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Whats the hardest and fastest your 1973-1979 went?
Posted 13 May 2005 - 11:30 PM
I drove to Chicago and back in 1990 with it. First I drove from Portland Oregon to Bozeman MT, no biggie. Then I drove from Bozeman to Minneapoilis in about 16-17 hours straight (1000 miles almost to the dot). This was the fastest top speed and fastest average I ever did in this sedan. I hit 113 once (basically redline in the little 4-speed) and I did 400 miles in 4.5 hours. AND I GOT 36 MPG for one tank!.
Then I diddled about the midwest for a bit.
Then I left Chicago at 12 noon. Hit the east side of Nebraska at 2 in the morning. Slept for 4 hours in a truckstop, started it up and didnt stop (except for gas and food of course) until I hit Hermiston Oregon 21-23 hours later. Wooh, what a drive.
I miss that car.
Posted 14 May 2005 - 12:28 AM
Posted 14 May 2005 - 02:47 AM
(Back in 2001)
Still love my GF!
Posted 14 May 2005 - 07:38 AM
'78 Brat with low topper. 2 - 10 year old girls and luggage containing clothes for 10 days for all of us in back, 2 adults in front. Sears X-cargo turtle on the cab roof... added to carry all the junk the kids bought home.
Same truck, 4 adults and a dishwasher, had to use 4WD to get rolling.
Posted 14 May 2005 - 08:47 AM
Posted 14 May 2005 - 01:58 PM
That car later blew a rear main seal... and i drove it for another 50miles with no oil. Sold it for $500
Anyhow, i have no idea what th MPG was.
Posted 14 May 2005 - 10:17 PM
More recently,coming back from Carlisle my wife calls from her '96 Legacy to me in my '78 4WD wagon..."slow down,I'm doing 90 and loosing you".....
so,I'll guess it was around 100mph,at 26 years old.
HaRdEsT driving??? gotta be beating the living tar out of my first Brat as a "youthful offender".Best hunting vehicle for my money.
My GF Coupe was my favorite buzzbomb.I didn't care what the speedometer said it always felt like I was doing 90mph.
Posted 14 May 2005 - 11:38 PM
and Reddevil you remember my lil blue 76 wagon? it still runs but the tags are expired and the max I went in that thing is like 95ish
as a jumpstart in the memory dept.
courtesy of Travis Ogden of rallyrabbit.com
Posted 15 May 2005 - 10:26 AM
That BRAT was a testament to the durability of Subaru, even in it's delapitated rundown state it could still kick rump roast, and still get like 400miles to a tank of gas.:cool:
Posted 15 May 2005 - 02:49 PM
Posted 15 May 2005 - 08:06 PM
30 miles from Hartford, CT to Springfield, MA in a '98 Dodge Caravan (Dad driving).
100 miles from Springfield, MA to Troy, NY (me driving, '04 Outback Limited).
40 miles including getting lost, Troy, NY to Petersburgh, NY. Dad driving the OBW.
Mom and aunt drove the OB back home, Dad and I got in Skip's new '78 Brat and went from Petersburgh to New Alexandria, PA. (I drove the entire way, about 11 hours.)
Interesting side notes: Steering out of whack, needs tie rod ends, carb kept on flooding in town driving and with the clutch in so the car needed to be kept in gear and rolling at all times, or with the clutch all the way in, the service brake depressed (handbrake is the weakest I've ever seen on a Gen 1) and the gas in a quarter of the way, seats are...well, Brat seats, the car had previously not been run at all in over a month--and it had NEVER been on the highway. EVER.
Got it up to 75 in Albany (where everyone else was doing 90, easy). Lost the muffler bolts around Schoharie on I-88 and didn't stop to look at it or fix it. (It would've had to cool down for at least an hour anyway.) Loose connector in dash light switch made me look like a fool as soon as Skip got in it. No hood release cable on the inside of the car (it's sticking out of the hood). And to top it all off, the dipstick's underneath both the spare tire AND the A/C hoses.
Filled it three times: 32MPG/34MPG (new gas)/38MPG(stopped using lead additive). Each fillup was with premium.
Next weekend's my '73. Atlanta, here I come.
Posted 25 November 2005 - 10:30 AM
Posted 25 November 2005 - 10:50 AM
Fastest I have ever gotten that brat was 85-90 ish
and then recently I got my 77 wagon up to 90 as well.
Posted 25 November 2005 - 11:52 AM
Posted 25 November 2005 - 12:59 PM
Posted 25 November 2005 - 02:44 PM
Posted 25 November 2005 - 04:22 PM
Top speed in this Brat has been around 94mph, best gas mileage ever was 27 mpg, average is 22-24 mpg. Now that has been the best gas mileage in this '80 and also in my '78 Brat. I don't understand how some people are getting in the high 30's for gas mileage.
Posted 26 November 2005 - 09:51 AM
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