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#1 Olnick

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:21 PM

Yesterday as my son, Eric, was driving back to Seattle from the Stevens Pass Ski Area, a Honda SUV veered across the centerline and plowed into him.  He's okay--just some bumps, bruises and cuts from shattered glass.

 

But when he called to let me know what happened he was really dejected--partly because of the stress and trauma he had just endured, but mostly because he had lost his wonderful '92 Legacy sedan forever.

 

So many nice memories in that car.  Working together under the hood and under the car.  Searching pull-and-pay yards for Suabaru parts.  Marvelling at how peppy and smooth the EJ22 felt after a tuneup.  Road-tripping to Colorado "collegiate style," driving through the night, one sleeping (very comfortably) in the back seat while the other was at the wheel.  Meeting up with Larry Dew in Colorado Springs. 

 

Eric and I believe that car gave its all to protect him, perhaps saved his life.  A 22 year old car and its airbag delpoyed!  I was amazed.  That didn't happen with the '98 Honda that hit him.

 

Rest in peace, dear magical Subaru.  We shall never forget you.

 

Me ke Aloha Pumehana,

Nick

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#2 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:41 PM

So sad for your car loss, but glad that your son is alright.

 

Time to search for a Newer subaru, perhaps?

 

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#3 Olnick

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:00 PM

Thanks JeZeK!  "Newer Subaru?"  You betcha!  His old engine hadn't even cooled down before I was searching Craigslist!



#4 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:13 PM

The Hunt has begun ...  :D ...

 

I kindly suggest you to upload Photos here of the New one!

 

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#5 RustyBrat

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 08:33 PM

that makes me sad... but also, nothing lasts forever right? time for a new car and new memories!



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:49 PM

95 2.2 5sp in the near future I hope

Glad you are all righ

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#7 Olnick

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:11 PM

Those early Legacies were built like tanks.  The energy of the impact went right up the A-pillar and buckled the roof--but the integrity of passenger compartment wasn't compromised!

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#8 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:43 PM

That was a very fat side crash, which other cars couldn't handle as good as that Legacy for sure.

 

By the way, In my crazy country, that legacy could be still repairable & driveable legally.

 

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 11:42 AM

Sorry for your son's loss.  I know how it feels.

 

I recently lost my '94  Impreza thanks to a hit and run while my beloved Subie was parked overnight.  I was heart broken.  Prior to the Impreza, I owned a '85 Brown GL. 

 

I don't have a huge budget, hoping to find another slightly newer than a '94 subie to fill the hole in my heart.

 

-Katie



#10 Olnick

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 05:12 PM

Thanks Katie--and everyone--for your kind thoughts.  Funny how we get so attached to a utilitarian hunk of metal, glass & rubber!

 

Main thing, Eric's okay and he's on the verge of acquiring a nicer, newer Subaru.  (Correction:  Not necessarily "nicer," just different.)

Pictures soon JesZeK!

 

Aloha,

Nick



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 02:27 AM

Glad hes okay! Thats quite a mess.... I like how car vs SUV and the SUV looks like it took quite a beating as well!

 

Hope you find another good one!



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 03:19 PM

Thanks Katie--and everyone--for your kind thoughts.  Funny how we get so attached to a utilitarian hunk of metal, glass & rubber!

 

Main thing, Eric's okay and he's on the verge of acquiring a nicer, newer Subaru.  (Correction:  Not necessarily "nicer," just different.)

Pictures soon JesZeK!

 

Aloha,

Nick

 

I feel the same way about my Loyale. I have owned it since new in 94 and boy, the memories I have with that little car. They become like family heirlooms. You put your blood, sweat, tears and memories into them.

 

Glad to hear Eric is OK.



#13 Olnick

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 11:33 AM

Eric found his "new" car--just what he wanted, a '96 Outback with EJ22 and 5-speed tranny!  Needs a bit of work but overall very solid and runs/drives well.

 

Thanks for all your good thoughts everyone.

 

Here are some pix from the seller's Craigslist ad:

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#14 AdventureSubaru

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 01:54 PM

If you keep the old car (often as a buy-back from the insurance company) you will have a nice stash of good parts.

 

great looking wagon. And it's the 90s outback with a 2.2! Great find. 97 and up had the DOHC engine that had all the head gasket issues.

 

Best of both worlds in that 96.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:48 PM

Congrats and condolences for your son.
I know how he feels. When my BRAT got rear ended, it saved my life and sacrificed it's own.
And glad to see he got the most desirable Outback ;)
I hunted many an hour on Craigslist for one of those in blue.
I hope he enjoys it.

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