Subaru Legacy Forums

Subaru Legacy Forums (http://legacygt.com/forums/index.php)
-   Pre-purchase Questions (http://legacygt.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=41)
-   -   Potential Honda Ship-Jumper... Pondering a Legacy (http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=193469)

b18c_ej8 09-22-2012 02:44 PM

Potential Honda Ship-Jumper... Pondering a Legacy
 
Hello LegacyGT.com! I'm a devout Honda owner since I bought my first in 1997. I've outgrown my current car (2002 Accord 2dr) and I'm thinking about jumping ship into a 2008 or 2009 Legacy. Kids & 2 doors don't exactly go together, and now that I'm a little older, I'd like something a little classier/fancier than my 10 year old coupe.

When I started looking at these cars, I initially ruled out the GT models simply because of the "temptation" factor in modding and such. I've put thousands (more thousands than I'd care to tell you) into my project Civic, and I'm just not sure I want to start doing that again... I concentrated my search on the 3.0R just because of the lack of modding potential. I also wasn't really sure I wanted to deal with the maintenance factor of the LGT - I've been babied with the low-maintenance needs of the Honda's I've owned... I also quite like the thought of not having to do a timing belt on the 3.0R, as opposed to 80-100k on the 4 cylinder models...

However, I found a 2008 LGT with 30K miles for a very reasonable price, and it's not 4 or 5 hours away like the 3.0R's I've found, so I'm reconsidering my prior stance on the turbo. Even then, the H6 still seems like the right choice for me.

So I guess my question is if anyone else 'round these parts is a Honda convert? Any advice for a potential first-time Subaru buyer? :spin:

TurboLag23 09-22-2012 03:31 PM

I'm looking to be.

Currently the owner of a 2008 Acura TL; saving up money for an LGT as we speak.

Basically, from all the stuff I've seen around here, the general conclusion I've drawn is that for the LGT's you basically just need to get used to the fact that there is a greater possibility that stuff on the car is going to break. Conversely, however, the LGT can be made exponentially better with simple stage 1/2 mods, or into a monster with stage 3. This is the reason I'm still saving up for one. I want something to work on, something that will go fast and handle well when I'm done. Or for that matter, I never really want to be done. I know stuff will break... I plan to fix it with beefier aftermarket stuff. Just in general, I rarely see LGT's that are unmodified. I think it's a bona-fide tuner's car.

This all being said, I think that the 3.0R Legacy would be the way to go. It will probably turn out a much more reliable daily driver in the long run if you just want to buy it and leave it stock.

Another note-worthy piece of info is that the car I owned before my TL was a Subaru Outback H6. That car was as reliable as the sun. In many ways I miss it.

Just my $0.02.

Good luck & welcome!

minuccims 09-23-2012 01:46 PM

If you've got 2 growing children, think about a 2010+ 3.6R (uses regular unleaded) or the 2010+ GT. A lot of room in the back and better mileage. 5th Gen Stage I (ECU map only) puts out about the same a 4th Gen Stage II.

zambazil 09-23-2012 04:18 PM

Turbo or NA? I'd get whichever would make me happy & with the least regrets since I'll be the one driving it. 0.02 cents.

b18c_ej8 09-23-2012 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by minuccims (Post 4083638)
If you've got 2 growing children, think about a 2010+ 3.6R (uses regular unleaded) or the 2010+ GT. A lot of room in the back and better mileage. 5th Gen Stage I (ECU map only) puts out about the same a 4th Gen Stage II.

Unfortunately, a 2010+ is out of my budget. :(

b18c_ej8 09-23-2012 09:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zambazil (Post 4083776)
Turbo or NA? I'd get whichever would make me happy & with the least regrets since I'll be the one driving it. 0.02 cents.

I'm pretty torn between these two choices right now:

2009 3.0R with 60K
or
2008 LGT with 30K.

The 3.0R is $1k less than the LGT, and twice as far away from me.

I failed to mention before that this car will be a "pleasure" car, as I have a company vehicle for work. It'll get driven mainly on the weekends, so I won't be putting 60 miles a day on anymore like I did before I had the company Jeep getting to/from work.

Would I be a fool to pass up an LGT with 30K miles priced at $18k for a 3.0R with double the miles but a year newer and a thousand cheaper? What a dilemma... LOL!!!

coppertone 09-23-2012 09:31 PM

For what it's worth, I would go with the lesser mileage car.

zambazil 09-24-2012 01:42 AM

OP, I think you just made your choice by mentioning "weekend" & "pleasure car"..

Max Capacity 09-24-2012 07:11 AM

Pleasure, go with the GT.

See my avatar, I to came from Honda's. I bought that civic new in 1992, drove it 196,000 miles before it's first Apex-I turbo kit, then went on with it to run a 9.85 ET.

Everything you need to know about these cars is on here somewhere.

TurboLag23 09-24-2012 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by b18c_ej8 (Post 4084117)
I'm pretty torn between these two choices right now:

2009 3.0R with 60K
or
2008 LGT with 30K.

The 3.0R is $1k less than the LGT, and twice as far away from me.

I failed to mention before that this car will be a "pleasure" car, as I have a company vehicle for work. It'll get driven mainly on the weekends, so I won't be putting 60 miles a day on anymore like I did before I had the company Jeep getting to/from work.

Would I be a fool to pass up an LGT with 30K miles priced at $18k for a 3.0R with double the miles but a year newer and a thousand cheaper? What a dilemma... LOL!!!

Pleasure --> LGT.

Invest a couple thousand in it once you get it (downpipe, tune, light suspension & brake mods, etc.) and you're good to go. Or go insane, the choice is yours. And people on this site have done everything in between, so learn from them.

laz 09-24-2012 11:36 AM

If you can find a wagon it would be better in the space department. The 4th Gen legacy is cramped in the back seats. The 5th gen has space to spare. The wagon would be a good compromise, but they are older and hard to find.

GL

X

htioki 09-24-2012 03:07 PM

My wife and I have had our shares of owning Hondas (01 Accord, 88 Prelude, 01 CRV, 99 & 05 Odysseys). We still own an 05 Odyssey and it is the wifey's daily driver to work and our 2 little kids' schools. Bought our first subie 4years ago as a used car. It was an 01 Outback w/ 164k miles. Despite of what I had learned about the head gasket failure in these models, we still went ahead and bought one. I was impressed w/ the built quality and even at 164k miles, it was still pretty solid. We are now on our 2nd Subie (09 2.5i). Never owned the turbo or H6 motors, so I can't speak on those. But from our experience, Subaru makes well built & quaility vehicles.

b18c_ej8 09-24-2012 05:46 PM

This particular GT is off the table. Found out today it's been in an accident. There are plenty of $18k cars that have clean histories. I don't need the car, so i can afford to wait for the right one to cone along.

lvethesnow 09-24-2012 08:10 PM

ive had 4 subies 3 being legacy, 05lgt, 09 2.5i, 10 fxt and a 10 leg 2.5i, love the legacy the most out of all the subies

K2e2vin 09-24-2012 08:19 PM

Not really a "convert" since I still own two other Hondas. The LGT I have now is basically just something more comfortable than the other cars and something I use when I go to the mountains or need more space.

My Accord is still my DD since it gets better mileage(29-31 mpg avg vs ~25mpg on the LGT), and as you've stated, lower maintenance needs. My LGT blew about a month after I bought it due to that banjo oil filter issue. The Civic is currently out of commission(engine pulled and is still out); but basically handles better than the two.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:38 PM.


LegacyGT.com