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#13 of 41 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts?
Jun 28, 2007 (9:55 am)
hola everyone ,
i'm driving my new to me 1991 subaru legacy wagon fwd LS 145,000 miles on her to mexico and everywhere inbetween .my questions are what spare parts should i carry with me ? sensors, starters ,alt, injectors? i love this car it drives awesome but a bit worried about reliability ? preveious owners did a lot of work . any tips or helpful tid bits i should know about 1991 subaru legacy cars in general? thanx ......Shauna
#14 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts? [bajasos]
Jul 02, 2007 (12:48 pm)
At that age it's all about luck and how well it was maintained up until now.
Honestly? To go to deserted parts of Mexico I'm not sure I'd trust any 1991 model with high miles.
#15 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts? [bajasos]
Jul 02, 2007 (1:13 pm)
One of the problems driving a Subaru (any Subaru) in Mexico is, until fairly recently, Subarus were not imported there. That means getting partsóof any sortócould be a real problem.
Make sure your spare tire is in good order, as the roads are pretty bad.
#16 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts? [rsholland]
Jul 02, 2007 (1:18 pm)
That's not a bad idea. An extra spare tire may be your best bet. Maybe lso a spare tank of gas, at least a couple of gallons.
#17 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts? [ateixeira]
Jul 02, 2007 (5:10 pm)
I wouldn't do it, just me, and I'm a Subaru loyalist to the core. Too risky in a foreign country w/o much subaru support.
#18 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carpar
Jul 02, 2007 (6:11 pm)
Naysayers aside, my reservation is that you do not seem to be very familiar with the vehicle. This means that in the event of an emergency, it likely would not be you to perform repairs. In an area where Subaru is scarce, that could mean prolonged trouble.
I would carry a few feet of spare hose of various size (fuel line, heater, vacuum), some hose clamps, a spare set of radiator hoses, a couple gallons of coolant, water, spark plugs, plug wires, set of drive belts, a couple wheel bearings, bearing grease, rags, engine oil, ATF (or gear oil, if a manual transmission), gear oil for differential(s), baling wire, complete set of tools, two full size spare tires, penetrating lubricant spray, filters (oil and air), maybe some JB Weld, repair manual (in Spanish if you will not be doing all repairs!).... Are you planning on taking anything else with you on this trip?
Really, you just have to cover the most probable scenarios and have with you a plan "B" and "C" in the event one or more improbable scenarios crop up. The best way to prepare is to be familiar with the vehicle, and I mean intimately familiar.
#19 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts? [bajasos]
Jul 09, 2007 (7:53 pm)
I drove my 1991 Legacy wagon through mexico, it was a blast! My only precaution was to remove my license plate and tape it to the inside of the glass, as I'd heard about ppl stealing them. But I lucked out and didn't have any car problems at all. We didn't even suffer without A/C (mine was broken at the time - and still is), except in Texas. The duct tape lines are still on my window, reminding me of the trip. Sadly, my timing belt just went out and I may be retiring her, depending on what my mechanic says it'll cost... Buen viaje! Espero que tengas una aventura magnifica!
#20 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts? [nathan149]
Jul 09, 2007 (10:08 pm)
thanx everyone that replyed i bought a toyota sr5 4x4 tercel first before the subee but i have had subaru's in the past with good luck so i will do as all of you sugest and bring the stuff i can fix or mind it with its a 800 dollar car im thinking if tranny or engine go south i will jump out and leaver right there and hitch, hop a bus what have u ?
#21 of 41 Re: 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carpar
Jul 10, 2007 (3:31 pm)
Sounds good, and hey, whatever happens, I bet you will have a fabulous time as long as your well being is not at risk. Have a great trip!