So the time has come, we are officially getting rid of ProjectLegacy for another car, now even though it is a relatively sad time for us, we have no choice but to get rid as you’ll find out below.
So, where do we start? Well let’s start off with ProjectLegacy – essentially ProjectLegacy is a 2006 Subaru Legacy MK4 Wagon 2.0R Auto, we have had the pleasure of owning her for a good year and a half now and she has been the daily driver/family wagon, In the year & 1/2 of ownership she has racked up 166,000 miles and has taken us to numerous trips back & forth to the college to even going up to Glasgow for the Ignition Festival and to Peter Vardy Heritage to see the Aston Martin DB2/4, she has been one of the best cars we’ve ever had!
Before buying the Legacy we had a MK1 Forester Auto which again was another good family car but after nearly 175,000 miles on the clock it was tired and was showing its age both mechanically and cosmetically, after a year of owning the Forester we were able to upgrade to the Legacy and what a car it was, it ran beautifully, had all the space we needed yet was more powerful and more modern but unfortunately after a while it started to show its problems to the point that we just can’t afford to fix it up like I’d hoped.
For a start off, to get all the problems fixed you’d be talking about £3000 all in and for that money we could get a car in tons better shape, possibly newer with lower mileage and hopefully more powerful, so that’s what we’ve had to do, It’s time to say goodbye to the Legacy for now as we move on to bigger & better things and I’m glad to report it’s replacement on paper anyway is shaping up to not just be a better car overall but could possibly become a regular feature on this website in one way or another!
So what is the Legacies Replacement? Well for the time being my lips are sealed but expect an article in the next few days revealing what we’ve bought and why we’ve bought it and what the plans are for it, anyways lets go back to the Legacy for a second as something relatively important needs to get addressed.
The Legacy is an absolutely brilliant car and will forever be missed and will still be one of my favourite cars on the road, they certainly live up to their expectations as a usable daily or a family wagon and are able to do so with absolutely no fuss or arguments whatsoever – It is one of last proper underdogs of the car world!, for anyone who is hesitant on buying one take it from me, they are one of the best cars ever made, if it wasn’t for it’s little problems and the parts being so expensive she would definitely be staying put!
The Legacy will be missed by all of us – especially by me! even though I have the Volvo, I’ve always loved the MK4 Legacy since they were launched back in 2003 and I will always have an affinity with them. If it wasn’t for insurance prices being so high i’d have one in a heartbeat!
Even though it is breaking me to write this article, the replacement is gonna take the Legacies crown and take over with it’s duties while still being an equally as epic car, By Saturday the Legacy will be gone and the replacement will be here taking it’s place, as noted before there’ll be more articles to come about it relatively soon so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Hope You Enjoy
By Alex Jebson
Oh the joys of owning a Project Car!, Some days are brilliant, others are bad and well in the case of me & the C70, it was the worst!, essentially after spending well over a month doing the Engine clean on her, she decided to break in pretty sudden spectacular fashion, here’s how it went.
Last week I got woken up rather early to my neighbours telling us that the cars alarm had been going off for quite a while, after going out in a hurry and trying to sort it out, I’d realised that the cars battery had hardly any power in it as the alarm was still going off but I couldn’t open the doors nor start the car, after attempting to jump start the car I noticed a battery light on the dash glowing like a sunrise through a window, this was only the start of the problems!
After talking to a few people around the village it seemed that a huge crack of thunder & lightning had happened during the night right over our house which in turn set off the car alarm which subsequently drained the battery – most of you reading this will be saying by now “well just put the battery on charge, it’s probably drained the battery and needs a good charge” oh how wrong that statement is when it comes to ProjectC70 as she always has to be a pain one way or another when something goes wrong!
My first sign of protocol was to remove the battery and put it on charge overnight and check again the following morning, the reason I started with the battery is because it’s not a heavy duty battery and anything simple can get it to go flat as it’s a low output and the battery has on occasions failed on me before. After charging the battery overnight I checked the car again to see if the light had gone out but as it always goes with project cars, that unfortunately didn’t fix the issue whatsoever!
The following day I tried to fit the battery from ProjectLegacy into ProjectC70 to see for one if my battery was holding it’s charge and if so would a higher output healthier battery fix the issue and finally put the light out, unfortunately after standing out in the freezing cold changing batteries, the problem was still there – I was starting to lose my tether with my car and every time I went to work on it, I would get more and more annoyed with it and it’s antics it was playing.
Skip to the Weekend and I invested in a cheap but relatively decent Multimeter from Halfords to check the Voltage the car was producing to see if it was the alternator which was causing the issue instead of the battery – Bingo!, after all this time of checking batteries, charging them and even swapping them I’d finally found the problem with the car!
After some thorough investigation the Alternator was definitely the culprit!, when running it was only producing 12.05 V instead of 14.6V and the pulley was slipping quite badly, there was only thing for it, she had to go into the local garage to get it removed, due to lack of funds I decided to get the alternator refurbished instead of replaced as it was the cheapest fix overall (£300 for a brand new Aftermarket Alternator for those who would like to know), a quick look online and I found an absolute gem of a place which went by the name of Shandon Electrical in Bellshill!
After getting the alternator from the garage I took it to Shandon Electrical so they could work their magic, now as I’d never got anything refurbished before in my life, I was skeptical a little, but honestly there was no need to be, they done a sublime job on it in the space of a weekend which included stripping it down and essentially rebuilding it all from the ground up, now when I was in college I was always told & taught that a modern mechanic never touches or strips down an alternator as the margins alongside all the little intricate pieces makes it a rather difficult job so for them to do it over the weekend was no easy feat.
When I got it back it looked like I’d just bought a brand new one from Volvo themselves instead of a refurbisher, it looked that good!, The staff was although not many, they were all helpful and understanding and generally happy to see customers – best bit of all however was the price! £80 all in for what is essentially a brand new Alternator, when comparing that to £300 for a brand new aftermarket unit and about a £400 – £500 estimate from Volvo themselves I was definitely over the moon with both the quality, timing and price of the job, I would definitely recommend them to anybody!
Once home I put the alternator straight into the garage as soon as possible so it could get refitted so she could finally come home and this mess could be fixed once and for all, after about two weeks of pulling my hair out and getting frustrated, she was finally fixed and back home where she belongs.
Hope You Enjoy!
By Alex Jebson