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Sorry if in wrong place... long time lurker, first post.

After over 2 yrs of waiting, got an Impreza this summer... its been nothing but problems.

I've loves subbies since I can remember and finally after what seemed like a lifetime of test drives and research, I snagged a '01 GC8 with 101k for $3000 this summer. The previous owner has since become a good friend of mine and I know the car was taken care off yet it has had issue after issue. I'll stick to the big ones...

First- Strange "grinding/metal-vibrating" noise from left rear. Discovered that rear axle (half shaft) was slowing coming out of the rear LSD. Not cheap but the axle was beyond repair and replaced and all was great... for three days.

Three days later- Even stranger noise coming from underneath and a little in front of the "stick" (sorry, my car knowledge is limited and I've had three finals today). Subaru thinks its a problem in the transfer case but want $400 to know for sure... got a second opinion at a transmission specialist and he his almost certain that its a broken bearing in the front diff. Either way they are estimated around $1600 minimum to fix.

Today, I had to drive the car to class (8 miles) and on my way home noticed that the original "griding/metal-vibrating noise" coming from my rear left again. Called subaru and he thinks its related to the transfer case issue but won't know until they open it up. Could a problem in the transfer case be causing noises in the rear left? And if not, why does it seem that my axle wont stay in the diff?

Any and all advice is welcome. I'm willing to work my entire break at both jobs and think I could save up $1500-2000. But if I fix the "front" problem to find out that rear dif is messed up too and I have replace the rear dif and re-replace the axle I will have thrown away all the money I made because there's absolutely no way I'll be able to swing any more money until summer.

Oh.. and my driveway is covered in spots. Shits leaking...

Please help. Should I sell? Fix? Part out? Drive it into the river?
 

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You can get an entire transmission for under $1000. The labor price is high because it includes basically taking half of the drivetrain apart. I don't know where you're from, but it's possible you could find a member on here that would be interested in helping you swap the transmission for a new one. It would most likely cost way less than $1500.


As far as the issue, I've never had the problem. I think it's just bad luck that these several things have broken all around the same time. It's rare, but these things do happen. When I first bought my wagon I had to drop an extra $500 in parts, but now it drives fine and hasnt let me down in 20,000 miles. Good luck solving your issue!
 

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could be any number of things. wheel bearings, brake pads, backing plates, axles, diffs, driveshaft, transmission... its hard to say without looking. rarely do transmissions actually just "go bad" unless they were abused and parts internally started breaking.

unfortunately though, without looking at the car in person, test driving, and crawling underneath, its gonna be a hard diagnosis
 

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just going to have to bite the bullet and fix it, sometimes it seems like there is nothing but problems, but if you love the car enough you'll fix it, then work on preventative maintenance.


the high cost that it will be is the downfall of not being mechanically inclined, but the best part is YOU CAN LEARN. great opportunity to get in there and get your hands dirty.




otherwise you could give me the car and I will take good care of it for you :D
 

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replace the trans. rs transs' are cheap anyways. I went from not knowing how to change my own oil to doing clutchs, suspension, brakes, stereo, chilton and haynes manuals are very helpful when your clueless.
 
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