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Old 06-10-2005, 11:17 AM   #1
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Smile So we have a new Subaru addition to the family...



While at STPR last weekend, we were checking out, of course, all the very cool Subarus along the back roads (paths ) on the way to stage 2 and 5. My wife, Christine, started talking to me about how badly she wanted a new car. See, she's in love with the '05 Legacy/Outback (aren't we all??), but she's wanted a new(er) car for a very long time.
She's never had a new car.

Following a car accident in Nov. '03, we had to get another car. Found a '95 Legacy LS sedan, but we were rushed into the sale by the insurance company fiasco, etc. Long story, there. Well, there's nothing inherently wrong with the car (other than an ABS sensor issue, and recently-replaced wheel bearings in the right rear), but she's just never been really "in" to it. For whatever reason, it never felt like home.

Probably because she's been dying for a wagon. Well, I casually hopped on to the Car For Sale forum at the beginning of the week. I saw some decent ones, and then hit the goldmine.



From: http://www.grassrootsmotorsports.com/sub.html

This car currently belongs to Per Schroeder, yes *that* Per Schroeder of autocross and Grassroots Motorsports. I had some great conversations with him. The car is in beautiful condition... waxed more often than I sometimes even WASH my RS (well, in the winter anyway!!). Pretty fully loaded, 2001 Outback LL Bean, 62K miles and a super selling price. Far below the KBB averages, especially compared to dealer retail.
(One at a nearby dealer, though it has lower miles, is ~$5K more. Yikes!) Car's got two sets of floormats, the fancy rearview mirror, all the OE LL Bean stuff and even a hidden tow bar.

Long story short? We pined over our finances for hours, even a couple of days. At least thirty Emails were exchanged with Per.
We agonized...
We wondered...
Christine dreamed...

Then we said the hell with it. We can now financially swing it, and dammit my wife deserves a newer car, if that's what she wants. So, on June 18, Per is driving the car up from FL to meet me at BWI in Baltimore.

We are, naturally, VERY excited. So, pretty cool huh?

There's a few more pics of the car on Per's page, there, and of course I'll snap a bunch when the car arrives home. Per is changing the oil and waxing the car one more time before he drives it up. I already have mod plans for it.

I've got a brand new set of Hella Supertones to slap in the front (the OB has three horns, I think... two behind the grill and one in the engine bay... that ought to make it nice and loud!!).
I've also got plans for the interior, like perhaps a new Alpine, basic CD player. Crutchfield sells the installation kits for free, so I'll probably do that.
I'd like to also pick up a rear diff. protector for it, and put plans underway for a nice custom 2.5" catback.


So... the LS will be up for sale within a week. Details to follow. Hope you guys like the new wagon. Christine will give it some time to sink in, then name the car probably after she's spent some time with it! (The LS is "Stella." I named my RS "Gringo" a few years ago - just because "white boy" sounded funny for a white car!)

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Old 06-10-2005, 11:19 AM   #2
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Very very cool. Congrats to Christine!
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Old 06-10-2005, 11:22 AM   #3
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Thanks, Brent.

We fell on some very financially (and otherwise) hard times in 2002-2003, but have bounced back quite a lot. I still can't swing a lot of mods for the RS (the wheels were the first goodies for a long time), but the payments are low enough for me to handle that plus bill payment, and we are doing alright.

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Old 06-10-2005, 11:51 AM   #4
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Congrats!!!
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Old 06-10-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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So will we see that wagon taking a few Stages at STPR?

Congrats again!
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Old 06-10-2005, 12:06 PM   #6
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Very nice Wagon! Congrat's guys....can't wait to see more pic's!!! Enjoy!
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Old 06-10-2005, 12:07 PM   #7
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gratz =D my 7 year old cousin now has a diamondback subie hehe he put decals on his bike and made me promise to buy him a subaru when he grows up ( i got a few years ) but good job on the car
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Old 06-10-2005, 12:12 PM   #8
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So will we see that wagon taking a few Stages at STPR?

Congrats again!

Along with the RS, I hope so.
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:25 PM   #9
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Thanks, and I'll be picking up some sort of Subaru Impreza as a Rallycross car and my wife is buying a new MINI Cooper for H Stock. It all works out.

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Old 06-10-2005, 07:15 PM   #10
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I'd suggest a '93 L coupe.

Cheapest, lightest, and probably the better choice for conversions.

To alleviate the wiring nightmare, the '02+ dashboards all swap in there. I say go for it!!

Thanks again, Per.
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Old 06-11-2005, 07:53 AM   #11
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Saturday bumparooni

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Old 06-11-2005, 08:39 AM   #12
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With how cheap the 99-01s are becoming, I'll probably go that route. the focus will actually be on suspension, protection, etc, rather than all-out speed.
The rallycross that was scheduled for today was cancelled...I was going to go watch and get ideas for this project.

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Old 06-11-2005, 08:48 AM   #13
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Oh there's lots of ideas. Tons of ideas.

I'll be dropping a swap in to my car. I think I've decided to nix the WRX swap idea, especially since the talk is of a switch from EJ20 to EJ25 for the '06 cars. The '04 Forester XT engine is looking better and better, and in stock form I think my OE transmission would hold up for a while.

Now, if I added the STi (or aftermarket) intercooler and a Stage 2/3 upgrade, well... I'd have to go with a cryo-treated STi 6-speed I think.

Anyway, I say go with a rear diff. protector (the OE ones are alright--I've got one--but the aftermarket aluminum ones are lighter and cooler ), and at least a front skidplate. I got the skidplate waaaayyy back in '00 from webkris ... he ran a GB on them from Rumblesoft Racing. But there's lots of them available, now, from different vendors (well, or a few at least).

The Whiteline "Group 4" (I think that's the name??) coilovers look pretty good to me. Those plus STi GpN tophats would do you well, Per (or adjustable camber plates, since you're an autoX guy). I like the Whitelines--they'd be a nice upgrade from my STi V5/6 struts and springs, especially since these have 85K miles on them, now. Though I still like the Prodrive WR setup... they're just hard to find! (And $1200+ ... yikes.)

I'm still content with the OE engine, but.... once I can swing it.... a swap is in my future. Besides, Brent (above) wants me to swap more than *I* do. I might have to whip the boy if he doesn't quit buggin' me.

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Old 06-11-2005, 09:27 AM   #14
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Nice car! I lost my job right after I bought my 2005 STi.
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Old 06-11-2005, 11:34 AM   #15
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^^Hahahaha, thanks Chris!
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Old 06-11-2005, 12:15 PM   #16
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Yer welcome, Brent.


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Nice car! I lost my job right after I bought my 2005 STi.
Ugh, know that feeling. Bought my RS in May 2000, got laid off in Jan. 2001, and again in Oct. 2001 (after just finding a new job in May 2001). Bad year... worked retail after that for a couple years, well once I FOUND a job. Was on unemployment for a good long time.

Should've sold the car in '01, but by '02(ish) it didn't make sense to, really. Value had dropped enough so that, yeah it would've helped with bills, but... I'd have had to buy something older and worse. Then there's maintenance questions.

But I paid it off a year ago, right on time, just.... a year or more later than my original plan.
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wagons are hawt.......
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:09 AM   #18
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enjoy the outback; and the luxury.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:20 AM   #19
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Yeah that's another thing... My wife has never had a car that nice, especially on the inside. Then again- neither have I, I guess. My '94 Acura Integra RS was a nice car in cloth, and I've got leather in the 2.5RS, but.... this Outback is in like a whole other league.

Though... we're not crazy about the fake wood on the dash. Oh well.

It is a very nice car. Poor Christine's still kind of nervous about it. But she'll be SO happy next week when it gets here.... and that'll make it all worth it.
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Old 06-12-2005, 03:35 PM   #20
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Nice! I really like those. I've considered selling my wife's OBS for a full size OB since her car is the 'family truckster' for us. The 2 of us, the kid, 2 dogs and a thule box on top is a tight squeeze for traveling.

Enjoy the 'new' car.
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Old 06-13-2005, 08:41 AM   #21
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Yeah that sounds like pretty tight quarters!!

It's just the two of us, for now. We plan on kids sometime in the next couple/few years, and I hope to have a dog in our next place (can't have pets at our current house (we rent)).

The OB will almost certainly be the first car that'll be used for our kids, though.

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Old 06-13-2005, 10:27 AM   #22
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It's been washed/waxed/interior cleaned and leather conditioned....even changed the oil this weekend. Then we proceded to get about 5 or 6" of rain here..almost more than where the tropical storm's center hit. I think I'll have to clean it up again before Saturday :-)

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Old 06-13-2005, 12:13 PM   #23
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Ha!!! Well, wash it if you like, but the rest will be fine, Per. I wasn't expecting a leather treatment too, but thanks just the same.

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Old 06-20-2005, 08:15 AM   #24
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Picked the car up Saturday at around 5pm at BWI. Oh my goodness, is it ever sweet.

Christine was out of town all weekend, got home last night at 10:15 (she'd taken my car). She went and looked at it, and didn't know whether to smile or cry. So she did both.

Job well done, I'd say. I cleaned it up (well, it didn't really need it--thanks, Per!!--but I did anyway) and it looks great. I'm slapping the Hellas on tonight, and I'm on the prowl for an '05 WRX/Legacy blue six-stars emblem, and a rear diff. protector. I also need to replace the front/driver's side OE rubber floormat, which has a couple splits in it (that Per told me about). The rest are perfect.

Maybe a modest rear swaybar upgrade. That OE one's pretty small. But I'm not sure how big to go, without making the OE suspension dynamics weird. 18mm I'd imagine...

I'll try to take pics this evening.

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