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Old 01-21-2005, 11:28 AM   #1
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Question Wanting Info on '97 Legacy

Afternoon, all.

Looking to purchase a used '97 Legacy Wagon. Any information, tips, warnings, advice that you knowledgable folks can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:01 PM   #2
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other than the general stuff, i think you should pay attention to the alternator, starter and head gasket.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:17 PM   #3
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There have been alot of threads discussin the ins and outs of buying a used subaru, if you do a search for these threads i bet you will find alot of usefull and helpful information.

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Old 01-21-2005, 06:12 PM   #4
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AHAHAHA! Jay just told my big brother to SEARCH n00b!!!!!
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:45 PM   #5
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Be aware that '97 is the last year for the Phase I engine. They're have a higher incidence of blown head gaskets. They're also DOHC as opposed to today's SOHC (except for the STi, of course). Furthermore, the lifters are adjusted via shims which are a pain in the ass to replace. The lifter adjustment should have been done at 100k, but it often doesn't happen (people don't seem to take their cars in for the 100k scheduled maintenance). Other than that, there's nothing really to watch out for other than the fact that a '97 will probably be fairly high milage and require some work. As said earlier, check out the accessories and, if possible, do the various checks to make sure the head gasket is healthy. I've got a '97 and have had only old-car problems with it (wheel bearings, tired transmission, the AC compressor's going, blew a head gasket before I got it and had to be rebuilt).
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Old 01-22-2005, 02:41 PM   #6
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Default Search the Boards? What a great idea!

Jay, thank you, would never have thought to search the message board. Very helpful response.

Al, thank you for the kind of information I was actually looking for. Appreciate the help.
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Old 01-22-2005, 06:37 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Al_Smokemcrack
Be aware that '97 is the last year for the Phase I engine. They're have a higher incidence of blown head gaskets.

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I've got a '97 and have had only old-car problems with it (wheel bearings, tired transmission, the AC compressor's going, blew a head gasket before I got it and had to be rebuilt).

Actually the Phase I engine block wasn't phased out until sometime ~ mid 1999. Roughly ~ 20-25 % of all Phase I Subarus have suffered from blown Head gaskets, although some suggest that this percentage will increase over time.

The 2.2 liter motor is thought to be the more reliable motor, although it is not as powerfull.
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