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Old 09-16-2004, 11:59 AM   #1
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i am looking at purchasing a 1990 legacy turbo... the seller is telling me something about the airflow meter, he says it is only running on 2 cyclinders b/c the other 2 injectors aren't opening???? any info on this would help.. he is willing to part with it for about $550.. just don't want to get it and then have to dump a butt load of money into it to get it to go... thank you guys
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Old 09-16-2004, 02:05 PM   #2
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well, iirc there is no usdm 1990 legacy turbo. if its a 91 turbo, buy it and if you cant get it to work sell the lsd and make your money back
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Old 09-16-2004, 02:06 PM   #3
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not all 91s had an LSD its a freaking option.
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Old 09-16-2004, 02:17 PM   #4
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I saw this guy's for sale. All of the older Legacy turbos are money pits. And if, like je claims, it is the MAF, that's a couple hundred bucks. It may also be the ignitor, which is a couple hundre bucks. Regardless, have a Subraru dealership or specialty mechanic look at it and diagnose it with the $$$ estimate. There are plenty of other little things that go wrong with these cars that might not be immediately apparent. If you are not looking for a project car, it may be a pass. But for $550, that caris worth pulling the shortblock out of and selling off the rest of the car as a part out. But that would only matter if you had another Subaru to put a built engine into...
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Old 09-16-2004, 10:24 PM   #5
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you know it could be as simple as spark plugs, the coil, wires not hooked up right wires not pluged in it doesnt always have to be something major
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Old 09-19-2004, 02:27 PM   #6
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you know it could be as simple as spark plugs, the coil, wires not hooked up right wires not pluged in it doesnt always have to be something major
no it doesn't, but I just want to make sure the guy knows what he COULD be in for. On those old Legacy sports it is often better to keep shopping for one in tip top shape than to take your chances. They are not as rare as people seem to think, and the price difference between an a grade one and a B grade one is usually less than $500...
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Old 09-19-2004, 03:46 PM   #7
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no it doesn't, but I just want to make sure the guy knows what he COULD be in for. On those old Legacy sports it is often better to keep shopping for one in tip top shape than to take your chances. They are not as rare as people seem to think, and the price difference between an a grade one and a B grade one is usually less than $500...
Seems like now adays they have all been torn to ****. We had one that was in perfect condition, it ran great. Then it got hit and was totaled out, we found another one, but it was torn up, had an oil leak, and mold from a leaky moon roof. It is not too hard to find them, but finding one in good condition is hard.
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Old 09-22-2004, 09:17 AM   #8
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just wanted to say thanks to everyones input. i used to own a 99 2.5rs. it was the earlier version when they decided to use both airfilters in both airboxes (dumb idea) and i had my maf replaced on that due to a factory recall.. then i went on a trip to ocala national forest w/a few other board members here and decided to go through a mud well... hole to put it basically.. it was about 2 feet deep... i had to wash the car a total of 21 times.. in that process i ruined the new maf from the dealer and had to go buy another.. it was $130. my issue now is, i don't have a vehicle; so the one thing i don't want to do is buy something that i am going to have to turn around and possible dump loads of money into just to use it as a daily driver until i can do the things i want to do to it..

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Old 10-06-2004, 05:19 AM   #9
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When i got my legacy 91 RS it was running like a dog. (although, dogs run quite well. ) I changed the plugsack to start with, to iridiums. Then i cut off the afm plug and soldered it together. Then I got the coils checked, and one was hoobahd. After this it still didnt run well, hesitant and not smooth. So i ripped off the intake manifold and replaced the injector seals. This helped, partly because the bottom seal was perished, and it was allowing gas to dribble in overnight. Upon starting the plug chked up and wouldnt come right until it was cleaned. So, scratching my head i connected up a a/fm and watched it run all over the place. I then replaced the 02 sensor and its loom, and it still run crappy. The engine kept trowing up a code 21 or 22 or something, which was a knock. So i replaced the knock sensor. No joy. just about at the end of my tether with it i wound up the boost to 15 psi and put a pod on it. I then punched out the cat and caned the tits off it. For 2 years. its still runniong sweet. did boost fix it? u be the judge...
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Old 10-08-2004, 09:32 PM   #10
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not all 91s had an LSD its a freaking option.
Actually, '91 turbos ALL came with the rear LSD, it was an option '92-'94. I have never heard of a '91 turbo without the 3.9 rear LSD, ever.
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Old 10-08-2004, 09:58 PM   #11
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Actually, '91 turbos ALL came with the rear LSD, it was an option '92-'94. I have never heard of a '91 turbo without the 3.9 rear LSD, ever.

No, 92 to 94 NEVER got an LSD. I can show you a 91 with no LSD. How about you go ask on legacycentral.org they will tell you the same thing as me.
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Old 10-10-2004, 12:19 AM   #12
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Strange, did you edit your original reply? I could have sworn you answered differently before.




http://bbs.legacycentral.org/viewtopic.php?t=18477
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Old 10-10-2004, 02:05 AM   #13
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My wife has a 91 turbo with a 4.44 rear diff.

Of course, it has the gearbox from a 96 B4 in it as well, along with a few other goodies.

Not all old legacies are money pits. I have seen several pristine examples come through our dealership, all in good working order.
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it was an option matt albeit an extremely common option it was still an option.
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Old 10-11-2004, 04:29 PM   #15
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I may be looking at a 91 LT sometime this week. What does the LSD look like, and how can i tell if it has one?
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Old 10-19-2004, 01:07 AM   #16
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I think to check if its an lsd u jack it up and spin one wheel. if they both turn in the same direction its an lsd. I could be wrong tho, mine has a sticker on it which says LSD 3.9 or something. so i cant be bothered checking.
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