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You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
Nov 18, 2002 (11:06 am)
I chose not to go to synthetic for several reasons:
* my gas mileage was very good, above average at 25mpg
* it was sort of late, at 36k, when I seriously considered it
* it burns no dino oil, it's still full the day I change it
* unnecessary cost
Hi Julie, welcome and congrats. We drove a Bean and I sometimes wish my wife and I had sprung for that instead of our Legacy L.
We have a chat every Thursday, there is a link at the top of this page. Also join the Subaru Crew - Meet the Members topic, which is a good starting point.
nine51: I agree, Subaru has too many models with way too many variations. There are 4 Outback wagon models, for instance. Two would be enough.
I even think the H6 should be standard, one base cloth model and one Limited leather/moonroof model is plenty. Let the L use the 2.5l, and the GT should get a turbo, for differntiation.
Plus, why three different AWD systems? Standardize on VTD.
Beater. Hmm, I like the concept. But if the car was that badly neglected, is it a good candidate? Ideally YOU should be the one to beat it up. Looks like that baby needs serious pampering and attention, not what you want in a beater.
Even though I use the term loosely, my "beater" is a 1993 Miata. I never even lock the doors. The Subaru gets the carport, while the Miata suffers unsheltered. But I bought it with low miles and in good condition. So far all I've done is routing maintenance, so it can be ignored and still start and run reliably every day, even though it's a decade old. It's more of a summer beater, but I guess my point is you want something that runs well now and is reliable.
Frameless doors are fine. Integras had them. So do Porsche 911 turbos and BMW M3s.
I use a 1300 psi pressure washer to wash my cars. The Subies do very well, though the Miata leaks. Even then, it's leaking at a joint where the top folds. The rest of the frameless seal actually works well.
#6831 of 11746 Pressure Washing
Nov 18, 2002 (4:45 pm)
ateixeira mentioned in post 6720 that he pressure washes his cars. What has been the experience of others using pressure washers? Good/bad, techniques, detergents to use, etc...
Nov 18, 2002 (7:50 pm)
When the compressor cycles on the 03 LL Bean Wagon
I hear a hissing sound in the passenger compartment.
Is this normal?
#6833 of 11746 Pressure washing cars
Nov 18, 2002 (8:00 pm)
When washing my car, I like to get a little more personal with it and wash it by hand when I can.
Unless you have algae and moss growing out from the body panels, I wouldn't recommend using a pressure washer.
I find that after a good hand wash I use a jet attachment for the hose and make sure the soap is all off. Try to use a car soap if you can as opposed to a dish detergent.
After washing, I give it a drive to let it feel the breeze and dry off a bit.
You can tell it seems I think my car has some feelings. It almost smiles with the front grille when clean.
Anyway, I really am nor crazy, honest.
#6834 of 11746 Canadian Special Edition Legacy
Nov 18, 2002 (10:19 pm)
The Canadian version of the '03 Legacy Special Edition adds the older version of the 16 in. GT alloy wheels with 205/55-16 tires, projection fog lamps, heated seats, leather wheel and shift knob on top of all the standard Canadian Legacy L features (ie. power driver seat, heated mirrors, etc.). Price is only $600 (more than $2000 of options if added later) over the Legacy price. Three colour choices this year- silver, black or red. Price is subjective to dealer competition ie. varies from area to area. There hasn't been a lot of supply in some areas, hence there may be limited discounts. It's still a great choice.
Nov 19, 2002 (6:10 am)
It is time for an exorcism - you have a demon hiding in your dash!!
Seriously, you are probably just hearing the expansion valve adjust the flow of liquid freon into the evaporator core. When the compressor runs, the pressure behind the valve shoots up. The valve opens, spraying compressed liquid into the "radiator" within the dash ducting. The liquid picks up warmth from air blowing past it (inside the car), and evaporates to a gas. This absorbs heat, cooling the core, which provides you with cool vent air.
Depending on the dash design, you hear it more on some cars. I remember hearing some on my '02 OB.
Nov 19, 2002 (6:13 am)
Check out "Cleaning" on the main page. You will find many of us are somewhat obsessive about making our cars smile!!!
Nov 19, 2002 (8:45 am)
No algae and moss here, LOL!
My pressure washer has a detergent dispenser. Nice thing is it spreads a bubbly film all over the car.
So first I rinse the whole thing, including the undercarraige. Then I spread detergent evenly. Then I go over it with a wool mitt by hand. Finally, I rinse off.
I adjust the nozzle so it's not using *that* much pressure, of course. The stuff works great on the unpainted cladding. It's clean even after just rinsing it.