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    The car started to accumulate some minor issues with the AC compressor, Power steering pump, and it started to slightly overheat a few days ago. I replaced the compressor, PS pump, and radiator cap with those from the RS30 so it is okay for now, but every Subaru I have owned started to develop multiple minor issues like this around the 200-225k mark.

    Since I am not the only driver of the car, and I did not want one of these issues to crop up while my wife or daughter was driving, we decided that it was time to replace it with a newer car. Enter: A 2010 Subaru Forester X Limited.

    Now it is time to sell this car. I just need to finish installing the rear shocks, and to swap out the front calipers.. and then I will start an official FS thread. This car will be priced to move. I need the parking space more than anything else as I currently have two and a half cars parked on the grass at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki View Post
    Now it is time to sell this car.
    Let me know when you’re ready to sell, I would likely be interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badbasser98 View Post
    Let me know when you’re ready to sell, I would likely be interested.
    The FS post is up now!
    https://sl-i.net/FORUM/showthread.php?20221

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    It took a little while, but the @Muse is the new owner! Congrats!

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    I am so excited about this. I have plans to keep this thing fresh, but not planning on any drastic departures from it's current state.
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    A sherpa could rip ass somewhere high up in the Himalayas and my Prius will be blown almost off of the road.

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    All loaded up with spare parts and snow tires, and it is off to its new home!

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    Well, between that photo and home, the power steering decided that it preferred not working, and started acting up. Oh, well. It's still good enough to get me to work and back for now, and no good project car comes without a project or two, for starters. I'd kinda prefer to go Subaru Genuine for the replacement, but with a reman unit being less than half the price, budget is going to have to win out this time.

    Also, had to take a victory photo, in the same spot my '99 decided to give up on me. You can take the Legacy away from the boy, but you can't keep the boy away from the Legacys.
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    A sherpa could rip ass somewhere high up in the Himalayas and my Prius will be blown almost off of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reason View Post
    I think you may have worse luck with cars than myself...
    Well, that's what comes of buying nothing but sub-$1k cars. This is only the second car I've ever owned that I've paid more than a grand for. And, the only other car in that category, my Del Sol, was an absolute champ. Never should've sold it.
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    A sherpa could rip ass somewhere high up in the Himalayas and my Prius will be blown almost off of the road.

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    So, the power steering is fixed (thanks yet again, Rob,) and the Blitzen is an absolute champ. Found out that it needs new control arm bushings, but at 177k, that's not a huge shock. Not crazy expensive either. I'll just be replacing them for now, but I think I may upgrade them in the not-too-distant future.
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    Took a 3 hour drive up into Massachusetts for some barbecue. Regretting it this morning. Not sure this driver's seat is agreeing with me... hmmm... WRX seat time? Maybe?

    Also replaced the fog lights with yellow bulbs that, frankly, dont look all that yellow.
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    I'd rather have the seats from any of my first gen. leggy's-though, I think the seats in my first gen. 'preza are the same. We should meet up along with Rob-before the R.I. / WBM later this summer
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    It's been a long time since I updated this, but to be honest, there hasn't been much to update.
    The whole driver's seat issue I mentioned? Yeah, that sent me to physical therapy for sciatica. But, in fairness, that was a pre-existing issue that got aggravated, not something the Blitzen did to me in a vacuum.

    Aside from that, uhhh... the rust is getting worse on the rear quarter, but I plan to tackle that as soon as I can.

    And there appears to be a slight head gasket leak, pushing exhaust gas into the coolant. Nothing rendering it undriveable, but certainly where my tax money is going in a few months. I still absolutely love this car, I am determined to keep it as long as I can, and thus, I'm trying to source a JDM engine to bring the mileage down (and maybe the MPG up, with a less worn out motor.)

    Power steering is still temperamental, and there is a bit of a clunk in the suspension. I'll be replacing it with a set of RS30 Bilsteins soon, and hopefully that does the trick.

    Also, the transmission is starting to get kinda noisy. I expect that it will need a replacement in the next year or two, so I'm probably going to try to hunt down a 5-speed swap, rather than try to find another VDC transmission with who knows what kind of mileage and abuse.

    Lastly, for long-term goals, I've had the unfortunate exposure to the world of Fenderist widebody kits, and while I doubt I'll be able to get one... good god, I would love to make that a reality. Gonna try to get my Class B license sometime down the road here, and maybe start bringing in enough money to make some progress, rather than just slow the decay.
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    2002 Outback H6 VDC "Blitzen 6"

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    Legacys are like potato chips-You can't stop at just one!

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    I almost... ALMOST... traded in my current scoob for a newer Crosstrek. Didn't trade when I realized how much the monthly payment would be and how far upside down I'd be.

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    Well, once again, nothing much to report. Over a year later, and I'm still limping it around with the bad head gasket. It's still feeling good, but will get hot if I drive it too far, so it's just an around-town transport for now. Got a new job, as the parts guy at a small local mostly-vintage motorcycle shop, and it is going well so far. hoping to buy a 1998 P80 Volvo V70 from my landlord, in order to get the Blitzen off the road and ready for some well-deserved maintenance and possibly a few upgrades.

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    Great to hear from you! Missed you at the last two WBM!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenines' View Post
    Great to hear from you! Missed you at the last two WBM!
    Yeah, I'm determined to make it this year, ideally with the Blitzen , but I'll take whatever gets me there.
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    Tickets are bought... Hope I can make her right by then.


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    Make sure to update it to this year-June 2nd 2024!
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    Oh, no! that's from their site. WBM didn't update it!
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    Was going through the old parts of this thread from when Yamazaki was the owner, and... I know I need to address the actual running issues first, but goddangit, I need to get a proper muffler into this bumper opening again, like he had:
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    I miss that guy! And the Rhode Island/Maryland meets!
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