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#1 pierman2

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 07:30 AM

The growth of my family has led me to the conclusion that a change in vehicles is an imperative in the near future. Two kids, two labrador retreivers and stuff don't work in a Brat very well. I also tow a small boat. We've got a Montero for our real car but I can't leave mama with two Brats while I use the Montero and go play. I'm looking for an EA82 Wagon and am fairly unfamiliar with them. My suby experience is solely with the 4 Brats that I've owned at this point. Ideally, I'd like to have D/R 5 speed. I'm not interested in a turbo for reliability reasons and A/c is a must in the Florida heat. Any one have opinions on years/models to look for? I'm a 99% on roader but like the 4wd for boat ramps and some sandy stuff that I encounter while cartopping my kayaks or canoe.
Are all GL-10 vehicles turbo'd? Is a digital dash to be avoided? Are there any A/T models that are reliable and efficient, or should they be avoided like the plague? I know that you guys have a ton of experience and I'd love to hear some opinions. Thanks in advance.

#2 Nug

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 08:43 AM

The 3AT automatic, the only one available, isn't very good. It robs a lot of power, and isn't particularly reliable. A 5spd D/R is probably your best choice.

#3 desertsubaru

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 08:50 AM

I have a 1986 gl wagon that has lived its life of 170.000 in sunny A.Z. and it is still running strong! I still get 25 mpg on highway. In my oppion best years where from 1980 untill 1995. Easy to fix IF something goes bad!:brow:

#4 MorganM

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 09:01 AM

I would suggest looking at first generation Legacy wagons. You can get them with AWD and 4speed automatic transmission. They are very well built as far as engine/drivetrain. Quite a few buggy electrical issues; mostly to do with cabin options. I loved my Legacy wagon and it was quite reliable. What repairs I did have to make I found to be just as easy as my EA82 SPFI.

#5 calebz

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:14 AM

You can get an SPFI wagon from 87 to 89 with a D/R 5 speed.
Most of the GL-10s are turbo, not all
3AT was not the only auto transmission available, 4EAT became available in 87, but I have only ever seen it in turbo models
Digidashes from 87 and up don't tend to be problematic.
Relaibility of a turbo? No problem if its maintained.. I have been using the same turbo motor for 2 years and the only failures I have had have been things that could have happened on any EA82. Nothing turbo specific.




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