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Test Drive:96 Outback -- Good Deal??


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#1 mwd

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Posted 04 September 2004 - 09:22 PM

When turning around in parking lot, back tire was chirping and vehicle lurched a little. (5sp manual xmission). Does this mean the center diff is sick? It acted like my 81 Landcruiser on pavement in 4WD. It seemed like it was "binding up" when I rolled to a stop (after turning circles in the parking lot), it felt like the parking brake was on.

When starting off got some shudder from the clutch. Oil on the clutch disk?

Lots of parking lot dings, broken rear turn signal lens (the long plastic one that says "SUBARU" that spans the rear. Looks like quite a project.

Motor seemed strong tho. $5000 was too much for me so I passed on this one. Still looking tho.

#2 mwd

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 12:05 PM

Any ideas about the clutch???

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 03:17 PM

Hmmm, sounds like it could be differential or torque binding. How many miles? $5k seems a little high. I got a 1998 Legacy L sedan (auto trans.) this winter with 99k miles for $5k, so you were probably right to pass on this one.

#4 mattocs

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Posted 10 September 2004 - 04:06 PM

I paid about $6k for my 96 OBW 5-sp 2.2l w/ 90k miles. Needs a timing belt job eventully...some minor dings...but overall really good condition.


How many miles are on it? Ask to take it to get looked over by a mechanic of your choice.




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