Subaru Forum & Free Classified Buy & Sell Ads

An Unofficial Subaru Research Community
It is currently Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:18 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:23 pm
Posts: 2
I just bought my first Subaru. It was a rush purchase because I’m in the middle of building a house and my wife’s car died. I gave her mine and needed something cheap. I broke all three of my own car-buying rules; don’t rush, never buy without seeing it in daylight, always it checked by a mechanic. Oh well. I picked up a 95 Legacy wagon with 106k on it for $1800. It’s a bit rough and was totalled do to an old lady hitting the front passenger door. I have the old door, which really isn’t bad at all. The door was replaced.

So I know almost nothing about Subarus. It sounds like the 2.2L motor is bit better than the 2.5L as far as longevity and reliability. That’s about it. So here are some questions…

Is the 2.2 an interference engine?
What should I have looked at right away?
Are there cars easy to work on… brakes, TB, water pump, routine maint. etc?
What’s the best place to find new and used parts online?
Where are some good online forums (other than this one of course)?
What other year parts are compatible, 95-99???
Are any Impreza parts usable for the Legacy?
Is the Haynes or Chiltons books worth buying?
And one specific question. On the 95, should he heater controls be lit? There's a little green light below each button that comes on when its selected, but should the actual buttons/icons be back-lit at all?

Any input is appreciated. Thanks a bunch,
Ben


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:46 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Mon May 22, 2006 3:59 pm
Posts: 242
Location: Seattle, Wa
I'm not a mechanic but here are my answers.
Anyone else want to jump in?

Joe


nebulous1 wrote:
I just bought my first Subaru. It was a rush purchase because I’m in the middle of building a house and my wife’s car died. I gave her mine and needed something cheap. I broke all three of my own car-buying rules; don’t rush, never buy without seeing it in daylight, always it checked by a mechanic. Oh well. I picked up a 95 Legacy wagon with 106k on it for $1800. It’s a bit rough and was totalled do to an old lady hitting the front passenger door. I have the old door, which really isn’t bad at all. The door was replaced.

So I know almost nothing about Subarus. It sounds like the 2.2L motor is bit better than the 2.5L as far as longevity and reliability. That’s about it. So here are some questions…

Is the 2.2 an interference engine?
joe- some are, your year is not.

What should I have looked at right away?
joe - head gasket for sure, and belts, fluids, hoses, brakes.. normal old car stuff

Are there cars easy to work on… brakes, TB, water pump, routine maint. etc?
joe- Some parts are tight to get to, it's a boxer engine

What’s the best place to find new and used parts online?
joe- many places for new parts... allsubaru.com is one.
in Seattle Aarons auto wrecking does only Subarus

Where are some good online forums (other than this one of course)?
joe- NASIOC is big and very good

What other year parts are compatible, 95-99???
joe- Mostly the same model for those years

Are any Impreza parts usable for the Legacy?
joe- Many engine parts are but I don't know about other things

Is the Haynes or Chiltons books worth buying?
joe- Sort of

And one specific question. On the 95, should he heater controls be lit? There's a little green light below each button that comes on when its selected, but should the actual buttons/icons be back-lit at all?
joe- Yes they should be lit, app 1hour job at a dealership

Any input is appreciated. Thanks a bunch,
Ben

_________________
Joe Spitz

http://www.cars101.com
http://UsedBooks101.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:03 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:11 am
Posts: 48
Location: Buffalo, NY
Hi nebulous1 and Image Image

Sorry I haven't been on this board in a while to check for new posts.

Congrats on your soob purchase! I love soobs.
nebulous1 wrote:
It sounds like the 2.2L motor is bit better than the 2.5L as far as longevity and reliability.
Yes the soobs with 2.2L's from the early and mid 90's are very solid. They don't have the head gasket issues that some of the 2.5L's had.

nebulous1 wrote:
Is the 2.2 an interference engine?
Your 2.2L should not be an inteference engine. From around model year 97 on up (the same year Subaru stopped using hydraulic lash adjusters) the 2.2L are piston to valve interference.

nebulous1 wrote:
What should I have looked at right away?
Anything and everything on the maintenance schedule. Joe has it conveniently listed on this site: http://www.cars101.com/subaru/subaru_ma ... aintenance

nebulous1 wrote:
Are there cars easy to work on… brakes, TB, water pump, routine maint. etc?
Definitely, I have worked on Fords and seen some other makes underhood and they are crowded and hard to see any componeonts. Subaru's, especially that model year, are very straightforward as far as cars go. I love my soobs!

nebulous1 wrote:
What’s the best place to find new and used parts online?
Joe can probably hook you up with parts. In general, Subaru dealers selling parts online will be a lower price than walking in to your local dealer.

nebulous1 wrote:
Where are some good online forums (other than this one of course)?

My favorites (besides cars101.com of course!) are http://www.ultimatesubaru.org http://www.subaruoutback.org http://www.scoobymods.com There are some others such as nasioc and legacygt but their size and number of useless and flame posts make me not like thme as much.

nebulous1 wrote:
What other year parts are compatible, 95-99???
Are any Impreza parts usable for the Legacy?
To a degree yes, but Impreza is a different chassis than the Legacy / Outback. It all depends on the part. A good way to check is do a part # comparison for the part #'s between the models.

nebulous1 wrote:
Is the Haynes or Chiltons books worth buying?
Haynes manual is ok for basic maintenance. My favorites in order are http://www.alldatadiy.com (has Subaru factory service info on a subscription basis); [url]techinfo.subaru.com[/url] (subscription or download order cd's, a bit more pricey though); used Subaru factory service manuals off eBay

nebulous1 wrote:
On the 95, should he heater controls be lit? There's a little green light below each button that comes on when its selected, but should the actual buttons/icons be back-lit at all?
Yes it is backlit. However those bulbs burn out very frequently. There are threads about how to replace on most soob boards.

Again welcome Ben!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:35 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:11 am
Posts: 48
Location: Buffalo, NY
Ah yes I found my better list of subaru service info:

Hi. My top list for Subaru service info:

1. Purchase CD's with service manual PDF's from techinfo.subaru.com Cost: about $200

2. Subscribe to http://www.alldatadiy.com - it has the Subaru OEM factory service manuals. Cost: about $15/year NOTE: some libraries have full subscriptions you can access even from your home computer at no cost to you using your library card #, so you might want to check that out at your local library's web site.

3. Subscribe for 72 hours to http://techinfo.subaru.com and download the sections of the manual you want. You can only download so many files per hour, but if you don't want the entire manual (like maybe you don't care about engine internals, etc), you can get the sections you need in that 72 hour period. Cost: about $39.95.

4. http://www.endwrench.com is an excellent FREE resource for soobs. It is an official SUBARU site and has great articles on how to perform many common kinds of subaru service.

5. Used printed SUBARU factory shop service manuals can often be found on eBay. Cost: $100 on up.

6. Haynes manual is ok for certain basic service tasks but is lacking and has errors in some areas.

7. For TSB's (Technical service bulletins) check out http://www.scoobymods.com they have many of them in their TSB section. Also http://www.nhtsa.com/ has summaries (but not details) of most Subaru TSB's.

8. http://www.autozone.com has some service info for various vehicles; not sure for soobs.

The $5 CD's on eBay I have not tried so I cannot comment.

There are places on the Web that have some or all of the service manuals for certain model and year soobs posted; sometimes people post links to these in various forums or find them in google.

Other resources:
register free at my.subaru.com with your VIN# and for 1996 and later soobs you can see certain service history, open recalls, etc.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group