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Old 01-12-2018, 08:26 AM   #2
Jack
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The first thing to do is to arrange for a pre-purchase inspection with a Subaru specialist mechanic. Skip this and we'll just roll our eyes when your next post talks about a knocking in the engine or overheating after 20 minutes driving home.

Look for Unabomber's manifesto as he has a very good write up on car buying. Remember that this is an ancient car that needs to have records of the timing belt replaced and at this point, every hose and vacuum line in the car. Unless it's currently owned by an OCD maniac, you'll need to replace all fluids (coolant, brake fluid, clutch fluid, trans fluid, rear diff fluid, power steering, which is NOT power steering fluid) and although you can check and not replace, expect all filters and spark plugs to be due. The easy stuff like brakes can be checked, but while you're checking, do the slides still slide? Ancient Subarus (like all antiques) tend to stick, which makes the brakes not work right. Do the caliper pistons move? This is all stuff that a PPI will check. It should take several hours and cost a few hundred dollars. Rust? Rear shock towers, lower control arms, sub frame mounting points are all known problems in these cars. Control arms are easy but rusted shock towers can mean "scrap the car".
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