual tranny and AWD was not a 100% pre-condition for me - but I ended up taking that route!

Now when is the Jag X-typeR coming out...and where's my lottery cheque?

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Old 06-22-2001, 12:11 AM   #17
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Default That was then this is now!!!

I have a 1999 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT and I would be interested in upgrading maybe to the following:

In order of pricing:


Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited (5sp)
Subaru Impreza WRX (5sp)
Volkswagon Passat GLX V6 4Motion (5sp Auto)
BMW 330xi (5sp)
Jaguar X-type (5sp)

...and if I have the cash like my parents (MB '85 500 SEL, MB'86 560 SEL, MB'92 S600, Toyota '95 Landcruiser, MB '00 S500, MB '01 C320, and soon to come in the redesigned E class MB'03 E430; hopefully with the 4matic...can't wait!!!

...but for NOW I'd get the

Mercedes Benz E430 4matic and get it tuned by Fahyle from RennTech in Florida!!!

Cost major $$$, but he's the BEST!!!

I like AWD 4 dr sport sedans if you can't tell already,

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Old 06-22-2001, 04:01 AM   #18
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Had it down to 3:

2000 Subaru Impreza RS (20k)
2000 Subaru Legacy GT Limited (25k)
2000 BMW 323i (30k+)

My mother took the GT cause it was bigger than the RS (and the RS she was going to get got sold before we got back ) and drove like the beemer but looked better and the leather felt better... (She hates leather, but really likes the GT's to her surprize)

And luckly, the exact car she wanted came in when she drove by... and bingo, here it is today
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Old 06-22-2001, 09:09 AM   #19
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Honestly, I never considered any other car besides a GT. Ever since the 97 body style came out, I always aspired to get one. In 99, I was able to purchase a 97 GT with low miles. You could say that this was one of my dream cars when I was in college.

And now my dream has been fulfilled. hehe.


-if only I could get RSK power from it, too.
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Old 07-01-2001, 08:50 PM   #20
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Default Considerations

92 Legacy L 5spd, 60k miles
92 Legacy L at, 143k miles
87 Subaru GL 5spd 100k miles
87 Subaru GL 4spd, 4WD, mileage unknown
87 Subaru XT6 5spd, AWD, 120k miles
85 Camaro IROC 5spd, 100k miles

The Legacy won me because of its power, AWD, looks, and the price. Haven't looked back since!
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Old 07-01-2001, 11:31 PM   #21
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Well when my family purchased their 1994 Legacy Touring Wagon (Way before I could drive) the other cars under consideration were:

Volvo 850 Wagon
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ford Exploder
Honda Accord Wagon

In my mom's mind Subaru didn't even exist.

She wanted something that would carry a lot of stuff, get her places when it snowed, had an automatic, and had respectable power.

My dad hauls her down to the Subaru Dealership, where she test drives a L wagon, and hates it, but likes the price.

Just as we are about to leave, a Car transport with just two cars on it rolls up. One's a Loyale, ugh she says, the other was the car we took home (after the techs rushed it through inspection, and a test drive)

It had everything she wanted. and after that model year, they stopped making turbos.
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Old 07-02-2001, 02:10 AM   #22
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well it was between the M5, Porche GT3 and the Legacy. I personally like living in a house, wearing clothes and eating food, so the M5 and the GT3 were out of the question.
Only car left was the Soob. So I bought it.
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Old 07-02-2001, 03:15 PM   #23
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The Legacy GT was really for my wife or the family car. So something safe to get from point A to B. All weather capability should not be too much concern. She wanted an A4 1.8TQ but with sunroof, quattro, sport suspension, tiptronic, CD player, it came to about $28K...probably more. Then we limited ourselves to just above $20K. We looked at:

1) Maxima SE - too large. Didn't feel and ride sporty. V6 engine is great but doesn't seem the gear ratio was nicely matched for the auto tranny. And my wife didn't like the looks.

2) 2000 2.5RS - She liked the handling and the feel. Kind of small rear room, she didn't want the large fog lights and the non functional hood scoop. Ok..forget it.

3) 2001 Protege ES - Hmm.. not bad for the price. They were offering $2000 cash back or 0% financing. Handles pretty well too. Great gas mileage but then in the long run...kinda small.

4) 2002 New VW Passat 1.8T. Lots of air bags. Smooth 1.8L turbo. A little on the luxury side. Where she works, it's better to have a more practical car. Doesn't corner as well according to her.

So we went back to drive the Legacy GT again and it just gave her that grin when she stood on the gas pedal. Mid-size family car, independent suspension with AWD. Nice enough to drive daily and nice enough to perform on the weekend auto-x.
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Old 07-02-2001, 04:17 PM   #24
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The fiancee needed something other than her 85 Accord Hatchback (w/170K) so she was to get my 93 Saturn SL2 (124hp :P ) and I was to get one of the following

00 Nissan X-terra (marketed right at me) - no 5-spd w/ 6 cyl readily available

00 VW Jetta 1.8T - nice and plush and trendy. 150hp was a little too low for the price and chipped + void warrenty? nope

00 RS - Loved it - too little room.

00 GT - Sales rep (Peg Emge @ Jones Subaru, Bel Air, MD) let me borrow the car for over 24 hrs. Car was a blast and handled like a dream! Didnt like limited w/ leather.

Asked for - leather +BGP +spoiler +sunroof and it [GT] was Dealer-xed to Jones 1 week later. woot!

All she needs now is a turbo. That should take care of a few car payments after the car is payed off.

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Old 07-03-2001, 11:40 AM   #25
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Default oh yes...a turbo or SC is what she needs

Originally posted by Mike2000GT

All she needs now is a turbo. That should take care of a few car payments after the car is payed off.

Mike2000GT [/b]
That's exactly what my wife needs! She says the car is a little underpowered. So I was searching for forced induction. The Rimmer unit, people seem to have negative advice on it. So I'll wait to see what else is there out there. Turbo is great but I think I want a bolt on SC that we can remove if we decide to sell the car later on separately. Besides, we need power from all over the RPM range.
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