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which subaru to buy
Posted 29 August 2003 - 01:33 PM
Posted 29 August 2003 - 02:07 PM
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there was no forester until 1998 - so rule that out
the first true outback hit the roads in 1996....
and ALL subaru's went to AWD beginning in 1996....
up through that point, a good handful of the models were FWD
2.2 or 2.5 engine is your option
either one will do you fine and get you decent gas mileage...
check www.autotrader.com for a nice used Legacy or Impreza/Impreza Wagon maybe?
good luck to ya
Posted 29 August 2003 - 04:33 PM
The auto tranny that matches up to 2.2 doesn't have quite as good of a reputation as the engine. However I have put 160K HARD miles on it and have done nothing to it. I will probably look for a 5-speed next, but just as a personal preference, not because I don't like the auto.
The six cylinders are getting good reviews so far, but you would have to jump up to a 2002(?).
How many miles do you have on your 91?
As far as the lift, you can enhance the struts/springs or their are a couple of lift kits floating around now. There is a recent post about it, should be on the 1st or 2nd page.
Posted 30 August 2003 - 08:29 PM
IMHO, I think you've described a workload for an Outback. I am personally not too fond of them. Mostly because of Paul Hogan's "SpOrt Yutility" reference. (sentence fragment, you're my only friend ) SUV's suck and Scoob's have NOTHING in common with those gas hogs. Still, Outbacks are just Legacy's with some lift, bigger tires/wheels, and a 2.5 (I think?). If I were you, I would look for something with some decent (read:BIG) fog lights, and a roof rack too. Trust me, such things DO come in handy! Or you could just stick with your trusty 91. That's what I did Just my $.02 Peace out, yo.
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