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Old 07-29-2019, 10:09 PM   #1
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Hello all!

Haven't been here in years since I sold my Saab 9-3, back when you had to include a pic of your foot and some sort of meat in a for sale ad

Anyway, I recently acquired a very good looking '03 Legacy Special Edition that already has suspension mods, some pretty nice BBS', aftermarket downpipe (not sure why), and a great looking interior. It actually runs great, sadly it's an automatic.

If it were you, would you keep the original 2.5 and modify it or swap it with something else? Id be looking for a budget build and doing it myself in my fairly large commercial storage unit that I need to make use of to justify the monthly cost. Got rid of my other two projects so I need something to work on that I can complete in a relatively short time frame. Would be nice if I could keep the auto transmission as it shifts great, but I'm not sure how much HP it could handle.

Suggestions and detailed info is greatly appreciated if anyone feels like taking the time.

And oh, if anyone can get this pic of my car posted in the thread without interested parties clicking a link, or tell me how to do it thank you!

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Old 07-30-2019, 01:52 PM   #2
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Overall looks good. Not sure about the air intake, I would try and get an OEM one from a junkyard. I'd tackle the rust before you start putting a lot of work into it.

What part of the country are you in? I am thinking of selling my 01 wagon (manual) for parts.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:11 AM   #3
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Overall looks good. Not sure about the air intake, I would try and get an OEM one from a junkyard. I'd tackle the rust before you start putting a lot of work into it.

What part of the country are you in? I am thinking of selling my 01 wagon (manual) for parts.
Thanks, I appreciate that. Yes, the rust is definitely high on the to do list. I need to see if I can find the quarter panel pieces and a good body shop to do the work. I'm located in Columbus, Ohio...
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:13 AM   #4
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Overall looks good. Not sure about the air intake, I would try and get an OEM one from a junkyard. I'd tackle the rust before you start putting a lot of work into it.

What part of the country are you in? I am thinking of selling my 01 wagon (manual) for parts.
I agree about the aftermarket intake, I'm almost certain it's restricting my air intake.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:53 AM   #5
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Nice wagon
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:37 AM   #6
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Nice wagon
Thanks very much!
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:42 PM   #7
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2nd'd on the rust. The previous generation had massive strut tower rust issues that were there 100% of the time when the quarter panels showed rust. I don't know of the extent of the issue in the third gens, but you definitely should check on this, especially since the GD wagon chassis was susceptible to this too

For your own sake, rip out the entire rear interior and check all the seams of the strut tower structure for rot.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:50 AM   #8
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2nd'd on the rust. The previous generation had massive strut tower rust issues that were there 100% of the time when the quarter panels showed rust. I don't know of the extent of the issue in the third gens, but you definitely should check on this, especially since the GD wagon chassis was susceptible to this too

For your own sake, rip out the entire rear interior and check all the seams of the strut tower structure for rot.
Will get it into the garage and check this immediately and report back. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:55 AM   #9
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....I did happen to get a shot of the Underbody however and it looks pretty good from my perspective.

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Old 08-06-2019, 04:32 PM   #10
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https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2391932

The chassis design does not vary much between models and years of this era. This is what you should be looking for, even though this thread is dedicated to the GD chassis. The problem is also extremely prolific on the BG chassis.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:18 PM   #11
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https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2391932

The chassis design does not vary much between models and years of this era. This is what you should be looking for, even though this thread is dedicated to the GD chassis. The problem is also extremely prolific on the BG chassis.
https://flic.kr/p/2gUkYaN
https://flic.kr/p/2gUmTjp
https://flic.kr/p/2gUmRYy


Looks like I got super lucky with this one...no sign of rust not even the beginnings of any in sight! WOW!

So it's only the few spots on the exterior I have to contend with. Does anyone know if they make repair panels for the rear fenders in the common areas? I'd like to get the body work done first and graduate into the swap for performance over the winter.

Whew, you don't know how happy I am to have a pretty solid chassis to work with.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:59 AM   #12
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I appreciate the input on the body! With that being said, does anyone have any input on my original post? What would be the "easiest" turbocharged engine setup to put in this car, and should I be okay with the automatic for awhile or should I go manual? Id really like to start searching for what I would need to be able to start late fall/early winter.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:13 PM   #13
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I'd also strongly consider leaving it automatic. Is there a way to get later shift points out of the transmission, or does it even matter?

Comon everyone! If it was your car what would you do on a budget by yourself in a garage!!!???
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