The saga of my Subaru continues. I have a '97 Subaru Outback Legacy that I have officially given up on. I replaced the battery 2 months ago and once it had that, it was starting fine even in the -20 weather we’ve been having. It has an oil leak, a bad head gasket, and has terrible acceleration (I’m that driver merging onto a freeway at 35mph and flooring it because it won’t pick up fast enough). It was only a matter of time before the Subie kicked it. About a week ago it wouldn’t start (it was a cold morning, but not the coldest we’ve had that the Subie started in). The lights and radio etc all come on, which I take to mean that new battery is doing it’s job, but the engine won’t turn over. It makes this chugging noise, that sounds like it’s about to start, then with each try after it sounds more and more faded.
I don’t want to put any more money into this car. How can I sell my Subie and eek as much cash from it ask I can? Or is it total goner and I should just donate it? The water pump, radiator, and timing belt were replaced about a year and a half ago. The body has some rust around the wheels that is common with this model, and the right head light cover is cracked but still works. It isn’t terrible for a 17 year Subaru with 169345 miles.