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Road Warrior
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Well.... I spun out on an icy road Christmas eve morning, slid into a curb, jumped the curb and went into a rocky ditch and mashed my Forester. I completely damaged the exhaust, bent the LR suspension, bent both left side wheels, ripped off the rocker panel plastic, and bent the uni-body. I also now have no reverse gear, it just grinds. It has some broken pieces inside, as the linkage is undamaged.

I am now looking for a good condition body to transfer my good parts to. I would like a 5 spd car. It can have a blown and/or missing engine, but must have a straight body and good trans/drivetrain. Mine is a 99 L model.

Thanks, Bob
 

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Sorry to hear of your accident, but good to hear you walked away from it. :smile:

Good luck on your search for a replacement vehicle. Let us know how it progresses. :wink:

Bobby...

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If you have any Subaru specialist shops around may want to ask there too, as someone could have a car with poofed HG's they'd want to get rid of.
 

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Road Warrior
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Glad your ok. I hate to ask but do you have photos you can share. I like to see photos of how well the Foresters hold up during bad crashes.
No.. Don't feel bad asking. I am going to take some pics and then I will post them. Other than the bent unibody it could be fixed.
 

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Road Warrior
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No.. Don't feel bad asking. I am going to take some pics and then I will post them. Other than the bent unibody it could be fixed.
Pics of damage. 1/4 panel damage was there when I bought the Foz. Most of the damage is underneath. Other than tweaking the body and the internal trans damage, it held up very well.
 

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Glad you are okay. Any accident you walk away from is a good accident. Sorry about the loss of your car. I am sure you'll find another worthy candidate.
 

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Road Warrior
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Well........... I believe I have found a replacement.

I looked at a 1999 S Auto with 216,000 miles today. It looks good as far as exterior and interior, but needs lots of mechanical TLC. It has blown head gaskets, bad radiator, both front axles are bad, needs brakes all the way around, tires, tail lights, has a small dent in the LR door, and the power window master switch is bad. That's the bad news.

The good news is.... I have my wrecked donor car that has almost everything I need and then some.

The paperwork is a nightmare... The owner died and his widow is 84 years old. There is also a loan on it for approx $2400.00. We are gonna meet at the CU and see what happens to get title released since I am not willing to give what is owed on it.

Wish me luck. I believe I will own the car, as I have already karmically bonded with it.

And It looks almost the same as the one I wrecked, same red except for of course the outer trim color is the silver, not flat black.

Bob
 

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Road Warrior
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Just curious, which one would you prefer, the S or the L model in this year?
The S for sure. It has all the extras an old guy like me wants, LOL.

I had retrofitted all the S goodies on my L anyway. Buying the S saves me the trouble. I like the heated seats and mirrors, and now I will also have the heated windshield wiper bed.
 
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