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    G'day mate, welcome to The Outback (first car)

    Good onya for clickin' on the thread. now slip-slop-slap and gimme a good old 'cooee!' for my first whip. It's a '98 outback 5-spd with about 103k on it. got it from my aunt and uncle who've treated it well because it's been a third car for them. i personally love driving it, but it's been rough since i learned how to drive stick less than two weeks ago. getting better though.





    any suggestions for accessories, tips about running it etc?

    #2
    Nice.
    There's some other dude on this forum who has a white Subie wagon that has all JDM exterior parts on it. It looks pretty good, may want to look into that. Also some WRX rims would look nice.

    EDIT: Heres the PYC thread I was talkin about.

    http://forums.finalgear.com/post-you...y-wagon-33348/
    Last edited by Rossco; December 15th, 2010, 11:37 PM.
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      #3
      Great first car! Pretty low-ish miles for the age. Subarus like that are so tough, just follow the scheduled maintenance and it won't let you down.

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        #4
        Now we just need the FG Aussie contingent to make sure that slang is correct.

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          #5
          my mate has one, a GT on WRX wheels, looks awesome
          2003 WJ with no damn heater
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            #6
            Originally posted by BlaRo View Post
            Now we just need the FG Aussie contingent to make sure that slang is correct.
            Well I've never heard anyone say "gimme a good old 'cooee!' for my first whip", but it has been a long time since I've watched Crocodile Dundee or been to the Northern Territory. And judging from those pictures, the weather doesn't look like its at all necessary to "slip-slop-slap"

            Nice car anyway, Outbacks are great all-rounders.
            Last edited by Hbriz; December 16th, 2010, 5:57 AM.

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              #7
              Great first car!

              Make sure you make use of its versatility, those things are very proficient offroad.

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                #8
                Bonza Maaaaaaaaaate!!!

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                  #9
                  Ahh a 98 Outback...man those are the days..I had a green 4AT(profile should be here somewhere) ran it for 75K before it got rear ended.

                  You may want to check out the valve cover gaskets, the Head gaskets , and the timing belt since your near the 105K service interval for these cars. Also check out SL-I.net and also subaruoutback.com for more specific topics. If your looking for off road capability, then go for the Forester suspension setup since its bolts in pretty easily. The same goes for if you wanna lower it, which is the route I did. Anything from a WRX or STi till 2005 will be compatible with your 98. Also if the shifter seems sloppy, you can mess with the Kartboy short shifter and bushings.

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                    #10
                    Also, being a manual it has the low range 'box, no? I used to love that on Subarus even in the Impreza you got a low range gearbox.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Hbriz View Post
                      Also, being a manual it has the low range 'box, no? I used to love that on Subarus even in the Impreza you got a low range gearbox.
                      no, the us models didn't get low range boxes. really a shame.

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                        #12
                        This is a nice car they move surprisingly well for size and power Congrats!
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Bhatman View Post
                          Ahh a 98 Outback...man those are the days..I had a green 4AT(profile should be here somewhere) ran it for 75K before it got rear ended.

                          You may want to check out the valve cover gaskets, the Head gaskets , and the timing belt since your near the 105K service interval for these cars. Also check out SL-I.net and also subaruoutback.com for more specific topics. If your looking for off road capability, then go for the Forester suspension setup since its bolts in pretty easily. The same goes for if you wanna lower it, which is the route I did. Anything from a WRX or STi till 2005 will be compatible with your 98. Also if the shifter seems sloppy, you can mess with the Kartboy short shifter and bushings.
                          I'm thinking about the shortshifter already because it's just... messy. Also, if i decide to treat this thing as a long-term investment, a WRX suspension might be pretty awesome.

                          BTW thanks for mentioning those potential issues. i'll keep them in mind.

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                            #14
                            Really nice cars these. Good choice.

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                              #15
                              congrats on your first car! there are a few of us older legacy guys on here sooooooo jealous of your 5 speed trans....

                              i hate to through another forum at you, but this one is another great resource for legacy owners: legacygt.com

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by fwa2500 View Post
                                congrats on your first car! there are a few of us older legacy guys on here sooooooo jealous of your 5 speed trans....

                                i hate to through another forum at you, but this one is another great resource for legacy owners: legacygt.com

                                LegacyGt is another great source for these cars, aswell as scoobymods, basically an online resource to fix your car.

                                fwa2500...your build is amazing! Before my 98 got totaled I was looking at switching into those rims on your car

                                laxman, no problem, lot of people dont realize after the HG's are toast on the Phase I EJ25's that there quite bulletproof afterwards. Even though ive gone up a generation (02 Outback), the EJ25 is still a decent block...

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                                  #17
                                  sad to see ya got totalled, but i hope you're happy with your '02.

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                                    #18
                                    first snow today, but unfortunately for me i'm cooped up at home, sick. tomorrow there's supposed to be some more and i hope i can get some pics.

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                                      #19
                                      It's snowing here too, but it doesn't seem to be building up yet.

                                      I'm a big fan of those older legacy wagons/outbacks

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