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Autoblog Long-Term Garage Introduction: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT

Like others in our field, we pride ourselves on being able to offer our readers a surprisingly comprehensive assessment of a vehicle after only driving it for a few hours (as at an automaker's first-drive event) or living with it for several days (as with a normal media vehicle loan). But even though we've got our testing methodology down, there's simply no way to learn what it's like to live with an automobile without... well... living with the automobile. Simply put, a year's worth of the day-in, day-out grind is likely to reveal more foibles and hidden charms than any number of... Read More

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: California livin'
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    It's been about a month since the long-term Subaru Legacy 2.5GT arrived in Northern California, and as the weather slowly turned south, my opinion of our burgundy sled has improved. Dramatically. Transitioning from a German compact into a near-luxury sedan from Japan (both within $1,000 of each ...

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    By the Numbers: The Great Long-Term Vehicle Swap of 2010
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    Like two ships passing in the night, our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT and 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street edition briefly met in person last Saturday morning before their driver – myself and Senior Editor Lavrinc – swapped keys, turned around and headed back to our ...

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    The Great Long-Term Vehicle Swap of 2010
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    Above are Autoblog's two current long-term test vehicles, the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT and the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sport Cup Edition. At the moment, they are separated by some 2,460 miles of road with the Legacy at my house in the Greater Cleveland area and the diesel Jetta with Senior ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: The key to changing map discs
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    How to swap map discs in a 2011 Subaru Legacy – Click above to watch video after the jump Pop quiz: Where's the slot to swap out DVD map discs for the 2010 Subaru Legacy's navigation system? No, it's not the one you can see with your eyes in the image above; that's the slot for audio CDs. ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: Taming the Mt. Washington Auto Road
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    Taming of the Mt. Washington Auto Road – Click above for high-res image gallery In our last long term update, I mentioned that my wife and I took the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT on a two-week road trip up to New England. Our ultimate destination was Bar Harbor, Maine, though a stop in New ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: Heading to shop for recall inspection
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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – Click above for high-res image gallery Truth be told, our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT has been running like a top from day one with not a single issue arising that has required a trip to the dealer for repair. We did get her oil changed around 5,000 miles, ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: Learning to drive stick
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    That's my wife, and despite the two thumbs up and big smile on her face, she just stalled our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT for the sixth time in a row. Turns out that the Legacy is not an ideal practice car in which to learn the fine art of cog swapping. It's too bad, too, as tomorrow the ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: Rise of the MPGs
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    Since I took the keys for our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT from fellow editor Chris Paukert, I've managed to squeeze in a number of long drives. This has given me a perfect chance to observe the Legacy 2.5GT's fuel economy in ideal conditions. The Environmental Protection Agency rates our ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: Backwards E-brake
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    Long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – Click above for high-res image gallery Executive Editor Paukert has already complained about one button located on the panel to the left of the steering wheel in our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT. But now that the keys have traded hands and I've ...

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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT: May 2010
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    2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – Click above for high-res image gallery Our 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT long-termer has over 4,000 miles on it now, and it's broken in nicely. The six-speed cable shifter has freed up nominally (it's still a bit notchy), and the turbocharged flat-four is singing as ...

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