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#2263 of 3121 Want a Subaru...But..
Sep 08, 2003 (5:55 pm)
I have been tossing the idea back and forth about getting another car to replace my 94 Probe GT.Basically should I patch up the one I have and make it last or sell it while it will still pass saftey/emissions testing and I can get a buck for it.However, I still owe money against it.Do any of you think it is cheaper to fix up a car and keep driving it compared to buying another one?I want an Impreza TS around a 2002 model to replace my reliable Probe GT.
My Probe has 278,000km or approx. 183,000 miles on it and still runs fine.It does need a bit of work though,like a clutch I would say within the next year and an oxygen sensor too.I could explain somemore but I think you get the jist of it!
I would appreciate some advice from you fellow drivers.
PS-Anyone heard that Toyota kicked Chrysler out of 3rd spot as far as the Big 3 goes????
Sep 08, 2003 (10:11 pm)
...my '97 had a cable clutch...the '99s had hydraulic clutches by then?
With the cable clutch, the routing of the cable was important to the operation of the clutch, and I remember one time after a major maintenance it was routed wrongly and the clutch was right on the floor. Took it back, they put it back in its bracket or on its path or whatever it was, problem solved.
It never actually needed any clutch repair the whole time I had it.
Sep 09, 2003 (6:00 am)
I hate to say "it depends", but, "it depends". It's hard to know what it will cost to fix the Probe, but if it's been a very reliable car, it might be worth a few bucks to fix. Getting a new car almost always will cost more, even going with a 2002. And not for nothing, but if you are owing money against a 10 year old car, you're likely to be better off by taking care of that problem before trying to figure out what you could get for the Probe on resale. It would simplify the issue.
Sep 09, 2003 (9:20 am)
You might want to milk it until it's paid off. You sure put a lot of miles within the term of your loan!
A clutch is, what, $400 at least? Get a Bosch O2 sensor for about $70. Neither of those are huge repairs, but of course you want to sell before you do get a huge repair bill. It's a tough call, but you're the owner and in the best position to determine its reliability.
It's probably not worth much, so milk it for a while, then when a major failure occurs just donate it. That's what I would do.
#2267 of 3121 Keep the Probe....
Sep 09, 2003 (2:34 pm)
Thankyou guys,you had some good points I never thought of yet.
Hmm,I am probably best to keep it going and pay off the remainder of it.
I have put a crap load of miles on the car because the car has been across Canada 5 times...looking for flying jobs,I'm a Commercial Pilot(kind of a rookie though).And I use to live in Northern Alberta Canada.
#2268 of 3121 2004 Outback Sport Purchase
Sep 13, 2003 (3:34 pm)
My mom needed a new car to replace her totaled 97 Escort, and decided she wanted/needed all the safety features (AWD, ABS, EBFD, disc brakes etc.)that the Outback had to offer, after her accident.
I used the price quote service here on Edmunds, and email 6-7 dealers. 3 replied within the next day, and we went with Glanzmann Subaru in Jenkintown, PA. The price was 18,6XX after the 750 dealer incentive factored in( or about 500 under invoice). The car is Woodland Green with armrest extension, air filter, cargo net, and splash guards. They charged a $99 document fee, but didn't charge to get the car from another dealer. They also offer the first 3000 mile oil change for free, lifetime emissions/inspection for free, and free rental if the car is in for any service. Very professional low pressure sale, knowledgeable about the product. In and out in about an hour. Picking it up Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully F&I is just as nice
Will update as she begins her ownership experience.
#2269 of 3121 Hi Imp180psu-
Sep 14, 2003 (7:17 am)
Congrats on your mom's 04 Outback purchase! We look forward to your future updates.
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#2270 of 3121 Clutch follow-up
Sep 14, 2003 (8:32 am)
I posted a little while back about excessive play in the clutch on our OBS at about 52,500 m.
Just a follow-up for anyone, like me, who did not know that this model does not have hydraulics but apparently uses a cable. Our dealer's service manager had even forgotten this. I'm assuming it's true because the mechanic said so!
#2271 of 3121 Thanks Revka_HOST & Buttons on floor console
Sep 14, 2003 (10:04 pm)
Thank you for the reply Revka, and I am looking forward to seeing how safe/stable this car is!
I have a question about the 2 switches/buttons that are just below the armrest area on Outback Sport. What is their function? I didn't notice them during the test drive. Hopefully we will find out today 9/15 or tomorrow when we take delivery, but I would like to know beforehand because I am curious I know heated seats aren't available, and the back seat window switches are on the driver's door.
Thanks for any replies, Lou
Sep 15, 2003 (6:33 am)
The two switches. Is the icon on either switch a chair with wigglely lines? That would be for the heated seats.