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dvancleve 12-28-2012 12:04 AM

Buy a decent '07 OBXT or keep my '97 OB?
 
Howdy folks.

I am currently driving a '97 5 speed Outback that I bought new, when I am not driving my "wife's" Prius. It has had a bunch of work in the last couple years (head gaskets, timing belt and pullies, water pump, accessory belts a year or so before, new battery wiring) and is still below 90K miles. I have done some mods over the years, Whiteline rear bar and front/rear links, short shifter and Cusco front stay bushings, 16" Impreza RS wheels and 2 1/4" catback exhaust. It went 6 months or so drip free after the head gasket work, but is dripping some oil from the right front now. No rust, nothing worse than some door dings, no holes in the upholstery or carpet. It is cheap to register and just passed an emissions test. That said, I have been driving it for 15 years, it isn't fast and AFAIK can't really get significantly faster without spending silly money.

I just drove a pretty nice '07 OBXT Limited 5 speed manual today, 55K miles, one owner, all or most records, good condition over all and an AZ car since new. It has a single door ding, some stains on the roll-out cover in the back, a hole in the carpet near the gas pedal and the cargo net on the back of the passenger seat is droopy. I drove it for 15 minutes or so, didn't get on the gas much. It drove fine, clutch pedal is stiffer than I expected but the owner said it has always been that way. It is a reasonable price, no sales tax since not a dealer and I wouldn't have to finance it. It was nicer in every way than mine (power everything, leather, giant sunroof, nearly 100 more hp), but I guess it didn't knock my socks off. If I were to buy it, I would immediately start looking for some LGT wagon springs and maybe front struts (for Konis) or the Bilsteins if I could find a decent deal.

I suppose I am practical to a fault, but I probably won't have to put any significant money into my old OB for years now as I don't usually drive it even 5K per year. I have a complete '04 STi takeoff suspension in my garage and also an '05 WRX wagon setup, both 20-25K total miles (bought the WRX first, then decided STi might be better). I have a line on some '04 STi housings that will bolt on and also have contacted a local welder who can weld up the lower holes on the '05 housings to move them if the '04s don't work out. I have the camber bolts and 3/8" saggy butt spacers that should make the STi stuff work great in back. Overall, I guess I don't hate my car, I am used to it and it is cheap to own.

I am also considering a WRX or STi hatchback or maybe even a VW Jetta TDI Sportwagon (all manual transmission). I have 4 dogs, 2 kids and am used to having plenty of hauling spacer. Would it be foolish to skip having the OBXT checked by a shop with single owner and records? What should I do?

Thanks, Doug

black007 12-28-2012 02:26 PM

If you are considering the vehicle, definitely have it checked out by a shop. Even the best looking car could have issues lurking. It sounds like a really nice OBXT, I am in the market for one myself.

Regarding your choices, I would recommend weighing your needs against your wants. If you are considering a WRX or STi but need to haul, the XT is a great compromise.

Good luck in your decision.

BarManBean 12-28-2012 02:32 PM

4 dogs...do you really want leather?

I would say you should keep your current OB as a beater, sell all the parts to get some cash, buy the OBXT and mod it to stage 2 with some suspension goodies :)

Drift Motion 12-28-2012 02:33 PM

Honestly sounds like the OBXT is your car!

It's much nicer to be driving a newer car most of the time...all the little neat features and what not

dvancleve 12-28-2012 04:08 PM

I have the factory dog grate for my current OB and I would get the same for the new(er) one, so the leather doesn't matter ;)

The beater idea isn't terrible, but I want to get down to 2 cars so I have a garage bay for my bicycles and stuff, at least until my daughters reach driving age...

Thanks, Doug

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Originally Posted by BarManBean (Post 4222422)
4 dogs...do you really want leather?

I would say you should keep your current OB as a beater, sell all the parts to get some cash, buy the OBXT and mod it to stage 2 with some suspension goodies :)


doctorbrody 12-28-2012 11:17 PM

If you want to do suspension mods, the OBXT doesn't have great options. You could swap a LGT suspension, but why not just look for a nice LGT instead? They're out there. In 2006 I went from a 96 LGT to my current 05 OBXT. Huge difference in build quality, power, comfort, everything.

dvancleve 12-29-2012 12:11 AM

I believe the only manual transmission Legacy GT wagon was in 2005. I suspect there are even fewer of those around than man. trans. OBXTs. Easier to lower an OBXT than de-slushbox an 06-09 LGT wagon ;)

Doug

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Originally Posted by doctorbrody (Post 4223074)
If you want to do suspension mods, the OBXT doesn't have great options. You could swap a LGT suspension, but why not just look for a nice LGT instead? They're out there. In 2006 I went from a 96 LGT to my current 05 OBXT. Huge difference in build quality, power, comfort, everything.


ScottFW 12-29-2012 08:41 PM

You are correct that manual LGT wagons are pretty rare. I don't think OBXTs are terribly common either but I don't know how the numbers compare. I could stomach the higher ride height of the OBXT a lot easier than I could stomach that heinous lower body work that isn't the same color as the rest of the car. I guess if I was looking at manual turbo wagons and the right one came up, sure, why not. The observation that there's a hole in the carpet near the gas pedal with only 55K on the car is a good indicator that it was driven primarily by someone wearing high heels, i.e. a woman (probably). If that's indeed the case I would assume the engine is less likely to be beaten on, but I'd be looking real close at the maintenance records especially WRT oil change intervals. [/chauvanisticpig]

There's a lot to be said for keeping an old beater car that's cheap on maintenance and fuel costs, but there's also a lot to be said for ass heaters and a little torque.

dvancleve 12-29-2012 10:11 PM

I was never a huge fan of the gray lower panels on the OBs, including my '97, but this particular OBXT is solid metallic gray. I believe the guy who showed me the car has been the primary driver. The hole in the carpet is where the right side of your foot could rub against the carpet next to the accelerator. The car was bought here in AZ and apparently only serviced at a couple different Subaru dealers, so it seems like any missing records could be gotten (he said he has all or at least most of them). Since it was replaced with a Chevy Volt, I don't think the dude is into performance...

Thanks, Doug

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Originally Posted by ScottFW (Post 4223937)
You are correct that manual LGT wagons are pretty rare. I don't think OBXTs are terribly common either but I don't know how the numbers compare. I could stomach the higher ride height of the OBXT a lot easier than I could stomach that heinous lower body work that isn't the same color as the rest of the car. I guess if I was looking at manual turbo wagons and the right one came up, sure, why not. The observation that there's a hole in the carpet near the gas pedal with only 55K on the car is a good indicator that it was driven primarily by someone wearing high heels, i.e. a woman (probably). If that's indeed the case I would assume the engine is less likely to be beaten on, but I'd be looking real close at the maintenance records especially WRT oil change intervals. [/chauvanisticpig]

There's a lot to be said for keeping an old beater car that's cheap on maintenance and fuel costs, but there's also a lot to be said for ass heaters and a little torque.


Philberto 01-01-2013 12:03 PM

Another vote for the OBXT. I'd be happy to encourage you to take it to stage 2. It's only money. :)

Sell off all those pesky bicycles taking up space in your garage.

dvancleve 01-01-2013 12:29 PM

You really HAVE gone over to the dark side, haven't you?

Doug ;)

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Originally Posted by Philberto (Post 4226510)
Another vote for the OBXT. I'd be happy to encourage you to take it to stage 2. It's only money. :)

Sell off all those pesky bicycles taking up space in your garage.


dvancleve 01-20-2013 08:11 PM

Stiff clutch pedal?
 
So I went and looked at the OBXT again this afternoon. It really is very clean overall. It has a very stiff clutch pedal, stiffer than anything I recall driving (except maybe the 1 ton Ford 4wd diesel crew cab I drove one summer). The owner said it has always been that way or perhaps that it was a gradual change but he never noticed anything. It seems to function just fine, but it is surprisingly stiff. I don't think my wife would want to drive it... Thoughts?

Thanks, Doug

Mumster 01-21-2013 12:38 AM

Sounds to me like it needs a new clutch. I've seen a clutch on my old 95 subaru get really stiff before I needed a new one.

Philberto 01-21-2013 08:16 AM

TO bearing? Pressure plate? Bent fork? Something is binding. Would the owner drop the price a few hundred? The stiff clutch is not normal and it's going to require attention.

easton 01-21-2013 10:28 AM

The stiff clutch is totally normal. I have the exact same car he is describing.


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