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$12k to spend....what do you do??
Posted 14 June 2006 - 07:17 PM
-can't be a wagon
-has to be automatic
-has to be awd
She knows nothing about cars. Wants a newer very reliable car, since she has been plagued with chepo crapos.
So all this being said, it has to be a legacy or Impreza sedan.
I guess my main question should be when did the headgasket problem get resolved? When did the goop coolant thing start-stop? I am preety sure the phase I was until 2001, so when did the goop stop.
I wish she would get a 97ish obs.
Posted 14 June 2006 - 08:55 PM
It's a great car (especially the 97 ), except those f-ing wheel bearings.. but all the imprezas of that age had the same problem.
Look on craigslist, there's always impreza coupes & legacy sedans going there.
If it means anything to you, i got my 97 OBS at a dealer, with 107k on her for ~7 grand. So you should have no problem with a later model new gen sedan
Posted 14 June 2006 - 09:10 PM
Anyone know how the 05 legacy 2.5s hold up....is the auto trans any good/the same as all subie autos??
Posted 14 June 2006 - 11:24 PM
Trying for a splurge on a outback sedan.
Posted 15 June 2006 - 01:43 AM
A GT is always nice, and an outback is too, depending on what your needs are. But the plain old Legacy sedan is a sweet ride, overshadowed by it's zooty stablemates. And as such, the market for them is relatively undervalued -- plenty of good deals to be had. Not much given up to the GT in those years (no more power -- just trim and tighter suspension, mostly; not like the 05's or late '90's GT's which have a different motor/turbo from the base model). So if you can live with that, and can live without the modest offroad advantage had by the SUS...a Legacy sedan has great bang for buck.
My advice would be an '03 legacy sedan (no gt or outback). Not having looked recently...careful shopping should net you a real nice car, minus most of the nagging suby headaces, in the 60-70k miles range, I'd think. Pretty casual mileage for any suby.
Posted 15 June 2006 - 11:23 AM
There is a quirk in the Legacy's seating position between '94 - '04 where driver legroom seems constrained to me, but that isn't true with the '05.
Posted 15 June 2006 - 12:20 PM
Legroom is no problem cause were both under 5'9". I have a 96 and love it.
The 05 idea is out the window unless we can find another w/ a sticker of $15k
Prolly shoot for a '03 so she doesn't have to worry about the goop thing.
Posted 15 June 2006 - 12:35 PM
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