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Is it white, by any chance? Bumped into the owner at the last Beaulieu Autojumble; he was thinking of having some work done on the gearbox at his local specialist and was 'reassured that they had another one in [which turned out to be mine]'.

 

Unlike the warbling twat chariots that Legacys and Imprezas get turned into, SVXs are quietly competent rather than lairy. For one thing, they're not that quick.

 

They drive solidly; they never feel anything other than large but they control their weight really well. The slim pillars help with this.

 

The steering's dead but accurate and quick; they ride on the firm side of supple over 30 mph. Below that they're a bit bobbly. It's firmer than an XJS but rolls less as a result. It feels about what a base model Porsche 928 would be like with a detuned engine and four wheel drive - at least in terms of dimensions and intent.

 

You could make a decent sports car out of one with a manual gearbox. It's closer to a sports car than a GT - it's got a low centre of gravity, rearward biased four wheel drive and a very tuneable engine. Having driven a 5 speed SVX, they're a laugh (and a fair bit quicker), but you'd end up spending more money to go slower than on a similarly sorted Legacy or Impreza. The internet likes to tell people how cars 'should' be modified - and if going quickly is the aim, an SVX is just too big and heavy to cut it. More to the point, I don't want my car to be a manual. I may end up changing my mind if the car sticks around - given how long I've wanted one, it's got a good chance of becoming a permanent fixture - but for the moment, I want to keep it as an auto. Keep the boxes cool and they behave; several SVX NATION members have done well over 200,000 miles on the original 4EAT with a separate cooler.

 

It's definitely a Fuji Heavy Industries car, though - mainly because Subaru didn't seem to understand tyre noise in relation to refinement. The Falken ZIEX 914s on mine are among the quietest in their class but they still clang like kettle drums over concrete roads. The wiper motor is weirdly vocal in comparison to everything else electrical and the headlights - like the Calibra's - are crap.

 

A decent turbodiesel will dust you from the lights but you can hammer across country in the rain (and snow) at the same speed as you can in the dry. It's also quicker on the motorway really because you're in the power band.

 

It is a white one, yours wasn't in this place was it?

 

http://www.theautomaticgearboxcompany.co.uk/contact2.html

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Permission to steal the phrase "warbling twat chariot" please?

Crack on, nothing I write is my property these days anyway :)

 

It is a white one, yours wasn't in this place was it?

 

http://www.theautomaticgearboxcompany.co.uk/contact2.html

It was. I need to remind them that it's inbound soon. Collecting Shiply quotes at the mo.

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Crack on, nothing I write is my property these days anyway :)

 

 

It was. I need to remind them that it's inbound soon. Collecting Shiply quotes at the mo.

 

I saw it there, they did the gearbox flush on my disco.

 

I work not far from there at all and have a massive yard so if you needed storage you could keep it here for a bit if you wanted.

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I am yet to see this fine steed with it's blowy exhaust.

 

Did you sort the squeaky suspension on the beige Peugeot ?

I got it tested elsewhere cos I needed the zorst patching. Please don't take me off the chrimbo card list :)

 

Pug is safe and dry, I got another rear axle from puddlethumper and some front discs but haven't had chance to go through it.

'T will roll again.

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Nice one there Jon, that is one beautiful car. I'm gonna have to hoy myself over to Peterborough at some point (I'm getting nearer thanks to work) to see this beauty in the metal.

 

Great to see original mats installed. They are a bit uneasy on the eye though. Ma's Micra has JDM Nissan March mats in it as they fit better than the half-arsed UK/Euro jobbies.

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An enjoyable read. Shame about the gearbox and other faults, but well done for persisting with it.

 

Is the way you've fitted the wheels how Subaru originally did it? If I was fitting them directionally, I'd go for them being like the front (but not the back....) of this import:

 

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1992 Subaru SVX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

They managed to get them matching on this one at least, but IMO the spokes are facing the wrong way for when the car is on the move:

 

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1993 Subaru SVX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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An enjoyable read. Shame about the gearbox and other faults, but well done for persisting with it.

 

Is the way you've fitted the wheels how Subaru originally did it? If I was fitting them directionally, I'd go for them being like the front (but not the back....) of this import:

 

7155393187_a4c7c42665_o.jpg

1992 Subaru SVX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

 

They managed to get them matching on this one at least, but IMO the spokes are facing the wrong way for when the car is on the move:

 

10714273365_4e395a8a3b_o.jpg

1993 Subaru SVX by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

I put the wheels stamped L on the LHS of the car :)

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