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#35 of 280 Subaru turbo wagon transmission
Jul 23, 2000 (1:59 am)
I'm looking at a 1993 Legacy turbo wagon with 94000 miles. Its being sold by a used car dealer
but the previous owner was nice enough to talk to me and told me that the transmission was replaced
by a "new" rebuilt transmission 10k mile ago.
Should this be the end of the transmission problems or is the turbo wagon likely to have them again? He also said to make sure the sunroof seals are checked. I was really impressed
with how the car drove and am having it checked by a mechanic before making a decision, but would appreciate any feedback. This would be our first Subaru.
Jul 24, 2000 (2:32 am)
My wife and I had a 90 legacy wagon and luckily got over 200k out of it without any major problems. As long as the car is in sound shape and seems to run well it could turn out to be a good investment. Good luck with your purchase and "if so" your new vehicle. P.S. we just bought our second Subaru and are very happy with it.
ONE THING TO LOOK FOR IS OIL LEAKS AT THE VALVE COVERS AND THE RUBBER BOOTS ON THE RACK AND PINION.
#37 of 280 Going tomorrow
Jul 24, 2000 (3:45 am)
Thanks for the advice; tomorrow I'm going to the mechanic with the 93 Legacy.
Jul 24, 2000 (9:15 pm)
Legacy turbo? tre kewl! i wish i can get one of those babies! lucky dawg.
#39 of 280 Legacy Mileage
Jul 30, 2000 (8:36 pm)
My 96 GT Wagon averages 23+/- depending if I am driving or my wife.
We are probably better than 70% on the highway.
We also have a black gue on the drivers window
approx in the center as the window is up.
I think there is a problem with the lift mechanism
as it does not seem to operate smoothly anymore.
I will be bringing it in the the dealer within a month or two as I am approaching the end of my 80K warrantee.
So far, Subaru is way ahead.
Only claim to date was a leaking pwer steering pump and valve cover gaskets.
#40 of 280 gasoline octane
Jul 31, 2000 (4:16 am)
I have a 96 outback and manual calls for 89 octane gas. 87 is much cheaper and seems to run the car without any knocking. Is this injuring the engine doing this.
Jul 31, 2000 (6:05 pm)
My wife and I just bought a 2000 Legacy GT and we just love that car. We live in the mountains of Tennessee and I have already had a chance to test it out in the snow. I was amazed at how well the car preformed in the snow. I have a 4wd truck and the GT felt more stable and handled better that my truck but the car has already developed chips in the paint on the hood. I do not know it is just real world driving or is it a problem with the paint.
#42 of 280 paint chips
Aug 13, 2000 (5:27 am)
My Winestone 92 LS had chips appearing from day one, my 98 Rio Red GT hasn't had anything after 42K. They are either getting better with their paint jobs or its intrinsic to the paint color!
Aug 14, 2000 (2:47 pm)
Using 87 octane probably won't hurt the engine in the short term, as the knock sensor will protect the engine by retarding the ignition timing which stops the pinging or knocking that might otherwise occur.
But (and this is a big but), retarding the timing also reduces the engine's power, decreases fuel economy, and may lead to a buildup of residue on the valves. Lower octane prevents the engine from performing at the specifications at which it was designed to perform.
I had a '96 with the 2.5, and I admit I "cheaped out" with the fuel I purchased. The car ran fairly well, but I absolutely could tell the difference when I put in higher octane fuel. But mine was a leased vehicle that went back with 43,000 miles. If I had owned it, I most definitely would spend the extra money for 89 or 92 octane.
#44 of 280 High mileage Outback
Aug 17, 2000 (12:11 am)
I have found a 96 Outback Legacy with 2.2L engine and 5 speed. It's exactly hat I've been looking for in a car except it has 145,000 miles. According to salesman at Subaru dealership it was a company car and appears to be very well maintained. Interior is flawless and still seems to drive well. Judging by the lack of door dings it must have spent most of its time on the highway.
I plan to have a mechanic check it out but wondered if anyone could give some insight into how much life this car might have left in it and how much it should be worth.