This one runs pretty well, but has some issues.
Head gasket has had a very small drip onto the right side headers for years with no progression. There is no oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil, but if parked for many days, it will smoke a bit when the headers heat up. As a result I've only taken it out when there is water on the ground since the Fall when I got a new truck. It would be best to do the headgasket now-ish. Needs a new timing belt soon anyway, so...
New rear lower control arms two years ago. New rear brakes at the same time. Maybe 10k miles since. Will need new front brakes soon (runout is at the limit for spec and there is a mild shudder when braking at speed.)
Patched minor holes over the wheel wells. Everywhere else is solid with a few tiny spots in paint. No rust on roof, rest of body, etc. Body is in great shape and car feels very solid on the road. Engine light is ON--OBD codes say "small vacuum leak" (yes there's a code for "small" vacuum leak). I had it smoke tested once and they couldn't find it. It is most likely due to the aftermarket cruise-control plumbing and will most likely disappear when the engine is pulled and reinstalled for the headgasket job. Also, the exhaust can snapped at the rear gasket. The mid-pipe/cat is perfectly fine; the pipe to the exhaust can itself is what broke. I jerry-rigged it but it doesn't sound wonderful and the exhaust can will need to be replaced.
Bunch of other stuff has been done to keep it running. I'll update later when I'm in front of my books. I wanted to get this up now because it is due for inspection at the end of March and will not pass.
Sold AS-IS, but at a song. This is a fundamentally sound car. Tires are good. If it gets to $500, I'll throw in a full set of snow tires for it in excellent condition.
This would be a great bargain for someone who can do the work themselves, or even if you need to pay to have it done. Great,. safe car for a student, ski bum, camper, etc.
Questions? Send me an email through eBay and I'll let you know ASAP or send you my phone number.
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Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:40:00 EST
The Tokyo Motor Show has proven to be far deeper and more interesting in 2013 than it has been in recent years, surely a trailing indicator of the revived auto industry in Japan and throughout the world. Still, we have seen a few concept cars that have been nearly 'recycled' from shows earlier in the season.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:28:00 EST
This Subaru Viziv Evolution concept is a case in point - it looks not unlike the Viziv Concept that the company hauled over to the Geneva Motor Show in March of this year. What gives?
Well, the original Viziv wrapped its sexy crossover-coupe bodywork around a powertrain composed of a 2.0-liter diesel engine and three electric motors, two of which powered the two rear wheels (another trendy hybrid setup). This new "Evolution" of the Viziv is not dissimilar from its progenitor, swapping in a small displacement gasoline-powered engine for the diesel unit. All of this is based on reports out of Tokyo, mind you, as official information on the car is scarce at the moment.
The debuts of the 2015 Subaru WRX and the Legacy Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week are kind of hogging the Subaru spotlight, making it easy to forget that there is a more potent, more aggressive version of the small sedan waiting in the wings. And based on a rumor from Australia, we'll see the sportier WRX STI at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
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The report comes from Motoring in Australia, which claims that a more potent version of the WRX will make its debut in the Motor City, and that it will do so with an even 300 horsepower (five fewer than the current STI) and 290 pound-feet of torque (identical to the current car). Aside from the more potent 2.5-liter turbocharged flat four, the STI should boast the regular spread of aesthetic upgrades and suspension, brake, chassis and transmission tweaks.
The standard all-wheel-drive WRX will sprint to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.
People tend to get very set in their ways when it comes to the pronunciation of words. Just look at the endless debates over whether or not to say the final 'e' in Porsche (which you should in terms of correct German enunciation). Or the argument about whether to follow the British convention and give the 'u' in Jaguar a special delivery or to say the 'ua' diphthong as more of a 'w' sound, as usually happens in the US.
This short video doesn't answer either of those automotive questions, but it does allow a native Japanese speaker to demonstrate the accepted pronunciations for several, major automakers from the country. One benefit is that it clears up the occasional debate over whether Nissan should be said with a long or short 'i' sound. Also, listen closely to how the female host says Mazda as Matsuda, the way it's actually said in the language. Even if this doesn't change the way you enunciate these brands, at least now you know the accurate way in Japanese.