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Old 06-14-2014, 08:11 PM   #1
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Yay another Subaru thread!

A candy apple read 2004 Impreza 5 door 2.5 TS, with 119Kmiles on it.
New short block under the hood. It is unfortunately an automatic not a 5 speed.
Very clean interior, dark tinted windows, LR bumper has been hit enough to crack the paint but not enough to notice from 20 feet.
The seller (dealer, good friend of mine) says "it retails for $6200 but..."

Why is this damn thing making me want to put my 300D on flea market?

I'm thinking the PO blew a head gasket and wrecked the engine, but am worried it may have simply been beaten to death.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:17 AM   #2
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What does it drive like? What's the interior like? Often you can get a good idea of how a car was cared for by giving it a good going over.

I had a Subaru of that vintage with an auto that developed transmission issues.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:32 AM   #3
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Get a TDI.
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:56 AM   #4
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I had an 02. Good but went through CV joints like dollar bills at a strip joint. Very under powered but was a beast in nasty weather.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:28 AM   #5
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I had an 02. Good but went through CV joints like dollar bills at a strip joint. Very under powered but was a beast in nasty weather.
Underpowered is not unfamiliar to me. That Benz 300D has a boat anchor tied to it... It has, however, been certified as capable of 92mph by the Montana Highway Patrol
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:13 AM   #6
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Underpowered is not unfamiliar to me. That Benz 300D has a boat anchor tied to it... It has, however, been certified as capable of 92mph by the Montana Highway Patrol
It's too bad they did away with "reasonable and prudent." That happened a few years before I moved there if I remember correctly. The "no drinking and driving" ended while I was living there.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:18 AM   #7
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I had an 02. Good but went through CV joints like dollar bills at a strip joint. Very under powered but was a beast in nasty weather.
My experience as well - I aught to invest in the company that makes those fucking half-axles, I buy at least one a year, every gooddam year - the boots are made of toilet paper as best I can tell, just shit.

BUT, that damn car is just about unstoppable when the weather goes to hell, and I've pushed a lot of snow with it - and I don't bother with studs, just Blizzaks.

I have spent bucks making it right from time to time, and the tail lights fill with water in the rain, but it's been about as dependable as your average rock - this year I did have a weird door freezing problem - the door would not latch shut, but when it warmed up it was better. Going to have to shove some lube in there this summer.

I've bought three cars since and still have the Subaru - the A/C is broken but since I only drive it in the winter, I don't care - I expect it to last me another 10 years at the current 6K miles per year I put on it during ski season.
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