My poor wonder-wedge – a 1986 Subaru XT – they don’t made cool cars like THIS anymore!
My Soob and I have logged many hours together, travelling about town – going on the highway – just having a grand old time. One thing I love about cars like Subarus is that they tend to run forever! Even after over 100K and 30 years after being made, it still purrs like a kitten. Only problem now is that a major component of this wondermobile is having some issues.
These cars were made with a split axle – two CV axles, actually. It’s so weird – then again, just about everything with this car is! Anyway, there is no straight across axle for this type of car – it comes in two pieces! So now it’s doing the pop-pop-pop and tug-tug-tug, which to me means the axles are starting to fall apart after all this time, which is NOT a good thing to have happen. So now I’m faced with a conundrum – get it fixed and shell out some green – or let it sit and just drive the family beast.
Truth be told – I’m rather fond of my little battle-pod, and would be sad to see it go by the wayside. You know how it is when you get that “one cool car” that you just have to keep around – like your muscle cars, convertibles, and the like. I used to have a ’74 Mustang that I loved the heck out of – until the timing chain went kaput on me, and there was pretty much no saving is, because let’s face it, I’m no ASE certified mechanic, and I was making a lot less back in those days, so a pro mechanic was pretty much out of the question.
The really nice thing about small cars like this………is that they sip gas. It lasts a long time in these things over many miles. One time, I made a tank of gas last a month, just going back and forth to work! How many cars have you owned that you can say that about? Yes, I see you Mini-Cooper drivers over there grinning like a cheshire cat over there. Shush.
So…….I have some people working up estimates for me for a worst-case scenario, so we’ll see how much sticker shock I run into, and then we’ll see what happens next. I’m crossing my fingers for some good news.