So I charged the Impreza battery this morning but it still wouldn't crank. Put in the battery out of the donor Outback and it fired right up. Drove it for at least an hour around town, with a half dozen stops but none of them long. Never overheated or puked out coolant. When I first got home it was bubbling into the overflow, maybe a bubble every five seconds. Used the magical test fluid and that never changed color, but after it sat and idled for a bit it stopped bubbling too. So I'm guessing the head gasket(s) are starting to go but aren't too bad at the moment. Might do the head gaskets this weekend.
While I was driving around some guy pulled up and asked if I was looking for another Subaru. His daughter was driving a 99 Outback and rear ended someone. They had supposedly just done the head gaskets, exhaust, timing belt, rotors, tires, and heater core, it has 118k on it, 4 cylinder auto. I checked it out, it would need the lower radiator support pulled forward and a new radiator, but I have a couple of those in my basement. It has a good set of snow tires and alloy wheels. Clean cloth interior, smells like they smoked in it. It's about as rusty as most Subarus that age around here, body doesn't look too bad but probably half the bolts would break off the first time you tried to turn them. All the CV boots look good. He wants $600. I'm tempted to buy that and scrap/sell the Impreza.
I really need to get another rust free H6 Outback.
Still would like feedback on cruise control and AC issues with the 99 Outback.
Edited by pontoontodd, 16 January 2018 - 05:07 PM.