Greeting Soob fans and my old friends at the USMB. A brief re-into for ya'll: I was here in the old school section for several years way back when, when I first fell into an 85 GL wagon. Due to living on a long country lane with no snow plowing happening, I allowed friendly folks hear at the board to advise me on how to lift that wagon. It has been my beloved dayly driver for around a decade. A big thanks to all my old friends here for all the help.
So why am I writing in the New Generation section now? Cause my dear old mum has aged beyond her ability to keep driving. So----after my brother and I noticed yet ANOTHER ding in her 2003 Outback, we had a family pow wow, and she has seen the light, and moved into an assisted living home. Her quality of life will improve from this.
AND, she has seen fit to beqeath her Outback to ------me.
I took possession off this Soob yesterday. Have driven it all of 10 miles.
A huge upgrade for my wife and I, and much to learn.
So, a 2003 outback, with 69,000 miles. EJ 25, Auto trans.
She bought it from Hertz Sales in Bend Oregon with maybe 40 or 50 thou I think. Has had pretty good maintenence since she bought it.
I just have not had time to do much research, but I do gather that there were head gasket problems. I think I am reading that these issues were partially addressed with the EJ 25 by 2003, is this correct? I gather that I am more likely to have external leaks than internal, yes? No? Maybe? And if so is there some average amount of miles before these HG issues arise?
My other concern is regarding this automatic transmission. Plate under hood says Trans: tz1a4zceba.
So, what is the reputation of these units? I would MUCH preffer a manual, but oh welll, "gift horse in the mouth" and so on and so forth.
The tires have lots of tread, but they look more like street tires than snow tires, which wont do where I live in La Pine OR.
I see that timing belts interval is 105,000 thou, so I guess I don't need to worry about that yet. Just change the oil and drive it I guess.
I would love to hear advice, tips, warnings-----whatever. I know my old EA like the back of my hand, but this beast-------all new to me!
Anyway----it's good to be back, always did like this outfit.
Edited by pyropyro, 08 September 2013 - 07:48 PM.