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#1 dkatz

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

After over a year of living without a car in Los Angeles, I finally decided it was time to take the plunge. I still plan on bike-commuting as much as possible, but it will be nice to have a car for getting a bit further afield.
 
I've always had a soft spot for Subarus, and after some ambling around on Craigslist, wound up with an oldie but goody: a 1984 GL hatchback.
 
I wasn't particularly looking for a "classic," but this car was just in too-impeccable condition to pass up. It's only had two owners, and the second has only owned it for the past year. And only 137k miles! I took it to a very good local mechanic for an inspection and they were blown away by how good it's condition is.
 
Despite all that, I admit I'm having a bit of buyer's-anxiety - I'm not terribly mechanically-inclined, and this is my only vehicle. She's definitely a beauty, though!
 


#2 Olnick

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

Buyer's anxiety?  Shoot, it looks like you got a real beauty there!  And welcome aboard--you'll love this place.



#3 ShawnW

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

Looks like a great score.  2wd 5 speed should get some good mileage and be a cheap one to keep going even in California.



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for the welcome, guys!

 

Yeah... I guess some anxiety is just a normal part of the process, right? Some of my anxiety is that I feel like I didn't do quite as much homework as I feel like I should have (I tend to over-think and over-research everything!). This might help a bit, though: what do you all suppose a car like this should go for? The only work it needs is a new alternator belt (and oil change, brake fluid refill), and it has 137k miles. This could potentially set my mind a bit at ease!


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

Thanks for the welcome, guys!

 

Yeah... I guess some anxiety is just a normal part of the process, right? Some of my anxiety is that I feel like I didn't do quite as much homework as I feel like I should have (I tend to over-think and over-research everything!). This might help a bit, though: what do you all suppose a car like this should go for? The only work it needs is a new alternator belt (and oil change, brake fluid refill), and it has 137k miles. This could potentially set my mind a bit at ease!

 

You bought a great car with a very simple yet exceptionally well built engine.  If you are prone to doing homework, then you are in the right place and you can easily learn the in's and out's of your engine.  Since you are in Cali, your biggest challenge is going to be the carburetor with all the various 1980's emission controls.  Since you just bought the car and it's in good working order, I would recommend learning about the Single-Point Fuel Injection (SPFI) upgrade for your car while it's running well, so when the carb-emissions system eventually starts to get out of tune you are ready for the swap.  Member GeneralDisorder put together the guide on the swap and it is legal in California under the condition that your car would then have to pass emissions standards for the SPFI donor car.  And if you do the swap, you should get amazing gas mileage with a 2WD 5MT Hatch.

 

BTW I drive an '81 4WD Hatch with over 295,000 miles on it and I still get great mileage.

 

I would really like to see some pics of the engine area if you feel like snapping a few?


Edited by ferox, 22 February 2013 - 07:46 PM.


#6 dkatz

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, ferox! I'll have a look at GeneralDisorder's guide.

 

I'll get some engine bay pics when I get a chance!



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

A couple quick engine pics, as promised:

 

 



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

Thanks for the welcome, guys!

 

Yeah... I guess some anxiety is just a normal part of the process, right? Some of my anxiety is that I feel like I didn't do quite as much homework as I feel like I should have (I tend to over-think and over-research everything!). This might help a bit, though: what do you all suppose a car like this should go for? The only work it needs is a new alternator belt (and oil change, brake fluid refill), and it has 137k miles. This could potentially set my mind a bit at ease!

 

 

If you are the type that doesn't like to learn new things, pull up your sleeves and get grease under your nails - you got royally and painfully screwed. On the other hand if you are willing to work, learn and ask questions, you got a sweet deal. Used cars require you to put in an effort to keep them on the road. It looks like the previous owner was such a person.  Yes some things will *GASP* need replacing and repairing. Car maintenance is more patience, perseverance and effort than rocket science. And you have this place to help you along.

 

You have a classic there. The question is, in 10 years will it still be a classic or a beater? The difference will be all in how you treat it.

 

Now stop over-thinking the damn thing and drive somewhere. Maybe to the local tool place to start building your tool set.



#9 belacane

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:59 PM

Welcome to the board!! 

Wow, what a gorgeous car.... you'll be glad you got her in no time. People here on this board are so helpful and kind, you'll feel right at home.



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:34 PM

Im new to subarus like you but looks like a great car! Hope to see you learning and growing in the world of subarus as i plan to do as well.

-Tyler



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:55 PM

Looks like a really nice car!



#12 dkatz

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:28 AM

Thanks, fellas! The car and I are getting to know each other, slowly by slowly.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:53 PM

Nice Hatch....

You can put a full size spare under the hood. 

Starting out if there is a hick-up, consider it an opportunity to learn and bond with your roo. 

 

On any car there is a learning curve.  This site will help a lot in smoothing that out. 

Tools, doesn't take to many.  Parts are not that pricey and you will find these are easy to trouble shoot and repairs are not that difficult once you get through that beginner phase.  

 

Enjoy the ride and it will turn some heads!

 

rockauto.com is a great source. 


Edited by Indrid cold, 04 April 2013 - 10:54 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:07 PM

Nice car, welcome!

#15 dkatz

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 04:20 PM

Less than a year and I'm sad to report that I'll be looking to sell this trusty steed. I'm moving from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and will be leading a car-free life. This car has been a terrific partner over the past several months, and is still in terrific shape. Please PM me with any interest!







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