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Old 01-07-2004, 09:02 AM
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An STi version is suppose to be around the corner with more than 300-330hp and a 6sp manual.

Now this can be my next car

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well, if i cant afford the new gs430/500, i'll suffice w/this legacy
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wow...they look really good. Especially the black sedan, it looks great.
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omg, its a subaru.....and i actually like it!
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So the aftermarket on this car is going to be big? Looks awesome. If only they can get this car to sti level performance.
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Hey, that looks real good. R quad exhausts necessary though?
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i think i will be holding out on buying a new car until i see the numbers on the new legacy. This thing looks sweet, and has the balls, lets see if it will be truly a contender.
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Post 2005 Subaru Legacy Review

We need the AWD option on the TSX because the competition has already arrived.

http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/roadt...8/article.html


"It's easily as much fun as a TSX or Mazda 6, and with the confidence of all four wheels putting power to the pavement, we began to wonder why someone would spend more on an A4."

"The Legacy and Outback have always been known for their fine handling, but for 2005, Subaru wanted them to behave less like workaday family cars and more like sporty entry-luxury cars, meaning excellent ride quality combined with sharp reflexes. The examples set by cars like the Acura TSX, Audi A4, Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat surely did not go unnoticed. "

"With a tightened-up chassis, turbocharged engine and a slick cockpit, the Legacy GT is a serious driver's car and, likely, one of the fastest vehicles in Subaru's lineup. Don't buy a TSX or Mazda 6 without trying one. "
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I agree with you man....sorry to say it. My wife has a WRX right now, and claims she loves it more than the TSX, but I know that if she could drop her engine in my TSX she would be in heaven. Then Subaru went and did it with the 05 Legacy. I do think that the TSX looks way better in and out, but damn 250 horsies in an entry level luxury car is a nice idea!
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just beat me to it...

They compare it to the TSX a lot, methinks. That answers that!
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AWD is virtually meanigless - just think how much better the Subie could be if it was FWD or RWD only!!! 90+% of the time AWD is just a 200lb liability.

The things that matter are the exterior/interior, reliability, preformance, handling, fuel economy - it's on those counts that one should compare it to another car.
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I would agree to that...if I didn't live in New England and get dumped with snow every winter, otherwise good point.
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Originally posted by biker
AWD is virtually meanigless - just think how much better the Subie could be if it was FWD or RWD only!!! 90+% of the time AWD is just a 200lb liability.

The things that matter are the exterior/interior, reliability, preformance, handling, fuel economy - it's on those counts that one should compare it to another car.
Obviously that means that the AWD feature on the new RL is meaningless as well. Oh wait - it's on an Acura so it's all good. Come on - it's always nice to have. Especially on a car like the WRX, which is built for speed and handling.
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Originally posted by Vans
Obviously that means that the AWD feature on the new RL is meaningless as well. Oh wait - it's on an Acura so it's all good. Come on - it's always nice to have. Especially on a car like the WRX, which is built for speed and handling.
I do love the way the wifey's car handles
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Old 05-10-2004, 12:39 AM
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Yes a fwd legacy gt with torque steer would be wonderful. Awd is a nice feature for all types of conditions, rain, snow, powerful engine, etc. Should be a great car.
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Old 05-10-2004, 09:23 AM
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AWD also allows you to put more power to the road immediately without wheelslip. This will improve acceleration and handling. Just ask anyone who owns a 911 Carrera 4.
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well it'll provide honda more incentive to put together a sh-awd for their acura line
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Old 05-10-2004, 09:32 AM
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All other things being equal I rather have the RWD version of the a particular car than the AWD 200lb heavier version. If the RL had an option of either AWD or RWD I'd get the latter. With the RL and Subaru you have no choice.
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man... why cant Acura/Honda ever build something perfect or something close to it.... dump an extra 40-50 ponies in the engine, make it either a RWD or AWD.... after all, in my opinion from reading different magazines, tsx has the most potential in its chassis, if given more power and a more potent handling system either a rwd or awd....... wow...... i cant imagine what it would be like.... even with the FWD layout of the tsx, the tsx out handles audi S4, what would it be like to have it awd...... ok, i think i'm daydreaming too much now anyways, i would still choose the TSX over the legacy gt, because of the higher prestige acura has, reliability and quality.... Legacy is a terrifc car, good engine, good handling... But I'd still go with Acura's prestige, quality, reliability... and bottom line, "precision" in every aspect of my beloved TSX. Aint no regret, aint no going back, TSX forever my little 2 cent.

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Originally posted by Vans
Obviously that means that the AWD feature on the new RL is meaningless as well. Oh wait - it's on an Acura so it's all good. Come on - it's always nice to have. Especially on a car like the WRX, which is built for speed and handling.
Are you being a jerk or do you not understand how Acura's new SH-AWD system works? This new AWD system on the RL is actually geared toward performance with it being able to send up to 100% of the rear wheel power to the outside wheel when in a turn (thus helping the car turn -- since the outside rear wheel travels furtherest). That alone really sets it above the typical AWD system. Granted I don't know much about the AWD on this new Legacy, but unless it can do something similar then it is just a garden-variety AWD system that's not going to help with fair weather handling all that much.
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Old 07-02-2004, 11:43 PM
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Old 07-02-2004, 11:52 PM
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those look nice but arent they the '05 model?
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wow...looks pretty good.. I still don't like red guages..
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It's Jap spec. Probably wont make it to NA. Pity. About red gauge, I remember reading it somewhere. It's safer for night driving. But I don't see the difference
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Those are nice...
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It's crap. Doesn't even have self-leveling projectors like BMW has.

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It's crap. Doesn't even have self-leveling projectors like BMW has.

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clearly!

Don't think those are LED taillights either
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Originally Posted by jcg878
clearly!

Don't think those are LED taillights either
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I bet junkster is jelous.
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2004/2005 Subaru Legacy reviews

As some of you know, I recently purchased a 04 Scoobie Legacy... which still needs a name. But since I just hit 3000 miles, and drove the 05 Legacy GT this weekend, I thought I give it a write up and comparisons to other rides...

First, the 04 Legacy...

Performance: The power is definitely lacking which causes slow launches, which is compounded by a slow tranny which really makes it hard for quick manuvers from dead stops. Highway performance ain't bad, with plenty of get up when rev'ed high enough. Handling is commendable for a car at this price. I don't know if this is even a word, but the car has a pseudo-neutral feel on corners, it really isn't sticking that well while cornering, but it feels like it is... must be the AWD or something. Suspension is nicely balanced, but not as good as the Accords. Breaks are a huge disappointment, with a quick response at touch but significant fade as it's pressed further.

Interior: Cheap plastic on some parts, which only looks decent at night. Sound system is cheap and sounds weak. Rattles aren't a problem so far, sounds solid. The seats are comfortable, with the rear being cramped for width, but great on leg room. The wagon came in handy during the bachelor party when I had to drive 8 drunks to a late night munchin'.

Overall: for just a bit over 20k total, it's not a bad car. Long as it holds up in the long run, it seems pretty solid. Still waiting to see what it's like on adverse weather conditions. If you need a cheap sedan with AWD and room for a family, it's not a bad buy.


Now, for the 05 GT model... Drove a black wagon with all beige interior, with all the goodies... oh, and an Auto (no manual on the lot that day).

Performance: Lordy, was it fast!!! Turbo is much smoother than the WRX, with even kick as it builds up. The rear-biased AWD definitely can be felt while driving. The suspension is a bit stiff for comfort at time, especially with the larger, low profile rims. The handling is great, with nice weight for straights and turns. The steering mounted shifting is not very impressive. The shifts are pretty slow on the down shift, making it kinda hard to time passings. The five speed does help the engine relax at it's top speeds (took it to 100). Breaks are still iffy, with the same probs as the previous 04 Legacy.

Interior: Hmmm... kind of a mix here. The new layout is nice, classier than what I expected. The plastic quality is still pretty horrid for it's price. The plood looks like it's printed on paper, than placed on the plastic, which makes it look sooooo fake, it's disgusting. The leather is a huge improvement, with the seats close to quality with the TSX. The rear gets a bit bigger but the wagon back loses about six inches in length, cutting down on space. The stereo sounds much better, but still not up to what it costs.

Overall: Scoobie enthusiasts will soak this one up, I'm sure... but it won't bring in new converts so much since the loaded model reached to msrp of 32k, with no navi, no HID lamps and some qualities that belong in cheaper cars. Maybe with some great financing, they can move a lot of them, especially in the less dressed-up version. But I'm doubting the price increase will sit well with buyers in the market for tweener cars (near lux).

I heard my buddy at Scoobie say that this new GT might run into the same probs as the RX-7 of the 90's... When the old RX-7 was replaced with the more exotic model, it lost almost 50% in sales in one year. Mazda was hoping that loyalists would upgrade to a more expensive car, but it never happened. That, with poor sales of other models, scrapped the entry lux badge that was to be launched by Mazda, as well as allowing GM Ford to buy into Mazda.

Junkster, who can post more now that Euro 04 is over
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Nice write up Junkster.

I too feel that Subaru is taking a big chance attempting to move up market. I think there were fine just where they were but what do I know.

I like the looks of the new Leg but feel it MAY be priced slighltly higher than it should be. But I seriously doubt sales will be cut in half like the RX-7. If anything they'll see a healthy boost IMO at least in the short term.
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I agree on both points...

Subaru should stay on non-near lux market, it's crowded as it is. They aren't going to steal any sales from the others in the market.

I don't think the price is going to kill the model, per say, but it probably won't meet the sales expectations that they have of the GT line.

Junkster, who would get a GT wagon loaded for about 29k
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biker, I have the review of the 04 and 05 on the other page...

As for this WR model... I don't know, if I was paying 32+ for such a package, I wouldn't be a ricer/rally-wannabe kind of person.

BTW, the 05 Legacy gauges are pretty cute... flaps at ya when you turn her on...

Junkster, who thinks the TSX is a better buy overall
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Jeez bro, for $32k you're within a couple grand of a loaded AWD G35 sedan, and for MY05 it's getting 277/270 and body-colored side moldings, as well a couple small changes to the interior to clean up the central dash area a bit. =\

I definitely couldn't go with a Subie over that, especially with the better Infiniti warranty and likely better service experience.

That said, the old pics from last year of the STi version of the legacy still get me excited. If THAT came out at $32k and offered around 300hp, then we're talking, because the performance would balance out for the non-luxury interior.

(I don't think I have the STi pics still on my webspace but if I remember I'll up them when I get home later.)
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I doubt that they can get the STi version here for anything less than 34~35k...
The G35 would be a interesting comparison to the GT. Never thought of that.

Junkster, who would give the edge to GT since it can be had in a wagon
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