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Old 05-26-2000, 02:07 PM   #1
BugBomb
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Post Need buying old subaru advice

Went and test drove a '96 Impreza L (1.8 liter) with 40K miles on it today. I was hoping it would be a possible first scooby for my girl. The dealership says the car has only 40K miles on it but this thing was worn more interior and exterior than my '93 Escort with 197,000 miles on it!!! The impreza made a faint grinding noise every time you pushed the clutch pedal to the floor. The car made a LOT of road noise on the highway like bad bearings and tires. I was also really disappointed that it was a manual without a tach (which I hate) but I guess you dont get that car for redlining and such. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-26-2000, 02:16 PM   #2
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Bug, I could be wrong but I thought only the Brightons came without a tach, not the L's? Just making sure the guy is not trying to pull a fast one on you.
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Old 05-26-2000, 02:24 PM   #3
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Yeah, you are right. It is a brighton not an L. I am ignorant on the old imprezas. What does that mean exactly? Is a brighton some econo-preza or something?
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Old 05-26-2000, 02:49 PM   #4
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Hello,

The Brighton and before that, the plain base model, are the Type-RA of US scoobies! Mine is a base model. It has no power windows, no power door locks, no anything too heavy And it takes about 35 minutes if you've never done it before to add a tach that you can pickup from any junkyard. The automatics all have tachs, so that's a good place to get one

As for road noise, yeah, that's a "FEATURE" because we have less sound deadening stuff in these cars The grinding noise you hear is likely the spring on the clutch return or at the fork - mine made that noise. A little lube on the springs or replace them and it's quite again. As for redline, bah, I hit it on a regular basis. No problems from that!

The interior, however, SUCKS. The plastic/vinyl cracks and falls apart. The best thing to do is find someone with the more supportive RS seats (they come up in the Classified section here on the i-Club all the time) and swap them in. For the rears, it's harder to find, but many junkyards will give you a rear seat for cheap. Sometimes people post rears here, too. That's an unfortunate part with the econo-box imprezas. The seats fall apart.

Good luck with the car! If it's AWD, then it's a really easy swap to put in an RS suspension. Seats and suspension will make a HUGE difference inside and out and will cost you less than $500.

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