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Old 01-22-2002, 03:02 PM   #1
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Question I'm looking at 90-94 Legacy's, help me out

I'm thinking about getting a 90-94 Legacy. Possibly the turbo sedan model, thats if I can find one. I found that they made them from 91-94. Did they ever make a wagon turbo version? Are the turbo versions hard to come by with the 5 speed? How reliable are these cars (all Legacy's)?

Should I also consider the non turbo Legacy? I would definately want an AWD model, but was ABS available at the time?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-22-2002, 03:16 PM   #2
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VWV, You won't find a 5-Spd Touring Wagon, as they weren't offered in a MT. If they had I would have had one!
My 91 LS (5-spd AWD)was very durable. Had some probs with oil leaks, the well known sun visor droop and the "mystery lock/unlock problem with the power locks. Our car suffered through a major "sandwich job" by an idiot gardner in a p-cup that rear-ended my wife, pushing her into another car at a stop light and came away as good as new after $4K+ in repairs. My very competent Body-shop foremen said they were very solidly built automobiles. The LS had ABS/Alloys/Moonroof and they are very reasonable on the used car market. A 5-spd LS or LSI is hard to come by.
I've seen a number of 91-92 Turbo MT's for sale on the Cali market for around $5K. In fact I usually post them here when I see 'em. Last posted one about 2 weeks ago but the ad is no longer in the paper. I'd recommend looking for a West Coast car due to some rust problems behind the front fenders. My $.02.

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Old 01-22-2002, 03:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Glenn. Well, since I live on the west coast it shouldn't be too hard to find a decent car without rust. I just have to sell my current vehicle first.

Your car has 130HP right? How do find it? Is it adequate enough?
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Old 01-22-2002, 03:33 PM   #4
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I've got a 90 legacy. Glenn is pretty much on the money with all his comments. I personally like the first gen legacies alot. They are very reliable, even the turbo legacies. When searching for one, I would highly recommend you find one with a good and known service record. If the car has not been taken care of in its life, you'll have problems later down the line.

Stock power on the N/A legacies were 130 or 132, not positive. The turbo legacies I believe were 165. But they drive like they have more. Very torquey

Check out my site www.surrealmirage.com/subaru I've got pics of mine on there, and some mods. They can be tweaked, and look very good.
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Old 01-22-2002, 03:36 PM   #5
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Peruse my pages for info on the 1G Legacies, and i have a TON of information on the Turbos.

Oh, and i'll have one of a very, very few 5MT Touring Wagons soon (conversion)

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Old 01-22-2002, 04:37 PM   #6
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I have a 93' Turbo Wagon. The issues I have with my car is leaking power steering pump and it's in need of new headgaskets. It has almost 150k miles so I'm not sure if this is a problem people have experienced.
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Old 01-22-2002, 04:39 PM   #7
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Im selling my 96 Legacy 2.5GT if youre interested.
just email me or post on here
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Old 01-22-2002, 08:42 PM   #8
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VWvancouver: Need some pointers for where to look?

I added u on ICQ already. u can contact me there.

Theres 2 legacy turbo 5MT that is in the BC area as of now i believe. also 2 more legacy turbo 4AT.

Both the MT i have looked at already and is not very statisfied with them so i did not get them. One of them is from Kamloops Select Auto and another one in Galaxy Motors on the island.
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Old 01-22-2002, 11:17 PM   #9
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Hey VWV this is Rice_Box from the Vortex. You can see my post there. Need need to reapeat
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Old 01-23-2002, 02:11 AM   #10
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One more 93 Turbo Wagon here. It's a great car and I couldn't be happier. That is unless we could have actually gotten a wagon in 5speed regalia...so Go DAVE. Living in NorCal, I am most interested in finding out who is doing your conversion. I guess I'll have to wait till you feel like letting the cat out of the bag. I would suggest looking for a turbo, they've got the strongest block that we've seen on this side of the pond, and should be able to hold a lot more power very reliably. It'll be hard to find though. Good Luck.

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Old 01-23-2002, 02:53 AM   #11
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Are these cars strudy? I'd probably be close to non-existent if this wasn't true. Smashed the front of my legacy a month ago and guess what, the damn thing is still running, actually, it runs better because at first it didn't have a air-box. The 5 speeds are probably very good, but here in LA with traffic, I'd dread driving a 5 speed. If you can't find a 5MT Turbo model, I'd recommend just paying a few more thousand and getting a GT. The basic model Legacies from 90-94 are good, but for a couple thousand more, ya can get a nice GT. I'm still in the works of getting my beauty back to looking good. I've been driving it like that for 3 weeks now and no problems. Even drove it 70 miles away back and forth to see my girlfriend. These cars were built to last. Good luck.
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Old 02-17-2002, 02:37 PM   #12
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I have for sale 2.2T Legacy 1991 / stick need some cosmetic work
None driven for about 7 months now. Car is in NJ.
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Old 02-17-2002, 02:44 PM   #13
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I'm not even gonna go on how much I paid for my Legacy a week ago.

The more time passes, I have more doubts about doing the engine swap with the Impreza 95L. Hmm.

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Old 02-18-2002, 02:39 AM   #14
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Old 02-18-2002, 09:39 AM   #15
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Hmm , this sounds like someone from the Vortex . I think I chimed up there are well but here it goes. I have a 91 LS AWD Wagon 5sp. I bought it this fall and there's now 202,000 km's on the clock.

Only major repair I've done is replace the timing belt at 200km's for $400. The car has run perfectly and starts every time regardless of temp here in Ottawa.

As far as performance goes the na motor is pretty decent . I've been competing in Solo II this winter and even though I'm running Canadian Tire all-seaons , I've been competitive against WRX's , Audi 1.8t' etc.. with full winters.



Here's some video shot during one of the events. Its not the most exciting action but the key is to be smooth. It should give you a good idea of the kind of traction you can pull with a subie. Pay attention to the curves, what appears as grey on the track is actually glare ice polished smooth by the runs.

http://www3.sympatico.ca/a3vr6/subaru/solo_II.wmv
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Old 02-22-2002, 08:22 PM   #16
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My Subaru mechanic warned against Legacy turbos from Cali. Apparently they're plumbed differently for emissions. Can anyone confirm or deny?

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Old 02-22-2002, 08:42 PM   #17
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Check out Dave's website http://www.xmission.com/~dac/

He's got a turbo legacy

May also want to check out the BC-BF Legacyworks group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BC-BFLegacyWorks/

Alot of good info there

I really haven't heard of anything major different about emissions plumbing.

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Old 02-24-2002, 10:57 PM   #18
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I had a 93 Turbo Sport Sedan prior to my current GT. I loved that car and took great care of it. Be ready to spend some cash on gas... FUN TO DRIVE, YES. I had some problems w/ the clutch slipping, had it replaced, and it still did it when driven hard... should've gotten a better one.

Sold it to a guy in SUMAS, WA for 6750 w/ 120k on it. It was sweet, White, sunroof, aftermarket black leather int., dark tint, lots of extras. Should've kept it, but couldn't afford to pass up the deal on my GT.

Good luck finding one.
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