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So I just bought this car and have some questions to get things going right to start and prevent any issues before they happen. As well as to see what I got myself into.

So the car is as follows:

145500 miles.
Replaced timing belt, water pump and head gasket at 119k. Regularly changed synthetic every 5k. Also transmission fluid replaced every 30k, and filter at 60k (and not sure if replaced at 120k as well).

The car ran beautifully. I used to drive 2005 SRT4 and brother has WRX so familiar driving turbos. It drove great. Had it idling while I checked it inside and out and heard no issues. Engine looked fine also. Although subie cover was unbolted. Interior and exterior was **** clean for a car with 150k.

Issues found:

The sunroof had some plastic pin that was bent and didn't lock right. So one side didn't stay up. Owner and I got it back in right and it works but definitely need to replace the pin. Has anyone heard of this happening? No visible leak signs so don't think it had leaking issues.

The front tow thing was missing. Not sure how much they cost but I'm not gonna be towing with this so dunno if worth replacing.

I picked it up for 7k. It was black and tan interior. I honestly loved it and other than mileage... I couldn't ask for more. Think fair price. Now I'm hoping for no issues and want to get the run down on what to check for or tell a subie dealer or specialist to check for to prevent issues.

So if you guys could help me out with things to be looking out for. That'd be great. Any other parts I should be replacing? What type of oil do you suggest (obviously synthetic by any brand?)? What parts should I expect to replace soon? Will turbo last? Any upgrades that could in be reliability?

Any and all help greatly appreciated. I'm picking car up after get plates from dealer than ill post up pics too maybe. What do you guys think of purchase? I never bought car with high mileage like this but I'm hopeful.

EDIT* I picked up the car and it drove home (an hour) just fine. I didn't push it hard since wanna wait until it gets inspected and everything looked at first. We'll see over next few days!
 

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Turbo ever replaced? If not start saving for one. I would personally drop the oil change down to 3750 miles. Im guessing its auto? If not hows the clutch. There are some XT's with high miles that run beautiful. Maintenance is more for the turbo cars. Head gasket really? All most unheard of on these years. All so search and try legacygt.com. Same motors as the leggie gt. Good luck and keep searching
 

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The turbo has not been replaced. When and why will the turbo go out? And how much should I expect to pay to replace that? That gives me the potential to upgrade turbo... any suggestions to give me performance (and maybe reliability) boost?

The head gasket, to be honest, I might have even misheard him since it wasn't originally stated in the ad for the car. It also isn't written on the engine or anything either like the other major items were.

I'll have to head over to those forums then and see what they say. Thanks for suggestion!
 

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That turbo will be pushing the limits of the stock shortblock. Not to mention the fuel pump, injectors, intake, downpipe, catless up pipe, intercooler, etc that will be required for that turbo.
 

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What do you mean by the front tow thing? Do you mean the eye that screws in to the bumper support for tow trucks to use? That is located in the foam with the spare tire.
 

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To answer the oil recommendation question:
Rotella, Amsoil, Royal Purple.
Stay away from Mobil 1.
 

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Thanks for replies everyone.

In regards to saving for a turbo... I definitely will. The local (ish) independent Subie guys I'm going to have it priced at $1,200 with labor. More if I went with a better turbo. That's really not too bad! Not that I want to have my turbo blowing up on me, but could be worse.

I'm having the car go in tomorrow for it's 60k maintenance at the indy shop mentioned above. Changing all fluids, filters, spark plugs, compression test, etc... just gonna check health of the car overall. Will also be getting the turbo line and catless uppipe. It's not fun to throw down money for all of that... but atleast I'll start fresh knowing EXACTLY where the car is and what to expect. I'm hopeful that with all of that out of the way I can expect a bunch more miles out of the car. We will see.

In regards to the front tow thing, sorry I was not more clear. I have the tow piece itself. I am missing the cover for it. Does anyone have a part # on this? I might ask them tomorrow and they might know and can order online. I ordered weathertech mats and cargo nets. Installed cargo nets over weekend.


I'm crossing my fingers that all goes well tomorrow (it passed local mechanics inspection, but to be honest, that doesn't mean much).


There are two additionally issues I've noticed though:

1. The sun roof doesn't tilt in the front anymore. It did when I bought it. Brought it for inspection and asked them to look at that for me. Now it doesn't work. Not like they'd admit to doing anything... but it's odd. I tried to push it manually, but scared to break it. The back slides back fine and it closes fine. Ultimately, I had one on my old car and NEVER used it (like a few times over 4 - 5 years?) so doubt I'll bother fixing it unless it's cheap or my fiance REALLY wants me to have it, lol. Anyone ever experience problems with front sunroof? The same bent plastic pin (which is surrounded by a little metal pen-like spring) is still a problem on the one side too. I can only assume Subaru likes to screw people over and sell the thing as an entire set (more-or-less).

2. I have the automatic (sick of stick and injured my hip... the 5EAT seems nice though and the sport shift mode and paddle shifters are fun). Anyway, the "problem" is that it seems to thump a bit when moving it from P - N R - D, same thump regardless of what I'm going to. I'm tempted to just call it reassuring since I've felt cars that have done this before. But I've also had cars where I've felt nothing, especially going from say D to N. So, it ever-so-slightly scares me.


Overall though... I'm happy. Even if it does have a few issues, I got a pretty good price on it and I really doubt I would have found another black auto XT at a good price anywhere remotely local or soon (and I needed to pick up a car relatively quickly). If problems arise, I'll fix them and hopefully have a car that will last me the next 10+ years.
 

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If maintenance has been performed as recommended, that turbo may be good for a long time yet. Mine is still perfectly good at 180,000 miles, thanks to an original owner who did things the right way (me too, but I've only had it since January). I have very little oil consumption--maybe three ounces between oil changes--and no complaints about performance. Fuel mileage is another matter, especially for short trips--but while the XT isn't a Hummer, it also isn't a Prius. By the way, I'd say you did better than a "pretty good price." I was similarly fortunate, but these cars are very popular here in the Silicon Valley and any used ones we see on Craigslist disappear quickly if the asking price is at all reasonable.

Happy driving!
 

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If maintenance has been performed as recommended, that turbo may be good for a long time yet.
I agree.

I put a vf52 turbo in mine (factory turbo from the 08+ WRX). I aso got a conservative tune on it to optimize 93 octane, and I get decent milage. 19.5 is my average with a hiway best of 27mpg. I do a lot of cty driving. And my car is supporting a peak boost of 18 psi (normal full boost is at 15-16psi).

Look into the 'banjo bolt' on the passenger side oil feed to the turbo, if nothing else inspect the screen that is inside and make sure it stays clean. That screen clogging is what, I feel, is the biggest factor that leads to turbo failures in these cars, aside from regular oil changes. Also I'd recommend a boost gauge and oil pressure gauge to keep an eye on the health of the engine.

Other than that religious maintenance will be your friend.

Here's to hoping you get another trouble free 150,000 miles:29:

Wes
 

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Congrats on your find. I agree with what others have posted re: synthetic every 3750 and cleaning or flat out removing the oil screens in the turbo oil feed line & AVCS oil lines.

I have had to replace one wheel bearing, and I chose to do a bunch of suspension mods. This site has a great guide for cleaning up the rear suspension and making the handling match the go-force of the XT, look for the 05-09 suspension FAQ.

Very smart to keep a mechanical reserve in the bank for the day the turbo goes SCREEEEthunk.

Regarding the shifts- could be as simple as changing ATF. Subaru autos tend to respond well to fresh ATF, though it can take several drain & fill cycles to achieve a total replacement of fluid. Best to use Subaru's own fluid. I have the 5EAT myself and have not noticed the same symptom.

Again, congrats & good luck!
 

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At $7k I think you stole it, so good on you.

I've had zero issues with my sunroof, so sorry I can't help on that. My money would go for the BNR Evo 16G and then never worry about it again, but YMMV.

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