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#27363 of 29671 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2012 (5:56 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 29671 Re: out in the rain [hpmctorque]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 29, 2012 (5:59 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 29671 Re: out in the rain [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 29, 2012 (6:20 pm)
I've also read that parts are scarce and expensive (those two things generally go together).
#27366 of 29671 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2012 (6:37 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 29671 Re: out in the rain [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 29, 2012 (8:13 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 (8:31 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 29671 Re: Nova wagon> [andys120]
Dec 30, 2012 (8:55 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 29671 Re: out in the rain [ateixeira]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Dec 30, 2012 (10:03 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.
#27371 of 29671 Re: out in the rain [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 30, 2012 (10:40 am)
Unless it's a UR Quattro coupe - there's a cult around those now, and they are legit collectibles.
#27372 of 29671 Re: out in the rain [fintail]
Dec 30, 2012 (1:41 pm)
I like the URQ coupes too and there's enough interest to keep them alive and collectible. A really nice one, well kept and sorted would be worth what? Maybe $15k-$20k? But when it comes to the Sport Quattro...wow! The clamor for that car has been truly fanatic. It was the one with short stubby wheelbase, limited production, +300 hp and too much fun for 80s US certification. Insane price when new and bid up at auction now as well. Maybe $100k American money? Has anyone here ever seen a real one while visiting Europe or some museum?