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'95 Legacy sedan, anything to look out for?
Posted 04 December 2003 - 10:53 AM
One thing--the person selling it told me that this car was a "California emissions" model and that the recommended timing belt change was 105K miles. Is this true? TIA for any replies!
Posted 05 December 2003 - 09:43 AM
I guess I need to know how I can tell that the car is indeed a "california emissions" model...maybe a plate somewhere in the engine compartment? I'll be going to look at this car in a few hours!
Posted 05 December 2003 - 10:01 AM
Posted 05 December 2003 - 02:17 PM
Phase 1 EJ25 DOHC head gasket failures
= your car has the far more reliable EJ22, so you don't have anything to worry about
4EAT AWD clutch pack/duty solenoid failures on 1989-1997 4EAT transmissions
= your car is FWD so you will not see this problem either
All other remaining common problems such as thermal sensor, sway bar links, etc are relitivaly inexpensive to repair and not worth any serious concern.
Please be aware the Subaru FWD sedans are the least in demand and hence have the lowest resale value. Most buyers want an AWD wagon. If you are getting a deal and are ok with a sedan without AWD then by all means purchase this car.
I feel that without AWD the Legacy is somewhat outclassed by the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, both of which are just as reliable, get better fuel economy, and usually perform better. It is AWD that makes the Legacy "special".
The spring corrosion recall may not have applied to your "California Car", I think it was reserved to rust belt cars. And I thought the tow hook recall was for the Impreza, the tow hooks were too low and often hitting a speed bump would deploy the airbags.
Recalls do not have a time limit (as far as I know).
Posted 06 December 2003 - 10:43 PM
Basically, the car is being offered at a very attractive price--$3500, yet it has only 60K on it--that's what has me a little nervous! It's pretty clean (one very small dent in the RF quarter-panel, a few scrapes elsewhere), tires & brakes are good, suspension seems good, it drives straight...but the engine seems to lack power. Also, popping the hood & looking at it made me think "beat on"...although the oil filler tube showed no evidence of water...didn't smell any oil burning either. It could be my imagination but I think my '92 Legacy FWD with 133K has better acceleration!
Alias, I hear you on the lower resale for sedans & fwd cars, but checking on cars.com showed some of these same models with almost twice the mileage going for near $6K in my area!! Also, my last two Legacys were FWD and I have no problem with that, and I require a sedan since I carry equipment and need to have it be hidden in a trunk sometimes. BTW the seller is not private, it's a dealer. He claims to have no maintenance history on the car at all, says that he sells these at a good price and lets the customer deal with any possible work. I suppose he still has to offer some kind of a used-car warrantee though.
Posted 06 December 2003 - 10:53 PM
Well I suppose there's more to ponder now (since most of the responses there seem to say that I should fix my '92). Still, if this '95 checks out OK, I think the price is right enough to tip the scale.
Posted 07 December 2003 - 03:34 AM
I would be concerned with auto tranny going out.
Posted 07 December 2003 - 08:58 PM
Tomorrow the dealer is going to drive it to a service station to get checked out (we picked the station but it turns out he does a lot of business with them--he offered to drive it there--now I want to take it somewhere else but I don't really know where <sigh>...)
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