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Old 08-04-2008, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default Lifespan of AWD on '92 Legacy?

Hi all,

I am looking at purchasing a 1992 Legacy, and am wondering how long the AWD-system lasts before it needs an overhaul/replacement.

The car has 175,000 KMs, standard transmission along with turbo and AWD. I believe it was the top-of-the-line Legacy for 1992. It has never been in any major accidents over $2000, and has been kept in good shape.

Any insight into the lifespan of the AWD would be much appreciated.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:15 AM   #2
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The AWD with a standard transmission SHOULD out live the life of the car, as long as its been taken care of. Drive it with miss-matched tyres, or have it towed incorrectly and you can certainly kill the AWD mechanism rather quickly.

Clutches can wear out, and CV joints are notorious for failing with high mileage, and depending on WHERE you are located, I would also be concerned about the possibility of rust developing in various locations.

Properly taken care of, this car is good for 500,000 KMs.
On the other hand an automatic model might require a rebuild of the transmission ~ 350 KMs.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Jonathan, that gives me a much better picture!

I am in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We have very mild winters here, so rust is not much of a problem.

However I did notice a small amount of rust at the bottom of the wheel-well on the rear wheel on the right side. It was a really small spot of rust, but I'm wondering about the potential of it spreading.




Edit: That is not the car I test-drove, but a random image I pulled off the 'Net.

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Old 08-05-2008, 02:47 PM   #4
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It will spread. Once it has corroded to the point to where you can see it through the finish, it's worse than it looks.

Don't get discouraged though, it is a simple fix for a body shop to cut the rust out and replace with a new panel. Or you could buy another fender, I'd recommend a new one, because generally any salvage fender is going to have some rust on it as well.

These cars ALWAYS rust in those areas. It was a horrible design flaw where sand/salt/debris can become trapped within the fender liners and eat the metal from the inside out.
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The AWD with a standard transmission SHOULD out live the life of the car, as long as its been taken care of.
Agreed. I just a sold a '95 legacy with 170,000 miles on it. AWD works fine, original clutch, original CV joints, etc, etc. Just have a mechanic check out any car you are considering buying ...
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is it a legacy SS? or just a normal legacy?
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is it a legacy SS? or just a normal legacy?
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The car has 175,000 KMs, standard transmission along with turbo and AWD. I believe it was the top-of-the-line Legacy for 1992.
Based on Mac News' description its a Legacy Sport Sedan. Normal Legacys didn't normally come equipped with a Turbocharger. The Turbo in this car only generates fairly mild boost, is well lubricated and lasts pretty much forever, as long as you change the motor oil.
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