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#2459 of 3121 1999 Impreza TS
Nov 23, 2003 (8:45 pm)
NEED HELP BOYS---Hey guys,looks like it is time now to replace my current car.I am trying to stick to a Subaru product.
Found a 1999 Impreza TS to look at with 108,000km,2.2litre engine,5spd,black,maitenance records and original owner from a Subaru dealer priced at $12,990 Canadian.
What do you think,would this be a good solid reliable car?Is the 2.2litre engine much different or more reliable than the boxer engine?Is it SOHC of DOHC?Rear brakes are drum correct?
Just need some info and tips gentleman(ladies too of course)!
Nov 24, 2003 (6:37 am)
So what happened to the Probe? The beast die on you or something?
I have no idea if the price for the 1999 TS is good as figuring exchange rate differences gives me a headache. That said, if it were me, I wouldn't go for one that old. Lots of improvements have been made to the Impreza line that are important to me, such as full disc brakes, better engine, etc. Of course, YMMV. Since you wanted to wait till spring, I'm assuming you have no choice now. If you're just itching for a different car, I'd still wait till spring. Hey, you asked, right? Good luck.
Nov 24, 2003 (7:16 am)
you have an XT6 AND an SVX? That is cool.
lotboy - all the engines are boxers, including the former 2.2. Yes, the rear brakes are drums.
Nov 24, 2003 (8:15 am)
The 2.2l is ROCK SOLID, perhaps Subaru's most reliable engine ever. It doesn't tend to have the gasket/seal issues that some 2.5l engines do. I think it made about 137hp back then, SOHC I think? paisan?
My only concern would be the clutch. Try it out on a cold, damp day, see if it chatters. Even then, a new ACT clutch is $400 or less.
Nov 24, 2003 (9:42 am)
My Probe is getting worn out.My mechanic said I should rid of it.My A/C compressor went on me last weekend and broke my belt.Plus he works on Subaru's too.I kind of thought I could spend a little less,on a good used car with some km on it and get a few years out of it.It fits more in my financial situation right now as well.
Just have to cross my fingers I guess and use my good judgement.
Buying cars is not easy sometimes is it guys?
Nov 24, 2003 (10:08 am)
in my ol' Subie was 137 hp, that much I know for sure. That was the '97 - did they change it by '99? I have a fuzzy memory that it went from DOHC to SOHC, or something like that?
Nov 24, 2003 (10:49 am)
The '98 2.5l was a DOHC, that went in the 2.5RS. Then in '99 they moved to a SOHC design and called it the Phase II.
The 2.2l, I'm not sure.
Nov 24, 2003 (11:19 am)
The 2.2 was upped to 142 hp from 137 for the 1999 model year. Don't remember how that was done, however.
Nov 25, 2003 (3:29 am)
I had 2 XT6s (1 '88 AWD 4EAT, 1 '91 AWD 5MT) and now have a '92 SVX. I also have a '96 Impreza L AWD 4EAT, and shortly will be buying a '94 Legacy Turbo Sedan 5MT from a fellow edmund's user!
The '96 Impreza's 2.2L SOHC engine has 156K miles on it, and I've had it for about the last 1500 miles. Of those last 1500 miles, it has been tracked for all of them. That little 2.2L with 155K miles doesn't burn any oil even doing 1hr sessions on track at nearly redline the whole time! My dad's '97 Legacy L has 95 K miles and the 2.2L motor is still going strong.
Dec 13, 2003 (12:30 pm)
Well I did it,on Nov.28/03 I went and bought a 2004 TS,manual and silver with tinted windows.
I just love this car I tell you.I have 1500km on it now and it is almost broken in.The finance rate was good so I went for it,a little earlier than I wanted but the Probe would have costed me a fair amount till spring to keep up until when I originally planned to buy new.Plus I got deferred payments for 3 months interest covered by Subaru and $500.00 of accesories for free.This was a 3 day incentive here in Ontario Canada.
I am happy and can't wait to go outside and look at my car!!!
Have a good weekend gentleman and thankyou very much for your ongoing advice and comments.I have learned tons since I signed up on this site in September 2003.
PS-damish003,did you get my email I sent you last week?