Car Lust: 1990 Subaru Legacy Wagon (“White Car Station Wagon”)

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1990 Subaru Legacy (White Car Station Wagon)

winter prep time and the changing leaves are a reminder to us in northeast Ohio that soon be driving in snow It seems as good a time as any to the story of the best snow car ever had: a 1990 Legacy station wagon.

Or, as my son called it, the White Car Station

The Legacy was, in one sense, a of my CRX. After I lost the CRX to one rainy night, my wife and I that maybe our next car come with that anti-lock braking system been hearing so much lately, and all-wheel drive not be a bad thing either if we could fit it in. a month of cross-shopping that saw us everything from an AWD-equipped to a Nissan Axxess. we settled on the Legacy.

The 1990 Legacy was Subaru#39;s attempt at an upscale car. from the people who had, up to point, given us granola-flavored AWD wagons and such lovable as the BRAT. XT. and Justy. this was a momentous development.

It was bigger the traditional Subaru wagon, the same size as the competing Accord. Stanza. Tempo. LeBaron. Passat. and 3-series BMW .

The time I saw a Legacy, it was pretty that Subaru was aiming it at the yuppie demographic. It was tricked out all the necessary yuppie-class luxury control, cruise control, windows, power door 80-watt 4-speaker cassette with equalizer, power power-retracting radio antenna, and so on. The was firmly in BMW and Guigiaro territory, sharp and clean lines.

The large glass area and low gave it excellent outward

Under the hood was a fuel EJ series 2.2L SOHC producing 135 HP and 186 pounds of torque. It all four wheels through a good four speed –my clutch-averse spouse had on a slushbox so she could drive it, and she up using this particular car than I did over the ten years we it.

It had a fully-independent suspension with struts all around, supplemented by a active ride-height control rack and pinion steering, and wheel disc brakes ABS. The result was a car that had respectable driving dynamics. It blazing fast, but the pickup was and you could hustle it down a back road at a brisk without embarrassing yourself or the

It had a few odd features that we found endearing.

It had automatic shoulder that ran in a track around the windows; when you got in and closed the the anchor ran around the track and the belt around you.

One day after I got the car, I ended up some of my co-workers to an off-site and the one in the passenger seat was so amused by the seatbelt that she couldn#39;t giggling.

The climate control had a button you press to get an outside temperature which my wife thought was the thing ever put on a dashboard.

The suspension used supplemental springs to conrol the ride When you got above fifty, it the car an inch or so to improve the aerodynamics, or so the manual said–you couldn#39;t from inside. About a after you shut the engine the system depressurized and the car dropped a bit.

For months after we it, my wife and I would park get out, and watch the car sink we were so fascinated.

What it a great car was how it performed in snow. No how deep the snow, or how slippery the there was very little car just went where you it and refused to get stuck, and when it time to stop the ABS stopped If you were faced with snow (or a rough road), was a button on the dash that the air suspension to jack the car up another and a half.

Just push the button, a moment for the stystem to fully and then step on the gas and bull way through.

We had the Legacy for ten years and the wheels off it. It brought both of my home from the hospital, them to Montessori school and on trips to the grandparents. My oldest quite two years old when he calling it the White Car Station and the name stuck.

It#39;s been gone for a decade, but we still miss it.

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The photo at the top is Wikipedia ; it#39;s not my Legacy, but looked just like it. The RHD Legacy was photographed by Flickr bramm77. The vintage catalog of the black Legacy comes Consumer Guide.

The final is the White Car Station Wagon date and location unremembered, one of the boys or one of the grandparents took it.

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