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Old 07-14-2019, 12:30 AM   #217
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Congrats on the new to you family hauler. It sounds nice. Planning to post pics?
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:48 AM   #218
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You're going to put your wife in a 10 year old Subaru?

You're brave man
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:06 PM   #219
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I'll post pics once I finish the safety and do a paint correction. The car was a severely neglected family hauler and the paint is a mess. Just finished cutting and polishing the headlights and covering them in 2 coats of ceramic.

I have 350km on it now and amazingly it gets the same fuel mileage as my '05 awd Vibe, except it has way more balls, seriously this 3.6 boxer engine hauls.

I get why Subaru has the reputation it has, they leak (often due to simple cheap fixes like o rings) and they have chronic head gasket issues. However, outside of that they are sound Japanese cars on par with Toyota. The electronics last the life of the car like Toyota's and their engine internals can easily go to 400k km like Toyota's.

The benefit here is they can be found used for much cheaper because of these known issues. Fix the HG or other issue and you have yourself a very reliable and more capable hauler.

The last two if my wife's family haulers were all 12 year old Toyotas that needed work. I put the time in and they all turned out super reliable, and everyone in my family can't believe the mileage and reliability we end up getting out of rock bottom prices used cars.

I have had a p0420 (cat inefficiency) code pop up (very common occasional code on Subies, and earlier on a trans code. All cleared and running fine with no hiccups, fuel trims are spot on from both banks.

I purchased this car thinking it may have a HG leak, and priced it accordingly. After 350km I am confident it does not (they are not as common on the h6's). Coolant has not dropped and coolant temps have been spot on.

This week I'll be changing some o rings and cleaning tje engine block as well as replacing all the fluids...every single one - don't think they've ever been done
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Old 08-02-2019, 11:12 AM   #220
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small update

So the Yaris is now stripped down to nothing in the interior except a drivers seat and it is down another 100 or so lbs due to this. I currently have it taken off insurance and being stored at my in laws warehouse until me move in the winter and I can have in my garage/driveway again.

I am hoping to get it out on track one day in September and burn out what us left in my track pads and hopefully get it in the 1:24's. I would ideally like to strip the dash, HVAC and all of the no longer needed interior wiring and lose another 50 or so lbs.

Over the winter the plan will be to get rid of the side and rear windows and convert it to lexan. I will also be pulling to window motors and interior door skins to shed some more weight. The car should be sub 2k lbs by that point.

i have spent most of my "car time" lately getting my new Subie up to my family hauler standards which means, all new fluids, zero clunks, zero dashboard lights and minimal to no leaks. I also had to cut and ceramic coat the paint as it was a very neglected car





I can say that it is now complete (save for a valve cover gasket) and it is quite the road trip car. It handles infinitely better than our Vibe at the limit and it surprisingly plush over bumps. The fuel economy is similar to the Vibe but it has a much better awd system (tested on out steep gravel cottage driveway) and it has loads more power. I am very happy with another successful used car purchase and a happy new Subie owner. They really do handle really well for the type of car they are compared to others in its class. This is also one of the softest handling generations of the Outback and I still feel it handles well.

I have had to seasoned mechanics look over the undercarriage of the car (i originally did this as well before I purchased it) and both have said that it checks out great and is in great condition. Also the rear end alignment was all within factory spec which is great as nothing has been damaged or bent. It is always good to hear actual mechanics confirms your findings seeing as I am a simple driveway wrench and not a professional by any means.

Here is a short list of things that were wrong with the car but are now all fixed:
-P0420 code (catylitic converter sub optimal efficiency)
-C0071 steering angle sensor code (effectively disabling the stability control and lighting up the dashboard)
-cracked windshield
-broken passenger side mirror
-passenger seat electric adjustments not working
-broken front control arm bushings
-leaking oil cooler o-ring
-intermittent horn engagement (this was a fun one!)
-very badly scratched paint
-bad passenger front brake shudder
-bad smell in cabin
-severely delayed throttle response
-a/c not blowing as cool as it should

I am thinking I will write a thread up some day of how I go about purchasing used vehicles and what I look for as well as how I determine the price I'm willing to pay to have a relatively inexpensive but safe car. Let me know if anyone would be interested in reading something like that in the near future. It may help other mechanically inclined people who don't have a large budget but want a nice vehicle.

For next season I plan to use the Subie to tow my Yaris to and from the track, it should make for a much faster track car when all of the niceties are stripped out of it
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Old 08-02-2019, 11:55 AM   #221
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Lovely! Looking even more forward to that burn-off-the-last-of-the-track-pads update.
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