Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

2003 Legacy L


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 gksmith16

gksmith16

    New User

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 6 posts
  • Miller Place, NY

Posted 08 January 2012 - 12:19 PM

Just purchased.
140,000 miles - 1 owner
Pristine.
$2800
Overall consensus?
Reliable vehicle?
Any bugs?

#2 grossgary

grossgary

    Elite Master of the Subaru

  • Members
  • 19,896 posts
  • WV

Posted 08 January 2012 - 02:15 PM

good car.

timing components should be replaced - tensioner, pulleys, and belt. do that and these motors easily last another 100,000 miles with minor maintenance items. interference engine so if the belt breaks it'll likely bend valves, i'm currently repairing two broken belt Subaru's - a 99 and 03 - both had multiple bent valves.

at nearly 10 years and that mileage the original tensioners and pulleys are not up to my standards to leave in there, i would plan on a complete timing belt job at some point even if the belt was replaced.

the only "issue" they have is the headgasket issue - they leak externally at the bottom or rear of the engine, you should probably go look right now and see if it's currently leaking - it's not that unheard of for them to hit the market as soon as they show initial signs.

the good news is it's not really an *issue* functionally speaking for a long time as long as it doesn't run low on oil or coolant (it can leak either).

#3 gksmith16

gksmith16

    New User

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 6 posts
  • Miller Place, NY

Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:44 PM

good car.

timing components should be replaced - tensioner, pulleys, and belt. do that and these motors easily last another 100,000 miles with minor maintenance items. interference engine so if the belt breaks it'll likely bend valves, i'm currently repairing two broken belt Subaru's - a 99 and 03 - both had multiple bent valves.

at nearly 10 years and that mileage the original tensioners and pulleys are not up to my standards to leave in there, i would plan on a complete timing belt job at some point even if the belt was replaced.

the only "issue" they have is the headgasket issue - they leak externally at the bottom or rear of the engine, you should probably go look right now and see if it's currently leaking - it's not that unheard of for them to hit the market as soon as they show initial signs.

the good news is it's not really an *issue* functionally speaking for a long time as long as it doesn't run low on oil or coolant (it can leak either).


How much would the parts cost for the timing components and the head gasket? I have a mechanic who does excellent side work at a great rate.

Thanks for the tips.

#4 porcupine73

porcupine73

    Obligate carnivore

  • Members
  • 4,950 posts
  • Buffalo, NY

Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:58 AM

Parts cost for timing components and water pump could be around $200 if getting the PCI or Gates kits such as off eBay. For genuine parts it gets expensive fast, mainly because the idlers are pricey. You can check out genuine parts prices at many web sites such as 1stsubaruparts.com subarupartsforyou.com and so on.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users