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Old 08-14-2001, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default Help ASAP!!! Looking to buy GT, but has axle binding

Yesterday I found a cherry silver auto 98 Legacy GT wagon with 50K miles selling for $15000 that I'd like to buy for my wife. After a long test drive by myself I noticed two things. It is significantly slower than my Maxima (to be expected) and it has a very noticable low speed "wobble" in tight turns. I've done some researching and it turns out that there is a technical service bulletin 16-63-97 which refers to this exact problem as a transfer clutch bind. The fix could be as simple as rotating the tires or as dramatic as replacing the entire rear differential and clutch pack. All this would be covered under the 5 year/60K warranty. Should I go ahead a risk it? I fear the car will be in the shop for 2 weeks getting fixed since it appears that most Subaru dealers don't know the first thing about repairing their cars. What should I do?

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Old 08-14-2001, 10:38 AM   #2
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Use the potential problem to negotiate the price downward. Bring a copy of the TSB.
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Old 08-14-2001, 11:24 AM   #3
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Have the owner get if fixed....show him how interested you are.
What Julian said!
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Old 08-15-2001, 01:47 AM   #4
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Default uh what?

Subaru dealers dont know the first thing about fixing their cars? Thats kinda a harsh blanket statement isnt it?
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Old 08-15-2001, 07:04 PM   #5
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That statement rings true to the 2 different dealers I have been to.

I don't go to dealerships anymore if there is any possible way of avoiding them.
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Old 08-15-2001, 07:58 PM   #6
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I have a 96 OBW (48K miles) and had a similar problem when I would turn (usually at slow speeds) in parking lots and would feel a jerking, rumbling, grunching (is that a word?) sort of sound coming from the rear right wheel. It took a couple of tries to get it fixed (fortunately I had decided to get extended warranty coverage on this used car - first time for that). It had to stay in the shop for 2-3 days each time, but it is now fixed and runs great. Since it was repaired under the extended warranty I never really found out how much it would have cost to repair it normally. I'm guessing in the $400-700 range, but I may be wrong.

They replaced the clutches and slip rings the first time and it helped a little. Two months later I took it back and they replaced the following:

Case CP Ext (whatever that is - I'm typing this off the invoice)
Roller Bearing 3
Oil Seal
Gasket Trans
Plate Trans
Filter Inlet
Ring Seal

Hope this helps. You might want to "borrow" the car and take it to your local trusted mechanic and have them give you an estimate on repairs and then negotiate the price down with the seller - Good luck
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