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Old 12-26-2006, 04:15 AM   #1
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Cool newbie q's about 97 GT

hello, i've just purchased a 97 legacy GT auto. i've read the stickies but still have some questions:

are there any forums dedicated to this model? (96-99 gt?)

is there an FAQ dedicated to this model?

head gasket problems are common due to overheating right?

when i make really tight fully cranked turns going really slow, the tranny sounds wierd as if the differential is locked (from left to right) and my tires want to break loose and the tranny sounds like its in pain... is this normal?

and just for fun: are wrx sti motor/tranny/drive train swaps possible? i saw the suspention thread.
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Old 12-26-2006, 07:35 AM   #2
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Usdm Gt?
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:21 AM   #3
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hello, i've just purchased a 97 legacy GT auto. i've read the stickies but still have some questions:
Congrats!

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are there any forums dedicated to this model? (96-99 gt?)
sl-i.net and here.

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head gasket problems are common due to overheating right?
yes

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when i make really tight fully cranked turns going really slow, the tranny sounds wierd as if the differential is locked (from left to right) and my tires want to break loose and the tranny sounds like its in pain... is this normal?
Search for torque bind here. A somewhat common problem, I think theres some info on how to make it a little better.

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and just for fun: are wrx sti motor/tranny/drive train swaps possible? i saw the suspention thread.
but of course
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:38 AM   #4
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Usdm Gt?
Yeah, we've had a GT here since '96. It only became a turbo model in 2005. Before then it came with an EJ25, more luxury features, and a slightly better suspension.
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:48 AM   #5
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head gasket problems are common due to overheating right?
It's the other way around. Overheating is a symptom of the head gasket failures.

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Yeah, we've had a GT here since '96. It only became a turbo model in 2005. Before then it came with an EJ25, more luxury features, and a slightly better suspension.
I think i_c_the_light's question was in response to the fact that hailxenu doesn't have a location listed in his profile, hence i_c wanted some clarification on just what it was hailxenu was asking about.

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Old 12-26-2006, 12:32 PM   #6
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Oh right. Good call Pat
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:49 AM   #7
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heh, yeah usdm, i'm from seattle.

ok torque bind... is that bad? gonna do a search now...

k, some more questions: my car didn't come with a owners manual...

i'm using 89 octane gas... is that high enough?

what gas milage you guys getting, i'm only getting likw 230 miles per full tank.. is that low? my fist awd car.

no one has done write ups on how to swap in wrx sti motors? i'd like to read em if there out therehehe.
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:56 AM   #8
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there's no point in using 89, higher octane does not give better peformance unless your motor requires it. In fact, subaru reccomends 87 for non-turbo cars and I get away with 85 here in Colorado at 5000ft elevation. If your car is healthy and your foot isn't leaden, you should get 300+ miles/tank or 25-30mpg. Look a couple of posts down and you'll see my writeup about swapping a WRX motor into an 00 legacy (nearly identical swap), and there are many other write-ups about swapping them into pre 01' imprezas which share a lot of features with pre 00 legacies such as yours
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:57 AM   #9
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i'm using 89 octane gas... is that high enough?
As ten80 said, the spec is 87, so no need to use 89.

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what gas milage you guys getting, i'm only getting likw 230 miles per full tank.. is that low? my fist awd car.
Miles per tank is a pretty worthless number since none of us know when you fill the tank. Are you putting 10gal in each time, or 13gal in each time?

ten80 must drive like a big girl to get 25-30mph. I've gotten high 26s at best in pure highway driving. I normally get somewhere around 21-22mpg in mixed driving, and a typical highway trip I'll get 25mpg.

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no one has done write ups on how to swap in wrx sti motors? i'd like to read em if there out therehehe.
You may notice that there's more than one forum here. Venture beyond the Legacy forum and you'll discover the Subaru Conversions forum, which is entirely dedicated to engine swaps (generally turbo swaps). Read and enjoy.

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Old 12-27-2006, 12:20 PM   #10
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heh, yeah usdm, i'm from seattle.

ok torque bind... is that bad? gonna do a search now...

k, some more questions: my car didn't come with a owners manual...

i'm using 89 octane gas... is that high enough?

what gas milage you guys getting, i'm only getting likw 230 miles per full tank.. is that low? my fist awd car.

no one has done write ups on how to swap in wrx sti motors? i'd like to read em if there out therehehe.
You can read about my swap project on this link.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=894346

I'm currently not running, but when I do, I can give you a test ride since you live in my area.

To get you up to speed, my hybrid tranny bit the dust, and my Legacy has been sitting for the last 30 days or so because of Xmas. I'm in the process of sourcing parts now for a STI 6 speed replacement.

BTW, you might want to input your region in your NASIOC profile and hit up the NWIC forum. There are often Subie meets, so you can meet up with other enthusiasts. Perhaps I'll see you around.

I'm a lone wolf in a sea of WRX's.
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Old 12-27-2006, 02:39 PM   #11
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What gas milage you guys getting ? I'm only getting like 230 miles per full tank.. is that low? It is my first awd car.
Yes, getting only like 230 miles per tank full seems rather low to me. However, as Pat pointed out, it depends to some extent on how many gallons of fuel you are like actually adding to your tank. I think the tank holds like 15.5 gallons, but if you are only adding like 8-10 gallons of fuel at each refilling, your milage isnt too bad. Another significant factor is what sort of conditions you typically drive under.

On the open road at normal (legal) highway speed I have gotten over 400 miles per tank with my stock '99 Legacy 2.5 GT (5 speed) travelling for hours on the flat interstate highway roads of Ohio and Indiana with the cruise control set at 65 MPH. Very boring. Typical fuel consumption for this type of driving was like 27 to 29 MPG.

On the other hand, I also achieved lower milage (high consumption) figures of like around 18-19 MPG driving in short (like 5 to 10 miles) trips of fairly heavy, slow-speed stop and go traffic with rather long periods of time spent idling at traffic lights in my '96 Legacy L (2.2 Litre motor, 4EAT automatic transmission).

Your milage may vary (YMMV).

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Old 12-27-2006, 06:20 PM   #12
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Yes, getting only like 230 miles per tank full seems rather low to me. However, as Pat pointed out, it depends to some extent on how many gallons of fuel you are like actually adding to your tank. I think the tank holds like 15.5 gallons, but if you are only adding like 8-10 gallons of fuel at each refilling, your milage isnt too bad. Another significant factor is what sort of conditions you typically drive under.
oooh ic, i didn't know how big my gas tank was, and i always just fill up when the line looks really close to emtpy (there is no low gas warning light is there?), so far the last two fill ups were only about 10.5 gallons,so that means i can get quite a bit more miles per full thank then. is it just me or does the first half seem to run out quicker than the last half of the gas tank? in every other car i've owned, the first half always takes longer to run out... does this make sense?
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:04 PM   #13
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Oh I see, I didn't know how big my gas tank was, and I always just fill up when the line looks really close to emtpy (there is no low gas warning light, is there?). So far the last two fill ups were only about 10.5 gallons, so that means I can get quite a bit more miles per full tank then. Is it just me or does the first half seem to run out quicker than the last half of the gas tank? In every other car i've owned, the first half always takes longer to run out... Does this make sense?
230 miles / 10.5 gallons = Like 22 MPG. Not too shabby.

Actually if you do let it get low enough there is a little yellow picture of a gas pump on the lower part of your gauge cluster that is suppost to light up when you are nearly running out. Hopefully yours still works, and it lights up before you run out.

Most gas gauges take close to 100 miles before the gas gauge will register much of a drop, the drop from 7/8th of a tank down to 1/4 of a tank is suppost to happen rather quickly, and the last 1/4 is suppost to take the longest. I would personally be happier if they were honest and made the gauge accuratly tell you how much you actually have, instead of playing silly "psychological mind games" designed to make you impressed with your incredible fuel milage.
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:06 AM   #14
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thanks guys!

3000rpms at 70 mph on the free way... normal on an 97 auto? seems kinda high?
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