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pleaidestar 03-11-2013 08:17 PM

legacy postal and genuine japanese legacy differences
 
Alright, this buddy of mine recently been looking for a car and he came across what he believes to be a Japanese legacy, I have seen the ad for it its a white 97 Subaru legacy it looks to me like an ls or Brighton with steering wheel on the right hand side...looks like mailmans car except white. The pictures in the ad aren't very good, can't see much detail but I can see that its beat up and looks like it needs struts like bad or it don't have a motor.

Well he called me this evening to go look at it with him tomorrow night, problem is that I don't know what could be different except the vin plate would start with a j like all jdm subarus, and that I think all the cars there came with projector style lights...but as for the rest I do not know.....anyone shed some light so this guy doesn't get burned for the 4k the owner is asking...hopefully the owner isn't trying to burn people or just doesn't know what he has, I'm actually kind of curious as well I have never seen a postal legacy or a real Japanese legacy either.

Thanks up front for any info guys.

Bandit240 03-11-2013 08:25 PM

Its most likely a postal. Have you got a link to the ad? Maybe someone could give some more insight by the pics.

It could be like my postal. Someone replaced the front struts but not the rear. It looks like an airplane about to take off when I punch it.

96GT-B 03-11-2013 09:56 PM

lower levels of JDM leggy's didn't have projectors. as far as I'm aware, just the GT/GT-B/RS/RS-B came with projectors.
also, not all jdm subies have a vin starting with "J"..
my vin starts with "BH5" = raised roof wagon.
also, if it is a jdm... essentially all stickers/caps ect in the engine bay would be in japanese.
here are some pics of a local, 1994 lower level JDM legacy wagon

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8...21de2781_z.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8...27d75475_z.jpg


hope this helps a little.

pleaidestar 03-11-2013 10:26 PM

Cool guys thanks a lot...the info will definitely help...a. couple of the pictures got me wondering too about the amber in the taillights, didn't even think about the stickers being in Japanese...lol.well get a look tomorrow.
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pleaidestar 03-11-2013 10:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bandit240 (Post 4335172)
Its most likely a postal. Have you got a link to the ad? Maybe someone could give some more insight by the pics.

It could be like my postal. Someone replaced the front struts but not the rear. It looks like an airplane about to take off when I punch it.

My 95 sedan squats a little , but this one at like a thirty degree angle sitting still..kinda looks like an old merc

broknindarkagain 03-12-2013 12:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 96GT-B (Post 4335331)
my vin starts with "BH5" = raised roof wagon.

No, your VIN starts with 4S3BH (if its a US car)...and the BH chassis code is a 3rd gen. Why are you in the second gen forum?

http://www.cars101.com/subaru/vin.html

All Japanese Subarus start with "J". All American Subarus start with "4"

Mystery solved.

pleaidestar 03-12-2013 10:42 AM

That's right there is a thread somewhere in the board that breaks down all the vin numbers and I thought the first three were manufacturing or assembly sites. Thanks a bunch guys...

96GT-B 03-13-2013 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by broknindarkagain (Post 4335429)
No, your VIN starts with 4S3BH (if its a US car)...and the BH chassis code is a 3rd gen. Why are you in the second gen forum?

http://www.cars101.com/subaru/vin.html

All Japanese Subarus start with "J". All American Subarus start with "4"

Mystery solved.

oops, that was a typo, heh... BG5 is what i was going for ;)
Dunno who's making up this "all JDM subarus VIN start with "J" but they're wrong..


I have a 1996 JDM legacy wagon GT-B. and I see no "J" in my VIN..

proofs:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8389/8...c3f22b22_z.jpg

pleaidestar 03-13-2013 08:16 PM

Well, went with dude to look at the legacy, the owner was as full of S as his ad was(craigslist) it was a postal, he knew less than i did about Japanese vehicles too..he was just a kid trying to hustle..mechanically it sounded alright had 198k though and was kinda beat up.

Zues Marine 03-13-2013 08:29 PM

RHD = JDM in the minds of craigslist folk

mailman 03-13-2013 08:43 PM

4k is pretty steep for a postal but then I've seen one with 250k go for 3k around here. They're in demand since we don't have a lot of options in RHD, and what we do have tends to break down a lot.

That said, if they cut Saturdays in August like they say they will, we can expect to see some substitute carriers laid off and maybe the number of RHDs will increase.

It looks like the ad just expired but I saw a 1997 Cadillac Seville RHD for sale in Seattle for $2700. Mint condition for a mail car and a real head turner :spin:

pleaidestar 03-13-2013 10:29 PM

That's kind of funny, the Cadillac of postal carriers... I liked the postal, if it was 5speed it would have been sold.

sikend667 03-15-2013 01:02 AM

i just bought a postal needed a trans seal and a diff paid 1k its rough but it was cheap and alot of fun to drive there is alot of them for sale in rural montana and idaho that ive seen over the years and 90% of people think its a jdm car. they are out there just have to hunt for them.

mattmattyxcore 03-16-2013 06:59 AM

There is a postal at my local pick-a-part. If I had any ambition to do a something with it, I'd take it home right now. Its in pretty good condition considering it's at a junk yard, lots of parts to work with on it. I'd love to do a parts swap into a sedan but I don't have the tools, time, or money. :'(

Hemingway 03-16-2013 07:45 AM

$4K is what he wants? For a '97 with ~200K miles (that you know of) and fair to poor shape?!? Way too high. I don't think that I could get $4K for mine and it is a '98 with 100k miles in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition.


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