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True, but the Japanese made Toyotas are dying off. Fortunately, my mom was the lucky ones to have 1 of a few hundred Japan made Camry Hybrids.

Chances are you are leaking a head gasket as well? Is it a turbo? Apparently the turbos head gaskets don't leak as often as the N/A Subbies.

 

I could get great financing from other companies but i'll finance a new car at a future date. Actually, I knew that my head gasket was going to go very soon because it had 164k kms on it with the original head gasket; around when it usually goes. Once that is fixed and over with, I should get 4+ more years out of it no problem. Clutch is good, gearbox is good, timing belt is new, water pump is new, got differential fluids washed and transmission fluid, everything is in tip top condition other than the leaky head gasket. And besides, that Boxer rumble is just mesmerizing every time I drive. I need new headers to amplify that rumble hahaha! And yes Octane has a large contribution to a performance cars life... Isn't this the basics people? Especially on a  RX-8, that's a given. 

 

I agree with you on the Oil. Once you go synthetic, you don't go back. And Japanese made vehicles are "generally" of better quality than other ones. My family friend is a mechanic at Toyota's factory in Japan and they have strict rules of double-checking absolutely everything on the car before shipping it out.

Yah but what if your head gasket leaks again in 2 months? If yo like the car soo much I can understand you will pay anything to drive it.

 

I still strongly believe the grade of gas you put if your car does have a big affect on your car in the long run. I not to long ago saw a man filling up his BMW X3 or X5 (can't remember) with regular 87 octane, I am positive it requires 91 or higher. I would not be suprised if that man receives engine problems in the future. 

 

BTW Husky has its highest premium grade at 94 too I believe. 

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I still strongly believe the grade of gas you put if your car does have a big affect on your car in the long run. I not to long ago saw a man filling up his BMW X3 or X5 (can't remember) with regular 87 octane, I am positive it requires 91 or higher. I would not be suprised if that man receives engine problems in the future. 

 

 

Yes, it definitely does does have an effect as I described earlier. If the engine requires 91 and you run lower then it will run non optimal tuning settings in order to protect the engine. And when that is the case you are relying on a knock sensor, which monitors pressure spikes in the cylinder, to tell the control unit when you are knocking so it can change settings and protect your engine. The system is set up that way to protect it in case a lower octane fuel is put it but not meant to be relied upon to run the engine with 87 all the time.

 

So I would agree, he will be at risk of damaging his engine

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Yah but what if your head gasket leaks again in 2 months? If yo like the car soo much I can understand you will pay anything to drive it.

 

I still strongly believe the grade of gas you put if your car does have a big affect on your car in the long run. I not to long ago saw a man filling up his BMW X3 or X5 (can't remember) with regular 87 octane, I am positive it requires 91 or higher. I would not be suprised if that man receives engine problems in the future. 

 

BTW Husky has its highest premium grade at 94 too I believe. 

 

It just won't. The reason why repaired head gaskets leak is because the mechanic wasn't Subaru specialized. Once it's fixed, I say the engine is good to go for another 100k kms as funny as it sounds. Subaru's are going past the 300k mark nowadays. If something's going to go, it's not going to be another head gasket anytime soon. And besides, Subaru released an engine coolant additive to prevent head gaskets from leaking. The entire fix is going to cost somewhere between 1.6-$1.8K depending if the bearings and oil seals are okay or not.

 

Trust me, I've seen worse. Porsche Panamera Turbo filling up Costco 87... GG... I choose not to reveal the gender because that might be seen as sexist, but I believe if it was a decently educated male or female about Automobiles, this could have been prevented wink.gif

 

Husky? The ones here are 87-91 and diesel... BC....

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Well what you are suggesting isn't very rational. You are assuming after your car is fixed it will run for another 100k. There are soo many different parts that could be faulty in the future. Also there are a lot of cars of every make that run to 300k. Just browse on kijijiji, you can find Audi a4's with 250k or cars you think would never get past 50k like a piece of junk Chevy cavalier with 250k. More realistically I would say your Subaru will run for another 50k and may run into problems.

Did you mean not to reveal their race or gender? If you meant gender you have revealed it either way: female. But wow seriously? That is crazy! All Porsche models whether they are turbo or not must have premium fuel! That is someone you would not want to buy a used car from. I can't understand it though, they can afford a 150 thousand dollar car(unless they are wanna-be and leasing,spending half their monthly income on it) but you can't afford 15 dollars extra to fill up seriously!

Husky in Alberta has 94 Octane, I believe. There is actually one very near my house and I see Aston Martin DBS, Ferrari F430 Spyder and Porsche Panamera Turbo S filling up their. I assume they are taking 94 ONLY!
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Well what you are suggesting isn't very rational. You are assuming after your car is fixed it will run for another 100k. There are soo many different parts that could be faulty in the future. Also there are a lot of cars of every make that run to 300k. Just browse on kijijiji, you can find Audi a4's with 250k or cars you think would never get past 50k like a piece of junk Chevy cavalier with 250k. More realistically I would say your Subaru will run for another 50k and may run into problems.
Did you mean not to reveal their race or gender? If you meant gender you have revealed it either way: female. But wow seriously? That is crazy! All Porsche models whether they are turbo or not must have premium fuel! That is someone you would not want to buy a used car from. I can't understand it though, they can afford a 150 thousand dollar car(unless they are wanna-be and leasing,spending half their monthly income on it) but you can't afford 15 dollars extra to fill up seriously!
Husky in Alberta has 94 Octane, I believe. There is actually one very near my house and I see Aston Martin DBS, Ferrari F430 Spyder and Porsche Panamera Turbo S filling up their. I assume they are taking 94 ONLY!

 

Me having a decent knowledge of cars and my mechanic being very experienced as well, nothing else is wrong with the engine itself. I forgot to mention that I went to my mechanic this afternoon and observed half of the engine apart together. Only things that need replacing is the head gasket and bearings. Everything else is good to go but I will replace the oil rings as well. Realistically speaking, the engine should be fine. Transmission seems okay and tires need replacing soon. Other than that, I'm set for a few years HOPEFULLY... What I said above was about gender as I clearly stated. The not revealing part was more of a humorous approach

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How expensive are cars in Canada? Planx you said you paid over $4K for that Subaru and you knew it needed serious repairs. Is that considered a good deal up there?

Its funny listening to you guys talk about 100,000 kilometers(I'm assuming km) that's really nothing in California (or the West Coast for that matter) . One of our 1995 Toyota Tacoma delivery trucks has over 500,000 miles ( speedometer/odometer broke like 2 years ago at like 485000) on the stock engine/trans and only 1 clutch change. We don't really do regular maintenance since they do oil changes around every 6 months no matter how many miles its traveled. And most of the time the gas we put in it comes out of the gas tanks of the cars we are taking apart (Its an auto dismantling yard/ a fancy junk yard). My uncle has a 97 540i with 350000 miles (he does keep it very well maintained though) he still gets from LA to my house here in Vegas in about 3 hours (its almost 300miles).


Edited by alv4426 - 8/25/12 at 10:23pm
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How expensive are cars in Canada? Planx you said you paid over $4K for that Subaru and you knew it needed serious repairs. Is that considered a good deal up there?

Its funny listening to you guys talk about 100,000 kilometers(I'm assuming km) that's really nothing in California (or the West Coast for that matter) . One of our 1995 Toyota Tacoma delivery trucks has over 500,000 miles ( speedometer/odometer broke like 2 years ago at like 485000) on the stock engine/trans and only 1 clutch change. We don't really do regular maintenance since they do oil changes around every 6 months no matter how many miles its traveled. And most of the time the gas we put in it comes out of the gas tanks of the cars we are taking apart (Its an auto dismantling yard/ a fancy junk yard). My uncle has a 97 540i with 350000 miles (he does keep it very well maintained though) he still gets from LA to my house here in Vegas in about 3 hours (its almost 300miles).

 

Significantly more than the states. Difficult to calculate exactly how much more because of currency and taxes etc. I would say I got a pretty good deal on it. It only needed one serious repair and it's going to cost me roughly 1.6-1.8K and considering I bought the car for $4850, that adds up to around $7000 with new brakes and new head gasket once it's fully repaired. My budget was around $8k anyways so I'm pretty happy with my purchase. What else am I going to get for $8k with AWD? (my university is on top of a mountain so I really need AWD).

 

Hahaha sounds like the typical Toyota Tacoma/Hilux! Wish we had the diesel version here in N.America... Topgear people! How to kill a Toyota haha.

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So I'm just getting my head gasket fixed as we speak from an independant Subaru and Volvo specialist. So should I go synthetic the next oil change or at another date?

 

I would go fossil till the next oil change just in case then do the switch if everything is normal.  You need to rule out the chance of a warped cylinder head or the block needing to be decked before you spend money on good synthetic.  Did he check that before dropping on another gasket?

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I would go fossil till the next oil change just in case then do the switch if everything is normal.  You need to rule out the chance of a warped cylinder head or the block needing to be decked before you spend money on good synthetic.  Did he check that before dropping on another gasket?

 

He's already going to machine the cylinders and block. It's sunday tomorrow (duh) so I'm going to call him monday to see how the progress is so far. We breifly checked the cylinders and they didn't seem warped at all. On Subaru forums, they said chances are my cylinder heads and block isn't warped because I only had an oil leak, not coolant+oil. And the problem just happened last week pretty much so I doubt any overheating and warping

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He's already going to machine the cylinders and block. It's sunday tomorrow (duh) so I'm going to call him monday to see how the progress is so far. We breifly checked the cylinders and they didn't seem warped at all. On Subaru forums, they said chances are my cylinder heads and block isn't warped because I only had an oil leak, not coolant+oil. And the problem just happened last week pretty much so I doubt any overheating and warping

 

Cool beans.  If he decks the block  I assume he'd do both sides even if the leak is just one side?  Otherwise you'd get two different compression ratios on both sides if you use the same gasket and could get more vibration and slightly rougher performance only doing one side.

post #641 of 1117
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Did you install any aftermarket bulbs?  Just checking.

Nope, bone stock.
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Should be covered by warranty? If not, check the fuse. If not, take it to Hyundai and let then take care of it. Electricals is one thing I don't like to mess around with on a car.

It should be, I'm bringing it in and having them change the oil as well due to laziness.
post #642 of 1117
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Cool beans.  If he decks the block  I assume he'd do both sides even if the leak is just one side?  Otherwise you'd get two different compression ratios on both sides if you use the same gasket and could get more vibration and slightly rougher performance only doing one side.

Yup, doing both sides. The full fix even though it is one side.
post #643 of 1117
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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post

How expensive are cars in Canada? Planx you said you paid over $4K for that Subaru and you knew it needed serious repairs. Is that considered a good deal up there?
Its funny listening to you guys talk about 100,000 kilometers(I'm assuming km) that's really nothing in California (or the West Coast for that matter) . One of our 1995 Toyota Tacoma delivery trucks has over 500,000 miles ( speedometer/odometer broke like 2 years ago at like 485000) on the stock engine/trans and only 1 clutch change. We don't really do regular maintenance since they do oil changes around every 6 months no matter how many miles its traveled. And most of the time the gas we put in it comes out of the gas tanks of the cars we are taking apart (Its an auto dismantling yard/ a fancy junk yard). My uncle has a 97 540i with 350000 miles (he does keep it very well maintained though) he still gets from LA to my house here in Vegas in about 3 hours (its almost 300miles).

New cars in the US are definately cheaper by a few thousand. For example my dad wanted to buy a Toyota highlander v6 4x4. In Alberta the base price was 39,999 before GST and delivery. I looked in the US the base price was 36,999 for the same model. As far as used cars go. It really depends. Used Subaru wrx sti are a few grand cheaper then in the US then here. On the other hand pickup trucks might even be cheaper here! Our taxes here are lower then in the US, I think. In Alberta tax is 5%. I was just in Washington and tax was 9.5%.

100,000 kilometers is not considered a lot to me. I would say about 200,000 is high. But there are tons of Acura for sale with 250 or beyond 300k. There are some 4runners with over 400k!

As for the truck you are talking about. I think they are built to last longer. It's the same for semi trucks, they run with over 1 million miles.

Planx: you paid 4k for a legacy. What year and what was the milage? That seems high for a car needing work.
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2009 Lexus IS250 AWD -- I need new pics, I got the windshield tinted recently.

 

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New cars in the US are definately cheaper by a few thousand. For example my dad wanted to buy a Toyota highlander v6 4x4. In Alberta the base price was 39,999 before GST and delivery. I looked in the US the base price was 36,999 for the same model. As far as used cars go. It really depends. Used Subaru wrx sti are a few grand cheaper then in the US then here. On the other hand pickup trucks might even be cheaper here! Our taxes here are lower then in the US, I think. In Alberta tax is 5%. I was just in Washington and tax was 9.5%.
100,000 kilometers is not considered a lot to me. I would say about 200,000 is high. But there are tons of Acura for sale with 250 or beyond 300k. There are some 4runners with over 400k!
As for the truck you are talking about. I think they are built to last longer. It's the same for semi trucks, they run with over 1 million miles.
Planx: you paid 4k for a legacy. What year and what was the milage? That seems high for a car needing work.

 

BC has the highest tax in Canada from what I'm aware of? Maybe the east coast is higher, I'm not too sure. 2000 Legacy GT with 160k kms. It was a good deal, considering the $1.6K work needed. And the car didn't "need" work, it's just a maintenance like with every other car. Replacing a clutch costs well above $1k as well so it's hard to argue that my car was exceptionally high in the pricepoint.

 

EDIT: I lied, a clutch replacement for a LGT costs roughly $600-800. I was told front wheel drive cars costs more to replace clutches?


Edited by planx - 8/26/12 at 3:34pm
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