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#27361 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [stickguy]
Dec 29, 2012 (4:53 pm)
I see a guy driving a stick shift SVX out of a large mall garage occasionally. I suspect he works in the mall. The car looks to be about in a similar condition as the one discussed here, and the same color. It appears to be a daily driver, and it sounds tired.
I've been meaning to ask the driver a couple of questions about his car if I happened to see him walk to it, because seeing a SVX being regularly driven is such a rarity these days.
#27362 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [hpmctorque]
Dec 29, 2012 (4:52 pm)
That's a conversion because they were all auto from the factory. It is not uncommon to convert them to manuals.
Given their price back then, the owners were eating sit downs meals, not drive thru food.
#27363 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2012 (4:56 pm)
Most were AWD, but Subaru did offer a FWD version in the U.S. for at least one model year, and probably more. Maybe these were offered with manual transmission. I'll have to research it.
#27364 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 29, 2012 (4:59 pm)
My Subaru guru who runs an excellent repair shop in California says they are very tough cars to work on, and he will not have them in his shop--for what that's worth--maybe it's just his problem, dunno. I do know that parts are hard to find and quite expensive, and having driven a few, (I like the car), they aren't very fast either.
An interesting curiosity.
#27365 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 29, 2012 (5:20 pm)
I've also read that parts are scarce and expensive (those two things generally go together).
#27366 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2012 (5:37 pm)
I checked, and you're right; they were all automatics. Now I'm even more curious about the one I occasionally see. It's either been converted to a manual, or I'm wrong about the transmission. From the sound it made backing out of the parking place and going forward it sounded like a manual to me.
For the '94 and '95 model year FWD was offered, but they too were automatics.
#27367 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 29, 2012 (7:13 pm)
Way back when, one of the major US car mags had a snow compare and it won, beating a dozen or so other cars.
It was a GT for the snow belt.
Nickname became Snow Vehicle Xtraordinaire.
In FWD it made no sense.
Dec 30, 2012 (7:31 am)
Yesterday in traffic I spotted a very nice 65-ish Chevy II Nova wagon which appeared to be in good driver shape, as cars like this often are in Arizona where rust doesn't get 'em (and they aren't parked outdoors where the UV gets them. It was metallic light blue with chrome trim indicating top- model status (Nova?).
#27369 of 30836 Re: Nova wagon> [andys120]
Dec 30, 2012 (7:55 am)
Before I even finished reading your message, I pictured a light blue one in my mind. I think that was a popular color that year.
A '65 Chevy II is probably my favorite Chevy II. Last of the original body, still quite basic inside, but a handsome revised grille and taillights IMHO, and V8 power available (actually that started with '64).
#27370 of 30836 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 30, 2012 (9:03 am)
Yes I remember the car mags liking the SVX, but that was before so many newer cars were introduced that were AWD and equally competent, with none of the fuss and bother of owning an oddball car that nobody wants to repair for you. 1980s audi quattros were also the rage back then but now you could hardly give one of those away.