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#1 Sonicfrog

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 12:11 AM

I am a regular on the Old Gen list, and thought I'd drop by, since I may become a regular here too. I may have found the steal of the century... well, for me anyway. While at the Yard today looking for a 5 speed D/R tranny (found none) I ran into a guy who wants to get rid of a Subaru. It is a 94 Mi (?) wagon, not running, 152 k miles. for $200. He thinks its the clutch (its a 5 spd:) ). I went and looked at it and, except for the eight months of dust accumulated on the body, it looks very good. Interior is very clean and in very good shape. He couldn't find the key, which probably doesn't matter since the battery is D E D dead, so it probably wouldn't start anyway. So before I decide to buy said beast, I would like someones help and run the vin on car fax for any needed info.

Here is the VIN: 4S3 BJ6336 R6957256

Thanks in advance for the help.

PS. Dude is leaving town for a week so I will have time to think this through.

PPS. What mods do people do with these 94's. Engine Swap? Tranny?

#2 Legacy777

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 11:48 AM

It's one of the "special" model wagons in 94 that had the raised roofs.

I'd recommend checking out www.bbs.legacycentral.org for more info on the first gen legacies and mods, etc.

#3 Ranger83

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 12:02 PM

Out of curiousity, what will CARFAX tell you about the car that would influence your buying decision?

#4 Sonicfrog

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 01:23 PM

Out of curiousity, what will CARFAX tell you about the car that would influence your buying decision?


Probably not a damned thing... except maybe if its a salvage or stolen???:eek:

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 07:26 PM

GRRRRRR!!!! Just got off phone with dude. Apparently his wife wants $300 for the wagon, $100 more than he wanted before. It's still a steal for the price, just not as much as before. I wish I was better at haggling!

#6 Dr. RX

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 07:51 PM

What the heck are you complaining about, buy it.

#7 Sonicfrog

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:07 PM

"Red" is in my drive-way.

Cost so far :

$300 for car.

$60 for tow to house.

Who knows how much the expired tags and reg is gonna cost. But I'm into it now.

It's driving me nuts. Dude never could find the key so I can't crank it yet to find out just what I'm dealing with.:banghead: This morning I pulled the lock out of the tailgate to take it to a locksmith. Last night I put the battery from Murphy, the $500 87 T-Wag-with-a-blow-headgasket, into "Red". At least I know the dome lights and door locks work :lol:.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:59 PM

If you can prove ownership, you can take the VIN to a Subaru dealer and they can cut a key for you from the VIN.

#9 Sonicfrog

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 06:01 PM

I solved the key problem. I pulled the lock assy from the tailgate and took it over to the local locksmith, and got three keys made for $29.

Progress so far:

Front passenger speaker not working. Of coarse the stereo is the first thing I try.

Car won't start... the starter is either out or just frozen. will take a hammer to it and give it a few good taps to see if it will budge it loose. My other battery might be low on juice so I will try and jump it.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 06:41 PM

This is like a soap opera for sub lovers. I will need an update in the AM.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 06:41 PM

This is like a soap opera for sub lovers. I will need an update in the AM.

#12 Sonicfrog

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 07:05 PM

UP - UPDATE!!!

Did a little more diagnostic. I decided that before I fire up the engine I would prime the engine since it hadn't run in God knows how long. I tried to turn the engine a few revolutions by hand using the crank pulley bolt and a breaker bar. The engine won't budge at all. Frozen. I'm thinkin' I'ma gonna have to throw in a new engine. I'll check the timing belts to see if one is broke and jammed up in the... oops, wrong year, that would be singular. Belt.

Also, the radiator fans keep cycling on and off in stand by mode. Anyone got any clues?

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 07:43 PM

i don't know about the fans, but i'd remove some / all of the plugs and see waht turns.
do you have an engine?

UP - UPDATE!!!

Did a little more diagnostic. I decided that before I fire up the engine I would prime the engine since it hadn't run in God knows how long. I tried to turn the engine a few revolutions by hand using the crank pulley bolt and a breaker bar. The engine won't budge at all. Frozen. I'm thinkin' I'ma gonna have to throw in a new engine. I'll check the timing belts to see if one is broke and jammed up in the... oops, wrong year, that would be singular. Belt.

Also, the radiator fans keep cycling on and off in stand by mode. Anyone got any clues?



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Posted 21 September 2006 - 08:39 PM

Wait a second, if your starter is frozen the engine will not hand crank. Pull the starter off and try to hand crank with a socket on the bolt holding down the harmonic balancer.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 09:45 PM

Feeling like a Sucker Yet? did you drain the oil and remove and open the oil filter to see what that all looks like??? not to make you feel bad but I got my 97 OB that went into a ditch for $500. got it to run briefly yesterday, still need to get some parts though...
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Posted 22 September 2006 - 06:19 PM

I tried running the carfax for you, and it said the VIN was incorrect.

#17 Sonicfrog

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:51 AM

I didn't think of the possibility that the starter could be frozen on the flywheel. I'll check that. Someone on the old gen list pulled a car fax already. I might have trped it in wrong here.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 12:19 AM

Today I went through the engine looking for external things that might cause it to be frozen. Timing belts are OK and not broken. Starter is out of car. I am pretty sure it is the motor itself. So now I have to search for a new(er) one. There is a place in town called All Engine Distributing that sells all sorts of engines, auto and ag. I will check with them to see what they sell a new motor for.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:24 AM

Today I went through the engine looking for external things that might cause it to be frozen. Timing belts are OK and not broken. Starter is out of car. I am pretty sure it is the motor itself. So now I have to search for a new(er) one. There is a place in town called All Engine Distributing that sells all sorts of engines, auto and ag. I will check with them to see what they sell a new motor for.

Remove the spark plugs, it could have blown a head gasket and filled a cylinder with water. If so, and it has been sitting awhile, that cylinder is toast, you'll need to get another engine or have that one rebuilt (if possible).

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 10:10 AM

or the rings could be rusted inside the cylinders

either way great score! (bad engine or not)

Is it AWD?

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 12:35 PM

Any updates? Pics? How is it going with it? -SQ93

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 02:50 PM

Uuuupdaaaaates!!!!!

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:02 PM

I thought it was posted somewhere on here that you can spray penetrant in the spark plug holes and the try to work the crank back forth once a day and possibly break it loose.

#24 msmithmmx

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:12 PM

Can I get an update please!:slobber:

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:27 PM

This is like a soap opera for sub lovers. I will need an update in the AM.



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