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Old 07-12-2004, 12:15 AM   #1
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Default CBS MarketWatch: Subaru Legacy GT is well-built, fun to drive


This is a Subie?
Subaru Legacy GT is well-built, fun to drive

By Ron Amadon, CBS.MarketWatch.com

DARNESTOWN, MD (CBS MW) - Ladies and Gentlemen, we have here the "Sleeper Car" of the year! We are very glad we did not see the Subaru folks drive this one off after our test period was over - this GT even makes a trip to the store for spinach fun.

The GT is powerful, smooth, and quiet; solidly built; and handles well enough to have your back seat passengers cinching up their seat belts and saying, "This is a Subie?"

Yes, it is, and if you're in the market for a well built, snazzy-looking (how many Subaru's can make that claim?) fun-to-drive car that won't have you reaching for a stiff drink when you make out the monthly check, head to your Subie dealer and tell 'em "Groucho sent ya."

This car is about as different from the early Subaru's as a ride on the Queen Elizabeth II differs from the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. The 2.5-liter, turbocharged 16-valve Boxster-style four is always ready to rev to the red line fast enough for you to swallow your gum. It cranks out 250-horsepower and delivers 18/25 miles per gallon, according to the EPA.

Therein, however, is the one down side to this car. Turbo lag. You would do well to plan out your quick moves around a semi on a two-lane highway. One thousand one, one thousand two... and holy sushi and egads, this little Subie just pushed me back into the seat.

Our pre-production test model came with the 5-speed adaptive electronic shift, which did a great job. A 5-speed manual is also available. And of course all that power is fed through a seamless all-wheel drive system, so there is no torque steer. (see slide show.)

Handling is flat, just shy of a true sports car, but more than enough to allow you to enjoy your daily commute. Of course, there is a four-wheel independent suspension with strut-type lower L-arm up front with anti-dive geometry. Out back, there is a multi-link system with anti-lift and anti-squat. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard with ABS.

The leather-covered seats hold you in place fairly well, but just a touch more side bolstering would have been nice. The Momo steering wheel was a nice touch. All of the controls are easy to become acquainted with.

And the car is very, very well equipped. Talk about bang for the buck! A sunroof, (with plenty of headroom), automatic climate control, 8-way power driver's seat and 4-way power front passenger seat - and both are heated. Add in a fine sounding six-speaker, six-disc in-dash CD player and security system - all for an easy to take MSRP of $28,495 for the GT Limited Sedan.

This is a well-built, fun to drive, quiet people mover that should be high on the list of anyone seeking a wonderful sporty car that will carry four, or five if they are related. We think the GT is a tough-to-top car and truly the sleeper sedan of the past year.

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Old 07-12-2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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I want to see how it does on the crash test that NBC does with the insurance company. THe crash test is a bit tougher then the Federal Hyway crash test.
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Old 07-12-2004, 03:53 AM   #3
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I couldn't agree more with this review, except on the lag. Granted, I haven't really had that much experience with Turboed cars, but after haven driven a new GT Ltd. Sedan from Renton, WA to Salem, OR (approximately 200 miles) I was pleasantly surprised at how early and smoothly the boost came. I'm not sure that I would really want any less "lag".

My Parents bought the car in Renton and since my Mom was too nervous to drive the Brand new car in the busy freeway city area I drove it all the way to Salem.

The car is amazingly smooth and quiet. At one point I was trying to get through traffic to catch up with my Dad and as I'm paying attention to the lane opening and making sure no one cuts in front of me I glance down and see that I'm going 100mph. HOLY *****. Neither my Mom or girlfriend had any idea that we were going that fast, nor did I. And I wasn't even really into the gas. The car is quite amazing and definitely has a sporty suspension set up. If it didn't have crappy tires on it I think that it would be pretty much perfect.

Oh, and this was the automatic. I would have preferred the Manual, but I am just so stoked that I talked my parents into the Subie and out of the thought of spending way more money on an S60 that is WAY underpowered and ugly.

I say the car is fantastic, and I am possibly the most jealous son ever.

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Old 07-12-2004, 04:19 AM   #4
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Did Subaru fix the Auto tranny? It seems that nobody in town will service our 2003 Outback because of the auto tranny setup. D:

I've heard nothing but good things about the 2005. Once I outgrow the 2000 Legacy, I might see about putting a 2005 engine/tranny in my sedan.

That's it. I'm gonna test drive a 2005 GT sedan with a 5MT.
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Old 07-12-2004, 05:02 PM   #5
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"Boxster-style" engine? "snazzy-looking"?

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