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Are there 2wd subarus?


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#1 slothoncanvas

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:36 PM

ok... so i have a friend who has two older subarus. One i am sure has AWD, but the other i'm not so sure of.

so... my question is, has subaru made 2wd cars?

and... say i find an old subaru for pretty cheap, can i be sure that it has either? I mean i realize that if it is 4WD then i'll be able to tell upon entering the vehicle, but i'm not sure that such is true with AWD.

hmm.

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:51 PM

You can tell older soobs easy if its 2wd or 4wd, just look under the rear, if it has a rear diff its 4wd, if not then 2wd. I'm also not sure about the newer cars.

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:55 PM

pre 96 they came in 2wd variants, just look underneath as Jib's said, if you see a rear diff, then its 4wd

after 96 they are all AWD at least USDM

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 09:23 PM

the rear of 2WD subarus usually sit lower than 4WD. So if your good at it, you can tell by sight. But to verify or not, just look between the rear wheels. if you see CV Joints and a diff in the rear, its definatly 4WD.

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 04:10 AM

ok... so i have a friend who has two older subarus. One i am sure has AWD, but the other i'm not so sure of.

so... my question is, has subaru made 2wd cars?

and... say i find an old subaru for pretty cheap, can i be sure that it has either? I mean i realize that if it is 4WD then i'll be able to tell upon entering the vehicle, but i'm not sure that such is true with AWD.

hmm.

have u ever changed a spare wheel my grand ma knows more than that and shes blind just look under the car if it has a dif at the rear its 4wd

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 05:23 AM

have u ever changed a spare wheel my grand ma knows more than that and shes blind just look under the car if it has a dif at the rear its 4wd

Thanks, that was helpful and constructive. Not all of us are car experts, or even novices.

Perhaps you can teach him something about cars, and he can teach you something about punctuation. :rolleyes:

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 05:58 AM

they exist, trust me on that one. i own a 2wd sube.

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 06:51 AM

ok... so i have a friend who has two older subarus. One i am sure has AWD, but the other i'm not so sure of.

so... my question is, has subaru made 2wd cars?

and... say i find an old subaru for pretty cheap, can i be sure that it has either? I mean i realize that if it is 4WD then i'll be able to tell upon entering the vehicle, but i'm not sure that such is true with AWD.

hmm.


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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:15 AM

As said above, just look for the driveshaft, rear diff, and CVs. It'll be pretty obvious once you get under there.

As Brian mentioned, the 2WD models usually sit a little lower than the 4WD/AWD ones, so a trained eye can spot them, but looking for the rear drive hardware is your best bet.

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 12:14 PM

Here's an easier way:

If you can see the center of the rear wheel, if it's not covered by a hubcap or center cap... if it has just a metal round grease cap for the wheel bearing, it's FWD, and if it has an axle stub with a nut on it, it's 4WD...

#11 REXSPEEDWORTHY

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 12:26 PM

Here's an easier way:

If you can see the center of the rear wheel, if it's not covered by a hubcap or center cap... if it has just a metal round grease cap for the wheel bearing, it's FWD, and if it has an axle stub with a nut on it, it's 4WD...


All you have to do is look at the front fender on my 79 dl it says "front wheel drive" in fancy cursive chrome.

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 02:16 AM

no no no... here is the fun way...

i recall somebody saying this before... so i'm going to repeat it...

jack up the front and the back of the car... (on jack-stands... lets be semi-safe here)

mind you your probably going to jack up the rear on the REAR DIFF... but hey... ignore that, we want to see if it works too!

then once all 4 corners are up in the air start the car and see if the back wheels turn...

there you have it! so simple!(and fun!)

alright... if your lazy like me, just look under and see if there is a diff... :rolleyes:

#13 MorganM

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 10:43 AM


so... my question is, has subaru made 2wd cars?


Yes; I've had a 2WD GL wagon and a 2WD Legacy wagon.

Look in the rear end... no diff; no 4WD or AWD. It will also have badges if it's 4WD or AWD.




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