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New to me, 98 outback - any advice?
Posted 19 May 2004 - 08:45 PM
I am purchasing a 98 legacy outback ltd w/ dual sunroofs (or is it rooves?) ,lthr seats on Friday. Seems decent enough, although I did not hiway drive it yet. The rear windows lower weirdly with that triangle sticking up...
To me, the brake pedal had a bit of travel but that was my only complaint besides the fact that what they call a sunroof is really a popup. My kid gets a real sunroof.
I am paying $6900. That seems fair w/ 100k miles. She hasn't done timing belt yet so I will probably do that soon.
I was looking at another site and reviewers there were claiming a lot of head gasket probs and a lot of wind noise, is that so?
Any comments soon about the car will be appreciated...
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If I did a little more searching, I could probably find the thread. That is, unless it was before the move onto this board and it disappeared off ezboard.
Those rear windows lowered still lokk strange, TC.....thanks Karnofsky, I will call today and get some pricing for that repair and the timing belt. What arsymptoms of head gasket failure (other than overheating and warpage)?m Anything I can look for today maybe before I buy???
Anyway... I have a 97 OB. I like it. It's been pretty good except for the engine. Here are the weak points of the late 90's Outbacks.
Engine - Piston slap when cold. Not too much of an issue as long as it goes away when the engine warms up.
Engine - Head gasket failures. Look for bubbles and sludge in the coolant overflow tank.
Engine - leaks from the crank and cam seals. If you do timing belt, change them all.
Center clutch pack (if auto). Seems to fail somewhere on the plus side of 100k miles. Mine is going now (but I'm way over 200k).
Front end "clunk" when turning into a parking lot (for example). One front wheel going over an irregularity. Nothing much to be done and doesn't seem to have any detrimental effect.
Climate control lights that burn out, along with dash switch lights (easy fix)
Gas gauges get a bit fussy over the years. Not difficult to fix (one way takes time, the other $)
Rear wheel bearings sometimes go. Not too common, but happens.
Rusting of plate that hatch handle attaches to. (easy fix)
Probably a few more things if I thought more about it.
As for the brakes... put on stainless steel braided brake lines. It helps a lot.
Posted 20 May 2004 - 08:36 PM
The only significant problem I've had with the car is that in January at 101,000 it developed a substantial oil leak. I took it to an independent Subaru specialist. It needed new cam and crank seals. I had the timing belt and timing belt tensioner replaced at the same time. Total cost was $540.00. The car has run great since.
Check the car's maintenance history. Run away if it has any history of overheating or head gasket failure. Some 2.5 engines are prone to those problems, while others seem to avoid them entirely.
One theory I have heard about head gasket failure is that it may be caused/aggravaed if air is left in the engine block when the coolant is changed. Apparently these cars require careful burping. Otherwise, air trapped in the cooling system can cause the coolant to boil and/or impede coolant flow, leading to overheating and head gasket failure.
Finally, regarding the brakes, it's amazing how much improvement can be had by simply changing the old fluid and bleeding the brake system.
Best of luck.
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