Well, I really don't know where to start here. I'm not even really sure what I'm looking for.
I'm working with a 2007 Legacy 2.5i. Pretty basic nothing fancy, not even heated seats or steering wheel controls. The car has had a rough life, with engine replaced at only 90,000 miles. It was bought that way and the engine was a junkyard find and is believed to have way more miles than the original one had. The body now sits at 216,000 miles and the engine is believed to have somewhere close to (or above) 300,000 miles. Virtually NO service has been done to the engine since it was installed 126,000 miles ago.
The car belongs to my mother in law who bought it at a small dealership for $6300 about 4 years ago. The only service that has ever been done is pretty much oil changes. I've changed the oil 3 times since she's owned it. That's the only time the oil has ever been changed... in 4 years. It's not a Sunday driver or anything of the sort.. this car gets driven.. ALOT. The transmission and front diff fluid have been changed once, but they were only done because a transmission line busted and some dipshit put transmission fluid in the diff tube.
I try my darndest to keep this thing afloat, but trying to get her to buy something for it is like trying to get oil from a water spout. I just put an exhaust manifold on it after the old one was broken for 2 years. The car is WAY overdue for the timing belt and all other service. I've been telling her for 3 years that it's time to change the timing belt.
The car as it sits has 17" rims from another Subaru because she bent the original ones, has a dent in the rear door because she decided not get the insurance info from the jackass that backed into her, rust is starting to eat the quarters and above the windshield, the headlights constantly blow, the interior is made of dirt, dust, and trash, and it has a P0304, and P0506 code.
You can't just get in a car and go! I don't understand how people can just let a car get to this state. It's pure ignorance. I've had the seats out of this car more times than I've changed the oil... because detailing it doesn't cost a dime. She wouldn't dare dream of cleaning her own car but she'll put a set of floor mats over the factory floor mats.. you wouldn't want them to get dirty you know? The dash in this car is white from the dust.
The antifreeze is almost the same color as the oil.. and the hose in the overflow has a nasty thick layer of rust built up on it.
....at least it's quiet now