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scoobyroo 12-20-2010 02:26 AM

May be going from 04 impreza to 05 LGT... Advice?
 
Im the current owner of an automatic 2004 impreza 2.5rs with almost 93k miles. I love how reliable the car has been and how incredible it has been in the snow.. This was my first car and I always wished I had a wrx, but knew I was not a mature enough driver to have a faster car without racking up speeding tickets. I decided a few months ago I wanted a silver legacy gt limited (5mt) and would wait for the right one, with the right price to come around. It has.:wub: My reasoning is that I wanted something more sporty, but also a classy car, on the luxury side (compared to my impreza) I like the size of the legacy's and the overall feel of how solid they are. I feel i'm now mature enough as a driver to own this car without racing around in it. But I am hoping someone can tell me:
A) Things to watch out for in a LGT.. common issues with the 05's (the vehicle has 67k miles on it)
B) If I may be in over my head with this upgrade.. seeing as i've never owned a turbo car, and at this point am no gearhead. (However am surrounded by them) and am generally a fast learner.
C) Also wondering if I will be disapointed with the reliability of this car (as a turbo just seems to be one more thing that can go out)

Any advice is helpful! :confused:

jmatijas_gt 12-20-2010 06:24 AM

get it, simple as that

GotTurboWut 12-20-2010 10:47 AM

Do scheduled maintenance and you'll be fine. Check maintenance records from prior owner, have a mechanic you trust inspect the car, etc. Definitely try to verify if the 30 and 60K services were done. Turbo should be fine at least up to 100K if not longer if taken care of. Timing belt should be done around 100-105K.
Any mod plans?
'05 owner as well.
Do it!!

F-WDC Spec B 12-20-2010 11:10 AM

when you get it clean the banjo filter... thats it...

LosAngelesLGT 12-20-2010 12:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scoobyroo (Post 3208126)
but knew I was not a mature enough driver to have a faster car

Don't worry. OEM LGT are not very fast. Quick off the line maybe but not fast.

Quote:

Originally Posted by scoobyroo (Post 3208126)
something more sporty, but also a classy car, on the luxury side (compared to my impreza) I like the size of the legacy's and the overall feel of how solid they are.

Sounds exactly how I would describe a LGT.

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Originally Posted by scoobyroo (Post 3208126)
A) Things to watch out for in a LGT.. common issues with the 05's (the vehicle has 67k miles on it)

60k+ miles? Things that should be looked at:

Did it get a 60k service? (belts, fluids, hoses if needed, plugs, etc)
Brakes may be near the end of their service life
Clutch may be near the end of its service life
OEM suspension probably starting to go (rear LCA bushing probably cracked, etc)
...as others have said, banjo bolt (removal)

Quote:

Originally Posted by scoobyroo (Post 3208126)
C) Also wondering if I will be disapointed with the reliability of this car (as a turbo just seems to be one more thing that can go out)

It sounds like you already recognize that more parts = more crap to go wrong and its really that simple isn't it? A turbo car has a few more parts to go wrong than a N/A. That being said, more than a few members have over 150k miles on their LGT and some on the original turbo.

All cars have problems - just don't buy one that is notorious for problems. As far as most mfr go, the LGT is a very reliable car.

scoobyroo 12-21-2010 08:17 PM

Thanks do everyone. Haven't seen records yet, but the owner says all service was done. Waiting for confirmation, I do have a local subie guru I trust and of course will have it checked out. And get the banjo bolt removed and clean the banjo filter first thing.

Now waiting for an insurance quote.. hoping that it wont be TOO much more than my impreza... but of course its a turbo...

scoobyroo 12-21-2010 08:31 PM

oh and as far as mod plans nothing more than cosmetic for a while. probably clear/black the headlights and do something with the grille. it does have a K&N cold air intake on it now and greddy exhaust.

moncur_6 12-22-2010 12:57 AM

In that case definitely make sure it wasn't more than the two mods. Those are red flags for a car that could have been beaten on...personally my first thing I would do after buying the car is sell the intake and put the stock airbox back on. Run a learning view, maintenance records, talk to previous owner if possible...

F-WDC Spec B 12-22-2010 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by scoobyroo (Post 3210236)
Now waiting for an insurance quote.. hoping that it wont be TOO much more than my impreza... but of course its a turbo...

this will most likely be lower than your impreza. When i went from my WRX to my Spec B i drop $700 less. (I had points, not accquired with the WRX)

scoobyroo 12-22-2010 09:49 AM

pleasantly suprised, insurance is $2 less a month than my impreza.. win
going for a better look today with my pops and maybe a mechanic buddy.

LosAngelesLGT 12-22-2010 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by scoobyroo (Post 3210248)
it does have a K&N cold air intake on it now and greddy exhaust.

Woah woah woah. So its TUNED? Has a DP or not? Do you know where to look? YOU DID NOT SAY THIS IN THE ORIGINAL POST.

No this will not be that reliable a car. Yes it needs brakes, brakelines, clutch and probably a new suspension.

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Originally Posted by moncur_6 (Post 3210465)
Those are red flags for a car

x2

[quote=moncur_6;3210465]personally my first thing I would do after buying the car is sell the intake and put the stock airbox back on.

Because it is not doing anything for you anyway and is worth an easy $150 used on the forum.

Quote:

Originally Posted by moncur_6 (Post 3210465)
Run a learning view

x2, would not hurt to check the tune on this car

scoobyroo 12-22-2010 12:13 PM

wasnt aware of the mods in the original post.. i dont believe its been extensively modded. again, will have it all checked out by a trusted mechanic and he can tell me if anything else has been done.. i believe (again waiting for confirmation) that all this guy did was bolt on exhaust and intake.. two things even my sister did to her car. and she still drives it like a grandma and babys it. so in my mind it doesnt denote an unreliable car, but yes i do agree its a major red flag. but unless im just ignorant, as long as it hasnt had the piss run out of it, exhaust and intake aren't going to really do any significant damage to the car. not familiar with learning view.. will read up on it though.

scoobyroo 12-22-2010 03:39 PM

didnt mean to sound like the cocky noob that "knows everything" correct me if im wrong about the exhaust/intake not being a big deal as long as those were the only mods and it has not had the piss run out of it.

TrueWhiteBoy 12-22-2010 03:46 PM

They throw up red flags because (generally)

A. a person willing to put an intake and exhaust on a car is probably going to drive it harder
B. It leads us to believe there may be other modifications that were done that aren't as easily visible

scoobyroo 12-22-2010 03:53 PM

right. that makes sense to me. but if i were to have it checked out by a trusted mechanic (which i will before buying) he would be able to tell me anything wrong (as a result of being driven harder) or other modifications that may be an issue.. correct?


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