1996 Subaru Legacy GT-B
Who says you can't find a car that is sporty, spacious, stickshift, and AWD? This BG-5 checks all those boxes and is versatile, rare, and highly collectible as well. This 1996 Subaru Legacy GT-B Wagon without a doubt one of the most underappreciated JDM imports and is a certified Japanese Classic. Finished in an upscale Dark Red Mica II (53D), the body is in good shape aside from some minor dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Powered by a sweet-sounding twin-turbo boxer four mated to a real manual gearbox, this five-speed estate is an enthusiast's dream, and is offered with a mere 115k verified and documented miles. Just as at home on the autocross course as it is on the way to soccer practice, this well-equipped estate is tough to beat and an all-around Allstar!
The interior has held up nicely thanks to a slate of premium materials used by Subaru in the 90s. No dash cracking or bubbling is noted, and its apparent this example has been cared for in a prior life. This wagon comes well equipped with power amenities for comfort and convenience. Power windows, power locks, and electric folding mirrors are all operational and work as they should. An adjustable steering column and standard MoMo steering wheel allow the driver to find a comfortable driving position. If you prefer to have the windows up, the digital climate control is easy to operate and pumps out cold A/C. There is some light wear on the buttons but nothing that affects functionality at all. The factory radio was ditched for a Kenwood head unit that supplies all the tunes necessary for a fun road trip. The headliner is clear from any stains or rips and the seats mirror the same condition. A nice safety feature that Subaru added is the dual SRS airbags which were not common for 90s vehicles. The door cards in this GT-B are in relatively good shape overall with the exception of the driver's rear door. Noticeable tears in the material near the door handle and armrest are present which is understandable for a vehicle of this age. Another amenity that was optioned in this wagon is the massive dual moonroofs. They are both electric and work as they should, providing some natural ventilation to the cabin. When you do not have occupants in the back, the seats fold down conveniently to be able to stow larger items when needed.
The powertrain is exclusive to this model and is praised especially by Subaru enthusiasts. The heart of this sleeper is the EJ20R, which packs one hell of a punch when you accelerate. This twin-turbo 2.0L is a substantial upgrade over the prior years' engine. It adds additional cooling capacities and 30 more ponies. The mill sounds great and is fresh off an oil and filter service. It breathes better thanks to a new engine air filter. The EJ fires up quickly thanks to a new 12v battery. Paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, the driver has complete control of the chassis, and the gearbox shifts seamlessly. Power is supplied to all four corners utilizing the AWD system and thanks to the brand new tires, plenty of grip is afforded to the pilot. The new rubber will provide tens of thousands of miles of use and quiet the ride down nicely. The power steering is direct and communicative and the braking is impressive for a wagon of this size. Our shop has installed new front brake pads to ensure the next owner's safety. The "B" in GT-B represents the upgraded Bilstein suspension upgrade that this one has. The beefier sport-tuned dampers are well suited for the rigors of daily use and the right front bellow boot has been replaced to freshen the handling a touch. A Sti carbon fiber front strut tower bar was added by the previous owner to help reduce body roll, and pairs nicely with the Bilstein setup.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.