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Daily 96 Subaru Impreza Outback?

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I purchased a 1996 Subaru Impreza Outback from a family friend about 6 months ago. It's been very reliable and has started everytime. Only problems are struts and squeaky CV axles, which I'm getting replaced very soon, and no A/C (air compressor) and the paint is chipping. I've kept up with oil changes, and the previous owner did a lot of preemptive maintenance. Should I keep the car until I can afford something better, or fix it up and keep it as a daily driver? Thanks!

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Struts cost between $725 and $750 for a set, including installation.

Shocks cost less than struts, typically between $100 and $150 apiece, according to experts.

It typically takes two to three hours to replace shocks and struts, according to highly rated mechanics. (This is already not worth it)

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The costs for a double axle joint replacement are, as you might expect, around twice the cost of a single.

Costs can range from $149 to $399 for parts, while parts and labor will range from $235 to $1178 depending on the amount of work involved.

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My Input: For a car of this age (1996), you are spending altogether more money per year in maintenance than if you would use that money to buy a newer car with less problems.

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