Year, Make and Model: 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Wagon Limited
Color: Garnet Red Pearl with Beige leather interior
Location: (City, State): Montpelier, Vermont
VIN: (insert your VIN here): 4S3 BP6767 56338579
Seller's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asking Price: SOLD for 12k
As one of 57 GRP/Tan Limited 5 spd wagons ever imported (and the only year the LGT wagon was offered with a 5 speed), this car is very rare, in great shape, has a perfect list of mods (alright, I'm a little biased...), and I love the thing but have to sell for financial/lifestyle reasons. It's a sleeper stock STI killer with more AWHP/AWTQ and I promise you will enjoy this car—I have invested a lot more money into it than I expect to get out of it, but it was totally worth the year I've owned it. Apologies for such a long write-up, I just wanted to be thorough, and it's a car I like to talk about.
I would consider a trade for a Jetta or Passat TDI Wagon (such a downgrade, I know).
The Good and this car's history:
Everything about this car is straight and correct, and as it's only one of 57 imported in this color/trim combo with a 5 spd. I'm sad to have to sell the car—I just need something more practical and fuel efficient for when I head out west at the end of the summer to go back to school after a bit of a hiatus, so I can't afford to keep this awesome rare and well preserved example of Subaru at it's finest. I'm going to be paying for fuel in Canada, and 20-24 mpg just won't cut it unfortunately
I bought this car with 97,000 miles just over a year ago. The seller was in Kansas City, MO. He was the second owner, having purchased the car from a couple in Florida. He purchased the car roughly a year prior. The guy I bought it from was a 37 y/o police officer (not sure if that counts as a plus or not
). He made most of the large engine related parts purchases, and had them professionally installed. I have a dyno sheet that I will scan soon which shows the shop where he had the car tuned.
Suspension and transmission were stock when I got the thing... Which was silly with the power it was making, so I incrementally sorted all the suspension bits as soon as I reasonably could. 90+% of the miles I've put on this car since I bought it have been on the interstate while commuting ~80 miles per day between Montpelier and Burlington. I have had some fun times in this car, but I've also treated it very well and have made a lot of chassis upgrades that have completely transformed this car from an overpowered boat that liked to bounce over bumps and roll around corners in it's stock configuration to something that feels much more like a european grand tourer—stiff yet still compliant enough to be comfortable on most roads (VT has some of the most beat up roads in America as far as I'm concerned, other than NYC possibly...). It's very flat around corners now, and the Konis and Epics handle mid-corner upsets, dips, etc at much
faster speeds with much more control.
As far as maintenance goes, the car had it's 100,000 mile stuff done before I bought the car (all the belts and fluids IIRC). I have religiously changed oil with Castrol Edge Synthetic every 3000 miles. When I had the car inspected after purchasing, the dealership was very impressed with it's general condition, how immaculate the underbody was for being 10 years old, and how good the turbo was in for being an original (they told me that these turbos can last the life of the car if the banjo bolt filters and catted uppipe are removed, which this car's were) I had the car undercoated at a certified Corrosion Free facility last fall (did a bit of research at the time and this one seemed like the best—non petroleum based, lasts 18 months, helps ward off our horribly salty winter roads). I put Rally Armor and Weathertech mats on before it's first north eastern winter. This car came to me almost immaculate (two tiny dents, and one scratch in the paint which is in the pictures), and at this point I would give it a solid 8/10 for exterior and an 8/10 for interior.
The drivers headlight needs to have the same clearing treatment I did to the passengers side. I have the kit, and will take the time to do so in the next few weeks when I get a nice sunny day on a weekend to do so. There is a scratch right below the Legacy 2.5 GT emblem that annoys me every time I look at it (a friend rested his skis up on the bumper like an idiot and they slipped...), but this would be an easy touch up. If I get time before I find a buyer I'll have it touched up. There is a 3 inch vertical crease just below the rear drivers side window. I tried to take a picture, but it's very hard to get one because you can only see it when you're viewing it at the right angle with the right light. I was told this dent was from something in the first owner's garage falling on the car. There is no pain damage, and the dent is very shallow (maybe 1-2mm or so, hard to say). There was also a very small, maybe dime sized dent on the rear bumper when I got the car. This dent is maybe 2-3mm deep at its deepest, but is only noticeable if you know to look for it. Other than that, I can't really think of any other damage to paint or body work other than tiny knicks you would expect on the front bumper on a 10 year old car.
The fun stuff:
The mods below that I have listed in red are the ones that arrived with the car. The previous seller says that they were put on the car at around 87,000 miles It also came with a ridiculously loud OBX cat back that I had promptly replaced with the more discreet and nicer sounding Borla (imo, anyways).
Engine and Exhaust
- Cobb Access port with custom dyno tune
- 740cc Deutsch Werks side feed injectors
- Deutsch Werks 265lph fuel pump
- Perrin black V2 side feed fuel rail kit
- Perrin TMIC
- Invidia catless uppipe
- Invidia divorced waistgate high flow catted downpipe
- SPT short ram intake with heat shield
- Borla catback exhaust
- Perrin turbo inlet hose
- Perrin intercooler to throttle body hose
- Mishimoto radiator with Samco hoses (stock one was just starting to leak,
- replaced promptly—never had any overheating issues)
- Samco BPV hose
The stock turbo is in great shape (no shaft play whatsoever, as noted by the dealership), but this car is begging for a bigger turbo and a tune—it has all the supporting mods to get well over 300hp/tq safely—as much as you feel comfortable putting through a stock clutch! If I were keeping this car and had the money, I would buy a VF-52 or an 18G, some Killer B equal length headers, and tune this baby up to 350hp/350tq or thereabouts, but I'll leave that up to the next lucky owner.
- Koni Struts with Epic springs—amazing improvement over stock, only 1" or so lower (which looks perfect IMO), but the car is much more planted and actually bottoms out less, especially at higher speeds over uneven surfaces.
- Whiteline roll-center/bump-steer correction kit (ball joints and tie rods designed to correct suspension geometry changes due to lowering, also much more durable than stock units)
- Whiteline 25mm Front sway 22mm rear with endlinks
- Whiteline Anti Lift kit (replaced big soft rubber rear front control arm bushing—made a huge difference in steering wheel feel and road holding with minimal to non-existant NVH increase)
- Whiteline control arm bushing
Wheels pictured are the ones I bought the car with (some fairly inexpensive 17" Drag branded wheels—look pretty cool with the general black and red theme, and aren't very heavy for being $250 rims). They are wrapped with Conti DWSs in good shape (75% tread life or so). I also have some 18" 8.5" enkei 7 spoke wheels that I bought used, which have Blizzaks at about 50% tread left which I ran this winter. I can't find the model name for the Enkei's, but will post pics once I've washed them (still a bit dirty from spring mud). I wish I had pictures of the winter setup, she looked reallll nice with the 18's, though the ride was a tad bit harsher
- Kartboy short shifter
- Kartboy front and rear shifter bushings
- TurnIn Concepts Shift Linkage bushings
- TurnIn Concepts Lever pivot bushings
- TurnIn Concepts Tranny Crossmember Bushings
- Group-N transmission mount
The clutch feels great and with every bushing replaced in the transmission, the shortened linkage, the hardener tranny mount, and crossmember bushings, this thing shifts like a dream!
I have brand new Group-N engine mounts, Whiteline Rear Subframe bushings, and Rear Differential Mounts that aren't installed which I would be willing to work into the price if you're interested. I was hesitant to add the engine mounts because I have heard that it can really add to NVH, and as a commuter I am not looking for more noise. Based on the improvement to the shifting and overall handling that the harder transmission mount made, I'm inclined to think that the engine mounts would be worth installing if you want to further flatten the car through the middle of turns, and increase corner exit speed/stability and throttle response (all things I'm inclined to believe the harder engine mounts help with).
- Rally Armor mud flaps
- PU-204UH head unit, with AUX cable wired to center console box
- Passport 9500ix wired to left of drivers side windshield pillar (turns on and off with ignition if you leave the unit turned on).
- Heavy stainless steel shift knob with red engraving (don't recall the company, but it looks and feels great), I also have original leather knob.
- Tint done by previous owner, but my guess would be 20% rear 60% front (maybe even less of a front tint). Looks great, and the only spot where there's any bubbling or peeling is just above the rear windshield wiper (about a 2.5" crease).
- Beige weathertech floor mats (much better coverage and more durable than the factory rubber ones which it came with)
- Factory roof racks included, I might throw in some Thule ski racks as well if you want them
Car came with winter pack (heated windshield wipers, heated seats) and has the awesome two-piece sunroof.
I'll get some more pics of the interior when I get some time on a nice day to give it a quick clean. I never eat anything crumby or messy, haven't spilled anything, and don't allow smoke (or other people eating). I was amazed at how clean the car was when it got to me considering the previous owner had young children, but it was immaculate and I've basically kept it that way.