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    High milage Jap car (way off topic)

    Hi Guys,

    my sister has at her house a company car there about to flog off.

    It's a '98 Suburu AWD liberty wagon. 2litre 5spd, it's optioned down with everything, elec window/mirror/etc,etc... They just sold another off the same as it for $3000aud, this one will go
    for the same amount probably. Why so cheap????? Try 320,000kms.

    I'm kinda interested in getting it for Ang.
    Gotta keep at least one modern car in the house for her ;-)

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    So all you mainstream car mechanics out there, how well do these cars last??? Will in hit terminal meltdown minutes after purchase ??

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    Hi Shane....the backyard boys Subaru forum is a pretty good operation.

    <a href="http://www.ausubaru.com" target="_blank">http://www.ausubaru.com</a>

    There is also a US "Subaru High Mileage Club" on the net.

    My other half has a Subaru, a couple actually and she has been looking at getting a cheap Liberty.

    The mechanic at the Beetle Exchange here in the ACT reckons that you should go for a vehicle with less than 200,000km. But that doesn't mean the vehicle you describe wouldn't be a bargain.

    Front cuts and ex factory engines/transmisisons from Japan are available if you do strike engine trouble and they aren't really that expensive.

    You will find that kind of info from the backyard boys.

    The two subes (Brumby x2) here are well over 200,000km and going strong.

    The set up of the Subaru forum is good...the most recent postings come up on top. Have a look anyway, I think it will answer most of your questions.

    cheers!
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    If there are any more of them Liberty's about the place Shane, let me know.

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    Shane,

    The car I had before my first Pug was a Subaru Leone Wagon.

    It had close to 400 000km on the clock when I sold it - all highway miles it'd been in Cooma most of its life.

    Still didn't use a drop of oil

    Subaru know how to make good engines!

    Derek.

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    a relatively low milage engine to fit that car (lyberty) can be had from a sydney Jap wrecker for justover a grand price in $500 to swap it over and $5000 is still very cheap for that model car.... just a though.
    cheers Xq
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    Sounds like it could be a good deal. Nearly every arm of our family has a Subaru. There are WRXs, Libertys of various ages and an Outback or two.

    The only consistent problems relate to Subaru clutches. Other than that, the only other problem was the outback blew its headgasket because while off road a small stone cracked the radiator (and they didn't notice the temp guage rising ). It was out of warranty and quite expensive.

    I think thats the thing, they are generally extremely reliable, however parts prices for the newer ones can rival most european cars.
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    i bet the engine is the least of the concerns. Its probably fine, but just worn everywhere. You wouldnt hesitate buying that sorta car for that money though.
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    Thanks Guys,

    your were supposed to tell me there a POS and to forget it Now I'm really going to have to think about this. I'll arrange to take the car for a spin tommorow.

    seeya,
    Shane L.
    'Cit' homepage:
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    Proper cars--
    '85 Series II CX2500 GTi Turbo I
    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


    Modern Junk:
    '07 Poogoe 407 HDi 6spd manual

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