1996 Subaru Legacy GT
If you're not a fan of compromising, consider the 1997 Subaru Legacy. Models such as this GT-B are fantastic estates, and come equipped with some Japan-exclusive options to boot, like a factory twin-turbocharged boxer powerplant! Safe, spacious, and fast, this wagon is nearly perfect. Finished in a glorious Brisbane Blue (52D), and set off by some subtle privacy tint, this recently serviced rig is offered with a mere 44k verified and documented miles. The body is in good shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. As a winter sled, family hauler, weekend cruiser, or daily driver this practical performer is a Japanese Classic through and through!
The Legacy is a larger chassis than the Impreza and the cockpit is decidedly more upmarket. As the most refined vehicle in Subaru's 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. 1996 models saw a brief interior refresh with a few safety upgrades too. Dual SRS front airbags were offered to give those in the two front seats some extra peace 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, grayish-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, as are a set of all-weather mats, for the new American owner to enjoy.
Under the bonnet, with its integrated scoop for the intercooler, this BG5 is a bit different than your run-of-the-mill Subaru sold here stateside. The familiar EJ and boxer layout have been bolstered with a set of twin turbochargers. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the EJ20H cranks over promptly thanks to an American 12v battery that was installed here in our shop alongside a full set of spark plugs. It idles with confidence and that signature flat-four burble is a bit of an undertone, but gets louder under throttle, which as many Subaru enthusiasts rightfully love. 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 recently 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. To save some money on future service, new front and rear brake pads were installed by one of our trained techs. The factory alloys have all been wrapped in new Falken tires at all four corners within the past 3,000 miles and they are quiet over the pavement. They will last for tens of thousands of more miles to come and are ready to deliver all the grip you need in a bevy of weather conditions!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey 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.