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I just bought a '96 Outback wagon. 275k, 5s, 2.2, almost no rust outside the driver's door. I'm not unpleased, since I needed a turnkey driver that I wouldn't need to travel to get, and rust-free Subarus in Western Pa are...unusual to say the least.
My bike has 174k on it, and they can keep each other company.
The transaxle is making ungood noises that sound like a diff with a whole lotta miles on it. It isn't dead, but it's heading that way. Oil color and level are both good, shifting is OK (lubing the linkage pivots helped a bit, imagine that).
Question I have is this. Will the transaxle from a '97 Impreza bolt up? I am expecting to check diff ratios, speed sensors, and other peripherals, but will there be any significant compatiblity troubles? Same motor, less than half the miles, locally sourced, and good price.
By the same token, are there any external checks for transaxle health? For BMW bikes and old Alfas, you turn the shafts, check the drain plugs, and pray. Are Subarus the same?

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Wheelwright
 

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The trans is both cheap and local. Like down-the-hill-from-work local, but it's in a vehicle at the yard. Is there any way to tell the FD ratio from either the VIN or markings on the trans cases?
 

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So a trans from a Forester will do? They're pretty common. According to the online parts fiche and the transmission list, the forester used the right clutch type, FD ratio, and speedo connection.
Outback versions are a little less plentiful.

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