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#8610 of 8657 PA SUbaru 1996 going to California
Apr 13, 2013 (1:03 pm)
I am moving to california with this car. Do I have to convert anything over to CA standards. I get mixed messages. Please help. If I do, what are they. Thank you kindly
#8611 of 8657 Re: California conversion [hustoncs]
Apr 13, 2013 (1:07 pm)
thanks. This is a 1996. Did California have standards back then? No conversions were done.
#8612 of 8657 Re: OK gang, refresh my memory [hammerhead]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 13, 2013 (1:31 pm)
Yes the 2.2L should be okay for head gaskets.
#8614 of 8657 Re: California conversion [michael2595]
Apr 13, 2013 (3:29 pm)
I owned a 98 Subie and don't recall them selling PZEV models at the time. Our 09 is a PZEV spec even though our state doesn't require it.
I'm thinking a 96 would be ok, no?
#8615 of 8657 Re: California conversion [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 14, 2013 (12:43 am)
Thank you . Like I said. Hard to find info. If you look at the link it is about new vehicles.
#8616 of 8657 Re: California conversion [michael2595]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 14, 2013 (6:48 am)
Oh sorry--what I meant by sending you that was to infer that if your car has MORE than the 7500 miles indicated, then you are okay regardless of the spec of your car--but you'll still need a smog test and pass the standards to which your car was built.
Have a read: http://www.smogtips.com/moving_to_california.cfm
#8617 of 8657 why switch to Subaru?
Apr 23, 2013 (3:53 am)
I have been driving a 2000 nissan maxima for 10 years and really like it. Also have a pathfinder. We really like nissan but for my new (used) car, thinking about Subaru. I drove a 2010 and 2012 legacy and really liked it. Also considering an older (05,06) infiniti g35x.
I want a car that handles well and it sporty looking and fun to drive. Fast would be a plus. Of course want something dependable.
A little afraid of switching brands as we have always been happy with nissan. So please tell me about cost of ownership. I know there are stories about getting 300k miles on your car but in reality, in a state that uses salt on the roads how many miles/years can be expected?
We like to drive our vehicles for at least 10 years or more.
In looking for a slightly used legacy are there things I should be looking for? different then the usual stuff?
Thank you for any input.
#8618 of 8657 Re: why switch to Subaru? [debrak1221]
Apr 23, 2013 (8:28 am)
From a reliability standpoint, I'd recommend that you go with a car (assuming Subaru) that has an FB block rather than an EJ. The EJ25 was rather notorious for head gasket issues, and the likelihood of having to deal with that during a 10-year ownership period is not in your favor!
But, then, you said you also want fast. That would steer you in the direction of the Legacy GT. It doesn't have the open-deck EJ engine, but also not as good of fuel economy. They discontinued the model, I believe, and I'm not sure what year that was, but I know you can get it in the '10 model year for sure.
I drove a '10 Legacy Limited with a CVT a couple years back, and found it to be peppy and responsive. Quite a car, in terms of space and comfort, in comparison to the previous generation.
As for switching brands, I cannot really comment too much. I have owned many different brands over the years, and while I like the familiarity of mechanicals when it comes to sticking with the same brand, I also haven't been "burned" by a car that was of a different marque. So, I'm not overly brand loyal. I do like my Subarus though; they're just so darned practical, I can't help myself.
#8619 of 8657 Re: why switch to Subaru? [xwesx]
Apr 23, 2013 (10:40 am)
Thanks xwesx. Haven't seen any GTs for sale anywhere around here. As for avoiding the EJ block, that seems difficult. From my limited searching it appears that I would need a 2012 legacy to get a FB. Not that I don't want a '12 its just that limits the choices and the cost.
Sounds crazy but really not that worried about fuel economy.
So the EJ should be avoided completely? I'm only interested in the legacy as I want a sedan with a power drivers seat (pet peeve).