Long story short - I'm picking up a 2001 Legacy Outback 5 speed tomorrow. The guy selling it advertised it as having a "bad transmission" and said the car would not move. As I looked it over the car sat in neutral and the engine ran smooth. but the transmission had rattling/light grinding sounds coming from it.
Am I right in thinking that if the issue truly were transmission and not clutch related that it shouldn't really be making noise since in neutral there should be no engagement from the tranny? I'm getting a good deal on the car even if the trans is toast, but all the better if I'm only looking at a new clutch. The car should be in my driveway tomorrow evening. Any good ways to test and see whether i'm looking at a clutch job or whole trans? Or do i just tear into it and see what we're looking at?
Edited by AdventureSubaru, 02 April 2014 - 06:38 PM.