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The short story is that I have a 99 forester that we've had since 2001. It had the HG and TB done at 200,000 km's and rear wheel bearings done last spring. The engine runs really well, and the car in general is as smooth as the 2004 and 2007 Subaru's it shares the driveway with. If I go to a mechanic, I'll be out more than the car is worth to fix the clutch. The body has some dings and is starting to rust and the car was always our 'utility' vehicle so it's in pretty rough shape all around (aesthetically) hurting any hopes of resale, but other than the clutch works perfectly for me in that capacity.

The rear suspension is also pretty saggy so I'm at a cross road. At first I thought I would ditch the car for $500 or something. My second thought is to do the clutch myself (never done one but it seems like a good time to experiment! I have a garage and tools but haven't gotten greasy since high school fiddling with old imports). My third thought is to go for broke and update the suspension, brakes and clutch and do a quick touch up on paint. I would do it over a week break I get in February.

What are your thoughts? I have the money to do just about anything and if I did a bunch of work it would be as much for fun as for any ROI objectives.

Thanks for your input,

Marlow
 

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If it's only a couple things I would fix it up, gonna be cheaper than a newer car most likley and you know that the car has been taken care of too! :biggrin:

Looks like a keeper to me, but that's my opinion.
 

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Yeah. I already have a 2007 forester and 2004 Legacy. This would be an 'extra' car. It's only insured for liability so holding on to it isn't an issue, but the decision isn't whether to keep or buy something newer, but rather whether I should wash my hands of it or try to keep it going. I've though about painting it flat back and jacking up the suspension a bit, but I probably don't need a another toy :crazy:
 

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Fix it,jack it up,romp it in the dirt.

You'll never regret it.
 

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Fix it,jack it up,romp it in the dirt.

You'll never regret it.
Exactly! I'll be keeping mine for some great flat black lifting utility work. That is after I build up my Legacy s402 look-a-like that I'm obsessing over right now!
 

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I have a 98 forester with 230.000 km on lpg (my 4th subaru on lpg) and its still running fine. For me its some kind of sport to see if I can reach the 400.000 and visit the garage as little as possible. I allways try to find the parts I need on ebay and scrapyards etc. and I really enjoy the things I learn from doiing the maintenance myself. Youtube can be a great help, I recently did my brakes with the laptop next to the car.
 

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Car's in Gatineau, QC, just outside the Nation's capital of Ottawa, ON and 2 hours from Montreal.

I would take $500 US.

Thanks,

Marlow
 
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