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Oct 10, 2001 (5:11 am)
Judith: SoA recommend no more than 1/4 inch difference in circumference for all the tires.
You could measure, but given the front are worn and the rears are uneven, I would definitely get 4 new tires. They are your only contact with the pavement.
I would also get a full 4 wheel alignment from the same shop that balances and mounts the new tires.
That's a lot of miles, Rob!
I don't have much experience with suspensions, but I would suspect the struts themselves. Maybe they are defective?
Oct 10, 2001 (7:54 am)
I suspect strut mounts based on a recent repair that I had on one of my cars.
Oct 10, 2001 (7:56 am)
AWD, and especially if you have the older 4wd, need all tires to be with 1/4 of an inch according to the owners manual. I found a place that willingly rotates the tires every 3,000 miles. In my view well worth paying a little extra.
#234 of 280 tire replacement
Oct 10, 2001 (10:59 am)
I can't say I've ever actually measured the size difference between the tires but I've replaced 2 at a time with no obvious problems in 3 Legacys. Though I never let them run too low on tread. If its still got a mm or 2 more than the treadwear indicators, in my book its time to change.Whats still legal isn't necessarily whats wise.
Strut mount problems on older legacies are common from what my mechanic says, I will probably need it done somepoint on my 92, one is gone for sure but he said to wait till both went or it sounded real bad!
#235 of 280 Re buying high mile cars
Oct 23, 2001 (7:52 am)
I have noticed a few posts here regarding buying high milage cars, It cannot be more important than to have the car checked by a mechanic that you trust, there are also services whose sole business is checking cars for sale or purchase.
It also makes a large difference if the miles are city or highway, city driving means more wear and tear on everything,motor, brakes, suspension, tires,even bushings,it is better to avoid a car with a lot of city miles.
In a previous post Juice outlined a list of things to have replaced and I am in total agreement, I cannot remember if he advised timing belt replacement if it has not been replaced recently I would advise replacement of the belt and water pump,also top and bottom radiator hoses.
Finally if there is any doubt about the age of the battery IE: more than 3 years old replace that also, and allow a cushion of at least $1000 over your final purchase price for the inevitable repairs which you are going to encounter in your first year of ownership this applies to any high milage cars not just Subaru,s.
This advice might seem to be in the extreme but believe me I speak with the experience of having bought and owned a lot of high milage cars in my life.
#236 of 280 I allocate 1500 for repairs the first year
Oct 23, 2001 (9:29 am)
This from Tom and Ray of Cartalk.cars.com and National Public Radio.
Also alocate $100/month for maintenence and repairs. Any extra is saved up for the next down payment. It has certainly relieved a lot of pressurem, and has avoided racking up the credit cards.
#237 of 280 I've lucked out.
Oct 23, 2001 (2:00 pm)
I've had my XT6 for just under 2 years. Bought it for $1000 off the bat with 52K miles 12 years old. Repairs to date:
front axles and CVs purchase time $400
t-fluid changed again
raidiator flush, T-stat $20
Water Pump and T-belt $550
air->nonair suspension conversion $600
I've put on about 30K hard miles plus 2 seasons of auto-x. This car is un-beatable!
#238 of 280 buying high mile cars
Oct 23, 2001 (4:31 pm)
"It also makes a large difference if the miles are city or highway, city driving means more wear and tear on everything,motor, brakes, suspension, tires,even bushings,it is better to avoid a car with a lot of city miles."
You ever hear a seller say "oh, by the way, these were mostly city miles"? If you did, they are far and few between. So unless the owner is from a large city (which then raises the question of why his car HAS high mileage - unless its well along in years) most owners are going to say "my car has mostly highway mileage".
Oct 23, 2001 (5:04 pm)
It's always "highway miles"
Oct 24, 2001 (1:47 am)
Look for 2 things; wear on the edge of the driver's seat back and cushion, and wear on the driver's door hinge pins. If minimal, they probably are highway miles.