I just bought my first Subaru. 1998 Legacy Outback wagon 5spd, 81k miles, from my regular trusty mechanic. He goes to auctions looking for good condition cars of any make, fixes any small thing they need and sells them. He only has less than a dozen for sale at any given time. This Outback had needed rear wheel bearings and had one owner.
The clutch works fine, but gets real heavy as I push it toward the floor. He said it is a hydraulic clutch and may have a different feel than I'm used to in older model manual shift cars.
I notice if I just push the clutch in a couple inches it is light and will shift fine (might have to go in a little further for downshifting to 1st). I'm just used to pushing a clutch until it stops.
The Subura clutch pushes in easy for 2 inches, then feels harder before it reaches the definite stop point. If I don't think too much about it, I suppose I'll just get used to it.
I'm just never sure how far I should push in the clutch, and I tend to push in until it stops, then shift. But then I think, why should the clutch be harder than on my 1998 Saturn SW2 5spd.
Any opinions? Thanks.