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27 minutes ago, ArielMT said:

At the moment, an ancient Mazda B2200 pick-up.

My hailstorm-surviving '96 Subaru Legacy Outback may have driven its last.  After 350,000 miles, the automatic transmission started acting up, and the torque converter clutch is telling the computer something's wrong with the solenoid.

So If I'm hearing you right, Suburu's last forever and are pretty good cars to invest into?

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8 minutes ago, U-235 said:

So If I'm hearing you right, Suburu's last forever and are pretty good cars to invest into?

If well cared for by a mechanically inclined owner and the Haynes book, pretty much.

I wasn't as kind as I needed to be to the transmission, treating it like a closed system when it isn't.  Also, in my stupider youth, I burned out enough clutches to make my family a bit skittish with me near a stick, which is why I have an auto while the rest of my family's Subies are sticks.

That said, it's still possible for them to fail in catastrophic ways.  At 195,000 miles, the water pump seized, and the symptom of its immanent failure was misdiagnosed.  On Outbacks, it's driven by the back side of the timing belt, and when it seized, it got the belt so hot it melted the bearing cover of one of the idler pulleys.  The bearings fell out, slacking the belt, and yet it still kept the crank and cams timed well enough to just walk off and melt a hole right through the front of the timing belt housing cover.  The engine didn't quit until it came completely off a pulley and halfway out of the entire housing.  The belt replacement was fine, but the replacement pulleys and and housing cover were a bit of a pain in the wallet.  Also, unbelievably thankfully, the engine was designed to make it impossible for a piston to hit a fully open valve.

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1 minute ago, ArielMT said:

If well cared for by a mechanically inclined owner and the Haynes book, pretty much.

I wasn't as kind as I needed to be to the transmission, treating it like a closed system when it isn't.  Also, in my stupider youth, I burned out enough clutches to make my family a bit skittish with me near a stick, which is why I have an auto while the rest of my family's Subies are sticks.

That said, it's still possible for them to fail in catastrophic ways.  At 195,000 miles, the water pump seized, and the symptom of its immanent failure was misdiagnosed.  On Outbacks, it's driven by the back side of the timing belt, and when it seized, it got the belt so hot it melted the bearing cover of one of the idler pulleys.  The bearings fell out, slacking the belt, and yet it still kept the crank and cams timed well enough to just walk off and melt a hole right through the front of the timing belt housing cover.  The engine didn't quit until it came completely off a pulley and halfway out of the entire housing.  The belt replacement was fine, but the replacement pulleys and and housing cover were a bit of a pain in the wallet.  Also, unbelievably thankfully, the engine was designed to make it impossible for a piston to hit a fully open valve.

Wow, well it's amazing it's still kicking despite all that. The Toyota I'm driving right now has 268,000 on it at the moment. I'm thinking about a Suburu WRX because I just loved driving it and I want a manual pretty badly. But in addition to that, those cars just seem to keep going as long as Toyota's and I want something I can have fun in that won't need repairs every 20,000 miles.

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56 minutes ago, Llamapotamus said:

Looks good! What make and model?

thanks. its a 2013 skoda octavia elegance. 2L diesel.

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14 minutes ago, phaolfal said:

thanks. its a 2013 skoda octavia elegance. 2L diesel.

Nice! Hope it does well for you and is low on repair costs.

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On 8/5/2017 at 2:42 PM, phaolfal said:

thanks. its a 2013 skoda octavia elegance. 2L diesel.

A skoda? I'm assuming that's a European brand, possibly somewhere in Scandinavia? Sorry if I sound totally arrogant. I'm an American with no prior knowledge on it. 

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On 14/08/2017 at 2:22 AM, U-235 said:

A skoda? I'm assuming that's a European brand, possibly somewhere in Scandinavia? Sorry if I sound totally arrogant. I'm an American with no prior knowledge on it. 

Yeah scoda is European. Its a Czech car. Used to have a really bad reputation but they are actually quite good now. 

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