Rebuilt Outback 2004

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by gilach, Sep 26, 2004.

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    gilach Guest

    buying a damaged car that's been rebuilt

    hello all,

    i'm looking into 2004 Outback that's been in an accident.I'm not sure if
    it the title shows salvage. Anyway, my question is what should i look out
    for? What are some inherient problems with a car that's had the frame
    straightened and furthermore what kind of issues can a car like this have
    later on in it's life? Basically, i will look to see if the car drives
    "straight" ie both the front and rear axles are alighned properly and that
    it doesn't drive down the road sideways...but what are some other test that
    you would suggest. Thanks again for the advice.

    best, paul.
    gilach, Sep 26, 2004
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    Hallraker Guest

    I've had two encounters with SUVs in my '95 Outback, and it seems to run and
    drive just fine. I'd be more concerned about the place that fixed it than
    the actual status of the wreck. Although my Outback is still a great
    vehicle, the first body shop kept messing things up, forcing me to return,
    and the second body shop did an awful job of matching the paint. (I realize
    that paint matching on a 10 year old car is difficult, but it's as if they
    didn't even try.) Anyway, the first accident impaled my car on a 2 foot
    long trailer hitch, which tweaked the frame a bit, and the second accident
    was cosmetic body panel damage all along the driver's side.

    Hallraker, Sep 27, 2004
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    Jim Stewart Guest

    Run it through the strongest carwash you can
    find and see if any water comes in. I bought
    a Taurus that had been in an accident and the
    passenger side leaked like being a downpour.
    *I* didn't discover it until it was too late.

    Check that while driving straight under heavy
    acceleration, it doesn't pull to one side or
    the other.

    Have a mechanic put it on a lift and check
    for dented brake lines, exhaust pipes, etc.
    Get his opinion on the car's condition and
    what might have happened to it.

    You might also want to take a tape measure and
    check that it's at the same height on each
    side, front and back.
    Jim Stewart, Sep 27, 2004
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    hippo Guest

    ALl of the previous, plus do a quick visual inside and out. All door
    shutlines should be the same. Dash should be same distance from each side
    of the car. Everything should open and shut properly without binding. No
    strange colours inside bumpers/fenders/engine bay or anywhere else not
    normally seen but still visible. If you're serious, check there'll be no
    future impact on your insurance, get a shop you trust to check it over
    (mech and panel) and pay the money for a 4wheel align with a printed
    before and after report. My 91 wagon was a serious rebuild. Ran great for
    320,000Km. Cheers
    hippo, Sep 27, 2004
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    DragonRider Guest

    As mentioned by the others with the checks and definitely take it to a
    high-pressure wash and hit every spot of the car you can for a while.
    $4-5 in the car wash could save you a ton down the road. Also, if it's
    a Salvage or branded title don't even think about paying more than
    1/3rd the average retail value of the car. Maybe even less. Lastly,
    check with your insurance company before you buy it. Many of them will
    not cover branded titles and some will only cover them for Liability
    (they won't pay twice on the same totaled car). Also, if you plan to
    finance it, most banks won't touch a branded title.
    DragonRider, Sep 27, 2004
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    CompUser Guest

    And do what we do, all the time...have a buddy
    tail you down a straight road, and check if the
    vehicle is "going sideways" while straight.
    CompUser, Sep 27, 2004
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