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Old 08-14-2001, 06:51 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Haynes Subaru Legacy Automotive Repair Manual 1990-1998

For pretty much all brake work, this book can't be beat. The suspension sections are also good, although not very thorough for those trying to tune for performance driving. There are very good sections for general maintenance, including more involved procedures such as engine coolant flushing, brake fluid bleeding, and even a clutch install. The sections on engine overhaul seem adequate, but I haven't had the need to refer to them yet.

The only glaring shortcomings are poor detail in the electrical and wiring sections, and no ECU pinout info at all. The cooling system and lubrication system schematics are somewhat oversimplified. For detailed wiring and OBD-II code info, you will need to consult the service manual.

At least 80% of this book is applicable to all Impreza's and Legacies, although equipment exclusive to the newer models will obviously not be covered. For less than $20, it is worth every penny for the do-it-yourselfer. The best part is, it can be found at most auto parts stores, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.

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Old 08-16-2001, 12:22 PM   #2
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I, too, have one of these manuals, picked it up when I still had my '99 2.5GT. Wayne's description pretty much hit the nail on the head. For me, it has everything - I'm never going to be messing with wiring diagrams or ECU pinouts, so I don't care if that stuff is missing.

I had never done a brake job before, now (with the help of the Haynes Manual) I swap out the front brakes routinely for track events.

A wise investment.

Pat Olsen
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Old 08-19-2001, 03:48 PM   #3
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Same here. Only$14.99 @ Kragen/Checker/Schuck's.
If you don't need the $$ factory shop manual this is the next best thing. I use it for many torque specs, and to double check myself since I'm a fair "backyard mechanic".

I've found two mistakes, which were confirmed by Subytechmaster. I submitted report to Chilton, and they promptly got back to me with an acknowledgement.
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Old 08-20-2001, 02:43 AM   #4
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I keep this book in my car at all times.
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Old 08-21-2001, 12:43 PM   #5
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the books in the back of my car ALL THE TIME, but havent opened it yet till i get my rotors and pad from GTBGUY.
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