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Old 12-14-2003, 12:24 PM   #1
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Talking So... '95 Legacy LS or '98 Legacy GT Limited?

Okay.

We've been shopping for Christine's new car, post-accident. So far we've looked at three or four, but she's driven two. A few days ago she test drove a red/gold trim '98 GT Limited (auto) at Ed Reilly Subaru in Concord, NH. Then yesterday she finally had the chance to drive the white '95 LS (auto) at Exeter, her first chance to do so.

We're trying to figure out what to do. Neither one of us wants to rush into this, but at the same time we have to make a decision on a car. The '95 is $6400 or so, the '98 is $6900, including a #4 service that apparently it needs (also apparently, the '95 has already had it). Mileage on the '95 is 91k, it's 115k on the '98.

So it sucks that the '98 has a lot more mileage, but ... I'm not sure what to do. Yes the newer car seems nicer, especially on the interior--though then again, black leather SUCKS in the summer. The '95 has cloth.

Since nothing else has really come up with relatively low mileage, so far those are our two choices. One of the sales guys at Reilly has a '97 GT Limited in black, 5-speed, for about the same price.
We may look at that. Mileage is the same.

Tough decision. Ehh.... Help?

-Chris & Dr. Christine
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Old 12-14-2003, 12:33 PM   #2
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No reason to be worried about the mileage in my opinion. I was going to suggest Legacy GT's last week but you had capped yourself at $6k (I think). With the 2.5 it's as fast (or slow) as a RS, but the extra hp is noticable and makes for a nice car.

We've had our GT for four years and about 65k miles without trouble. I plan to be putting it up for sale in the next few weeks, once the other WRX is finished. They're good cars, and worth the money IMO.

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Old 12-14-2003, 12:45 PM   #3
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Hmm...

How much will you be selling it for?
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Old 12-14-2003, 02:05 PM   #4
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Not sure on the pricing yet, there seems to be a large varience in values for these. Probably $7k, maybe a bit more? You're welcome to come down and drive it and check it out, at a minimum as another reference point.

This summer I put in new KYB struts, new brakes, new re92's; heat seats, 5 speed, 95k miles, silver.
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Old 12-14-2003, 09:16 PM   #5
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Chris- I've become a big fan of the Legacies. We just recently bought a '98 GT wagon to replace a '95 Impreza L.

My '97 sedan has 122,000 miles on it, on it's second motor, and a bit of aftermarket goodies.

The 98' wagon has only 61,000 miles on it, is an auto, and is completely stock.

Outside of the suspension mods, and general wear & tear, the newer wagon is a much, much smoother ride, albeit a bit slower. It's role will be the family cruiser.

Anyway, the price for the '98 wagon you are looking at is a very attractive number. We paid much more for our new wagon, though it does have very low miles...

I'd say, so long as you get all the service records for the '98, and everything appears clean, grab it.

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Old 12-14-2003, 10:06 PM   #6
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KD7000,
It's actually a sedan, the '98. Both are (the '95 too). We wanted a wagon, really, but those are VERY hard to find, at least in our price range it seems.

I've been chatting around and it seems like maybe the '95 is the way to go. The '98 certainly rides better, and has nicer seats/interior, but a couple people think the 2.2 might be a little more reliable for her for the price. If I can get the salesman down a good number of buck$, then we'll likely take that car. Especially since I have good rapport with Exeter Subaru as a frequent maintenance/parts customer (plus a few of the minor/semi-major repairs I've needed).

Does anyone know if a '00 RS suspension will fit in a '95 Legacy? I wouldn't think so, but I have my stock stuff and if it'd fit, I'd put it in the car. That'd fix the ride.


Snowphun,
Drat, I forgot you're in CT. The problem is time. (Always, eh?)
The only days we have off together are Thursday and Sunday; otherwise, it's a 3-hour round-trip commute to Boston for her everyday, and she has to be there at 6:45am and leave at 7pm.

I doubt she'd want to trek to CT on Thursday. If there's any way we could meet it might work, but....... ehh....
We'll also have to let the salesman know about this '95 pretty soon.

Timing sucks.

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Old 12-15-2003, 08:51 AM   #7
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leather in my mom's 95 wagon isn't that bad in the summer. nothing open sunroof can't fix leather seatns can actually be warmer than MY '93 cloth seats in the winter.

Yeah, head gasket issues with the GTs...

good luck,

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Old 12-15-2003, 08:57 AM   #8
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Quote:
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It's actually a sedan, the '98.
Eh, I knew that. I just got confooosed, because your earlier post said you were looking for a wagon...

Anyway, it's a tough choice between those two cars. The '95 will probably run forever; the '98 is a nicer ride but will need a little love & care...

Good luck. Even though you need a new vehicle, don't be pressed into making a rush decision by the salesman. You said that you had to let him know soon- sounds a little bit questionable. If he really has another buyer all lined up, with cash in hand, ask him if he'll let you put down a refundable deposit or something.

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Old 12-15-2003, 09:03 AM   #9
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IF you decided to go the 98 route, find out if the Head gasket has been done.
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Old 12-15-2003, 08:11 PM   #10
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KD7000,

Actually I've already got a refundable deposit down on it. Supposedly the car just has a lot of "lookers," and a car isn't supposed to be held for longer than a few days.

But no, I don't feel too rushed. I put money down on it so I'm not too stressed!!

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Old 12-16-2003, 09:24 AM   #11
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Go for the 98 Limited

Nicer car .yes it may need a 'bit' more maintance ...but then again if you do all "preventive" maintenace ...we are just taking about head gaskets being the "extra" item compared to the 95

Take the nicer car.

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Old 12-16-2003, 10:25 AM   #12
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My vote is for the '98 limited. get some window tint (not ghetto or anything... just a little dark) and one of those windshield screens, and you won't have to worry about the black leather being a pain in the summer. it's a much nicer car. also, newer with more milage is better than older with fewer miles. years are harder on cars than miles. engine wear is much more proportional to the number of engine starts than miles driven.

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Old 12-16-2003, 10:48 AM   #13
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Pretty even, split opinion on this, as of now.

I think, budget-wise, the '95 is going to be more within reach, if we can get the price down on it. We both do like the '98 better for comfort and all, that much is obvious.... but they seemed pretty strict on the price, which for us might be the cincher.
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Old 12-16-2003, 10:58 AM   #14
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So tell the dealer that. Tell them you want the car but can't afford what they are asking. Say you're going to buy a 95 elsewhere unless they give you the price you want. Can't hurt to ask.
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Old 12-16-2003, 11:02 AM   #15
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Well we tried that already and they didn't seem to want to budge on the price. They gave us a #4 service that the car needed included for the same price (it's usually about a $400 svc.), but so far that's the lowest they'll go.
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