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Meanwhile in Finland – SCUBARU

It’s one of those things you imagine will never turn out too well. This semi-beater ’96 Legacy was driven on the ice some three months ago, as a guy went fishing. Despite his claims that the ice was strong enough, the Legacy went through the ice, head-first. The driver only had time to turn off the engine and get his dogs out of the trunk, as the Legacy soon fell completely through and sank to the bottom of the (admittedly characteristically shallow, four-meter-deep) Finnish lake.

Three months later, the Subaru was located and dragged out. Would it be a total loss?

The Subaru was then delivered into the hands of the guy telling the tale on the Finnish Offipalsta offroad forum (thread in Finnish).

After finding a live burbot from between the bumper and the bottom tray – the fish had let out its spawn on the alternator – they drained out the oil and water in the engine. For the first minute, all that came out was water.

The fuel tank contained 70% of water, but “luckily only 15 litres of fuel, so it didn’t go to waste.” Out of curiosity, they replaced the plugs and poured some fresh fuel into the tank. What would happen after three months spent in the bottom of the lake?

The thing started first try, Laakista käyntiin. I can imagine the shouts and hollers heard in the garage. How can it be?

The past weekend the guys drove 20km with it. “Still some water in the fuel, kinda lacks power.” Most of the electrics are working, certainly everything they’ve tried out so far; the wipers, headlights and all seem to function and the guy cleaned the ECU with brake cleaner beforehand. The car has no airbags to fizzle out, so I would imagine that once they sort out the still-watery fuel, it’ll be a rough but ready rescued runner.

Of course, even non-submerged Subarus do not exactly have a rust-free reputation over here, but since most of them already look like they’ve spent time in water up to the beltline, how much worse can this one turn out to be? The guy’s even considering holding onto it.
“It passed MOT inspection a week before going underwater, so there can’t be much wrong with it, can there?”

Source: Offipalsta.com (in Finnish)

  • jeepjeff

    Ran When Parked!

    EDIT: read the rest of it: Water by itself doesn't cause corrosion. Water generally needs some helpers. There has to be dissolved oxygen and some way of carrying current (dissolved ions, ie, salt) helps a lot.[*] Obviously, there are fish in the lake, so that implies dissolved oxygen, but the chemistry of the lake was apparently pretty good for preserving metal. That happens sometimes. (Often places like that become treasure troves of fossils a few million years down the line…)

    [*] There are other things that complicate this picture. Ask some chemists about HOAT antifreeze chemistry.

  • MVEilenstein

    Give it to the Top Gear boys.

  • Scandinavian Flick

    Wow, I would have expected it to be Finnished.


    I bet it smells fantastic!

  • $kaycog

    Subaru Runs Deep. It sunk…….who would have thunk?

  • luisthebeast

    There's more to love about a Subaru.

  • Methinks James Bond will be driving (and subbing) a '96 Lego Wagon in Skyfall.

  • JayP2112

    So this car spent months underwater- and was still more reliable than my Audi?

  • Savant_Idiot

    Perfect LeMons car…

  • Jetstar88_Byah

    Reminds me of a story about a T-34 being pulled out of a bog in Lithuania? a few years ago and being started with the same prep (new oil, drain the water, some diesel, and a battery). It had been there for 60+ years, after being abandoned by the Germans while retreating. When they pulled it out, it silll had visible Iron Crosses painted on from ze Germans.
    So, Subaru: The T34 of cars.

    • Robyn

      Did they pull the T-34 out with a Subaru ?

  • <img src="http://englishrussia.com/images/russian_tank_t34/11.jpg&quot; width="512">
    Given its recently accelerating signs of decrepitude, I am going to start parking the Town Cow in a Northern European lake to properly preserve it.

  • dukeisduke

    "Three months later, the Subaru was located and dragged out. Would it be a total loss?"

    Does a bear reindeer shit in the woods?

  • dukeisduke

    It may not be a total loss, but I wonder how much stuff is going to continue to work, and for how long?

    • I think the general idea is to drive it around just to see how long it works, for general wtf value.

      • MVEilenstein

        Hooning, defined.

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    Finally, someone with a more moist interior than my 244's.

    (New seats. New carpet. New door panels. Let me tell you about the importance of rear windows.)

    I really do like the look of that Subaru – the wheels help, no doubt. I'd drive it until the little electrical faults got to me, then part it out.

  • njhoon

    I window repair guy told me a secret to drying a car out and to getting the musty smell out. Get a full tank of gas, shop vac out as much water as possible, roll the windows up but leave one open about 1/4 of an inch. Start the car, turn the heat up as far as it will go with the fans on high. Close the door and leave it running for an hour or two maybe more. The heat will dry out the interior, as for the smell set up some sort of metal drying rack (the kind used for cookies or cake that have a few inches of clearance) In a frying pan take some whole coffee beans and get them smoking hot, so that smoke is pouring off of them. Place the pan in the car on the rack. Your car will smell like coffee instead of musty crappy wet interior.

    • zsvdkhnorc

      Coffee actually absorbs quite a bit of odor itself. Dumping a large can of cheep Walmart coffee over the floors, then vacuuming it out a day or two later will get out most odor from a car.

      At my in-laws, I used that trick to get a seven-cat house to smell normal.

    • MVEilenstein

      I've heard the heater trick, but never the coffee. I like mine strong, so make it a French roast.

      • I want mine to smell like Swiss Miss.

        …wait, that came out wrong.

  • L Series

    Sodium Bicarbonate would probably work as well as the coffee, and not leave any residual smell.

  • Sjalabais

    This Mercedes disappeared in a flooding of the shown river last year. Two boys found it. Didn't look quite as nice: http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/Fant-bilv