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Old 11-21-2006, 12:37 PM   #1
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Well It happened!

I've been looking to pick up a legey of some sort for a few months now...Possibly condisering upto 1000 mile trips to pick up hunks of crap,just cause they fit the price range.

Well I finialy lucked out...and its a great story too....

Many of you dont know this but Im a repoman. I repo auto's, bike's boats,and semi's in the Chicago area. On Tuesday of last week I had a job on a 04 Impala..Long story shorter.....I steal the car out of the driveway (using my mad skillz and fully dressed undercover tow truck) and notice another car in the driveway under a car cover. It appeared to be a set of LGT wheels hiding under their...

So I finish strapping down the Impala and notice the car is full of stuff..Being the nice (Lazy and Legy hungrey) Repoman I am...I bang on the guys door (at 2 a.m...... ) to give him the oppertunity to trade his keys for his personal property from the car. I do this often to prevent loss of property and mad paper work....

So...as the guys walking out (passed the LGT) I comment on the car..He replys "O you like Subarus?" "Wana buy it?" "It has a bad motor"......My mind starts to swirl....Im also a hobbiest auto tech and my partners an ASE certified Master Tech....At this point I havent even removed the car cover from the car to see what year,color,trim...so on. I ask him what he's thinking he wants for it....He says "I donno make an offer".....So this all while he's cleaning out his car....I ask about mileage,year...so on.

Turns out to be a 2000 Birch White LGT Loaded with 216k on the clock...Only damage on the car is a cracked mirror housing and a small scratch in the driverside rear quarter...that has developed minor surface rust. The interior has small scuffs in the panals from the previous owners dogs....Other than those minor issues the car is mint. The original owner took frequent trips to Canada from Chicago...(almost seemed like a drug runners car,with that amount of miles and story)

So while this guys cleaning out his car Im running numbers through my head trying to figure out how much I can scratch together. I was leaving for Florida Wensday evening and didnt really have much to offer on the spot. I come up with a number of close to 3gs that I could scratch together shortly after returning from Florida. I offer the guy 3 grand..... Witch was to much but still worth it considering the year and condition. Well apparntly the guy didnt hear my offer....So a little time passes as he cleans out his car..I tell him I dont really know what to offer seeing as its rare you find this model year car needing a motor...He reply's..."700, $800"....Me and my partners jaws hit the ground.

So needless to say I was at his house 6 hours later with 8 bills in hand "as soon as the bank opened" to pick up the LGT...Dropped the rear drive shaft and towed that bad boy home!!!



Best part.....Dude had the original title in hand....64 miles on it when it was last titled....Motor siezed from insuffisent oil and every thing appears to be good so far.....

My budget for a swap is about 2800 bucks...so Im still deciding what exactly Im going to put in it.....But that BH/BE WRX swap write up, sure comes to mind about now!!!


Ill get some more pics once I clean her up a bit....I was in a hurry to get to the airprort....
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:48 PM   #2
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that is awesome!! great luck and buy!!! now go and write us another good story on doing the swap!
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:52 PM   #3
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Great find! And a hell of a deal too
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:07 PM   #4
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That's a great find, and a cool story.

Are your "clients" typically so nice to you? I'd think they would have some hostility towards the guy taking their car away.
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:13 PM   #5
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I usually dont give them the option to be the prick.....I take charge of the situation from the word go....It all depends on circumstance's though......This guy was on the nicer side....Besides...we both know he needed the money.
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:18 PM   #6
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Wow, cool story! Good luck!
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:23 PM   #7
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AWESOME deal! Does kind of sound like a drug running car, but for $800, who can argue? That is a heck of a deal, and I would definately go motor swap for the deal you got. With a WRX motor and drive train you're still at a lower cost than you could get a 2000 Legacy with normal miles on it.

Since you unhooked the driveshaft, it sounds like its a manual? If so then you're even further along with the swap!

Swap it, drop it, gut it, race it!
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:41 PM   #8
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Since you unhooked the driveshaft, it sounds like its a manual? If so then you're even further along with the swap!

Swap it, drop it, gut it, race it!

I wish it was manual.....Did they even offer these models manual?

The manual swap is on the want list but it may have to come after the swap....well see how things pan out

I have a hidden wheel lift on my truck...It lifts the front tires off the ground...With driveshaft disconnected your free to tow.....
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Old 11-21-2006, 03:09 PM   #9
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Sweet deal!
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Old 11-21-2006, 03:56 PM   #10
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Yes they did offer a manual...I have one Great story and great car. How is the suspension holding up at that mileage? Does it feel bouncy?

Welcome to the BE club!

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Old 11-21-2006, 04:03 PM   #11
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I havent had a chance to drive it yet (seized motor) But generaly I can tell when a car needs need struts when Im towing it (freaking things parcticly pole vault into my bed) And this thing was soild as a rock on the 60 mile tow home.....

Im going outside right now to get deeper into it,Ill let ya guys know what I find...Maybe even snap a couple more pics
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:06 PM   #12
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Oh cool. Another positive about having a Legacy over an Impreza. Suspension lasts past 150k!
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:11 PM   #13
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Well Ill be dammed....

I toss a battery in it an it fired right up.......runs great despite the load squeek and knock coming from the center of the engine. Im assuming its a rod. Everything works great, trans shifts smooth and all lights light up great. No CEL...lol. Blows cold A/C and heat works great.....The only problem Im having is getting the tail gate popped....Im sure there is a write up on fixxing that somewere


Im fawkin stoked man.........total shock.....Will keep you guys posted
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:12 PM   #14
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Nice!! Pics?
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Old 11-21-2006, 11:35 PM   #15
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hmmmm... That is crazy mileage for a 2000. I'm at 77k on my 2001 and I have to drive a decent amount for my job.

I'd track down a totalled forester xt or wrx for that thing and swap, swap, swap!!!
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Old 11-22-2006, 03:40 PM   #16
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My 00 was driven a lot on the highway and has around 110K, but 216K is a LOT.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:55 PM   #17
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I wish it was 21k..........




Well Im just trying to source a transplant now that I know what I need. Everyone (everyone other than my subby lovin brotha's) telling me I should just replace the 2.5 and flip it for something better. Its hard to explain to a non Subaru lover....Why Id want to dump a 3g motor into a station wagon w/ 200k on it.

Well see what pops up.....Im wanting this up and running soon
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:58 PM   #18
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Life of a repo man is always intense......

Welcome to the club.

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Old 11-22-2006, 06:48 PM   #19
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Old 11-23-2006, 07:30 AM   #20
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The only problem Im having is getting the tail gate popped...
Mine was wonked for a little bit... I pulled the hatch's interior panel off and slicked the mechanism up with some white lithium, which made a world of difference. If some parts are corroded, you may need to replace them, as slicking them up only lasts so long - my 2k Leggy is still under warranty via the Gold Plan, so they replaced it at the dealer, no cost.
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:06 AM   #21
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Interesting story. Good luck with the car. My 2001 has 134K miles and is still running great. Hopefully not jinxing anything, but I am still on the original clutch. I drive almost all highway miles so I think that is what adds to the longevity of the clutch.

I don't know if this makes sense, but if you suspect this was a drug car maybe you should report this fact to the police and ask them to check it out with drug dogs to make sure there is no residue left in the car. Last thing you need is to be stopped one day and accused of carrying drugs when it was the previous owner(s) that may have been the guilty parties.

That is what was suggested to me when I picked up a used car in Japan which used to belong to a guy who was sent to jail for drugs. Of course I did not do it and almost 10 years later have not had any problems, but I always thought that would have been the prudent thing to do ... just in case.
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Old 11-29-2006, 07:25 PM   #22
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CCR Engines of Colorado should be able to get you a properly rebuilt motor to you fairly cheaply (say $3k) with a refundable deposit on your core motor.

http://www.ccrengines.com/

While it would certainly be tempting to do some form of an STi or even WRX swap, doing this takes a lot of time and money.
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:58 PM   #23
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Hey thanks for the heads up,but for 3k a few friends a couple 12 packs,Im rolling a WRX swap.for now Im considering just replacing the shortblock with a used stockmill (with good commpression) and drive it for a few months while I save up and decide what I really want to do.

My other option is an STI Shortblock,recondition the heads,timing belt so on and have it ready for aspiration in the near future. That will set me back in the lower 2gs on its own,but could be done easyly enough with fewer problems than a full wrx swap (engine,ecu,harness..so on).

On the other hand the WRX swap would provide immediate plessure....I do fear it would be short lived with my need for more power anyhow.

The great debate continues!

No further news or updates on this....Im just scratching together some doe to do something to it.Ill be towing it to my shop sometime this week to began teardown...Ill provide pics of the carnage with in the block.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:16 PM   #24
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CCR Engines of Colorado should be able to get you a properly rebuilt motor to you fairly cheaply (say $3k) with a refundable deposit on your core motor.

http://www.ccrengines.com/

While it would certainly be tempting to do some form of an STi or even WRX swap, doing this takes a lot of time and money.
More like $3k for a EJ25 WITHOUT turbo. I looked into them for a re-built engine for an outback. For $3k, you can get a wrx engine AND tranny if you are lucky. Besides, they wouldn't give a core refund for a seized motor.\

I'll be glad to answer any swap questions since I'm currently doing one in my 00 leg GT!
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:24 PM   #25
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Good job on the purchase. For anybody who has a comment about the miles I would tell them that mileage does not matter because the engine and tranny are going to be swapped anyway!!!

WRX motor & Tranny + some sweet gold wheels and you sir will have youself one badass car!!
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