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    1. Geriatric Member BRealistic's Avatar
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      02-20-2010 10:37 PM #1
      Anybody looking for a solid Brat?
      http://knoxville.craigslist.or....html
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      1982 Subaru Brat GL *SALE PENDING* - $2000 (Near Downtown Knoxville)
      Before I tell you about the car, I have a word of advice for anyone ever posting anything, anywhere: Write it on word and save it first. One wrong mouse click, and thirty minutes of typing can vanish! That being said, time to rewrite the description...
      Up for sale is my dream car, a vintage 1982 Subaru Brat with the original paint and only 116880.9 miles, although it might have another 10 miles on it by Sunday evening. I have it registered as an antique and take it out on Saturdays or Sundays so it doesn't sit too long without running. I spent over three years searching for a Brat in this condition, and that was seven or eight years ago. I am the second owner and was planning on being the last, but due to getting engaged and buying a house that needed massive renovations, it seems that there will get to be a third owner, and it just might be you.
      I will try and put in as much information about the car/truck as I can, but due to losing 30 minutes on the aforementioned boo-boo, I will need to be brief, many projects to get done on the house while it is nice out.
      This is not a perfect car, but for 28 years old, it is probably in the top 90% of Brats I have ever seen, and probably the best one you will find at this price. It has a little rust, but for an 82 Subaru, I would concider it minor. The passenger taillight is cracked due to a well hidden branch in an otherwise "soft" looking bush. Someone was also kind enough to steal the passenger door molding while I was in a store, but the moldings are pretty easy to find since the coup, wagon, and brat all have most of the same parts. It has the hidden 3rd headlight for offroading, but I think it needs the connections cleaned. The driver side seat has wear on it, but doesn't look bad and is still comfortable. Interior is in good shape other than the seat.
      I know if I could spare a day or two to do some maintenance on it, it would sell for much more, but alas, the house has put me in a huge time crunch. Hopefully I haven't made it sound worse than it is. I know I could go outside, start it up, and make it to Atlanta with no problems. I know I am forgetting a lot of what I had originally written, but really need to get back to work, the table saw is calling and only a few hours of sun left. On the bright side, if you are looking at this, you probably already know something about Brats and how hard a nice one is to find. I get comments on it every time I take it out.
      Pros: Low milage, original gold paint, "fun roofs" (yes, that is the official term), hard to find GL model with hidden 3rd headlight, new front axles, and just a great little vehicle.
      Cons: Broken tail lamp (around $25), missing door molding (around $25), needs some maintenence, but nothing major that I know of.
      I will try and post more later tonight or tomorrow if I can make time.
      Serious inquires only please.
      I can be reached between 10:00am and 11:00pm at (865)776-6899
      Thank you, Brian.
      ps, I know I am forgetting all sorts of stuff, but this is a great Brat for the price.




      Needs better pics.
      But what is the hidden 3rd headlight for offroading?
      I'd never heard of that before.
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      02-20-2010 10:40 PM #2
      IIRC its a centre mounted light in the grill

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      02-20-2010 10:56 PM #3
      I can't seem to find pics online...but my parents neighbor had a subie wagon in the 80's that had this. The car was imported, and I distinctly recall that there was a light in the center of the grill, behind the logo. I guess the grill piece flipped up or down to expose the light.
      *back to google*
      Edit: Found it. Often called the "third eye".
      Can't post pic...but here's link to a cardomain page with a pic
      http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2911680
      And what looks like a brochure:



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      02-20-2010 11:49 PM #4
      My Dad had a 1981 GL wagon 4WD and it had that exact same tartan interior. It also had the center light which was referred to as a "passing" light in the manual. I have no idea what that means.

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      02-21-2010 12:43 AM #5
      More info on the sweet looking "fun roofs" ??

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      02-21-2010 01:30 AM #6
      Quote, originally posted by cp16V »
      And what looks like a brochure:

      Modified by cp16V at 11:04 PM 2-20-2010

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      02-21-2010 01:34 AM #7
      My friend had an 84 GL in Shadow Beige with the 1.8 and auto, My god was it slow, but i miss it so much. I would buy that Brat in a heartbeat
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      02-21-2010 02:50 AM #9
      you can never have too many lights...

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      If it was totally sweet it would have the rear facing seats for the bed.
      Maybe I should be looking for a Baja.
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      02-21-2010 07:54 AM #11
      Subaru has established itself as the "quirky" Japanese carmaker for sure, and to excellent effect, IMO. They used to seem, to me, to be a little bit "goofy" back in the seventies and early eighties, with their hopelessly tacky styling, frameless door glass, the BRAT , and of course, things like the center front light, but as the years have passed, and the Subaru-quirkiness has evolved into something more sophisticated, but still quirky, I'm finding myself liking them more and more all the time. Now I'm working at a Subaru dealership, and this gives me the opportunity to get to know these cars more intimately, and so far I'm very impressed with them. It's easy to understand the rather intense owner loyalty Subaru enjoys with their cars, and also the increase in sales that the company has enjoyed recently, while the other makers have suffered. Subaru has taken the "quirkiness crown" off the head of the former volume maker who wore it...Volkswagen.
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      02-21-2010 08:03 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by vwlarry »
      Subaru has established itself as the "quirky" Japanese carmaker for sure, and to excellent effect, IMO. They used to seem, to me, to be a little bit "goofy" back in the seventies and early eighties, with their hopelessly tacky styling, frameless door glass, the BRAT , and of course, things like the center front light, but as the years have passed, and the Subaru-quirkiness has evolved into something more sophisticated, but still quirky, I'm finding myself liking them more and more all the time. Now I'm working at a Subaru dealership, and this gives me the opportunity to get to know these cars more intimately, and so far I'm very impressed with them. It's easy to understand the rather intense owner loyalty Subaru enjoys with their cars, and also the increase in sales that the company has enjoyed recently, while the other makers have suffered. Subaru has taken the "quirkiness crown" off the head of the former volume maker who wore it...Volkswagen.

      You're preaching to the choir. I'm driving what I'm driving because it was more Volkswagen-ish than anything offered by Volkswagen in the last 15 years.

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      02-21-2010 08:49 AM #13
      I LOVE Brats.
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      02-21-2010 11:24 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by hushypushy &raquo;
      More info on the sweet looking "fun roofs" ??

      It's those flip up/out half sunroofs.


      Sort of a t-top thing.
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