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You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
Mar 18, 2002 (12:25 pm)
1939 Vauxhall 12 bought in 1956 when I was 14 years old.
Cars owned in Ireland
1947 Austin 10
1949 Austin Devon.
1951 Austin Devon.
1959 Morris Minor.
1961 Morris MInor.
1967 Vauxhall Viva.
1973 Vauxhall Viva.
Cars in Canada.
1969 Cortina GT.
1974 Capri 3 litre.
1978 Ford Fairmont.
1976 Honda accord.
1979 Malbu Classic.
1979 Honda Civic wagon.
1979 Honda Accord sedan.
1982 Honda Civic wagon
1982 K car.
1983 Accrd hatchback.
1986 mecury topaz.
1988 Honda Accord EXI.
1989 honda Accord EXI.
1991 Honda Accord ex sedan.
1993Honda Accord EX wagon.
2001 Subaru Legacy GT wagon (current)
Quite a list.
Mar 18, 2002 (12:25 pm)
A dream car for an aging boomer like me.
#5036 of 11746 "Interesting but rare"
Mar 18, 2002 (12:27 pm)
A week or so ago Steve and Paul mentioned "the interesting but rare 215ci V-8", later to become Rover's mainstay engine for 30 years.
Just to prove the link between this engine and Subaru, I have both. My H4 5spd OB of course, and the Rover (nee Buick) V8 in my 1980 Triumph TR8 (see my profile). Interestingly both engines have exactly the same maximum bhp and torque figures, which shows you how far engine technology has come in the intervening 22 yrs. But of course the TR8 can still blow off a lot of cars because of it's extremely light weight and precise handling.
This engine still lives on as the Buick 3.8L V6, which is the front 3/4 of the V8. I rented one in the summer of 2000 and had the opportunity to verify this visually. An ever-decreasing number of parts (e.g. water pump, oil filter, thermostat) are still interchangeable.
It looks to me that the people on this forum go for just slightly "different" sorts of cars than the mainstream (why else would I have bought a yellow Pacer?). Perhaps this has something to do with us choosing Subaru, or perhaps it's just because we are interested in our, and by extension, other cars.
Mar 18, 2002 (12:28 pm)
74 Ford Maverick ("250 cu in" inline 6) Rebuilt engine at 60k for fun of it. Fairly reliable. Was parents
86 Mustang GT 200HP/5spd - blast to drive, twitchy? rear end. Sold to "kid" who beat on it.
86 Corolla 2 door/auto - girlfriend's car (now wife). Great car, especially in the city. Super reliable. Gave to mother in law who totalled it. Loved that car.
92 Camry - 4cyl/auto The standard by which I judge cars. Traded at 180K miles for OB.
00 Sienna - At 41K miles now. Silky smooth.
01 OB 4cyl/auto - Still no snow to have fun with.
P.S. - I credit my better half for "turning me on" to Toyotas. She purchased the Corolla at the same time I purchased the GT, without my help! She previously owned an Omni, and I think she kept dating me just to keep that POG going!
Mar 18, 2002 (12:35 pm)
You be on a first-name-basis with Joe Lucas, the prince of darkness... BTW, do you know why the Brits like warm beer? They all had Lucas refrigerators.
Mar 18, 2002 (1:22 pm)
Pat: I like your list, but "Topaz" stick out like a sore thumb. We all have bad days?
The Brits also invented intermittent wipers. It just wasn't done on purpose!
Mar 18, 2002 (2:48 pm)
"Yellow Pacer" is surely a typo, goosegog. You meant to type "lemon," right?
Mar 18, 2002 (3:00 pm)
The Topaz was my second biggest mistake after the K car, notice that there are no more domestics after that.
My most enduring memory of that first car the 1939 Vauxhall 12, is,it had a six volt system, and the starter gear ring was stripped of teeth on one side.
If the engine stopped in the right place it would start on the button, otherwise you had to crank it with the hand crank, one FRiday I was all dressed in my best bib and tucker going to a dance, it was pouring rain and sure enough the contrary old S.O.B. would not start on the button.
I cranked and cranked but no start. I literally had blisters on my hand, I can still see my Father Rest his soul, standing at the window shaking his head as I laid into that car with the crank handle, I was so mad I beat one fender to complete pulp.
And yes Bob that was part of the charm of BMC. cars although in their defence lucas was better then than they were later.
#5043 of 11746 My fleet (that I can remember)
Mar 18, 2002 (3:02 pm)
52 Studebaker Commander: UGLY
56 Studebaker silver hawk: cool car
64 Ford 390XL, a graduation gift to myself
65 Pontiac LeMans: got married, had to sell Ford
6? Pontiac bonneville: BIG
72 Ford LTD wagon: kids had arrived; 6 starters, almost got divorced with that car
76 Buick Estate wagon
80 Subaru DL: gas crunch had hit
82 Subaru GL 4WD wagon
84 Toyota Van: needed more room; SLOW
85 Prelude: great car; went 170,000 till son drove it off mountain
86 Honda accord: nice car
88 Maxima Wagon: nice car
88 Sterling: BAD car
92 Ford SHO: everything broke
94 Volvo Turbowagon: fell apart at 80K miles
96 Ford Probe GT; dumb move on my part
93 Supra NA: loved this car, but wife started refusing to go with me; too impractical
01 Subaru OB VDC: love it so far
02 Subaru WRX wagon: love it so far
I'm sure my memory has also blotted out a few real dogs.