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I recently graduated from the University of Central Florida, and I bought a 2004 Outback Sport to pack all of my things into and move across the country from Orlando, FL to Denver, Colorado.

I visited CO for the first time in February of last year and I decided that I had been born in the wrong state, and that after graduating college I was going to pack my things and move out west. A good friend and I were given the opportunity to transfer with our company to a location in Denver, and we are signing a lease for an apartment in Wheat Ridge, CO a week from today.

I have owned a 1998 Jeep Cherokee for the last 7 years, and I had lifted/modified it extensively for both DD and offroad use, but the aging XJ would not be practical, economical or comfortable to drive 1800 miles.

I have always been interested in owning a Subaru, and I was looking for an older, affordable yet reliable car that would handle long stretches of highway reliably, while being capable in the snow (being from Florida, I have never experienced driving in the snow other than in rental cars during vacation, but I have been reading about it.)

When I found the 2004 5speed OBS with 150k on Craigslist for $2500, something just felt right about the car. I hadn't driven a manual transmission vehicle since my dad taught me in high school, but I was yearning to learn to DD a manual, and I also think that the MT will give me more control of my driving/fuel economy in the mountains.

Since buying the car, I have had it taken to a Subaru specialist, Circuit Motorsports in Orlando, and they developed a list of things on the car that needed repair, including:
-Bent wheels/tire bubble
-Bad shifter joint/bushings
- Shifter shaft seal leak
-"Oil Leaks: rear main, oil pain, possible driveshaft head gasket and drive shaft valve cover into spark plug tube" (I believe most of these are just "Class I" leaks, just moisture and not yet a drip.
-CV Axles "throwing grease"
-Rear diff input shaft seal leaking
-clutch/brake/power steering fluids dark
-Mild rust underneath

So far, I have purchased used (good condition) 17" Subaru wheels and had 4 new 205/55R17 Falken tires balanced and installed, had the oil changed (5w30 full synthetic), and had the rear diff fluid changed (due to being the most prominent leak.)

I am seeking advice; what else should I have done to the car before this trip? Any tips for someone moving across the country? Any tips on how to shift smoother? :grin2:

I am excited to own this Subaru and I am eager to replace anything that needs to be replaced, and I am interested in eventually upgrading (exhaust, cosmetic mods, performance mods?)

One last thing: Are you guys sure that ticking sound is normal? >:)
 

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you will want winter tire for winter there. not just all season tires.

your car is an impreza wagon right? look for wrx wagon sway bars and other parts like brakes.
 

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Shifter bushings will help a lot.

Re-boot the axles with new grease and rubber boots.

Synthetic oil tends to accelerate leaks, and that car has no need for it to begin with. So that might have been a minor waste of money but at least you've got fresh oil.

If you're driving across the country, more or less from gas station to gas station then oil leaks aren't a huge concern. Check and top up often. That saves money you might need for something else. When you move across country there's always something else.

Subarus are ticky.

re-evaluate the mechanical situation after you get there. Denver mechanics know more about Subarus than Orlando mechanics.
 

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