Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT (1997)

I have to admit that I was grouchy almost from the get-go with thisparticular test car.

It had the hardest shift between first and second in an automatic that I'veever felt in my life. And while it's probably fixable, it annoyed thedickens out of me, and I'm thinking of suing Subaru for whiplash.

Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT (1997)Putting that aside, this is the car to get if you need a practicalall-wheel-drive sedan that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It really fills aniche. No one else makes one like it. The next cheapest AWD sedan is theAudi A4, which is about $10,000 more than the Legacy.

Because of the AWD, it tracks very well. When you turn, it goes. And itreally holds the road. It's got a pretty good reliability record, from whatwe've seen. But I found the ride stiff, and the seat too close to the floorand not terribly comfortable.

And, now, I admit, I'm picking on this car because of that gol' durnshifting problem, but the other thing I hated is that the windows takeforever to go down. If you do more than one window at a time, ittakes three times as long to go down, which madetollbooths particularly annoying...not to mention the shift between firstand second when we pulled away from the tollbooth. Did I forget to mentionthat?

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