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Old 08-03-2002, 10:06 PM   #1
mooney
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Default Could I get some feedback on this used GT as well as some pointers...

Hey folks - I'm thinking of picking this car up tomorrow. It's a 98 with 60k on it. I'm planning to drive this car about 100 miles a day (highway) commuting.

How's the price on this?

How does the Legacy do high milage? Is there anything I should know about the 98 or the GT in general?

Any feedback or insight into the GT's in general would be greatly appreciated. We already have a 98 Forester L and love it.

Thanks!

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Old 08-04-2002, 03:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: Could I get some feedback on this used GT as well as some pointers...

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Hey folks - I'm thinking of picking this car up tomorrow. It's a 98 with 60k on it. I'm planning to drive this car about 100 miles a day (highway) commuting.

How's the price on this?

How does the Legacy do high milage? Is there anything I should know about the 98 or the GT in general?

Any feedback or insight into the GT's in general would be greatly appreciated. We already have a 98 Forester L and love it.

Thanks!

http://www.getauto.com/autolinks_car...BD6752W7201979
In 1998, the GTs still uses a dual cam engine.....seen a few with blown head gaskets. Mine blew too.

Transmission might fail at this point, depending on how well the previous owner kept it. Too be more specific, the torque distributor might fail at anytime after 60k miles. I've seen some with more than 100k miles on it and the transmission is still ok. Again, like I said before, it really depends on how well the previous owner treated his/her car.

Price wise, depending on the condition and options that came with the car, you might be looking at probably 14 - 16k.

Find out if this car comes with an extended warranty, and if it does, go ahead and buy it.

Hope that will help a little.

Good luck
Charlie

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Old 08-04-2002, 09:03 AM   #3
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I have never heard of a problem with the torque converters on the Legacy. I have a 5-speed but there are a bunch of auto owners here and none have complained of any problems.

The car looks good, the price is pretty good too. When you look at the car check the engine to see if it has a phase1 or phase2 block. Go to this thread Which Block? to find out how to tell the difference.There have been some problems with head gaskets in both the P1 and P2 engines. With the miles you have you might still be able to get a Subaru extended warranty. Call some of the dealers in your area to see what they say. I have one for my 97 and am covered till 108k miles.
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Old 08-04-2002, 02:20 PM   #4
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Default Quick check with Edmunds.com

indicates that a price of ~$13350 for a "clean" used car based on the options listed. Clean means that it has a few cosmetic flaws (i.e., minor cracks in the leather, tiny dings/chips in the paint (thin paint on these cars and on the bumpers in particular almost guarantees there will be some), crudded up wheel wells, or unclean engine compartment). Any more than this and I'd start deducting from my offer price. If it was an outstanding car with a history of proper maintenance, I'd probably offer them 13,200 and go up by $50 to $13,500 but no higher.

Also, from Edmunds, depending how the dealer acquired the car (and I'd ask them specifically whether it was a trade or a wholesale buy) the dealer paid less than $10,500 for the car (lots less with a wholesale buy) so they have some room to negotiate.

I'd get it "pre-purchase" checked out by a reputable Subaru technician (an impartial tech outside the dealership will often find "things" that need to be done or should be done to the car) and deduct any of these items from the offer price. Particularly, you want to look for body and sub-frame damage that has been repaired, brake pads/calipers that are marginal, oil and transmission leaks, basically a 27-point or greater look over. It'll be $50 well spent believe me. And you'll have a greater sense of what the condition of the car is that you're getting.

Good luck

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