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1996 Outback vs 1996 Legacy
Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:39 PM
I have learned so much here already - you all are the greatest:banana:
Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:55 PM
If you have an intent to go off-pavement and maybe a bit of off-roading, the Outback would be the better choice. But if "off-road" to you means relatively flat dirt roads, just get the Legacy.
Good call on the 2.2 and 5-speed. Others can chime in and provide much more info than I could.
Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:59 PM
there are differences, paint struts wheels, fogs, roof rack, but the biggest difference is the ej25 engine. the ej22 is more reliable, IMHO.
but the 96 outback 5 speed came w/ the ej22. so that would be the best of both worlds.
another option is to buy an outback that has had the ej22 swapped in. or buy one with bad gaskets and swap one in or ...
there are lots of possibilities. the only ''outback'' mod you cannot put on a legacy is the step roof. the paint isn't really a big deal but the gray plastic decals that stretch the length of the car on each side are expensive. bumpers and fogs are pretty easy but may be hard / expensive to find used. roof racks are a little tougher if the lego doesn't have one but still doable.
struts are easy, this will make it higher. i just did this to my 97 GT when i sold my outback. i was used to a taller car. i like it taller. once you are used to an outback height, a legacy L feels low. and as i get older.....
but for reliability, affordability, and longevity the 90 - 98 legacy L or LS is a great choice. (LS has a few more ''options''.)
Posted 17 February 2011 - 06:07 PM
as far as I understand, 95 is the first year of the outback and it had only minor cosmetic differences from the legacy, in 96 the outback started to have the suspension lift and 2.5L option. If I were you I would go for the 96 outback 2.2 if you ever plan to go offroad. I actually just got a 95 legacy wagon, but kind of wish i went for the 96 outback. I'm currently putting in KYB outback struts so I can fit some better tires.
Posted 17 February 2011 - 06:34 PM
He reports that the engine has 191,000 but the transmission and differential considerably less - he had to replace them to sell the car. Don't see how the dealer got caught up in this and it really makes me nervous. Probably want to look at the Outback first.
Posted 17 February 2011 - 06:42 PM
if you are in Seattle, you may want to check these guys out, I ran across them when researching head gasket issues.
maybe they can direct you to a reliable car for sale.
Posted 18 February 2011 - 08:56 AM
Just wanted to add, when I do have it serviced (sorry, I'm lousy with a wrench) I would go to Jim Startup's Foreign Auto Repair. He has an amazing reputation as being sort of an arrogant arsehole, but when it comes to diagnosing problems and fixng foreign cars at a fair price, Startup is the go-to guy.
Edited by fuhkengroovin, 18 February 2011 - 09:08 AM.
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