driving your Speedster is more fun than working on it...we have the
What is the difference between Modern and Antique drivelines
Although it cannot be seen
under normal circumstances, our
water-cooled Speedster has a modern driveline with all of the
state-of-the-art features enjoyed by all modern cars which by law
operational efficiency under all driving conditions. Like the
modern cars our Speedster can be serviced and maintained by ordinary
service centers found everywhere not specialists. Antique
drivelines (25 years and older) like in VW Speedsters are serviced by
specialty shops not found everywhere using parts more
often than not difficult to locate.
servicing the water-cooled Speedster too complicated ? -
Quite the opposite. The drive
line is monitored and controlled by the latest OBD II (On Board
Diagnostics II) engine management system. This wonderful
feature is federally required on all cars built or imported into the USA
since 1996, and it has made fault diagnosis faster and simpler for the
professional service technician as well as the novice or hobbyist. All dealerships,
independent service centers everywhere have the capability to "scan" the
OBD II system allowing them to immediately detect any of the hundreds
of possible faults which might occur on any car as a result of normal wear and
tear. This broadly universal detection system allows you to use familiar service facilities
close to your home or office rather than a distant air-cooled VW repair
facility, presuming your community is fortunate enough to even have
one. Even though OBD II is rocket science... you don't have to be
an astronaut to use it.
Don't all those
emissions devices make the Subaru engine run poorly ? -
is the 21st century. When emissions were first mandated in the late
sixties and increased in the early seventies the add-on devices that were used
did in fact negatively affect performance and fuel mileage. Things have
changed thanks to modern computers and technical advancements. There are
only 2 add-on emissions devices on the Subaru: catalytic converters, and
fuel tank evaporation purge control. These engines meet the demanding
pollution restrictions by being able to run efficiently throughout the entire
operating range using computers receiving input from dozens of sensors.
Ironically the things that make the engines run clean also make them more
powerful... a victory for both environmentalists and performance
enthusiasts. Unfortunately air-cooled VW engines can neither run clean nor
efficiently throughout the operating range. That is why VW ceased
importing air-cooled cars in 1978 and subsequently water-cooled fuel injected VW Beetles and 911 Porsches appeared in 1998.
Can I do my own
maintenance ? -
really is no maintenance to perform. The
Subaru engine is nothing like a VW air-cooled engine which has distributor
timing, point adjustment, condenser, distributor cap, rotor, adjustable valve
lifters, carburetor, and choke all which require regular maintenance.
Checking the oil is the most common service of the Subaru engine. However, DIY enthusiasts can scan their own water-cooled Speedster by purchasing a
hand held OBD scanner through any parts house. You have the
same diagnosis capability as the highly trained service centers with this device.
This efficient fault detection allows immediate repair of
the faulty part rather than a "search, replace, and pay until found"
the engine easy to access ? -
ultra quiet and smooth engine is concealed by an easily removed sound deadened
light weight fiberglass cover located conveniently behind the seats. When the
cover is lifted the entire engine maintenance and service points are
totally in view and accessible including the air conditioning. The OBD II
management system, which scans the driveline for faults, is plugged into a
receptacle located in the rear trunk so the cover does not even have to be
removed unless something needs servicing. The most common service will be
to check the oil level and change the oil.
of accessibility - on which
engine would you prefer to change spark plugs or change a belt ?
Where do I
get parts for my water-cooled Speedster ? -
Although more exotic, expensive, and name-dropping parts are available, our design philosophy has always been to use high quality "readily available
parts" throughout the suspension, braking, steering, cooling, and exhaust
systems. Virtually every maintenance part of our Speedster can be purchased at your
local parts counters, we know because that is where we get them. This is an important consideration for DIY
maintenance, but more importantly for "on the road" type
repairs during those enjoyable touring excursions.
Who wants to be on the road broken down in "Topeka" looking for an
air-cooled VW mechanic, but.........I bet you will find a Subaru mechanic