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What 4WD station wagon for ~$3,500,00?
Posted 14 November 2003 - 04:06 PM
I have a 1987 GL Wagon, 4WD that appears to be giving up the ghost. I may have about $3,500.00 to spend on another Subaru 4WD station wagon (wife's marching orders...).
So what car should I get? What car should I avoid? I figured an early '90's Loyale or maybe a Legacy, but I could really use your collective expertise to determine 1) what car to get and 2) how much to hold in reserve to cover typical maint./trouble spots.
Posted 14 November 2003 - 04:10 PM
Posted 14 November 2003 - 04:13 PM
Posted 14 November 2003 - 05:17 PM
Posted 14 November 2003 - 05:21 PM
I personally have a thing for the EA81 cars, but not everyone likes them. Most people with EA82's seem happy, even though there is the timing belt maintenance.
Posted 14 November 2003 - 05:24 PM
And the "primitive" is a good point - it ought to be somewhat plush for the family.
Now what is a D/R?
Posted 14 November 2003 - 05:26 PM
Posted 14 November 2003 - 05:31 PM
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Posted 14 November 2003 - 06:57 PM
As for snow and mild offroad driving I'm very impressed the traction of my '93 LS with AT. The AWD hooks up very good on slippery surfaces even with worn out tires. Comptetion for these cars is fierce, so prowl the ads and act fast when you find a potential good deal.
Posted 14 November 2003 - 08:13 PM
Posted 15 November 2003 - 03:22 AM
But a Legacy 90+ LS to really be plush.
the LS has more features, but the L really has all you need. Be carful of the air suspension. Try to find car that has coil overs, NOT the air suspension as it CAN fail.
Posted 15 November 2003 - 07:10 AM
Posted 15 November 2003 - 10:58 AM
We didn't have to do any major maintainence, but we did have the timing belts replaced at 65K as preventive maint. Otherwise it was just regular oil changes, and tune-ups.
Posted 15 November 2003 - 01:01 PM
they sorted out the tbelt issues they had with loyales and went to a single belt like every other normal car manufacturer, and had very little else go wrong with them. they were actually comfortable and had 130 odd HP, neither were applicable to subarus prior to 1991.
early ones supposedly had some minor trans issues/recalls, but if im thinking clearly, the only thing that kept them from running was cam and coolant temp sensors...they also regularly ran upwards of 200K unless the previous owner was an idot or the car met an early demise
Posted 15 November 2003 - 01:45 PM
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