Thursday, December 13, 2018

Scary Cheap: 2005 Subaru Legacy GT

The Subaru Legacy was a wild all-wheel-drive family car available with a twin-turbocharged setup in Japan, but pre-2005, US customers had to live with anemic flat-4 power.  That all changed in 2005 with the introduction of the 4th generation model that added a de-tuned version of Subaru's STI 2.5 liter turbo-4 under the hood.  With a few small modifications the Legacy GT can become a seriously fast machine with all wheel drive and a manual gearbox.  Find this 2005 Subaru Legacy GT offered for $1500 in Frederick, MD via craigslist. Tip from Jeff S.

From the seller:

2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT LTD Wagon 
condition: fair 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: 4wd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 182500 
paint color: blue 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: wagon 

182,000 miles-clean title
Original owner, never in accident, all service records.
Plenty of tread left on Goodyear all season tires.
Does run but needs work-see below.

New gas tank and exhaust
New CV boots
New heater/AC control panel. AC & Heat work, panel died.

See a cheaper way to drive a 2.5 liter turbo?


  1. There has got to be more to this story.... but someone should be rushing over to Frederick MD to find out.

  2. On the garage floor is that 3 oil catch buckets in a row?

    1. Nice catch. That's likely what they are.

      Source: I've owned two of these LGT wagons (manual & auto).

  3. I've seen a few of these on my local CL recently, also a few Outback XTs. I recall some people saying they were utter crap, but others supporting them. Also differing opinions on whether or not the manual is really better than the auto in this application. Curious to hear others' thoughts on this.

    1. I have a 2005 Outback XT, 5MT. Dead reliable if you take care of a few things up front. Mine has 65k miles on it, so I dont know how it will be in 30 years when I hit 150k. :p

    2. Fleetwood T. BroughamJanuary 2, 2019 at 7:45 PM

      Dead reliable? Spoken like someone who hasn't owned one past 90k miles.

      It gets ugly, friend.


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