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#390 of 3121 1998 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, After market?
Apr 09, 2001 (9:41 am)
Hi - and let me be upfront with my THANKS for any help/suggestions for this.
I have been eyeing an 1998 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport here in the Windy City (actually, just north of it), and if the test drive shows no problems, I think I have some good numbers for negotiating ... except one:
It looks like it has an aftermarket ('cause I don't see it listed as an option here at Edmunds when checking the TMV) power sunroof. Does anyone know how much value that adds (roughly, I know it can be a regional thing)?
White exterior, gray interior
Auto (okay, not preferred, but as I don't know how to drive a stick ....)
airbags, power windows, powerlocks, cruise, A/C, CD/Cassette player, tilt steering, cruise, luggage rack, ABS, fog lights, tinted privacy glass (does this also affect price?) and the power sunroof.
The dealer (a subaru dealership) is asking 13995
I was thinking of shooting for 12500 ... Edmunds estimates the "Dealer Retail" as 12045 (without the sunroof) and that's what I'm basing the 12500 on. Now, if I could get it for closer to the 9600 (+ sunroof value) trade in value that would be great.
I really appreciate any comments and suggestions - and hope to relatively soon be a proud owner of an Outback Sport
Apr 09, 2001 (2:35 pm)
The sunroof is definitely an aftermarket item. Subaru never has offered a sunroof on that model.
I can't speak to the price, as I have not shopped that model per say. We have a '96 Impreza Outback automatic; and it's been a great, trouble-free car.
It's a shame you can't afford (or don't want) a new '02 Outback Sport. That would be my choice hands down.
Apr 09, 2001 (6:17 pm)
Be sure to really check that sunroof to see if there are any signs of it leaking. Or, ask to take it for a test drive and run it thru a car wash. I just have never heard of an Outback Sport having a sunroof. You're sure that's not a fullsize Outback wagon? Even if it is, I'd sure as heck want to check the water tightness on a sunroof of a used car! What if that's why they got rid of it? It seems to have pretty low miles.
Here's another source of information: go to Yahoo and search under clubs for "Outback Sport". There you can ask members who have several different year models of Outback Sport, and they are probably more knowledgeable than I am since I've only owned one for a year.
However that power sunroof has me baffled....
#393 of 3121 sunroof
Apr 09, 2001 (7:49 pm)
I know of a few OBS owners who went aftermarket with the sunroof. IMHO, I rather have the mfg do the sunroof as they would keep to specifications and bending rigidity of hte car. aftermarket ppl.... it's really iffy.
rsholland : the new OBS is more expensive now. Still a good buy tho for those who can afford it. Otherwise the previous gen OBS are still a great piece of machinery.
#394 of 3121 Thanks for the heads up on the sunroof!
Apr 10, 2001 (6:49 am)
I will certainly take it to a car wash - excellent idea to test how it does with water.
I know it's certainly an outback sport edition, so the power sunroof is probably (unless someone from the dealership had enough pull) aftermarket.
I appreciate the feedback - while I would like to buy a newer model, there are budget constraints, as well as my own personal opinion that it's hard to justify spending $$ for new car smell when the value will go down tremendously as soon as you drive it off the lot. Of course, if Subaru ever offered something like 0.9 for 60 months with no down, I might get over that
Apr 10, 2001 (7:54 am)
I agree. But in a "perfect world," I'd rather have the new OBS.
#396 of 3121 perfect world
Apr 10, 2001 (8:54 am)
I'd get a 911 Turbo Carrera 4 and say buh buy!
hey the new STi might be out as soon as 2003!!! whoohooo!!! gotta start saving money again.
Apr 10, 2001 (9:06 am)
I'm also debating to go WRX vs. OBS. I know I don't 'need' a WRX, and I don't really want a turbo. I'm just looking for a less noisy (than my current car) ride that handles well and has plenty of pep. According to Bob the OBS is a fun ride but WRX owners seem to be having a blast. I don't want to spend all that money on a new car and regret not having enough power for passing, merging or whatever.
I usually drive 65-70mph(assuming 55mph speed limits), I don't race and I don't know if I would do any mods. Plus the extra $5000 and assuming extra insurance costs would be a stretch for me. I guess I'm just looking for assurances that with the OBS I'll be able to keep up with traffic/execute emergency manuevers,etc. in other areas where posted speed limits reach 75mph.
Apr 10, 2001 (12:45 pm)
sure u will be able to keep with traffic with your the new OBS. even the 2.2l OBS with a manual is pretty peppy. I would actually go with a manual 2.2l OBS than an auto 2.5l OBS.
Apr 10, 2001 (1:23 pm)
How're you finding your 2.5 at highway speeds? Much different than the 2.2? You going to add on a turbo? They are expensive, that's for sure.
The new Car & Driver has an article on the 2002 Porsche 911 GT2 (456 hp). That's kind of a perfect world, except I'd hate to have to worry about scratches on something like that!!