Join Date: Feb 2014
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Thinking about buying an (older) outback
Hey everyone, first post here. Sorry if my questions have been answered already, but I have a bunch of general questions so I didn't really know what to search for.
Right now I have two 2WD pickups and one motorcycle, none of which are good in the snow. Also I have a 4-year-old daughter, and none of my vehicles are good for carting her around or getting groceries. Gas mileage on the trucks is horrible for a daily commute, and obviously I can't ride the motorcycle in the winter. So I'm thinking about selling one or more of the vehicles and getting a Subaru. It should be better on gas, better in the snow, better for transporting kids, and I can still move relatively large objects with a hatchback, especially if I get a decent roof rack.
My budget is about 5-6K so I'm looking at older models.
One requirement that I don't want to waver on is, it HAS to have a manual transmission. I've missed the fun of driving manual since I sold my last car.
Another thing that would be nice, is if I get something that can accept the WRX turbo charger. I've heard that they can be found cheap and supposedly can be bolted right on. Is this true? Is it only for certain engine sizes, or certain generations? What should I look for? Or is it a total waste of time?
In my price range, which generation should I be looking at? Should I be trying to find a low mileage 3rd gen, or a higher mileage 4th gen?
Heck, should I be looking at Foresters too?
Any information you guys have is greatly appreciated!