Big, solid, honest, comfortable, fine handling and very economical four wheel drive chain-cam diesel estate car, sensibly priced. Unique.
Just a little bit old fashioned. Early cars had DPF problems.
Latest Update Subaru Legacy and Outback Diesel 2008: Crankshaft bearing failure not unknown.
5-2-2013: If an injector fails on the diesel the entire engine has to come out to replace it, quoted by dealer at £647 just for removing and replacing the engine + cost of injector and fitting it.
23-1-2013: Severe, unexplained, DPF problems with 23k mile 2010 Outback diesel used 90% for motorway journeys, culminating in Subaru's refusal to extend the 3 year warranty.
Introduction (from Subaru Legacy Diesel 2008 Road Test 1):
Subaru enthusiasts, pony club members, and anyone living up a muddy lane or above the snow line had been clamouring for this for years. Subaru now expects to sell 85% of Legacy Sport Tourers and 95% of Outbacks with its new ‘Boxer' diesel engine.
And so it came to pass, nine years after the Subaru engineers were given the green light to produce the world's first boxer diesel-powered engine, here it is.
Obviously we're not going to be dishing any awards for cutting-edge industry initiatives here, but that's another issue. The key question is whether it's all been worth the epic gestation?
The short answer is yes. Any engine which can pull the architecture of a not-so-inconsequential-sized estate car to a top speed of 126 mph while powering all four of its wheels and still boast nearly 50mpg is surely be worthy of a positive reception.
And if those facts weren't impressive enough, then take the starting prices: a smidgen under £20k will buy the surprisingly well-equipped Legacy TD, or the same entry-level Outback for £21,495.