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Old 04-11-2012, 10:05 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by rip25rs View Post
im pretty sure 05-06 ej255 in the legacys are exact same as the ej257 (sti) block, exact same pistons and exact same heads cams and everything else on the long block. difference is in the manifold turbo and intercooler. 06+ ej255 have different piston dish size and some head differences but they are pretty much the same as sti engine. the 5spd legacy tranny is stronger than the old wrx trannys and have longer gears. they have same problems that other ej25s have. ringland cracking. preturbo cats breaking apart. they also have unique problems like the intercooler spliting apart. very ****ty design. and the turbo banjo bolt filter. i checked mine at 97k and it had barely anything in it. i love my legacy. id take it over a wrx anyday. well maybe not a brand new 11+ wrx cause those r sweet haha
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by ShadowIMg
i was lazy and didnt want to look for the thread, haha
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:39 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by Kiltedyak50 View Post
yup, screens in the oil lines, they blow apart and get sucked into the turbo. I'm looking for an LGT in a few months. That's the only (big/common) issue I'm aware of.

First mod= vf52 and new oil lines, bolts right up and you can get nice used ones off here from 08+ wrx's.
Not completely true. The banjo bolt has a little screen in it that filters contaminants out of the line before feeding the oil into the turbo. If you have dirty oil, that screen gets clogged, and eventually ends up letting no oil into your turbo, which causes tremendous shaft play, metal grinding on metal, and bits of metal being sent into your engine causing that to fail as well. Subaru's original recommended oil change when the car first came out was something close to 7k miles. Since these incidents they have reduced the change frequency to somewhere around 3.5k. You're going to have this problem no matter what turbo you have if you continue to neglect your oil and check your banjo bolt screen every 30k miles or so. It's not the easiest to get to which is why it's not done very often. Yes, the oil filter is supposed to be doing that, but if it gets clogged or too full it will go into bypass mode.

Another issue I have heard a few things about is using an oil filter that is too big and ends up heating up the oil before it goes into the turbo due to the exhaust being too close.

So basically, change your oil frequently, use good oil, and use Subaru OEM filters.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:51 AM   #29
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Beat me to the punch.......

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Old 04-18-2012, 01:03 AM   #30
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Cheap? I'll be lucky to find an 07 under 14k. It seems that inflation is everywhere.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:49 PM   #31
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Interesting read here... lot's of misinformation and flat out inaccuracies.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:30 PM   #32
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Cheap? I'll be lucky to find an 07 under 14k. It seems that inflation is everywhere.
Look harder and make offers. I sold my 08 with 91k miles last August for $13.2 to a private party. Zero mods ever, no dings, no paint issues and from the mileage, it's obvious that I drove on the highway a lot. No extra option manual in deep bronze with tan interior.

There's a bogie for you. I would expect the same car today (now over a year older) would be high 11's to mid 12's final selling price.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:35 PM   #33
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I just picked up my 2005 GT Wagon Manual a few weeks back and I am having way more fun and enjoyment out of it then my 2011 WRX?!? Odd I know but when you really get down to it the older GT's are like WRX's with bigger bodies.

I run the hell outta my GT and it just goes strong. 72,000 on the clock and not an issue. I am putting a catless UP on it and tuning it as we speak. Gotta get rid of that crap OEM map like my WRX. And the UP will prevent a grenade.

I personally am very leery of the banjo oil filters and am removing those soon I hope.

And I got it for $11,500.

I could not be happier.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by smokeyLGT
Wrx has a 2.0L the gt has the 2.5 like the sti but thats all they have in common. Car insurance is really cheap too compared to the sti or even the wrx
I will call the insurance mostly false. Granted other factors are involved. But here it is

Roughly 1050 for 03 wrx wagon. 160k miles.
Roughly 1250 for 06 lgt sedan. 110k miles.
Roughly 1350 for 05 legacy limited. 70k miles

All quotes right before my driver class changed again, all full collision and comprehensive and highest medical deducs
Experienced driver, no points, no accidents. Quotes as of lastyear.

Like I said not arguing or bragging or anything. Just what I noticed from being an MA driver.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:38 AM   #35
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I picked up my 05 LGTL a few months ago with 48k on the clock for 14k not a problem yet! I also prefer it over my old 06 sti, and my 500whp 240sx...there is just something i love about it..
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:47 PM   #36
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ALOT of wrong awnsers and facts i wont even address have been said. All in all they are amazing cars to own and drive. I picked up my 05 lgt wagon 5spd back in april of 2012 with 102kms for 9000$ on the road. Mind you i bargined quite abit. Removed the banjo filter immediatly after purchase and have only had to replace the p/s inner cv boot (60$) and the p/s valve cover gasket, half moon seals and plug rings (130$) which were just cause by the previous owner not being too maintenence oriented. Just keep with oil changes and spend the money where its needed. Cheap parts equal cheap reliability. Its a fantastic car to own, i prefere it over my 08 sti (stollen). Now waiting to expierence it in a toronto winter.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:27 AM   #37
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I didn't know much about the Legacy GT until I bought one last month. Its been modded 300 whp on pump and 350 on E85. This car is a blast to drive, Id rather drive it any day than my twin turbo srt8 with 600 whp now soon to be sold.
Major fun factor.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:34 PM   #38
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Bought my '05LGT wagon about a month ago with a blown turbo due to clogged banjo bolt for $10K, just under 100K miles, put the VF 52 turbo and lines in, and am still planning to do a rebuild very soon just to be safe. Even having to granny drive it due to slipping clutch and not wanting the engine to grenade, it is still very fun and I love the looks it gets when the bov goes whoosh :-) the potential these cars have is amazing, and they will last a long time with proper maintenance. I can't wait for my rebuild to be under way. :-D
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