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Tell me what I need to know about the 2 Subies I'm considering.
Posted 25 April 2006 - 11:53 PM
Car #2 is a '97 Legacy Brighton AWD wagon with a 5-speed, also packin the 2.2l motor. It has covered about 131k miles and is also in nice nice shape. The poverty-spec on the Brightons is pretty funny. Nice tach.
So, what issues should I be looking for? How much should I pay? Common failures? I've been kinda cruising around on the first few pages of the board, figured I'd just make it easy on me and make a thread I've driven a few FWD Legacy sedans and liked them. I haven't gone to check these 2 wagons out yet. My parents are looking at these 2 cars, and might buy one or both. I usually get the chore of checking prospectives out, since I'm the one who works on the cars at home.
As for me, I'm a 21 year old college student from SE Wisconsin, and I currently drive a 1986 Volvo 240DL wagon or a 1981 Datsun 210 station wagon. And, as such, I spend quite a bit of time turning wrenches...I doubt these subies would see much garage time.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:14 AM
Thats about it other then the usual oil leaks and cv joints.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 07:26 AM
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 06:14 AM
the 2.2 rocks. the 96 is a non-interference engine, the 97 is an interference engine.
on the 97 i'd recommend changing the timing belt, water pump and timing pulleys/tensioners when i first get the car. that is no small expense. parts alone are $300 or more dollars. don't need to replace all the pulleys, just the noisey ones, which is usually the lower sprocketed pulley. on the 97 with interference engine you don't want to risk a broken timing belt, not on a car that will last a long long time if maintained properly.
on the 96 i'd personally do the same thing for reliability but at least the engine won't have internal damage if the belt breaks (non-interference engine).
i got 1997 impreza a little over a year ago, great car.over 20,000 miles and hasn't need a thing. new brake pads and all that stuff i did when i first got it..timing belts, water pump etc as preventative.
Posted 29 April 2006 - 12:18 AM
The price on the '96 has dropped a bit, and I'm going to go look at it tommorrow.
Posted 29 April 2006 - 01:01 AM
I have lots of opinions on the 1996 2.2L since I have one.
2.2L motor is a good solid motor. It's the crap attached to it that dies and then screws everything else up.
Alternator at 80K miles
Wheel bearings all around 70K miles
CV total collapse (rear) at 50K miles
Front oil seal leaking - replaced at 75K miles and then again at 90K miles
Waterpump at 90K miles and then again at 136K miles
resulting in overheating and a blown headgasket.
The headgasket thing is the waterpump's fault in my case.....and not the usual 2.5L headgasket thing you might have already read about.
Okay enough of the whining.....I like the car overall. Large car with good standard features on the L trim - power locks/windows, cruise, TACH. In particular, it has plenty of legroom for the rear passengers versus the same year Accord/Camrys. Big trunk on the sedan. The 2.2L auto easily pulled my jetski trailer around for thousands of miles. I hate the front seat support - you'll need a little cushion for your back for long trips.
I have some mild torque bind. I drove around with the FWD fuse for a while to get around it. I took out the fuse and haven't had a problem with it lately. The nice thing about the automatics is they have drain plugs so it is easier to change fluid (more frequently) because you can leave the pan on.
Looking back, I should have bought a wagon for what I was doing. I don't think I will buy a new Subaru again. But I felt my 96 sedan was worth hanging onto enough that I put in a rebuilt longblockin February at 136K miles. The car is easy to work on, layout is very simple - with a bit more space around the 2.2L engine than a 2.5L.
Good luck with you search!
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