Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,490 - $4,853
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
165-212
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,490 - $4,853
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
165-212
Seats
5

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2003 Subaru Legacy Owner Reviews

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42 Reviews
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Subaru legacy with all-wheel-drive: a reliable car with excellent gas mileage.

2003 Subaru Legacy

I love my Subaru legacy. My favorite feature is the all-wheel-drive. It rides really well in rough weather. The steering wheel has a nice handling feel to it and accurate to the touch. It also has cruise control for longer trips on the highway. The gas mileage is excellent, I fill my tank once per month. It gets me to all my local town and surrounding area physician's appointments, so I never have to worry about missing an important health appointment due to lack of fuel. I have my oils changed regularly on schedule, so I have never had any issues with the motor, thus far. The heat works well and never have any defrosting issues. It is an easy car to keep looking and running in very good condition. I would purchase another Subaru legacy in the future.

- Jill M

The pros and cons of my reliable Subaru.

2003 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon

I am the only owner of this car and maintain it well. In 16 years it is never given me any problems beyond the usual wear and tear. I bought it for its reliability. The disadvantage about that is its not necessarily a 'fun' car. But hey, it is safe. One other con is it sits low to the ground making it a little more difficult to get in and out of especially the older I get. It is really difficult for my 73 year old mom. All and all though this has been a dependable,, reliable, great little car.

- Susan A

Awesome, strong, durable, engine! Also, the AWD is great in the snow!

2003 Subaru Legacy Outback Ltd

Very good in the winter, has 250,000 miles on it which I assume is the biggest factor for me having to purchase parts left and right. Not too many engine parts, the engine runs great, but have replaced almost the whole front and back ends. I love the all wheel drive and the sunroof. Had to replace the exhaust as well because it was leaking into the inside of the car. Also, the door seals are absolutely terrible, they leak profusely at mid to high speeds.

- Jonathan M

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Key Specs

Overview

Horsepower

Horsepower
165 hp
212 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16
3.0L DOHC SMPI 24

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.3 in.
43.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.9 in.
38.5 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.2 in.
34.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.6 in.
37.2 in.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
205/60HR15
225/60HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.3 in.
104.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.4 ft.
36.7 ft.

Length

Length
184.4 in.
187.4 in.

Width

Width
68.7 in.
68.7 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3225 - 3290 lbs.
3715 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
165 hp
212 hp

Torque

Torque
166 ft. lbs.
210 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
200 lbs.
200 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
Flat 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16.9 gal.
16.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 - 25 mpg
23 mpg

City

City
21 - 22 mpg
19 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 - 28 mpg
26 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety