I have been looking for a wagon for a couple months now as my access cab pickup does not have room for a car seat, and the recent arrival of our second kiddo made relying on my wife's car to exclusively carry kids around became less reasonable. I was looking at Outbacks, BMW E39 Tourings, and Volvo but I was really hung up on a manual transmission and wanted to keep my out of pocket costs low due to previously mentioned kids. I saw the classified listing on this forum and jumped at the opportunity as it was somewhat close to me and bought it sight unseen.
Almost three weeks later after several delays due to auto transport brokers being the shadiest group of people I have dealt with, I finally said f*** it and bought a one-way plane ticket yesterday and drove it back late last night and crossed over 250K miles right as I pulled into town.
The car drove great the whole way home, and there were no major items that didn't meet my expectations for a $1500 car. A few early thoughts on it....
Most notably, the stick shift is pretty slushy and there is some turbulence between first and second gear. I am not mechanically inclined so I don't know if this is a sign of a worn clutch or not. How easy is it to have this looked at and see how much life is left?
Second, the interior is quite squeaky, which I have read about and thought would be overblown but I get it now. Is seeking out the source of these even possible or worthwhile?
I'm sure there will be plenty more questions as I get more familiar with the car and I look forward to the insight you guys can give