|Joined: ||Oct 2nd, 2016|
|Location: ||Ontario Canada|
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|I'm Ryan, from Canada. I am a race medic, and race marshal (at a race track.. nothing to do with segregation... although when marshaling, we do wear all white..) The name Spaceman was inspired by the SVX, as my colleagues labeled it "The Spaceship" the first day I brought it to work.
I am the owner of an all original, bone stock, 1994 LSi, in pearl white and black. It has gray heated leather seats, micro suede trim, and, less than convincing wood accents, from the extinct Whydtheybother tree.
I picked the car up in January from a dealer just north of me. It was his own personal car, which he bought as a trade in (by the original owner) from a local Subaru dealership.
Although I have owned the car nearly a year I haven't done very much with it. I bought it as a winter/daily driver, so it was driven only from January til May. Me, having zero tolerance for working on cars in the Canadian winters (and not having a heated garage), all the maintenance has been done by a local shop. I haven't even had a chance to look underneath it. Now now, hang on... I have a valid excuse.. its not that I'm lazy, its just that my summer daily is a 1990 300ZX. Anyone familiar with those knows they demand a lot of attention..
The Z, is out (or, back in the garage) for the rest of the season with a seized brake caliper, so the SVX was pressed back into service. She's either resentful that she was shelved for her older, racier, sister, or, she's annoyed at being woken up earlier than anticipated. Either way, she's presented some gremlins of her own.
- Something in the exhaust, up front has let go. Within one day of being back on the road. Loud and laggy.
- The front end creeks loudly when the wheel is turned from right to left.
- She peed out all of her oil.
She has been at the shop since Thursday having those things looked into. I'm assuming I won't see it again for a while, as parts seem to be like hen's teeth.
Being a daily, with two other toys, and considering the limited aftermarket for SVX's, I don't really have any plans for this car, other than a manual swap.
I just cannot get comfortable with an automatic transmission, in any vehicle. I find them slushy, sluggish, and, completely out of tune with driving like there is an intent to reach a destination. With the transmission problems reported by others on these cars, I find myself holding my breath each time it slithers into another gear (usually at a point where I wouldn't want it to upshift).
Aside from being automatic, I love the car, and hope to be able to devote more time to it.
My "Fair"lady, Margaret, Allison/Al-cy-one, the SVX, and Elizabeth (1999 Prelude, barely visible, in the garage)