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Ruby Subie

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caddycruiser    50

As seen in my other "Miles? Yes." thread here:

http://www.cheersand...9201-miles-yes/

I finally got around to snapping better shots of my 200k (not yet...going to be a momentous time) 1996 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT, I bought a few weeks back.

The red really looks great in photos. Has a few scuffs and dings that don't show up until in person, and a typical rust bubble above the one rear wheel I wish wasn't there. Tires are brand new Michelins. Wheels nice but also could be nicer if the clearcoat wasn't clouded so much. Maintained extremely well, and rides beautifully.

Vroom vroom. $2100. Still needs to be registered and inspected in DE. Outside cleaned up a little more, antenna replaced, and I think transmission/differential fluid service. And the leopard print comforter the lady who owned it covered up her spilled paint and oil in the back with will be tossed out soon. Fun to drive and comfortable.

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ocnblu    773

Cool, maybe your dad will buy it from you. Or you can keep it at home in DE as a spare car for yourself.

Jeez, those wheels are extreme. Perhaps a harsh wheel cleaner was used, left on too long, or whatever.

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caddycruiser    50

Great car, really enjoying it. Usually drive it once a weekend. Rides and brakes like new, no joking.

One wheel is almost perfect, the other 3 just look like wheel cleaner ate them. Tires are perfect and $$, so if anything I was pondering a cheap refinish or spend $100 on another set found online, maybe. Just to help clean the look.

Few scrapes and the rust bubble detracts, but the lady said she took it to a body shop, they couldn't guarantee it wouldn't return, and she didn't want body work done.

-Came from Delaware. Clean all around. A few less dents and scrapes, and it'd look that much better.

-Shudders when turning and accelerating, pretty sure due to fluid in trans/diff. Fine otherwise. Common sometimes hard 1-2 shift. May have the Subie dealer change fluid, or someone else.

-Cargo area leopard blanket to go, if I can still get a Subaru plastic liner for the floor.

-Antenna broken off, so reception is slim. Bought a rubber whip antenna to replace, if I get to it.

-Remote keyless, but no remote. Strange to have to use a key. Need to Ebay a remote and program.

-Get a better cupholder? Only 2 are small ones that flip out of the dash, and odd to use.

Great car. If I can clean it up further for a max of a few hundred more dollars, even better. Dad would like it. I really like the GT factor, before GT meant different wheels, hood scoop and trim. Projector fogs and GT badging. Rare and unique.

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ocnblu    773

Shoot caddy, Ruby don't owe anybody a thing. It's in very good condition for the mileage, cosmetically. Spending money on it for cosmetics might not be worth it, imho.

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caddycruiser    50

Shoot caddy, Ruby don't owe anybody a thing. It's in very good condition for the mileage, cosmetically. Spending money on it for cosmetics might not be worth it, imho.

True. Won't do much except for a few bucks here and there, if I get to it. Antenna, driveability items, etc.The rest is "patina" unless someone feels like a project for a gift (cough, autobody brother for PDR dents and rust spot. Then again, he'd be too analytical and take too long). We'll see.

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caddycruiser    50

Finally got the Legacy registered in Delaware, and everything passed clear.

Also the first highway trip in 95 degree temps. Extremely impressed at how glass smooth this wagon rides and how quiet. Just hums. No noises, no bounce, just smooth and the A/C is kicking. Temp gauge never gets to half, also good.

The only thing still bothering me is how much it shudders/stumbles when starting out/slow speed if turning. Feels like it binds up. Once at speed, or any curves, smooth and fine. But at slow speed binding/shudder. I think maybe trans fluid/filter and diff fluid change too? Other than that, what a nice $2k toy.

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Seems like a wise purachase....

Lots of happy miles to you and the new Subie rue...

I'd love a 2.5RS model myself....

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ocnblu    773

Maybe you have a bad CV joint or something, if it does it while turning at slow speeds. Are all the CV boots intact? Do you see any grease slinging out?

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caddycruiser    50

Maybe you have a bad CV joint or something, if it does it while turning at slow speeds. Are all the CV boots intact? Do you see any grease slinging out?

Seem intact. It's weird. When turning and starting out, it's like torque bind either in the front end or the AWD system. Like it binds and doesn't want to power. Turn the wheel straight, it frees up and runs smooth. At speed, no change turning or straight.

I think dad's '96 did it a slight bit at odd times, but not like this. According to a few Subie forums, clutches in the trans/AWD differential can get gummed up and "stick" together causing similar things. Not totally sure yet. Will be scheduling a check/fluid change soon.

Passed DE inspection and is tagged & good to go for 2 years. The most important part.

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caddycruiser    50

Took the Whoopy Subie to dealer this morning for service, trans and differential fluid. Torque bind when turning at low speeds is its only vice.

Changed them both, and told me it likely needs clutch rebuilds (I expected some kind of answer like this) after their road test. New fluid in, it is smoother but didn't make the bind go away yet. Better though. Fine for me. May change again in a few hundred more miles. Told me to drive it and see if I want to do anything more.

Hit the car wash on the way home. Not something I ever would do with a newer car, but on this it's the only way. Metallic red sure shines up nicely.

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caddycruiser    50

Rubie Subie is on the market.

Such a nice driving, well maintained and tough AWD "GT" wagon...but time for a change.

Dad already has 2, doesn't need a 3rd. I had even more serviced at the dealer than the stack of a story & receipts the lady gave me.

Craigslist, perhaps...unless anyone here may be intrigued for a useful weekend wagon? As of today, still under 200k with 199,849...

For sale.

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caddycruiser    50

Subie is gone.

Listed it Friday night on Craigslist. Got 2 bites, 1 from city and 1 from Delaware. Delaware made it here first, and Ruby now has a new home in northern Delaware. Will be just like I intended, a spare car for daily driving to work (guy already had a tuned & custom 2007 STI he said is not the best for daily driving), and AWD for all seasons.

I got it washed this morning and ran out for errands. Last photo before departure:

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Now what? Stay tuned...as always :scratchchin:

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ocnblu    773

Glad the selling process was painless and quick.

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caddycruiser    50

You didn't ask enough then....

I asked $100 less than I paid for it in June...he gave me $90 less than that. I was pleased. Triple what a business offered me for it on Thursday...

More importantly, I needed it gone by end of today. Mission accomplished.

I made sure as I do with my day career, we went on a long, varied road, test track drive and pointed out everything about the car.

Only issue I had was a 2nd person who called me beforehand but came half hour too late. A little sticky there for a few minutes.

Got a nice drive in earlier in the day. Left me with 199,859 miles. All in all, I spent $190, gas and 2 car washes for 3 months of a comfortable and fun spare wagon.

Next up. Well, just wait and see.

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caddycruiser    50

Can't wait to see what's next!! :smilewide:

New? Yes.

Foreign? Kind of.

GM? Yes, I am back...

Alongside my work Acura, still driving a TSX sedan (my favorite Acura sedan, actually), will be another sedan. Papers signed for month end this morning. Pick up tomorrow morning.

This whole 1 of me and 2 cars in 2 different spots can be a logistics issue. Trying to figure out how to best intro the new.

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