Juddian

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  1. Thankyou chaps, i'll invest in a set of JIS screwdrivers, and keep them separate, only have the one old verging on classic Merc now so any tinkering i do from now on will be on Toyota or Subaru, or the odd whatever box the daughters buy into, one is into Honda in a big way, not sure what screws they use both cars made in Swindon. My only complaint about Subarus is just how awkward spark plug changes are, i still bear the scars on the back of my wrists from fitting a set to the H6 Outback some 5/6 years back.
  2. I wish it hadn't happened, my fault leaving that blinking gate where it was, it's hardly a surprise when a cocker and sprocker/retriever (appears to have been something else in our cocker's heritage, hence George's rather unusual make up) go bonkers when chasing anything that moves. Whatever the screws are, this is one aspect of Japanese cars (Subaru/Toyota) i really like, even after donkeys years seldom does a bolt or screw fail to undo, unlike other euro makes where you are lucky if anything underneath suspension wise especially comes apart without extensive use of an angle grinder or gas axe.
  3. lamp unit arrived quickly, well packaged and in good condition, all at a very fair price £23 plus free postage 😎, i transferred the small loom and light fittings and bulbs from my broken light onto the bought in lamp body cos mine is a low mileage motor that has seen almost no salt...thanks goodness Scoobys are old school made ie philips screws to hold the loom on, doing things like this isn't always possible on euroboxes. not sure how much they are involved with Subarus, they seem to be a general scrappy, but you could do worse than look up ''daautopartsdirect'' (Dumfries based i believe) on the bay of E if you need used parts if my experience is anything to go by.
  4. Found one on the bay, have bought it, hope its a good un when it arrives. Thankyou for looking peoples.
  5. Thanks The Hoff, very good of you anyway. edit, thought i posted this thankyou reply yesterday, either i'm losing the plot (most likely) or it vanished, here's hoping.
  6. Sadly not, mine is the last year of SG9 production, but thanks for looking. Fortunately the clear cover is punctured with a 50p sized hole which clear tape has waterproofed, so it's not desperately urgent to replace, just looks bad...could have been a lot worse, luckily the tailgate was open when the tubular steel gate fell on the car (one of the dogs trying to get at birds in the hedge must have shifted it) otherwise the tailgate rear window might have been smashed as well plus the tailgate would have needed painting, so i'm grateful it was only the light unit. Any idea what a new one from Subaru would cost, just out of interest.
  7. What a bind, managed to break the clear plastic lens on the OSR light cluster, SG9 2008. Anyone breaking one of these, or any suggestion where to find a new lamp unit at an affordable price, dare say i'll need to be sitting down at the dealer parts desk if i have to go there.
  8. Agree with Vred Sportracs, an excellent tyre. We have two sets for the XT, Fulda Sport Control thingies in 17" flavour, these really are very good tyres in both wet and dry, stick like the proverbial to a blanket, But, a hard noisy ride is the price paid and when they are worn out i shall find something else, possibly Falkens which are doing very well on daughter's Civic which she thrashes to hell, but you won't find much better in the wet than Uniroyal Rainsports, though to be fair i've never tried them on a Scoob myself and they wear quickly but are usually cheap to buy from Camskill or similar. The winter set, 16", are Cooper Weathermaster and once during last winter the car felt extremely skittish on one particular roundabout, but that never repeated itself elsewhere and i think it was either excess salt dropped there attracting the damp, or possibly a previous fuel spillage, the ride on these tyres is much softer and forgiving and i could well be tempted to move away from the 17" and go for 16" all year round....those 215/55 x 17 sizes are particularly expensive too, much more palatable in 215/60 x 16. As for general skittishness, i agree with above this must be the tyres unless there is a serious fault with the car, the previous Outback and the current XT have been the most stable in all weather cars i've ever driven, just point in the direction you want to go and the cars just sort it all out for you.
  9. Corrosion wise, the Forester has had an easy life corrosion not an issue, though i have extensively rustproofed it anyway with Bilt Hamber's finest. The Outback was obviously a much older and cheaper car, but apart from exhaust the only real rust was on the rear subframe, again i de-rusted that and rustproofed it and it never was an issue again, but i hasted to add neither car had lived in Scotland. The biggest issue with all Japanese cars is how susceptible to salt corrosion the brake calipers are, so bank on fully stripping cleaning and lubing those on any car you get, standard Brembo discs and pads are reasonably priced at ECP, especially when they have a sale on online, and they have improved the braking on every vehicle i have fitted them to. One thing i forgot to mention about 3 litre Outbacks, or at least the up to 03 models, the cats sit just below the inner drive shaft couplings and the heat from them will cause early failure of the rubber boots, fortunately these cars were made to be worked on in such areas and the drive shafts fully dismantle quite easily so new boots and regrease is an easy sat morn job. If you take a torch and peer down from above at the rear of the engine both sides you should be able to see the inner boots when checking a vehicle over. Hope you find yourself a good one, as you mention prices are all over the shop.
  10. The problem with Subarus, and Landcruisers the same, is that so many of them spent their early years in Scotland and the North, where salt damage is much worse, and unfortunately few people realise the car exists underneath so never even bother to hose the salt out at the end of winter, neglected vehicles in such an environment won't last long. The other issue with such vehicles down south, is have they been used for boat launching, so have the back end dipped in salt water every few weeks. A few years ago they started to put the addresses of MOT stations on the MOT history, but that has since stopped, pity, it made avoiding Scottish vehicles much easier, so now you're relying on the service history alone to work out where the car spent it's time unless its a one owner jobbie. My advice is don't be in a rush, my present Landcruiser and the good lady's Forester we were not even looking to buy either, i just happen to have kept an eye on the ads, both Trader and Ebay motors, and both of the present cars stood out as being good examples of exactly what we wanted. For individual cars like these you have to be prepared to travel, and quickly, the Toyota in particular good examples get snapped up quickly because there's a lot of neglected rusty underbody examples out there and i've driven 150 odd miles to look at supposedly pristine examples only to be back in my car within 5 minutes of seeing the misdescribed thing, haven't even opened the doors or bonnet in some cases, luckily it was a Monday and my rest days usually fall on a Mon, so we shot 75 miles pronto and bought mine the same morning it went online, had been traded in for a new motorhome and for sale at the same place and all my boxes were ticked. So long as you've got some transport for the time being i'd wait until the right car crops up, it will appear but you might have to wait several months, but be prepared to move very quickly when the right one comes up.
  11. To give you an idea we paid a grand more than that for a 2008 with 27k miles probably 18 months ago.
  12. Cut off point for VED rip off is as i recall is March 23rd 2006, so registered after that date its well over £500. We're in that band with the good lady's car, but we bought it well underpriced (it had only done 27k miles) so the difference in VED is already paid for as it were for as long as we're likely to keep it. Any car in the top ved band is going to be a hard sell when the time comes, so make sure you buy it cheap enough. The car and engine you are looking at is an unknown quantity, only you can judge the car on its merits, though doing your research on the indy might throw up whether this is likely to be a gem or a lemon, first question is what sort of warranty, and on what, is the chap prepared to offer, i don't mean a worthless bombsite authur daley special either, i mean the indy himself warranting the car...something my MB indy always did on car he sold on.
  13. Wifey has gone from a 2002 H6 Outback, to a 2008 2.5 XT Forester. Outback softer ride, quieter, more refined, solidly planted on the road, no matter what the weather if you've got decent tyres on the car will just do whatever you ask of it. XT faster, much noisier inside, harder ride, more nimble but can feel a little skittish in comparison to the glued to the road Outback, due to the estate section being square there seems as much room in the boot as the Outback for the dogs. Not a great deal of difference in fuel costs, we had both converted to LPG which they run well on. Exhausts for H6 are not cheap, we ended up getting a full stainless system fitted for less than the cost of the genuine by-pass silencer (on the pre 03 model), there is no correct aftermarket standard system available for the 3.0 litre up to 03 that i could find, sellers try to pass off the 2.5 silencer as the same, they aint.
  14. Slipped the summer wheels and tyres back on the Foz this afternoon, 17" as against the 16" winter set, quieter but noticeably harder ride.
  15. I've driven artics for over 40 years now, the worse thing they ever did was to fit speed limiters, it has been the prime causation of the endless lines of lorries and the hated elephant overtakes. Unfortunately it's also yet another dumbing down tool, (it joins all the three letter acronyms that remove the need for skill and vehicle control, with predictable results) and it would be mayhem if they removed lorry limiters now. Unless you've driven vehicles limited to the approximate same speed as others, you have no idea just how horrible the experience is, tailgating bullying carving up forcing in, all these things will increase once you get limiters. Apparently the limiters being proposed for cars can be overridden, but we all know it's the thin end of the wedge, and within a very short time that override will be removed.