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Old 03-28-2004, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default how do the old subaru 1988 gl's hold up?

i found one with like 130k on it and its automatic and still has a/c, are these cars ok?
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Old 03-28-2004, 12:21 PM   #2
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Yes just (if its a turbo) make sure the head isnt cracked or the head gasket isnt blown.

If its just SPFI all you need to worry about is oil leaks and if the timing belts, water pump, and oil pump seal (mickey mouse gasket) are up to date. (do every 55-60 K)

Good news is... if they have no maintenance record you can use that against them and get the car cheaper
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Old 04-17-2004, 10:59 PM   #3
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i got a 88 dl

and well i love it i got it yesterday no porblems yet it onl had like 14 k on it so

talk to you soon
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Old 04-17-2004, 11:51 PM   #4
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I had an 84 that never gave me any probs and I sold it at 175,000 miles. It had the spare mounted over the engine inside the hood.
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Old 04-18-2004, 12:29 AM   #5
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The lesson I just learned was, check for rust.

Look underneath with a flashlight. Don't be afraid to spend a few minutes checking everything out.
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Old 04-18-2004, 03:37 PM   #6
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I have an 87 GL that has 180k on the clock. (Original owner) Not the most attractive cars out there, but hey, they get the job done - and are reliable.

I just love this thing
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Old 04-19-2004, 12:36 AM   #7
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289,985 miles on mine, but non-original engine
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Old 04-20-2004, 05:25 AM   #8
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130K is good, but the auto tranny is not I'd say stay away just because of the tranny. The engines are reliable and the car is a great car, but will be no fun. My grandmother had an automatic and loved it to death. Expecially the pushbutton 4WD.

-Brian
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