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Old 02-12-2005, 11:39 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars tranny question 92 legacy

Ok here is a question from a site newbee here. I have a 92 legacy fwd only car and it needs a tranny. I need a tranny and am having a hard time finding one locally. It has no reverse and i am trying to figure out why one from another year will not fit and what i need to do if i wish to use one from a different year. I know i heard on some gms you have to use computer off donor vehicle. I am wondering if that is the case here or what is different. If it was 4wd instead of 2wd it would be a lot easier to find one here. I bought it having no reverse for cheap because of that and have made it all winter without reverse. except for when it gets cold out like a bit below freezing reverse will actually kick in for a bit but not long. And was only gonna drive the car through winter but now a change in jobs will be wanting to drive it a bit more in summer for gas miles as my big beefy camaro just isnt as cheap on gas. And with new job i will definately be affording a trans easily now.

I have been a mechanic at a small car lot for a good while till now and have worked on many subaru cars that have been sold. Mostly legacys and imprezas and have found that i truely must say one well designed and well planned out car by the engeneers. Everything is fairly easy to work on and very reliable. Of all foreighn cars i have worked on at that job i am very impressed by subaru's thought to building a dam good car with ease of maintenence and repairs. Even down to drain plug placed on trans pan. Why cant other companies take some ideas there makes for less mess on trans fluid changes.
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Old 02-12-2005, 11:40 PM   #2
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oops i should mention it is an auto trans sorry.
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:18 PM   #3
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They changed some of the electronics in the auto trannies around 96. Whether that change took place in the FWD auto trannies, I'm not sure. If it did not take place, you can use pretty much any FWD tranny from 90-97 from pretty much any newer gen subaru. They all have 3.70 final drive ratio, and same internals, etc.

If subaru changed the electronics in 96, you'll need to find a FWD auto tranny from a 90-95 legacy or 93-95 impreza, or possibly even an svx...but you'd have a better bet finding one from a legacy or impreza.
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Old 02-15-2005, 09:37 AM   #4
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Hmm interesting to know because when i ask for one every salvage yard here says interchange says 92 only. And finding a 92 fwd here is rare. I have seen them out of state but would cost more for shipping and if a different year would work it would save me some money.
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Old 02-15-2005, 11:34 AM   #5
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I have no idea why 92 would be so different. I can check my parts book to make sure....but I see no reason why that would be the case.
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:08 AM   #6
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Thank you i will wait to see what you find. I have tried several local places to find out but nobody knows and i will be needing reverse soon where i am going to work. I do think i did good on the car i bought it from where i used to work for 500 bucks. Had a typical subaru front seal leak and needed windshield as previous owner hit somthing that took out corner light rh mirror and windshield all at once. havent had to do alot yet 8 dollar seal kit and 25 bucks for mirror light and hatch handle. and under a hundred for windshield. Been a dang good car and like it. Ac started workin after replacing ac compressor for some reason wouldnt work before but does now. Absolutely love the car Wouldnt trade it for anything .... well maybee a new legacy or especially a wrx!! hehe.
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:26 PM   #7
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Sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you. I forgot, and work's been crazy.

Anyway.....I found something interesting out....the 92 FWD auto is definitely rare.....it has its own part #. However I still maintain the fact that you could use a FWD tranny from another year, and it'll work just fine. The only exception to this is.....there may be some differences in the TCU, and you may need a TCU from a similar year.

I have no idea why it's different, but apparently it is some how. It could be something as little as the way they bolted something up, or as major as redoing the valve body....but like I said....you should be able to use the FWD tranny from another year just fine.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:48 AM   #8
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I had a 92 automatic legacy wagon (awd) and a bad camping/rally experience had me researching the same thing. Never did find the difference. Are the front axles interchangeable with other years?
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Old 03-01-2005, 12:49 PM   #9
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yup...axles are interchangeable between years, as well as between FWD & AWD.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:54 PM   #10
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There's a junk yard over here with trannies at the price of under $100. It's a local U pull R Parts yard. I've pulled out a FWD manual tranny for temp use on my Impreza and I've seen an AWD auto Leggy in there as well. That one apperently was an early 90's Leggy and has a 4.111 final drive. There were like about 5 FWD Leggys that I saw. I was looking for a AWD one though. They were autos mostly. This time of year is muddy but when I go for parts, I go for it though.
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Old 03-05-2005, 03:11 PM   #11
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Why not fix the current trans?????
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Old 03-14-2005, 12:37 AM   #12
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It's probably cheaper to find one from a junkyard
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