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Will my SVX survive???

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#1 Guest_wrxsubaru_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 09:52 AM

I bought a 92 svx for 1 grand with a trannie problem, reverse dosent work, but all foward gears work. Do you think the car can drive from Tahoe califrona, to Seattle washington, about 700 miles. I asked this before but no one resonded to it, i know people have had experiance with this to. Please resond.

#2 Guest_sirveaux_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 01:44 PM

There's probably not a good way to know, just based on that info. There's only one way to find out though :) Unless the forward gears are exhibiting any signs of going out or extreme wear (slipping, etc), there's probably a good chance it'd make it alright. On the other hand, these cars are known for gearbox problems, so if it's already starting to go and you get it on the highway for 700 miles, it might do it in. I'm not a transmission person, but I thought I'd throw in my thoughts. If your plan is to get it home and then rebuild or replace the gearbox right away, why not give it a shot? If, on the other hand, you're planning to drive it home then live with the gearbox as it is, you might not want to get it hot and bothered for 700 miles. I wouldn't imagine a pickup and flatbed from U-Haul would be that terribly expensive to rent, so that might be cheap insurance for you if you're that concerned and have no way of towing it yourself. Good luck.


#3 Guest_brattysvx_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 02:53 PM

If it lost reverse 1st thing I would do before driving it would be to change the fluid in it and probably change the external filter (the 92's had a recall kit for the filter so it should have it although it may not). Not real hard to do at a hotel so spend the $ for the fluid and stuff. The filter is expensive I paid $70 or so for mine but if you can get a dealer to sell you the kit its like $15. Of course they will have to order it. U'haul goes by miles so if you make it 1/2 way you saved more than the $100 or so you put into it. Other option is having it transported. Shouldn't cost more than $250 or so (way cheaper than U-Haul) A friend of mine just had a car shipped from Cali. to PA for $500. Granted they may have some issues with it not having reverse. Since you're looking at an SVX check out www.subaru-svx.net

#4 Guest_sirveaux_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 03:08 PM

Not to detract from the original post, but do you know the name of the company your friend used to have his vehicle transported. I'm currently shopping for a car, and chances are I'll end up buying something a ways away (limited selection locally). I was thinking close to 1k$ for shipping of any type. Sounds like it's much more reasonable than that.


#5 Guest_wrxsubaru_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 04:40 PM

I was going to to a reverse power flush on the trannie and add this stuff that makes the fluid work better at higher temps, but now before i leave i will get that trannie filter kit, from the dealer.

The person i am buying it from says theres no problems when going foward, but the trannie wont go into reverse. She had a trannie shop take the trannie off and the trannie shop said it needed a new trannie, but maybe it some hydralic pump that gets the car in reverse that went out. When or if a get it home to seattle I plan on doing a 5spd swap, I already have a tranny, rear diff, pedal assembaly, and flywheel for the swap. All these parts I got from pull apart for under $200.

Also I was quoted 700 bucks for a truck and trailer insurance and tax, towing the car from Seattle to sanitonial from Uhual, they wouldent quate me from sanitonial to seattle for some reason.

#6 Guest_wrxsubaru_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 04:53 PM

When I go down to pick up the SVX my dad will drive a 1 gen legacy there and back with the SVX. Could the legacy pull the SVX for any real distance, the legacy has a tranny cooler on it. The legacy is a 90 AWD auto wagon.

#7 Guest_ShawnW_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 04:59 PM

Sounds like a recipe for killing 2 auto boxes.

#8 Guest_wrxsubaru_*

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Posted 23 June 2003 - 06:36 PM

I guess no towing the SVX with the legacy.

#9 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 06:06 AM

there are car carrying services that you could use. May cost you 100 bucks or something in that ball park, but worth it IMO.

#10 Guest_brattysvx_*

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 07:02 AM

Ryan, I'll ask him. The car actually arrived today. 2004 Scion xB. Fresh from San Fran. We work at an auction but I think he got the transporter off of autotrader.com but will verify that.

#11 Guest_97svx_*

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 07:52 AM

I would advise against a reverse flush. Check out the svx site and there is a lot of bad experience with reverse flushes clogging up the small passageways. I would just drain it, clean the screen in the pan, run and maybe drain it again, and drive it home. Each drain will only get 1/2 the fluid out.


#12 Guest_meep424_*

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 11:35 AM

the '90 legacy can pull it in a pinch, but at reduced speed and easy on the gas. It's tricky with a cable/rope and not something to consider lightly. might not be legal either. There's not much rolling resistance to the svx.

Unless you have to climb hills. that'll overtemp the '90.


#13 Guest_UltimateRX_*

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 12:07 PM

If you do make it home, lets talk about changing that tranny to a standard. It's been done before, should be fairly simple to do. And it will be far cheaper then having the auto tranny rebuilt.

#14 Guest_wrxsubaru_*

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 12:59 PM

Makes sence to not to the revers flush, or do it after you drain the trannie oil a couple times or something. If we ended having to tow the SVX with the auto leagcy my friend and I would push it up step hill with the car towing it and push it to get it going, when its flat. The bad part about this is there are alot of mountain passes/maountanus areas we would go over. to get to seattle.

Would a 90 legacy awd 5spd with 324,000 miles on the origanl trannie, but with a brand new clutch, be better to pull the SVX or the auto with 168,000 miles and a added on coller be better.

Legacy 777 what places would transport the car for around$100 any names, were leaving to night at around midnight, so i need to find a place or go pick up the car and hope it will make it. THANKS

#15 Guest_Hondasucks_*

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Posted 25 June 2003 - 01:37 AM

See if it will go anywhere in manual low (L or 1 on the shifter) if not then it is your low/reverse clutch that is out. Shouldn't be a problem @ highway speeds, although you may want to install a tranny temp gauge, and if it gets too high shift it out of overdrive, the SVX has a really high overdrive gear, puts a lot of side strain on the gears and creates a lot of heat... You might try changing the filter and topping it off wiht some Lucas trans additive and some Type F fluid (higher friction fluid) will make it grab better. I'd say drive it till it goes (and hey if it goes near Albany, Oregon, like, um, I could prolly find a grand to buy the car off ya with :lol: )

#16 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 25 June 2003 - 06:43 AM

I don't have any names of places. I know my brother was looking at carriers because he was looking at transporting a car from atlanta to seattle.

Do a search on google.....may be too late now....but it should show some up.

#17 Guest_UltimateRX_*

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Posted 25 June 2003 - 10:24 AM

I heard that eBay has a place that they recommend for vehicle transport, may try to contact them.

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Posted 25 June 2003 - 11:14 AM

If you have a nice car that you want gauranteed to not get messed up, I would recommend www.horselesscarriage.com/

I looked into different options to ship a car and what you find is that there is either open stacked transport, open flatbed transport, and then enclosed transport.
The cheap guys use the open stacked transport. Your car is open to the weather and whatever fluids are dripping down from the car stacked above yours. It probably doesn't happen often, but something to keep in mind.

Also, I learned that the big transport companies just sub-contract out the transport, so you don't really know who you're getting. I settled on this company because they seemed safer and didn't cost a whole lot more than the cheapest company's (I think I paid around $700 2 years ago from Ohio to NC for enclosed trailer). I found out about this company from a big car dealer who used them and knew that classic car enthusiasts use them as well.

I was very flexible for my pick up and delivery time, so I'm not sure if that had anything to do with the pricing or is their standard way of doing business.

Uhaul was going to cost more than that, so unless you have other stuff to carry, it doesn't make sense.

#19 Guest_wrxsubaru_*

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Posted 27 June 2003 - 03:31 PM

The car made it. It turns out she broke reverse by shifting into it, while going foward, at a couple miles per hour.

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