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Old 07-27-2004, 05:53 AM   #1
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Question First Car: '89 Subaru Wagon - Good choice?

hi all,

i'm interested in buying this '89 subaru L-series 4WD wagon from ebay (i'm going to check it out on the weekend hopefully):

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....tem=2485404247

i'm not exactly sure what model it is (edit: i think it's a GL or possibly GL touring... i don't know a lot about cars, which is why i came here - hopefully someone can name it more specifically than i have).

is there any major things i should look into before buying? i heard the gearboxes on the older subys were pretty unreliable. also, the engine is approaching 275000Kms (170000 miles), is it likely to conk out any time soon? it currently leaves fairly close to the sea (as you can see in the top pic) so i'm definately going to check for rust. i also heard about potential problems with the CV joints (i'm not too sure on what a CV joint is, i understand that it's related to the 4WD)

so what do you guys reckon? i intend to get it lifted 2 inches and get bigger wheels etc for more clearance - i'll be driving it around town but also hopefully it will be an offroad beast. please post comments . As noted in the forum topic, this will be my first car (the family car is a fairly recent model subaru outback ).
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:23 AM   #2
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OOOOhhhhh a Touring Wagon. I dunno about Aussie-land but in the States, a raised-roof Touring Wagon is uber-rare!

The mileage shouldn't be an issue if it's been well-cared-for. A CV joint is basically part of the axle that drives the car. It might be best to have a mechanic do that for you if you're new to cars, but do check this website out. www.cvaxles.com makes the best Subaru axles in the world as far as I'm concerned. They're only an hour away from me in Ocala, FL, USA, but they do worldwide applications.

Anyway, good luck and check out these other forums:
www.ultimatesubaru.net
www.forumsubaru.com
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Old 07-27-2004, 03:47 PM   #3
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Super rare car in the US... you see them, but not often.

If its not rusty and thats a good price AU then go for it. Appears to be a non turbo, slower that way, but better off road and less stuff to go wrong.
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:37 PM   #4
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Ive never seen one of those before in the USA...

Cool feature.
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Old 07-28-2004, 06:28 AM   #5
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Thanks all. Apparently the car has no rust and is in very good mechanical condition. Can't wait to check it out
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Old 08-18-2004, 02:41 PM   #6
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Old 08-24-2004, 11:44 AM   #7
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A guy I used to sail with had one of those. He used it to tote sails from his house to the boat. I remember I had to jump it from my car to get it started every now and again. Probably just a tired old battery though.

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