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#1 vwbuge1

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

Long time Subaru owner but I have been out of the game after being burnt with my 2000 Outback and its issues. I am looking to get back into it. Dealer has a 2005 Legacy Outback 2.5XT with 5 spd trans. 115,000 miles. It doesn't look bad in the pictures and it has a fairly decent maintenance record on the Carfax. The salesman called and said it is probably a car they will be shipping off to auction. If the car is sold outright it is going as-is. He made the car sound pretty beat. He wouldn't give me an outright price but told me to come take a look and make an offer.

How is the track record for these cars? I am drawn toward the turbo and 5 spd but have been out of the game for a while. Was the headgasket issue cleared up by 2005?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:13 PM

Long time Subaru owner but I have been out of the game after being burnt with my 2000 Outback and its issues. I am looking to get back into it. Dealer has a 2005 Legacy Outback 2.5XT with 5 spd trans. 115,000 miles. It doesn't look bad in the pictures and it has a fairly decent maintenance record on the Carfax. The salesman called and said it is probably a car they will be shipping off to auction. If the car is sold outright it is going as-is. He made the car sound pretty beat. He wouldn't give me an outright price but told me to come take a look and make an offer.

How is the track record for these cars? I am drawn toward the turbo and 5 spd but have been out of the game for a while. Was the headgasket issue cleared up by 2005?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

Check out the driver's side HG at the rear bottom and you should see oil seepage. Both of my 05s (legacy and OBi ltd) have this issue. Seems suggested "maintenance" is to do the HGs with the 105,000 mile TB.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:17 PM

Check out the driver's side HG at the rear bottom and you should see oil seepage. Both of my 05s (legacy and OBi ltd) have this issue. Seems suggested "maintenance" is to do the HGs with the 105,000 mile TB.


Not with the turbos like his motor is. They don't have the hg issues that the N/A's do.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:31 AM

Not with the turbos like his motor is. They don't have the hg issues that the N/A's do.


Bingo.

Confirm the timing belt has been changed is the big thing. Bring you a creeper to the lot and shimmy under it.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:27 PM

Hi,
Similar EJ255 engine as in my '04 Forester, which I just had rebuilt @ 180K. #4 cylinder is a common failure point as the piston ringlands crack and require replacment - doesn't require a rebuild, but lots of labor.

As stated, check the DOHC timing belt - actually EXPECT to change it @ 115K, unless it's documented. Might show up on the Carfax/Autocheck the dealer can run for you.

The turbos have a propensity to go @ around 150K. I've read numerous thread about the TD04 and VF40s blowing seals well before 200K - Go read up on SubaruOutback.org.


If it IS 'beat' then I'd be weary that's it not been maintained - but more depends on how the car looks/runs.

If you can determine that the car is unmolested/stock, you might give it a go; I personally will no longer buy a used, modded, turbo car - of any brand....FWIW.

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Edited by wtdash, 11 June 2012 - 03:40 PM.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:41 PM

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:46 AM

What is the difference between a 2.5xt and a 2.5gt?

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:12 AM

What is the difference between a 2.5xt and a 2.5gt?


The 2.5XT is an Outback, and the 2.5GT is just a regular Legacy.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:52 AM

Read on CARS101.COM to compare the Legacy versions and for the Outback versions.




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