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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
Sep 24, 2004 (11:19 am)
Sweet, tires, didn't even think of that...
2001/2002 models, let's see.
The 2.5l was standard on all models except the VDC and the LL Bean, which had the H6. By the the 2.5l was the Phase II EJ25.
When you shop, look for head gaskets leaks and check the front and rear main seals. An oil leak should be obvious, check for stains on the bottom of the block.
Subaru is covering the gaskets for 8 years, 100k miles, so you'd be covered anyway. But still, check.
My dad has a 2001 OB Ltd, my wife a 2002 Legacy L. Both have been perfectly reliable so far. Overall I'd say my dad is a bit more satisfied. We prefer our Forester over our Legacy.
Just my 2 cents' worth.
Sep 24, 2004 (11:20 am)
Go to the Cafe threads, I shared some info about this model there. It will be a real competitor to the Legacy GT IMO. AWD standard, 274hp, 6 speed, HIDs, rear LSD, etc.
#10110 of 11746 Legacy Wagon ??
Sep 24, 2004 (11:42 am)
Hi Saw a 1995 Wagon the other day--Looks Perfect.
Am curious if any of you own one and any comments would be appreciated. I have a 04 XT now and know the step-down to a 2.2 eng. would be a shock.
But,if I can pick this one up for 4-5K I just might add it as a 2nd Subie ..
Sep 24, 2004 (11:47 am)
2.2l is near bullet proof. One of Subaru's most reliable powertrains ever.
With that age maintenance and condition is everything, so check those out.
#10112 of 11746 Re: Legacy Wagon ?? [deadeye5]
Sep 24, 2004 (11:57 am)
I owned a 99 Legacy Brighton Wagon with the 2.2 litre engine.(same design as the 95 wagons). It was reliable and performed adequately. The 2.2 litre engine was known to be very reliable. I traded it on a 2000 Legacy sedan because I liked the styling and was annoyed that the only way to lock the doors on the Brighton wagon was with the key (you couldn't push the lock button and just slam the door, it would automaticly unlock).
I barely noticed the difference in performance between the 2.2 in the wagon and the 2.5 in the 00 Sedan.
Sep 24, 2004 (12:37 pm)
If you hold the door handle would it lock? I thought that's how Japanese cars used to work.
Sep 24, 2004 (1:40 pm)
Had the clutch replaced in my 99 Outback the other day after 135,000 km (about 85,000 miles).
A subsequent glitch was the failure of the clutch slave cylinder when it was suddenly asked to actuate the new clutch. Back to the dealer where I had a lengthy chat to the workshop foreman who persuaded me it was bad luck, not their fault.
Once I indictaed that I knew what I was talking about he got very chatty. The Service Adviser had mentioned that this guy was lead on the Subaru Rally Team cars, all of which were in the workshop at the time, including the Cody Crocker car which was in the dyno booth running hard. This is a fully set up unit with glass wall so clients (and a fair few of the staff) can peer in as the engineer tunes it electronically). Always amusing as the guys tuning WRXs always have that intense mechanical engineer look of real seriousness.
The converation with the foreman was interesting. He commented that he thought the 99-03 2.5 litre (might be 2000-004 in the USA) SOHC engine was the pick. Apparently whenever they get a 95-98 DOHC engine in, they insist on a head gasket change if not already done. Also mentioned the cost of a broken timing belt, which runs AUD4,000 to AUD8,000.
Oddest thing about the clutch change i that the removal of the accumulated clutch dust from the bell housing has suddenly made the starter motor very noisy. Gave me a heck of surprise the first few starts as I wondered if it was my car.
#10115 of 11746 Re: Engine reliability [grahampeters]
Sep 25, 2004 (1:04 am)
What's the symptom of a failed clutch cylinder? Does the pedal stay down when depressed? Is it intermittent or constant?
Is it apparent I'm beginning to have a problem here???
Sep 25, 2004 (3:57 am)
The symptoms were the clutch sticking half way down and feeling very dead. Onset occurred in heavy traffic. Apparently this is fairly common.
Once slave cylinder replaced, feel returned to normal and no further problems
#10117 of 11746 Re: Cutch Slave Cylinder [grahampeters]
Sep 26, 2004 (8:47 am)
TSB 03-52-03R covers this, MY Legacy 1995-2002.
Speaking of transmissions, my 2000 Legacy started grinding slightly going into 5th gear and 5th gear only, mainly going uphill. I had drained the MT fluid out and replaced with Mobil 1 recently. Apparently I had overfilled the transmission by about one pint. I had filled it to the full line, but the car was on ramps at the time so on level ground it was too much. Filling it to specs fixed the problem. No metal in the fluid, which is a good sign.