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  1. Did you sell these in the end?
  2. All good, The engine isnt that different to the ej25s in the old cars, so the pricing should still be about the same. I did remember something about the 5th gens tho, and thats to avoid "09" built ones, as the CVT transmissions were more likely to fail. They recived an update in 2010. The 3.6 is uneffected as that uses the old 5EAT trans instead
  3. At winger? $1500ish? Even at an independent i'd reckon 4 figures. For an aftermarket kit alone it would be about $500, with another $120 for the water pump. Then you've got a fair few hours of labour. On a SOHC EJ motor the cambelt isn't 'too" hard, but you have to diasassemble a bit to get to it, so depending on how mechanical you are you could try yourself 😄
  4. If winger has done it they should be able to tell you if you ask about a particular service, they just cant give you the full service history without the previous owners permission
  5. That's looking really good guys, chuffed my old wagon was good enough to be in it a few times too. It makes me sad to see, but it's a nice send off for my old Legacy, as my dad actually wrote the car off last week coming off SH1!
  6. Here you go, they're based out of Auckland
  7. I've had a similar issue with my car which made changing gear annoying as the rpms wouldn't drop quickly enough when shifting. Mine turned out to be a vacuum leak. I had blown a small hose off the intake manifold. Put it back and cable tied it and then I had to reset the ecu and it went back to normal
  8. I've got Bridgestone RE003 on my WRX. They've managed to be better the the preceding RE002 in ride and noise, and managed to survive Hampton Downs. I know several cars who had them fitted at the last flatnats who swear by them. As a daily they seem better in the wet then the performance Toyo and Falkens I've tried. I've heard they're not the best in very cold situations though. In the standard 205/50/16 fitment my car takes I I've usually managed to get then for about 200 a corner. Also if you've heard of mighty car mods, it's the tyres they fitted to 2 sexy and Gramps.
  9. Unfortunately the cars covered in all the dirt driving from Auckland to Queenstown will bring, but I think they're good photos none the less
  10. OLD; Mana Place, Wiri (a little bit down from where it was taken, but there was random dude sat in a van, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ NEW;
  11. Yep, should be. Always wanted to visit the South island, so this is a good excuse
  12. Cheers, It doesn't look too bad for 250km. Although on the way to the locations I realised my front wheel bearings going Just in time for flat nats!
  13. Looks a bit more run down since you were there. Someone ram-raided the gates! Sensation Yachts - Selwood Road, Henderson new one
  14. I think this is based on a few factors. The first is the kind of Subarus we get in NZ. During the import boom of the 90s we mostly got Turbos like the BG5 GT and EJ25s like the 250t and Grand Wagon/Outback. For the average joe these mostly ended up being unreliable, the turbo motors were pretty highly strung and in need of good fuel and proper servicing, however most people used them as daily drivers, with a majority not treating them as they needed to. I've seen many a GT-b ruined with 91 octane fuel and shitty oil because "its just a Legacy wagon" (not considering that its a Twin Turbo wagon with about 280bhp!!) On the flip side, a lot got modded poorly with not a lot of thought given to longevity causing faults that stouter engines could survive. The ej2.5 motors again suffered with poor care, but also were very prone to Head Gasket issues. Unfortunately, that engine was very common in Japan, and so a lot ended up here after a few years, just in time for them to go pop. Kiwis tend to be pretty rough on their cars. Given the ease of getting a fresh import cheap from Japan, once a car hits a certain age and mileage people stop mostly caring, but once a trend emerges people jump on it and come to the conclusion that "Subarus are unreliable" without thought as to why that might be.