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#10 of 41 Re: Buying A High Mileage Outback-Concerns [losthearts]
Sep 15, 2007 (5:05 am)
Along this same line, I currently drive a 1995 cavalier with 127,000 miles on it and it's time to go!
I've been offered a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited. One Owner. Well maintained. 77,000 miles which I guess is considered low for the age. The price is 7395.00 from a small 2nd had dealer who is a friend. Says he would have put the car on the lot for 8500.00 and has already had calls on it. I ran a carfax to confirm what is stated above. Car looks brand new inside and out. I am just wondering about reliability. Last Subaru I owned was an 88 GL Sedan which I loved except for the Y pipe and the rust! Otherwise car was good. I had 96,000 on that when I traded it in. I've just never bought a car with this many miles on it but it seems like such a good deal and I don't have a lot of money right now.
So, what say you? Deal or No Deal?
#11 of 41 Re: Buying A High Mileage Outback-Concerns [debls]
Sep 17, 2007 (9:55 am)
The 98 models had galvanized steel panels, so it should be a lot better about rust. Do inspect the undercarriage to see if it was exposed to a lot of salt (beach, NE snow treatement, etc).
Also check the gaskets, front main seal (o-ring) and heads for oil leaks. If the block is dry after a decade it will probably never leak.
#12 of 41 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts?
Jul 30, 2007 (8:41 am)
#13 of 41 1991 subaru legacy driving through mexico for 3 months, reliable carparts?
Jun 28, 2007 (8:55 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 (11:48 am)
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 (12:13 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 (12:18 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 (4:10 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 (5:11 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 (6:53 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!