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Old 05-06-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
Boris the Spider
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Question 1984 Subaru Brat - Should I Get It?

Hello everyone,

I've always liked the looks of the Brat, however I've never come across any. Recently, I stumbled across one on Craigslist for $2,300 and am itching to buy it. I have a few questions for you guys, that I was hoping you could answer for me. But first, a little about the car.

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1984 Subaru Brat - $2,300.
59,XXX original miles, although it is a daily driver.
4-Speed, and no turbo as far as I'm aware of.
The Brat in question is from Arizona originally but is now in New England.
T-Tops, clean interior and no rips or cracks.
It comes with some extra parts and recently passed MA inspection.
It could use paint (not really one of my main concerns) and minor TLC.
My main question to you is: Is there anything I should know about these cars? Do they tend to have rust in any specific areas? Are there any mechanical issues I should worry about (i.e. the clutch, exhaust, etc) or anything else you can think of? Does $2,300 sound a little high considering all the aforementioned specifics?

I read it has a little more than 70hp, which although is pretty weak, considering today's gas prices, it will do. What are the best performance mods for the car?


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Old 05-06-2008, 08:16 PM   #2
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Hello everyone,

I've always liked the looks of the Brat, however I've never come across any. Recently, I stumbled across one on Craigslist for $2,300 and am itching to buy it. I have a few questions for you guys, that I was hoping you could answer for me. But first, a little about the car.

My main question to you is: Is there anything I should know about these cars? Do they tend to have rust in any specific areas? Are there any mechanical issues I should worry about (i.e. the clutch, exhaust, etc) or anything else you can think of? Does $2,300 sound a little high considering all the aforementioned specifics?

I read it has a little more than 70hp, which although is pretty weak, considering today's gas prices, it will do. What are the best performance mods for the car?


Thanks,
BtS
The price for a low mileage Brat is going to be high. If they are in good condition, the price goes up too.
Look for rust. If its spent any amount of time on the East Coast, theres a chance it has the beginnings of rot. The bed is usually the first place to get it, then the frame rails.
If you dont have to have emissions testing, a Weber carb will help with its get up and go.

Another good place to get info and help is ulitimatesubaru.org.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:50 PM   #3
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second the weber.

The brat sounds like a fair deal to me. They are getting hard to find in good shape. I cant believe that it only has 59,000 miles. Sounds to good to be true.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:19 AM   #4
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or he has rolled the odometer a few times and its actually 259,000 haha

mine only shows like 75,000 but it has 275,000
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:51 AM   #5
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^^^thats probably true I bet it does have like 150 or 250k on it, or more

Especially it being a daily driver. How far do they drive in a week like 2 miles. an 84 brat is now 24-25 years old. 59,000 miles daily driver? maybe for the last couple of months after it was pulled from a barn.
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:32 AM   #6
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Guys.......old school odo's go up to 999,000.
Thats alot of miles to roll over
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:03 PM   #7
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The price for a low mileage Brat is going to be high. If they are in good condition, the price goes up too.
Look for rust. If its spent any amount of time on the East Coast, theres a chance it has the beginnings of rot. The bed is usually the first place to get it, then the frame rails.
If you dont have to have emissions testing, a Weber carb will help with its get up and go.
Alright, I'll check specifically for rust in the bed, frame rails, wheel wells and well basically anywhere really. I don't know about emissions here in Massachusetts, but it'd probably be a while until I could afford to buy a new carb.

Here is the vehicle in question:


Different color hood and a cab. I think the cab is pretty ugly, so that'll be coming off. Since the paint is not that good, I think a flat black DIY paint job may be in order. Do all Brats come with the pistol grip jumper seats?

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Old 05-12-2008, 10:31 PM   #8
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ahh the jump seats.. yeah most of them came with the jump seats.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:53 PM   #9
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I leave the cap on mine. It keeps a ton of precipitation out and blocks a lot of sunlight keeping it cooler in the summer time as yours probably doesn't have factory A/C.

Jump seats ended after 85. 85 is the best year for a Brat, Hydraulic lifters and jump seats.

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