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Old 11-17-2008, 05:09 PM   #1
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Default 97 Leggy 2.5 GT - Considering buying, need advice

Need a winter car.

Its an automatic, fully loaded, 176k miles.

What kinds of things should I look for? One of my friends had one of these a while back and blew a head gasket, is that common? Thanks guys.
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:15 PM   #2
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yes the headgasket is VERY common, if the headgasket hasnt been replaced with 176 then it is gone or is overheating now...check the coolant level in the radiator before you test drive the car, get it up to operating temp, KEEP CHECKING THE TEMP GAUGE and also smell for coolant burning.....when your done driving it, let it cool and check the coolant again, if it has gone down then the headgasket is done or getting there. 176k is alot of miles without a headgasket replacement if it hasnt been done already. On a good note, if the car has had the gasket done, check the usual things when buying a car and remember your about to buy one of the nicest looking legacy's ever made.
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up on the gasket.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:27 PM   #4
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Sorry to thread jack, but how difficult is it to replace the headgasket on these things? I was thinking of buying a Forester 2.5 5spd, but it sounds like it has a blown headgasket.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/924039730.html
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