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Old 09-01-2005, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default 92 Legacy questions

Found a local guy selling a 92 Subaru legacy turbo sedan. (auto) has 122k on it and im just curious what problems to look for or matinence that would be needed. i heard somthing from a friend about seals blowing out or somthing on early subarus, and timing belt HAS to be done at 120k. Anyway im just curious if im getting in over my head buying this as a daily driver. price is cheap he is only asking 1500.
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Old 09-01-2005, 06:22 PM   #2
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offer him a few hundred less so that you can take it to a mechanic and have the 120k "major service" done
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Old 09-01-2005, 06:27 PM   #3
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Well what problems can i expect with this car??? what should be done at 120k service?? (tbelt and anything else??) also what seals blow out on these cars???
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Old 09-01-2005, 11:48 PM   #4
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By early subaru's, they mean Loyale's and XT's, the EA82 engine. They were notorious for blowing head gaskets. These cars have more or less the same engine design as present day subaru. things have been about the same since 1989, when the "ej" series engine came out. Regular maintenance of these cars is basic, yet it has to be done. Oh, if it dosen't have synthetic oil in it put that in straight away. Its a ej22 turbo closeddeck block, the strongest block subaru ever built.
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Old 09-02-2005, 05:43 AM   #5
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i heard somthing about blowing out seals.... or is this just a bunch of BS???
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Old 09-03-2005, 05:08 AM   #6
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Check out http://www.bbs.legacycentral.org/ for more info.

Short answer: it might be a really good deal. The EJ22 turbo engine is really solid, and the car should be fun to drive even with the 4EAT. Plenty of WRX parts bolt right on, so there are cheap upgrades / spares / repair parts around. I don't know of any "blows seals" issues, but after several years expect some oil leaks from the cam seals, valve cover gaskets, etc.

And don't put synthetic oil in a high mileage engine that has been running non-synthetic for it whole life-- unless you want more oil leaks.

Look for rust around the wheel wells, most of these cars have some there. The sunroof might leak, you might have rough idle, and a couple other quirks, but don't be scared. These things can all be fixed or lived with.

If you put some research and effort into it you will be rewarded, they are great cars to live with.

Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2005, 11:41 AM   #7
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Timing belt service should be done on any suby around 100K. The thing about 22t's is that they are a non-interference motor so if the timing belt does break you coast to a stop on the side of the road. Replace the timing belt and drive away.

Do that on later model and you bend all your valves which turns into a MUCH more expensive fix in addition to the timing belt service. So when someone says it HAS to be done, they are right about later model but well its less of a risk on the legacy you are considering. $1500 is a good price for that car... and that is speaking from a good bit of experience with these.

Look for cracked nipples on the airbox, notorious brittle things after some years. Oil on or around the turbo, all the plastic lines feeding back into the turbo intake pipe also. Those parts are not too expensive at the dealer but start removing one and you'll break something else near it. All the heat cycles over the years make all that crap brittle and break. The power seat belts often fail evenutally and sunroof leaks, check the headliner for signs of water.

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Old 09-10-2005, 06:28 PM   #8
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what he probably meant by blowing seals, is the front main seal on the oil pump, mine sort of leaks oil from there so ill have to replace the seals soon. its under the timing belt cover, look for oil coming out of there near the crank. replace the T-belt while your down there.
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Old 09-13-2005, 08:24 PM   #9
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i suggest looking for any major repair work that just been done, look for oil leaks and make sure the tranny if shifting good for at.
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