Outback 2.5xt

Decisions, Decisions

Question

Ever notice how when you’re single you never have just one potential mate? If the cosmic order was bereft of irony, you’d stumble upon a single, perfect individual, the clouds would part and angels would sing. Unfortunately, it’s not like that. Or, at least it’s never been that way with me. After a lengthy dry spell, I’d get twisted up with no less than two seemingly perfect options and be stuck pulling my hair out for days trying to figure which one I’d be happier with. Now that I’m married, I thought I was done with that shit. Not so, Fiends. As you may know, the Bowman household is currently in the mad hunt for a turbo, 5-speed 5-door. As much as I’d love to lay my paws on an S4, I don’t think I can manage the ego (or premiums) necessary to slide behind the wheel of the four rings. So, Subarus it is. I’m all set to make the hike to check out a particularly gravy car when out of the blue comes another perfect option. Hop the jump to see what I’m working with.

Ever notice how when you’re single you never have just one potential mate? If the cosmic order was bereft of irony, you’d stumble upon a single, perfect individual, the clouds would part and angels would sing. Unfortunately, it’s not like that. Or, at least it’s never been that way with me. After a lengthy dry spell, I’d get twisted up with no less than two seemingly perfect options and be stuck pulling my hair out for days trying to figure which one I’d be happier with. Now that I’m married, I thought I was done with that shit. Not so, Fiends. As you may know, the Bowman household is currently in the mad hunt for a turbo, 5-speed 5-door. As much as I’d love to lay my paws on an S4, I don’t think I can manage the ego (or premiums) necessary to slide behind the wheel of the four rings. So, Subarus it is. I’m all set to make the hike to check out a particularly gravy car when out of the blue comes another perfect option. Hop the jump to see what I’m working with.

Forester 2.5xt

Contender number one is a 2004 Forester 2.5XT. Do a little reading on this wagon/CUV/ute and you’ll find the turbo 2.5-liter flat four is the same basic mill as the STi power plant of the same vintage. The turbo’s slightly smaller, but you’re still working with 210 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Roll that goody into a 3,000 lb empty box and you’re looking at 0-60 times in the fives. That’s right, I said fives. The one I’ve laid my peepers on is a 91,000 mile example with a motor out of a 2005. That part’s got me worried, but supposedly an improperly-repaired head gasket led to some head and block damage. The new mill has 70k miles on it, and the interior looks clean as can be. Did I mention the car’s Alpine white? Hot as can be. According to the CarFax and AutoCheck, the car’s from Texas originally, and the second (current) owner had it shipped to NC via car carrier.

Outback 2.5xt
So I’m all set to jump on the Forester 2.5 XT when along comes this raven beauty: a 2005 Outback 2.5 XT. Let me be clear: I’ve lusted after this particular car since it first hit the show room, but had given up the notion of laying my hands on a 5-speed version as they’re about as popular as fried chicken livers in New York. Then, low and behold, a black on black example crops up just an hour from my parents’ house. Mileage is 103k and the price tag is an extra grand more than the Forester. It’s got the space, the looks, and supposedly a clean CarFax. The real cherry part? Both cars are nearly the exact same distance from me.
Which do I go with? The new-motor’d Forester or the longroof Outback? The choices. It’d take us a few extra weeks to amass the cash for the Outback, during which time both cars could vanish before our eyes. I’m headed to Raleigh to see the Forester tomorrow, and the current plan is to use the Outback as a back up if anything seems fishy. The agony.

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