1996 Subaru Legacy GT
The '90s were undoubtedly the decade where Subaru cemented its reputation for building quality sports cars. This 1996 Legacy does it all and can haul the whole family year-round, with its symmetrical all-wheel drive and fire-breathing twin-turbo powerplant. Finished in a classy Brisbane Blue (52D), the body is in good shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Offered with a mere 41k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced estate is barely broken in. For those who value reliability, all-weather capability, and a healthy helping of horsepower, this sleeper of a Subaru Legacy would be an ideal Japanese Classic.
The Legacy is a larger chassis than the Impreza and the cockpit is decidedly more upmarket. As the most refined vehicle in Subarus portfolio at that time, the cabin was a heavy area of emphasis. The quality of the material and the fit and finish is above average overall, especially in this segment. This year (1996) saw some interior updates and a few safety upgrades too. Dual SRS front airbags were offered to give those in the two front seats some extra piece of mind. The dash itself is in good nick and lacks any cracking or distortion. The digital climate control system is simple to use and features working heat and A/C. The OEM audio below works well too and produces decent sound quality still, and a set of pull-out cup holders is at hand. The driver benefits from power mirrors, locks, and electric windows. Except for the power fold feature, these all work as advertised and make daily use enjoyable. The seats are trimmed in a neat, gray and blue upholstery. The seats are soft to the touch and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. On long trips they are supportive and the rear row folds forward to maximize cargo room. The headliner, door cards, and carpet all have resisted major abuse over the years and look good. We even wanted to note the old owner's manuals are included in the sale for the new American owner to benefit from.
Under the hood, this BG5 is a bit different than your run-of-the-mill Subaru. The familiar EJ and boxer layout have been bolstered with a set of twin turbochargers. That right folks, two turbos for double the fun. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the EJ20H cranks over promptly thanks to a new 12v battery we installed here stateside. It idles with confidence and that signature flat-four burble is omnipresent. Power is fed through an automatic gearbox to both front and rear axles. Shifts are seamless and the Legacy never struggles to get up to merging speeds. In fact, acceleration is impressive, and long highway cruises can be had in comfort. We did replace the left front outer axle boot to keep the driveline happy and the little wagon drives quite well, now. The suspension is predictable and confident as are the brakes and steering. The factory alloys have all been wrapped in new Falken tires at all four corners, and they reduce road noise greatly. Freshly aligned, they will last for tens of thousands of more miles to come and are ready to deliver all the grip you need!
*California Residents: In order to register a Gray Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.