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Old 05-27-2007, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I went and test drove a 1997 Legacy Outback automatic that my girlfriend wants to buy. The thing was peeling out at the front wheels. I was like ....something is wrong here.

Checked to see if the FWD fuse was installed in the plug on the passenger side shock tower. Nothing

1-Center diff is shot
2-Electrical problem to engage the center diff???
3-Rear diff is shot???

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Back away slowly....then run. Does the AT light flash at all on startup? If the FWD fuse is not in and it's not getting much power to the rear wheels, then the transfer clutch pack may be burned out/glazed/worn. It may also be possible someone removed something....like part of the driveshaft or something.
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Doesn't sound good. How many miles?
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I suppose it is possible someone could jumper the FWD fuse leads together elsewhere in the wiring harness, and disable/remove the FWD bulb in the dash. I can think someone might do this if there is a known issue with the AWD and are trying to sell it to someone not familiar with Subaru's.
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Centre diff can't be shot, it doesn't have one, but as porcupine says the clutch pack may be FUBAR.

I wonder if the AT bulb has been pulled?

One query, in the UK we got some FWD only Impreza's (dropped after about two years as no-one bought them!), no chance the same happened with Legacy's in the US?

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All the Outbacks sold in Canada were AWD. If the seller cannot explain why the AWD is not working, and/ or it isn't an easy fix, stay away from that car. It doesn't sound good. There'll be other Subes.
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my mom used to have a FWD legacy. that thing would tear up the front tires if you got on it
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Centre diff can't be shot, it doesn't have one, but as porcupine says the clutch pack may be FUBAR.

I wonder if the AT bulb has been pulled?

One query, in the UK we got some FWD only Impreza's (dropped after about two years as no-one bought them!), no chance the same happened with Legacy's in the US?

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Yep, Legacy and Impreza's has FWD for a couple years.

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