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I currently have a 81 Brat and looking to get a 6 cyl for my commute and I'm looking for a Subi. What is the earliest year a 6 cyl was available?

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Technically, the XT6 - ER27- in '88-91 qualifies, I believe.

 

Next up was the SVX-EG33 -'91-97.

 

Then the 2001+ Outback had the EZ30 depending on the trim (LL Bean, Limited, etc.).....which is probably what you're after?

 

Td

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Why the need for 6 cylinders? There's plenty of H4's with as much or more power and the parts are cheaper plus they are easier to work on. Seems like a poor choice for a daily unless you are moving up in the world and don't mind dropping that kind of money.

 

GD

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Well, the Brat is doing ok but it;s not going to last forever as a daily. As it is the first Subi I have owned, I really don't know what would work better for what I need.

 

My route has quite a few long hills and I need something that can handle them better without having to step on it.

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problem isn't cylinders or mountains. brat has what 80 hp? newer 4 cylinders have almost twice that.

 

as long as you don't get an EA81 or EA82 you'll have a huge performance increase.

 

the EJ18 can be a little weak, though it's still a %50 increase over the brat, get one with a MT if you do.

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problem isn't cylinders or mountains. brat has what 80 hp? newer 4 cylinders have almost twice that.

 

as long as you don't get an EA81 or EA82 you'll have a huge performance increase.

 

the EJ18 can be a little weak, though it's still a %50 increase over the brat, get one with a MT if you do.

 

I own two Leggies, both with 4 cylinders, with automatic trannies . They have plenty of power climbing hills. You will find a lot more 4 cylinder Subies for sale verse the 6 cylinder model. Test drive a 4 cylinder, I think you will be surprise with the peppy performance.

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you're not fooling us rooster, there aren't any real hills in Indy!?! :lol: j/k

 

if the original poster is asking about "earliest year 6" then that's either cost motivated or he likes older stuff. which makes a big difference since of the 6 cylinders prices are $500-$2,000 for the XT6, wide range for the SVX, and $7,000-$10,000 for the newer H6 stuff.

 

he'll have to clarify i guess but i was assuming it's cost related.

 

it's not hard to get an early legacy/impreza for really cheap - actually basically next to nothing if you can do any work on them - find one needing bearings or exhaust or a timing belt, trans, etc.

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I want to stay with a Subi if at all possible but I do not have alot of money to throw into another car. Most of the newer cars are out of my price range and i'm hoping to find a deal akin the the Brat ($200 running) Also, since I have spent alot of time working on my 81, I have gotten used to dealing with it.

 

If all else fails and I cannot find something I will likely throw the Brat in the shop and get the engine worked on, the floorboards shored up and the other issues fixed as well.

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earlier model Legacy is the way to go.

 

got my 1990 for $200 running - did have to throw some stuts at her, and fix the trashed exhuast from the po running around on blown air struts, but still...

 

easy car to work on, non-interference motor, plenty of power plus decent gas mileage and a fairly nice ride - for a "small" car.

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go for a 1990-1995 subaru legacy, 2.2 135 hp.

 

the first example of a 6 cyl subaru has 140, so you are not missing much.

 

legacy is dime a dozen and you can get any complete car, either running, or needing some timing belt or axle all day long for 500 to 1000, or even less sometimes.

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+1 On the gen one lego! I just got my first one three weeks ago for $650 needing a door and an alternator ( I had both) It's been awesome! Even being an auto (which i usually hate) it's surprisingly peppy and gets decent milage. It can be a little annoying on the highway because the auto likes to shift a lot up hills, but with a 5speed the thing would be amazing.

-SB

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