Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-31-07, 03:26 PM   #1
eofelis 
The Rock Cycle
Thread Starter
 
eofelis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western Colorado
Bikes: Salsa Vaya Ti, Specialized Ruby, Gunnar Sport, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Jamis Dragon, Novara Randonee x2
Posts: 1,660
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
What should I do with this car?

What should I do with this car?

I have a 1991 Subaru Legacy wagon with 161,000 miles on it. I got it in 1999 with 113,000 miles for $5000cash, so it's long paid off. It has run well all along and only needed the usual things that wear out fixed. The body is mostly in good shape except for a big dent in the passenger side front door where a drunk driver hit it in the parking lot last fall. I got $2000 from the other driver for the damages. I didn't fix the door as it still functioned fine.

I drive the car once or twice a week and sometimes out of town. I've put 1000 miles on it since Jan 2007 when the oil was changed. I've been keeping an eye on the oil and I noticed that it seemed to be losing oil, up to a qt. It is parked in a garage so I can see there is no fresh oil on the floor. I had the cam seals done back in 2000, and the valve cover gaskets were done a few months ago. So it must be burning through the rings. No noticeable smoke from tailpipe though.

I bought this from the first owners and the folder of maintainance reciepts doesn't show any engine repairs.

Then the other day the muffler goes. It's embarassingly noisy to drive, so it's been sitting. Checked around and a new muffler is $125.

I'm wondering what to do. Researching online I could try putting in 5W-30 oil and a substance called Restore (this info from Car Talks website) to try to nurse a few more miles out of it. The engine may be on it's way out, should I go ahead and put a muffler on it if the vultures are going to be circling soon?
__________________
Gunnar Sport
Specialized Ruby
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX
Jamis Dakar XCR
eofelis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 04:45 PM   #2
Stacey
Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP)
 
Stacey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 9,161
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A quart in a K is not a problem with that kind of mileage. When you're doing a quart in 500 and billowing blue smoke out the back when you lift your foot off the throtle, thn it's a problem.

Some cars you just change the filter and add oil.
__________________
Stacey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 04:51 PM   #3
cohophysh
fishologist
 
cohophysh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Pacific Northwest
Bikes: Diamondback MTB; Leader 736R
Posts: 1,201
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have owned several subarus and they have all started burning more oil as the mileage gets higher, I think it pretty much burns up through the rings...none of mine smoked. also, those subaru horizontal engines are pretty bomb proof, you will find that they can get upto 300k miles out of them. I just carried extra oil!
__________________
We cannot solve problems with the same level of consciousness that created them. A.E.

1990 Diamond Back MTB
2007 Leader 736R
www.cohocyclist.blogspot.com
http://www.loopd.com/members/cohocyclist/Default.aspx


cohophysh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 05:11 PM   #4
randya
Senior Member
 
randya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: in bed with your mom
Bikes: who cares?
Posts: 13,689
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
oil loss could be worn valve guides, that's a cheaper fix than a ring job.
randya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 05:18 PM   #5
cuda2k
Unique Vintage Steel
 
cuda2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Allen, TX
Bikes: Kirk Frameworks JKS-C, Serotta Nova, Gazelle AB-Frame, Fuji Team Issue, Schwinn Crosscut, All-City Space Horse
Posts: 11,486
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Restore is an awesome product, it is the stuff in the aluminum can in red/blue/black labeling I believe correct?
cuda2k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 05:35 PM   #6
Stacey
Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP)
 
Stacey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 9,161
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Will it quiet noisey lifters? I have this lifter that just ticks away like a cheap sewing machine,
__________________
Stacey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 06:54 PM   #7
EthanYQX
Why not?
 
EthanYQX's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Canada
Bikes: Giant STP 2
Posts: 845
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by eofelis View Post
What should I do with this car?

I have a 1991 Subaru Legacy wagon with 161,000 miles on it. I got it in 1999 with 113,000 miles for $5000cash, so it's long paid off. It has run well all along and only needed the usual things that wear out fixed. The body is mostly in good shape except for a big dent in the passenger side front door where a drunk driver hit it in the parking lot last fall. I got $2000 from the other driver for the damages. I didn't fix the door as it still functioned fine.

I drive the car once or twice a week and sometimes out of town. I've put 1000 miles on it since Jan 2007 when the oil was changed. I've been keeping an eye on the oil and I noticed that it seemed to be losing oil, up to a qt. It is parked in a garage so I can see there is no fresh oil on the floor. I had the cam seals done back in 2000, and the valve cover gaskets were done a few months ago. So it must be burning through the rings. No noticeable smoke from tailpipe though.

I bought this from the first owners and the folder of maintainance reciepts doesn't show any engine repairs.

Then the other day the muffler goes. It's embarassingly noisy to drive, so it's been sitting. Checked around and a new muffler is $125.

I'm wondering what to do. Researching online I could try putting in 5W-30 oil and a substance called Restore (this info from Car Talks website) to try to nurse a few more miles out of it. The engine may be on it's way out, should I go ahead and put a muffler on it if the vultures are going to be circling soon?
Legacy's rule.
EthanYQX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 07:06 PM   #8
maximan1
Mr. Maximan1
 
maximan1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Anaheim and Fullerton (SoCal)
Bikes: Puch Superleicht, Nishiki moutain project, Trek 2300 carbon composite
Posts: 1,300
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll buy it for $15
__________________
www.olgapetrovart.com
maximan1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 07:08 PM   #9
EthanYQX
Why not?
 
EthanYQX's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Canada
Bikes: Giant STP 2
Posts: 845
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by maximan1 View Post
I'll buy it for $15
Mine? Or his?
EthanYQX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 07:09 PM   #10
maximan1
Mr. Maximan1
 
maximan1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Anaheim and Fullerton (SoCal)
Bikes: Puch Superleicht, Nishiki moutain project, Trek 2300 carbon composite
Posts: 1,300
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Both
__________________
www.olgapetrovart.com
maximan1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 07:11 PM   #11
EthanYQX
Why not?
 
EthanYQX's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Canada
Bikes: Giant STP 2
Posts: 845
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by maximan1 View Post
Both
It's yours. Pick it up Monday.

Last edited by EthanYQX; 08-31-07 at 07:17 PM.
EthanYQX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 07:27 PM   #12
maximan1
Mr. Maximan1
 
maximan1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Anaheim and Fullerton (SoCal)
Bikes: Puch Superleicht, Nishiki moutain project, Trek 2300 carbon composite
Posts: 1,300
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Then Ima sell the crappier one to Pheard.
__________________
www.olgapetrovart.com
maximan1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 07:29 PM   #13
EthanYQX
Why not?
 
EthanYQX's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Canada
Bikes: Giant STP 2
Posts: 845
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by maximan1 View Post
Then Ima sell the crappier one to Pheard.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

God I love Photoshop!
EthanYQX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 08:21 PM   #14
Michigander
Senior Member
 
Michigander's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes: Giant ATX 1200, Schwinn Peleton
Posts: 1,724
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
You know the saying, don't crush it, restore it. They have fresher motors at the junk yard. They have mufflers too.
__________________
Bring back the Sig Test!


(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")
Michigander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 09:33 PM   #15
eofelis 
The Rock Cycle
Thread Starter
 
eofelis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western Colorado
Bikes: Salsa Vaya Ti, Specialized Ruby, Gunnar Sport, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Jamis Dragon, Novara Randonee x2
Posts: 1,660
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to put the new muffler on and keep the oil topped up and just drive it (occasionally). I'll look for the Restore product when I go to the store.
__________________
Gunnar Sport
Specialized Ruby
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX
Jamis Dakar XCR
eofelis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-07, 10:14 PM   #16
lyeinyoureye
Senior Citizen
 
lyeinyoureye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: no
Bikes: yes
Posts: 1,347
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Try calling/going to a few muffler shops to see if they'll weld a used muffler they have on, shouldn't be more than $50. Instead of using restore, try thicker oils like 10or15W-40/20W-50, etc to see if that slows consumption. My pickup has ~230k+ miles on it and will burn a quart or two every 3k miles w/ a 30W, but is fine w/ a 40W.

Last edited by lyeinyoureye; 09-01-07 at 07:52 AM.
lyeinyoureye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-07, 07:00 AM   #17
jhota
blithering idiot
 
jhota's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: beautiful coastal South Carolina
Bikes: 1991 Trek 930, 2005 Bianchi Eros, 2006 Nashbar "X," IRO Rob Roy
Posts: 1,263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
161k is nothing on that car. old Scoobys are like old Toyotas and Hondas - built to last forever. wish there were car companies still building cars that way. i've got over 280k on a 1990 Civic, and go through about a quart every 3k miles. both the head and oil pan gaskets are original, and it gets beat on every day - past redline is not an unfamiliar place to be.

so yeah, pop a muffler on it and drive!
jhota is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-07, 09:04 AM   #18
gaston_45
just for randya
 
gaston_45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Oregon
Bikes: Gary Fisher Mullet
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You should do this!
http://www.funonwheels.net/hirisesubaru/pages/home.htm
gaston_45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:45 PM.