Originally Posted by drew25
but as a scooby is a bit more than a normal car.
ten years ago I used to believe that - a couple of Subarus, (2 impreza's 1 Legacy) later most on here will tell you it is a myth from a bygone era. Used to be scared to use the normal spanners I have in my garage on the car in-case the "special spanner detector" (SSD) system caused the car to immobilse itself and reported me to the MD at Subaru.
Piss taking aside - look at them in the same way you would other cars. Check the service history, take a good long test drive in it, listen out for anything unusual by way or knocks and bangs, or squeeks and squeals, check the overall condition of the car matches the reported mileage, if there is 20,000 on the clock and the pedal rubbers, steering wheel, gear **** and drivers seat are worn away to nothing - walk on by.
Personally I would look for an unmolested and unmodified car. If you buy privately, let the bloke selling the car drive it - if he raggs the nuts of it while cold, or puts it to the red line in every gear, chances are you will buy someone elses problems. Oh and watch out for some of the big BHP claims - every impreza in NI is turning out at least 300 ponies.
Get to drive the car from cold, check for smoke from the exhaust at startup and when under load. Keep a couple of hundred quid in your back pocket, things do go wrong with them just like any other car. Put details here or on ScoobyIreland of any car you are thinking of buying, there is a fair chance someone will know something about its history.
Eastwood motors are a good place to buy from - this is my own buying experience from last year. http://www.scoobyireland.com/forum/g...od-motors.html
The subaru crowd are a friendly and helpful bunch, if you ask nicely, for beer money or a bit of super unleaded some may even offer to go with you to look at those on your shortlist.
When you get her bought, get the photos up.