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Old 12-25-2001, 08:21 PM   #1
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Question Automatic Turbo Legacy

There's an add in my local newspaper selling a 1992 turbo Legacy for $5000.

It doesn't list the miles, and the car is an automatic. Should I give up my hope of finding a manual turbo Legacy, and go with this car?

How are the auto turbo Legacys? Are they fast enough? What is the power deilvery of the from about 2500-5000 rpm?
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Old 12-25-2001, 08:51 PM   #2
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You won't find any manual turbo wagons.
about 40% of all the turbo sedans I've encountered were manual, so don't give up. I do find that price a little high. Don't forget that turbo parts are more rare and more expensive too than the parts for the naturally aspirated engine.
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Old 12-25-2001, 11:14 PM   #3
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Don't give up, keep searching, you won't regret it.

Actually about 10-15% of the sedans are 5MT, that explains your problems finding one.

The autos on these cars are getting in the 100k mile range, mines going out and it's not going to be cheap to rebuild/replace.
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Old 12-26-2001, 05:43 AM   #4
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Thumbs up DOn't give up

If I could find a 5 speed Turbo I'd be extremely happy. My Auto turbo was great. Had 150,000 on it and the tranny was in tip-top shape. First owner baby'ed it . If you go with the auto, you can always pop on the "manual" button and work it as a manny I miss my car like crazy. $5,000 sounds like a lot for a 92. I paid $2,500 for my 91 auto. Just past this one up for now.. Good Luck.
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Old 12-26-2001, 09:18 PM   #5
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ejicon, from my knowledge the manual button starts the transmission out in 2nd gear instead of 1st when in D. There was some discussion on this awhile ago if you are interested in a more accurate answer.
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Old 12-27-2001, 04:13 AM   #6
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Yeah, I really have no clue about it. I'd like to find out more. I use to hit the manual button, pop it in 1st and just use it like a manual. The difference I notice was that the car shift into gear more accurately with the manual button on then it did without it in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and D. I never drove it in drive with the button on. ANy info you have would be awesome. Thanx
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