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Old 07-22-2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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Question Help! Buying a Legacy 2.5 GT

As the title says, I'm in the market for a Legacy 2.5 GT. I have one in specific that I'm looking at, a silver 1997. The car is in good condition, but I plan on getting it checked by an ASE certified mechanic. Is there anything in specific I should tell the mechanic to check? Problems that are common to '97 Legacys (other than timing belts)?

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Old 07-22-2008, 09:58 PM   #2
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Check for leaking HG, leaking water pump.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:05 PM   #3
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I think you would much rather prefer a 2001 Legacy L and you'd like to make a trip to NJ to come and buy it *JK* Trying to get rid of my car any way I can.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
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+1 on the Head gasket. It has probably already been replaced, but if it hasn't, it is almost just a matter of time.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:11 PM   #5
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Test drive it on the highway for at least a half hour, drive it hard to check for overheating from a bad head gasket. They push exhaust gas into the coolant and overheat.

Drive in tight full lock circles in a parking lot to check for binding in the AWD. Look under the hood and be sure there is NOT a fuse in the FWD holder, if there is, it's being run in FWD to cover up this problem.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:34 PM   #6
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So, Check for leaking in the head gasket and water pump and binding in AWD. Is that it?
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:14 AM   #7
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So, Check for leaking in the head gasket and water pump and binding in AWD. Is that it?
Those are the 2 major common problems those cars have. They are a good solid car. 200,000 and 300,000 mile Legacys are very common to see.
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:48 AM   #8
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Ok, cool. Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:06 AM   #9
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Torque Bind

headgaskets, cam seals, valve cover gaskets, timing belt, timing belt tensioner, water pump, possible pwr steering issues, brakes suck, crank sensors are sensitive, MAF sensor might need replacement, coil pack is pretty used up at that mileage, Make sure all the recalls are taken care of..ie; master clydr, alternator, strut gaurd etc.. OH yeah, dont forget the oh so wonderful piston slap that the phase I 2.5 motors have...

Drive in Tight circles, and if it shakes, it has torquebind. It's 1k to fix.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:02 AM   #10
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+1 on the Head gasket. It has probably already been replaced, but if it hasn't, it is almost just a matter of time.
Not neccessarily. I'm on my third EJ25 and have yet to replace a single HG.
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Not neccessarily. I'm on my third EJ25 and have yet to replace a single HG.
I have 2 EJ25-equipped cars. 1's had the HG done by prev. owner, the other on original HG. The one with the original HG is pushing 217,000miles.

But I have this battle all the time on here. The majority will always say there are issues, because there ARE. Some of us just get lucky.
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:52 AM   #12
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Not neccessarily. I'm on my third EJ25 and have yet to replace a single HG.
I am on my third, and all three have been replaced.

That is a 50% failure rate just right there.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:12 PM   #13
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Well I was in the same boat as you a few months ago going to purchase my silver '96

Definitely check for the head gasket, water pump and the torque bind by driving in tight circles. For the love of god don't hold the wheel all the way at full lock when you do this please

When you check for the HG, warm the car up, let it idle for a while. Go for a drive, if you're in an area with hills drive hard up the hills. Rev the motor up, then pull off pop the hood and open the coolant overflow tank with the motor running and check for bubbles. Also watch the temp needle while you do this to make sure it's linear and does not jump around.

Talk to the owner, see if they have any paperwork etc... Check what kind of work was done. Also don't take that for granted, I had paperwork saying stuff on mine was done but my mechanic said it looked like it had never been touched so you never know.

Get UNDER the car if you can, (they do sit rather low, not lots of space) and check for anything that is wet. My rear main seal and other seals behind the motor were bad causing oil to leak out the back and down to the Y pipe creating smoke after climbing hills and coming to a stop. Check to see if the owner has changed the oil recently, they'll do this sometimes to cover a leak or if the engine's burning oil (blowby etc).

Overall it should be a solid car, the wheel bearings might be an issue depending on the mileage, my left front went at 205k (bought the car @ 193k).

If I think of anything else I'll post. GOOD LUCK


EDIT---- Just realized the date.... OOPS. So how's the car? LoL
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It's Great. Got it checked out by the subaru dealer, no binding in AWD, hg's already replaced. Everything runs really nice. Thanks for all the help.
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