Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

2005 Legacy Wagon Limited - How to make it more "cool"?


  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#1 Grey47

Grey47

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Alexandria, KY

Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:46 AM

I had been looking for a good deal on a safe and reliable used car for my 16 year old daughter.  By chance, I found an awesome deal on a '05 Legacy Wagon Limited.  It was a one owner (an 84 year old lady) who had the oil changed every 3 months at the dealer (carfax proves this), with 103k miles.  She was only asking $3500 for the car.  Apparently, that is what another dealer offered her in trade, so she said she would sell it to me for that.  Obviously, I jumped on it.

 

Since then, I have had almost 2k worth of work done to it to make it as perfect as I can.  I had both front axels replaced (it had a torn boot), both front struts replaced (one was making a thumping noise), replaced the timing belt, had a power window motor replaced, replaced a worn stabilizer bar, and a few other odds and ends.  Even with a total of almost $5500 in the car, I still think I got a steal.

 

Subaru-sm.jpg

 

I made my daughter pay 20% of the car so that she would have more of a sense of ownership, etc.  She loves that car and takes great car of it - washing it all the time, all that stuff.  But, I do not think she is crazy about the "looks" of the wagon.  She jokes that it looks like a "grandma" car and even named the car "Grandma".

 

Well, she just took the ACT test and did fantastic.  I think she did well enough that she should be in line for a few nice scholarships.  As a reward, I wanted to do something to make the wagon more "cool", but I am having a hard time coming up with ideas.  I thought maybe I could have a light tint put on the windows?  She would love it if she could connect her ipod to the stereo, but I'm not sure that's possible except maybe with a RF transmitter.  So, what do you guys think?  How can I make an 05 Wagon cooler?

 

Thanks!!

Attached Files



#2 bratman18

bratman18

    ADIDASubarus

  • Members
  • 3,457 posts
  • Jefferson, Maine

Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:58 AM

Wheels, tint, hatch spoiler, maybe a front lip from ebay. You can definitely make a wagon look sportier.

#3 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 4,712 posts
  • Texas

Posted 26 June 2014 - 09:17 AM

^^^ + 1 for tint, rims (check out Rota for 'affordable' models, also TireRack.com and I think Discount Tire have utilities at their websites that let you load an image of YOUR model car and 'try-on' rims)

 

LED lighting upgrades and xtras.

 

new head unit - prolly new speakers, check Crutchfield.com or any experienced posters that reply here would be good resources too.

 

(I raised 3 daughters, they also helped pay for their cars. I split major repairs with them, but they had to pay for normal maintenance and tires, etc.)


Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 26 June 2014 - 09:21 AM.


#4 Grey47

Grey47

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Alexandria, KY

Posted 26 June 2014 - 09:32 AM

Thanks Lucky.  Regarding the head unit:  Since the stereo and the automatic climate control seems to be integrated, is it practical to replace the head unit?  Would something need to be fabricated?



#5 brus brother

brus brother

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 1,882 posts
  • Connecticut

Posted 26 June 2014 - 09:50 AM

Thanks Lucky.  Regarding the head unit:  Since the stereo and the automatic climate control seems to be integrated, is it practical to replace the head unit?  Would something need to be fabricated?

Yup, nearly impossible to easily swap out the head unit. I have seen some earlier posts where people hardwired the unit with an aux input. I will poke around and see if I can locate them if you are dead set on some serious work.

I know where you are coming from wanting to reward your daughter but honestly, the wagon will always be "grandma". This will always be the case unless she is the outdorsy/sporty type who needs room to haul stuff around.

Why don't you do what I did which was to drive the wagon myself and I bought my daughter an 05 sedan.

Even if you were to sell the wagon for what you put into it and just broke even, your daughter would likely be happier with the sedan.

Congratulations on the ACT scores, scholarships or not. Be proud.



#6 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 4,712 posts
  • Texas

Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:01 AM

dang!

 

yeah, probably need an adapter. best one is hardwired in the antenna cable.

 

I think there was also an 'intermediate' board/connector 'pass-thru' that went between the HU and the main cable.

 

there have been 2-3 work-arounds. someone will remeber all that.



#7 bratman18

bratman18

    ADIDASubarus

  • Members
  • 3,457 posts
  • Jefferson, Maine

Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:07 AM

The wagon will not always be "grandma" lol. Come on. Just do some of the things we've suggested, and it'll be seen completely different. There is always the lift and bigger tires route too. All depends on what she's into.

#8 brus brother

brus brother

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 1,882 posts
  • Connecticut

Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:26 AM

The wagon will not always be "grandma" lol. Come on. Just do some of the things we've suggested, and it'll be seen completely different. There is always the lift and bigger tires route too. All depends on what she's into.

Do you have a teenage daughter?

Seriously... lift, bigger tires, tint?

I would have jumped at those suggestions when I was a teenage boy but I'm not sure how much more this scholastic young lady will groove on Grandma even with shades, high heels or a "lift".



#9 bratman18

bratman18

    ADIDASubarus

  • Members
  • 3,457 posts
  • Jefferson, Maine

Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

Oh I wasn't aware that all girls were the same! My sister loved when she lifted her forester and put bigger tires on it. And subaru wagon does not = grandma.

#10 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 4,712 posts
  • Texas

Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:51 AM

well, it certainly 'could' = g'ma.

 

interior detailing, maybe some seatcovers (covercraft/katzkin) etc. If she's involved in picking rims, maybe tint, maybe some other items -it'll feel more new-ish to her.

 


At present my adult kids are driving; oldest daughter 1987 (yes 87) Volvo wagon, middle daughter, a 2010 Mazda 3, youngest 2006 Impala

 

their first cars were; late 90s Toyota Camry sedan, 1990 Maxima, 1996 Maxima

 

 

My kids were thrilled not to be walking....ymmv


Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 26 June 2014 - 11:11 AM.


#11 Fairtax4me

Fairtax4me

    Su bah roo'n

  • Gold Subscribers
  • 8,742 posts
  • Charlottesburg, VA

Posted 26 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

Lift kit. Mud tires. :D Rally bar on the front with some 6" PIAA lights will go a long way too.

#12 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 4,712 posts
  • Texas

Posted 26 June 2014 - 11:32 AM

oldecto.jpg

 

9694jazzymt_modded.jpg

 

 

 

subaru-sti-ken-block-trax-front-quarter.



#13 brus brother

brus brother

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 1,882 posts
  • Connecticut

Posted 26 June 2014 - 12:06 PM

Yup, nearly impossible to easily swap out the head unit. I have seen some earlier posts where people hardwired the unit with an aux input. I will poke around and see if I can locate them if you are dead set on some serious work.

I know where you are coming from wanting to reward your daughter but honestly, the wagon will always be "grandma". This will always be the case unless she is the outdorsy/sporty type who needs room to haul stuff around.

Why don't you do what I did which was to drive the wagon myself and I bought my daughter an 05 sedan.

Even if you were to sell the wagon for what you put into it and just broke even, your daughter would likely be happier with the sedan.

Congratulations on the ACT scores, scholarships or not. Be proud.

 

 

Oh I wasn't aware that all girls were the same! My sister loved when she lifted her forester and put bigger tires on it. And subaru wagon does not = grandma.

Don't get granny's bloomers all bunched up. I believe my initial statement highlighted above makes room for all kinds of teen drivers, in this case gals. I have heard similar comments from teen boys who envisioned themselves boy racers with a neato wing on the back of their car and not wanting an Outback.

The original poster raised the point of granny cars so if his daughter had a preference, perhaps a swap at this point would be more in order than sinking more $ into this car. Just sayin'



#14 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 4,712 posts
  • Texas

Posted 26 June 2014 - 01:52 PM

http://www.jazzyengi...mjq19bkb3e77bt3

 

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B001QBG614



#15 Grey47

Grey47

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Alexandria, KY

Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:01 PM

I really appreciate the responses guys!  I especially love the pics of the Subaru on tracks - that was awesome.  My daughter is a girly-girl and would not be into the big tire/lift kit look.  Here's my plan:  I will definitely tint the windows.  On a blue car, that should dramatically change the look.  I will check out seat covers and let her pic out a cool set.  It currently has black leather seats which she says gets very hot in the summer, so that, along with the tint, should help.  I will probably not get rims.  I like the stock rims.  I have a buddy that owns a car audio shop.  I will talk to him about some sort of ipod connecter.  Maybe he can hook me up.

 

Above all of that, I will encourage her to "own" and embrace the nerdiness.  If she acts like it is cool, it will be cool.  My first car was a '76 Grenada, perhaps one of the 10 worst cars of the last 50 years.  But somehow, I made it cool.

 

Personally, I have always been a Honda guy and had never really considered a Subaru.  But I've got to tell you, I really love that little Legacy.  For my next car, I will definitely look real hard at Subaru.



#16 colemanapp

colemanapp

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 36 posts
  • St. Louis, MO

Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:12 PM

If you can, slip in some 'cool' stuff that'll add to the safety a little. Easiest is a Bluetooth stereo so shes not talking on the phone with one in her hand. I'd also consider some better lighting out front. I'd wait a year and see how she drives at night before adding tint as it can throw some weird night light around in addition to being more difficult to see. Been there. My daughter is 22 now and has been driving a white 93 Chrysler New Yorker with red interior. It came from a lady who got too old to drive. Her name was Erma. That's Grandma if I ever heard it.



#17 bratman18

bratman18

    ADIDASubarus

  • Members
  • 3,457 posts
  • Jefferson, Maine

Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:17 PM

You could always change the color of the wheels too, definitely changes the look and makes it look less like all the other subaru wagons.

#18 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 4,712 posts
  • Texas

Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:23 PM

^^^ yep, plastidip or powder coat w'ever

 

 

 

9lRA2Iv.jpg


Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 26 June 2014 - 02:51 PM.


#19 grossgary

grossgary

    Elite Master of the Subaru

  • Members
  • 19,802 posts
  • WV

Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:37 PM

use a **wired** RF transmitter - don't use the wireless ones, those are the ones everyone complains about.  just for example:

 

http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B002U5XPBE#

 

antenna plugs directly into box and the box plugs into the back of your existing stereo.  simple and much better than the wireless transmitter types.

 

you typically install a button to turn it on - if you don't really use the stereo - just wire it to always be on via the fuse box with something that's powered ignition-on and then have a button tucked away somewhere to turn it off if need be.

 

i think i have to turn mine off to listen to the radio for instance as it'll overpower it, but not sure they're all like that and i haven't used mine in awhile.

 

 

if she uses a garage door - get a rear view mirror with compass and homelink.  it'll have a few buttons you can program to open garage doors, turn on lights, anything powered via remote.


Edited by grossgary, 26 June 2014 - 02:38 PM.


#20 Rooster2

Rooster2

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 3,629 posts
  • Indianapolis

Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:39 PM

Wheels, tint, hatch spoiler, maybe a front lip from ebay. You can definitely make a wagon look sportier.

Yea my same thoughts on the above. Best to ask your daughter what upgrades she would like to have one the car.Then you would know for sure what would make her happy.

 

Also, congrats on her high ACT tests. If she receives multiple scholarships from schools, you can use those scholarship offers as bargaining chips to get the school she really wants to attend to meet competitive scholarship offers from other schools if need be. I learned that, when my daughter went to college...........saved a bunch more money, by getting them to increase their scholarship offer to match or beat other offers. All you have to do is ask for it.



#21 brus brother

brus brother

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 1,882 posts
  • Connecticut

Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:10 PM

Coincidentally, Cougar posted on the following link a youtube video on how to access/remove/replace/modify the hvac/radio combo. Adding the aux would still be another task in the world of soldering to the board but if you opt to replace the head unit, here's how.

http://www.ultimates...y/#entry1237126


Edited by brus brother, 27 June 2014 - 07:03 PM.


#22 Grey47

Grey47

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 4 posts
  • Alexandria, KY

Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:46 PM

Thanks Brus.  I watched the video.  That looks like something that maybe I could do.  I'm wondering if the process would be the same for a car with automatic climate control.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users