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    celdt celdt
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    I'm reasonably happy with my 1996 Lagacy Outback 5-speed. But I have a
    chance to pick up a 1998 Legacy Outback Limited edition. They look
    almost exactly the same, but for the little hoodscoop looking thing on
    the hood of the Limited. It's an automatic.

    I can probably sell mine for around $4,000 and buy the newer one for
    around $4700. I'm told the engine is a four cyl, like mine.

    If I've left anything out, just post and I'll follow the thread. Oh
    yeah, both cars have 147K miles.

    tia


    jim




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    Todd H.
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    CELDT@webtv.net (celdt celdt) writes:

    > I'm reasonably happy with my 1996 Lagacy Outback 5-speed. But I have a
    > chance to pick up a 1998 Legacy Outback Limited edition. They look
    > almost exactly the same, but for the little hoodscoop looking thing on
    > the hood of the Limited. It's an automatic.
    >
    > I can probably sell mine for around $4,000 and buy the newer one for
    > around $4700. I'm told the engine is a four cyl, like mine.
    >
    > If I've left anything out, just post and I'll follow the thread. Oh
    > yeah, both cars have 147K miles.


    It's a gamble. You're picking up 2 years of styling and a lot of
    options (options that can break perhaps?), but you're giving up the
    value of a known maintenance history and knowing how the car's been
    cared for, which for a car that age is pretty significant.

    I'm not sure the benefit would outweigh the risk for me, but if you
    like the newer Limited that much better, heck, spin the wheel.

    --
    Todd H.
    2001 Legacy Outback Wagon, 2.5L H-4
    Chicago, Illinois USA

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    suburboturbo
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    On Nov 14, 5:52 pm, Tlat...@verizon.net wrote:
    > If you have the 2.2L engine in your 96, stick with that. The 98 has
    > the garbage 4 cam engine with a variety of problems......the 2.2 is
    > one of the best engines Subaru has made, and should go a long time.
    > Opinion based on personal experience and 25 years as a Subaru
    > tech....just my 2 cents


    My friend and I have had seven Subarus, with the 2.2 (one Impreza
    Outback Sport 5 sp, and an original Outback auto) RS 2.5 Impreza
    stick, 2.5 Legacy auto, 2.0 WRX turbo stick and 3.0, 5 speed
    automatics in both a new Outback and Tribeca. Found the 2.2 to be
    underpowered, even in the Outback Sport. Unless you drive on flat
    terrain, don't carry any kind of a load, and don't care much about
    performance, even accelerating into highway traffic moving at the
    speed limit, I can't see much reason to choose the 2.2. If your tech
    experience indicates an overwhelming advantage in durability and
    serviceability, that counts for something, but we've had no
    reliability issues with any of the seven cars (or trucks, as the
    Tribeca and Outback 3.0 (!) are now classified) over the
    500,000-600,000 miles we've driven them. Given the weight of the
    Outback, especially a Limited with its extra equipment, I'd have some
    misgivings about the 2.2 motivating a 3500 lb vehicle. Sure, a 2.2
    stick will provide better acceleration and more control than a 2.5
    auto, but wouldn't be my choice, especially in the hilly area we live
    in, usually loaded with kids and dogs and cargo. That said, to each
    his/her own.

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    Tlather@verizon.net
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    celdtceldt seems to be weighing the advantages of buying a slightly
    newer car versus keeping the old one, which he says he is reasonably
    happy with.....I drive a 96 Outback which I've had since new, and I
    have not experienced power problems with it. I've hauled hundreds of
    pounds of sound equipment, camping gear, building materials, 4
    passengers, and yes, while my perception of underpowered may be
    different than yours, Suburboturbo, I don't have any problem with
    traffic in the Balto/DC area in this car. I have seen far fewer
    problems with this engine/trans combo than with the later versions,
    and to me, reliability is the main thing. Every 4 cam engine'd car
    that comes in the shop is noisey, leaks oil(unless that's been fixed)
    and/or needs head gaskets, and that is a given(unless that too has
    been fixed). I've got about 187K on my car, all I've done is oil
    changes, the occasional tune up, brakes, and tires(and valve cover
    gaskets), which is not bad; if I had to drive to California tomorrow
    in that car, no problem....all I am advocating is to stick with the
    known quantity; bells and whistles don't get you where you want to go,
    I think Todd H. and I are in agreement on this....good luck celdtceldt
    and may the best car win......

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    celdt celdt
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    Thank you all for your well-considered responses. I think I'm voting
    for keeping the '96, warts and all. In fact, just yesterday I noticed
    my parking lights won't go off, so I'm disconnecting the battery each
    time I leave it for any length of time. I have an appointment with the
    shop for next week. Someday I'll get a Subaru from the present
    millenium. Thanks again all!


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    Bugalugs
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    celdt celdt wrote:
    > Thank you all for your well-considered responses. I think I'm voting
    > for keeping the '96, warts and all. In fact, just yesterday I noticed
    > my parking lights won't go off, so I'm disconnecting the battery each
    > time I leave it for any length of time. I have an appointment with the
    > shop for next week. Someday I'll get a Subaru from the present
    > millenium. Thanks again all!
    >


    Check the switch on the top of the steering column.

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