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NuclearCrap 09-30-2012 11:35 PM

Recently got an 05 LGT wagon!
I've driven a 2002 Impreza Outback for over 4 years now and I loved it. Unfortunately it wasn't in the best mechanical condition. Synchronizer started giving up, gears started grinding, and by the time it got to the shop, the gearbox needed a rebuild. Long story short, I've been banned from driving a manual by my parents and I was told to go look for a new(er) car and sell my beloved Impreza since it's been in the shops a lot more times than it should have, and I came across this rare beast from a dealership ad:

2005 Legacy GT Limited wagon 5EAT. It does have a small dent on the rear passenger door (more like the previous owner turned a little early and scraped it), but other than that, it sounds good, runs good (other than the fact it needs a new F/L strut mount, which is covered by the 30-day warranty :D), and looks good. I almost couldn't tell the interior apart from brand new condition if it wasn't for 2 dots of missing paint on the center console, but that's okay because I'm planning to purchase the double DIN kit in the near future. In the engine bay, it's missing the big engine cover and it has an awkward-looking green top Interstate battery, but that's about it. It also has a Perrin turbo inlet hose already installed, so that's good news. Brought it home for $17k out the door at just 49k miles. :spin:

I'm planning to pay it off over the course of a year (owe $8k on it), and any spare cash I have left from my paychecks I can spend on upgrades to really make it my own with very minor cosmetic tweaks and perhaps an in-car entertainment system. That, of course, will be something I'll learn on these forums. :)

monkeyposeur 10-02-2012 12:41 AM

Oh man, your parents sound so lame. Threaten to move out unless they buy you something that you can be proud of and they pay for shifting lessons! :p

NuclearCrap 10-02-2012 08:08 AM

Meh it's not like I can't shift, but I did learn most of driving manual in racing simulators so although I did not grind (at least not until the synchro started to die), I probably needed a heavier duty gearbox and clutch to handle my driving style, not a low-end OEM Impreza one. Whether they like it or not, I'll have to move out in the next year or two when I transfer to a university. :p

After driving 5EAT on the Legacy though, I think it's more than fine. With so little miles on this thing, I can buy a BRZ for "other things" after I graduate while keeping this ride as a daily driver. Subarus for life!

......well if they'd stop making the new ones so damn plasticky inside.

SBT 10-02-2012 11:17 AM

Welcome and glad you could join us. My 1996 OBS has <75K miles on it and has been driven by both daughters who learned to drive on it and was their primary school, work casual fun car. Transmission (and clutch) is still flawless. Same tranny IIRC as your 02.

Good luck with the Legacy. Nice step up in terms of comfort and performance over the OBS, I'm sure.

Again, welcome.

BDII 10-02-2012 03:12 PM


scoobyscoodle 10-02-2012 10:53 PM

SWP FTW! Welcome and congrats!

NuclearCrap 10-07-2012 06:40 AM

Thanks guys. Really appreciate it. :)

PeterJMC 11-19-2012 12:07 PM

only 59k on an '05. Pretty good!

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