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Posted 16 February 2004 - 10:06 PM
I know this is a total newbie quesiton and I apologize for it.
I currently own a 1990 Legacy LS wagon / automatic with about 220,000 miles on it. I bought it about 3 years ago with 175,000 on it. I do a lot of driving for work and needed something reliable and was pretty broke. Its been the best car in terms of mileage and maintenance cost I've ever owned.
I need to replace it. It needs a transmission, tires, and I'm pretty worried about the motor.
I'm looking for something in the 100,000 mile range for between $3500 - $6500 price range. I prefer a manual transmission. I'm also 6'2" tall and so my current seat doesn't go back far enough.
What should I get? I love wagons, I'd like decent snow performance, and something I can put 100,000 miles on without getting reamed on repairs. I've heard about issues with clutch shudder on Outback and Forester models with manual trannies.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Anybody wanna buy my current ride
Posted 16 February 2004 - 10:42 PM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 11:11 PM
Nevertheless, if you still want a Subie with similar reliability, go with what Suzam said and try to stay with a 2.2. The Phase II 2.2's, while they did have some piston slap problems, are still much better than a 2.5 Subaru I'm afraid.
You could look into a 95-99 Legacy wagon with the 2.2, or an Impreza wagon in the same age and with the same engine. I too prefer a manual, but keep in mind that you really can't slam a Subaru gearbox around like say a Honda. The synchros aren't designed for it.
Good luck, and you might wanna post your car for sale on the Legacy BBS, that's a forum just for 1st-gen Legacies, might spark some interest there...
Posted 16 February 2004 - 11:19 PM
I'm not interested at all in something flashy, just a reliable car that I can put a lot of miles on.
I'm worrried about the motor because of what my mechanic said.
I took it to the import shop in town (when my check engine light was on) and the mechanic who is their Subaru guy recognized my car.
Apparently the person I bought the car from replaced the motor about 1 year before I bought it. This replacement motor had 180,000 miles on it when it went into my car and so now is at 260,000 miles or so. Their is a problem with it (I'm not real car savvy, I'll repost the problem tomorrow) and this mechanic recomended I begin looking for a new car. (I trust this mechanic, he's buddies with my mechanic cousin)
I've got to drive pbly 50,000 miles in the next 4 months and don't want my motor to crap out on me.
THANKS FOR THE INPUT.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 04:57 PM
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Posted 10 March 2004 - 09:58 PM
What's the drawback that you are referring to? All I know about is some issue with the intake manifold.
Posted 10 March 2004 - 10:13 PM
They sometimes blow for no good reason. 2.2 closed deck engine is more stable, apparently, than the 2.5's open deck design. Redesigned h/g's are available, and while better, it doesn't completely cure the problem. External h/g leaks are not uncommon either.
Posted 11 March 2004 - 03:52 AM
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