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Gutless Subie So I just picked up a '93 Subaru Legacy a couple days ago for real cheap, and I'm probably beginning to find out why. It only has about 170k miles and just had the alternator, starter and timing belt replaced. For the most part, it runs and drives solid, but I've noticed every now and then within the first 5 minutes of driving it has some serious power issues. I can press the gas, but it barely goes faster than an idle. I almost got smeared off the road this morning on my way to work when I pulled in front of a dump truck with what should have been plenty of time to accelerate, but there was no power and I had to limp off to the shoulder to avoid from getting hit. The other day I was driving (just fine), but turned onto a side street that has a pretty short, but steep hill, and the same thing happened, I lost pretty much all power and thought I was going to start rolling backwards before I made it to the top. I've only driven it about 5 or 6 times in the few days I've had it and it doesn't happen every time when I first start up, but it seems to be a semi-consistant problem. Other than that, once its warmed up and has been running for a while, I have no issues whatsoever. Any ideas? Did I just pay $700 for a lemon? PS - I have noticed the green "Power" light on the dashboard lighting up every once and a while too... what does this mean?

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  • eriklundeen Jul 22, 2009

    Thank you! I will be sure to check that out!

  • eriklundeen Jul 22, 2009

    Okay... so I called Schucks to check on the availability of a distributor cap, and they said my engine doesn't have one, but has an engine coil instead. Would replacing that work in lieu of not having a distributor cap?



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Look for a loose, cracked, or worn distributor cap. Hope this helps.

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    Bruce Canfield Jul 22, 2009

    Don't go out and buy an ignition coil. Test it first. Go to the autozone website at and register your vehicle. It's free and you will have access to a full online repair manual for your vehicle. The procedures for testing the coil on your vehicle is there ( I checked). Loss of power is usually due to a spark/timing issue, and checking the coil would be a good place to start. Hope this helped. Best wishes.



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