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#1378 of 3121 Anyone have this problem?
Dec 11, 2001 (9:44 pm)
My wifes 2002 Impreza Outback Sportwagon has developed a noise we can't find. It sounds almost as if a window is part way open. I tried opening each window to see if the noise quit or changed but it didn't. It seems as if it may be coming from the hatch,but at times sounds like it is coming from the dome light. We really can't pinpoint the source. It seems as though the direction of the outside wind may affect it. This noise is very loud and can be heard even with the stereo turned way up,but it doesn't occur all the time.
Possibly related is the hard shutting of the hatch. The hatch on the car has to be shut very forcefully to make the inside lights go off. This is our first Subaru so we do not know what to expect as far as the working of the hatch,the hatch on her Jeep Grand Cherokee shut with probably half the effort of the Subaru,does this sound normal? Her car has 2700 miles on it and will go in for its first service at 3000 miles hopefully they can fix this for us. Thanks in advance for any information.
Dec 12, 2001 (5:39 am)
The rear latch can be adjusted to make it easier to close. You should be able to get that taken care of at your 3k service.
Do you have the roof rack and crossbars? It's possible that some of the wind noise is coming from them. You might try moving them apart a bit more or removing the crossbars to see if the noise disappears.
Dec 12, 2001 (9:19 am)
I've had mine since April. The hatch seems to close with less force now that it's broken in a little. You may find this is the case.
#1381 of 3121 Thanks for the info...
Dec 12, 2001 (1:49 pm)
She does have the roof racks,I will try moving or removing them,we don't use them anyway.
Other than those fairly minor problems she has loved the car so far. We haven't had any significant snowfall yet so she hasn't experienced the bad weather ability of the car yet. Never thought I would be able to say that in the middle of December hear in western NY.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
Dec 12, 2001 (7:41 pm)
Tomorrow, I will take delivery of a new OB Sport, white, with 5 speed. Can any of you fill me in on any weak points this vehicle might have, and is there anything preventive that can be done to correct it?
I live at 8000' elevation in the Rockies of Colorado, get lots of snow in the winter, and am looking forward to my 1st AWD vehicle to help me get up and down my driveway safely!
Does anyone know of a manufacturer who offers any kind of power enhancement for the Impreza 2.5L? I wish for another 10-20hp to help me more easily get up some of our steeper grades. Any assistance will be appreciated!
#1383 of 3121 Freeing up the airways
Dec 13, 2001 (7:48 am)
One of the best ways to get 10 (don't know about 20) hp or so, is intake/exhaust mods.
On i-club.com, a few people have put chips on their N/A 2.5's. No hard numbers yet though. You can go there and check the Normally Aspirated forum.
Celeste (from this board) installed a GanzFlow cold air intake on her 02 OBS. You can get more info on that on i-club.com or Larry Ganz' site, imprezars.com.
Dec 13, 2001 (8:29 am)
My hatch also takes a bit of a slam to close, FWIW.
Check the window seals - I think the angle of the glass can be adjusted by the dealer if you find a wind leak.
Performance mods? Yummy. Here are some options, with rough prices and claimed hp gains:
$40 K&N filter, +3hp
$180 UR Underdrive Pulley, +5hp
~$150 Complete Intake Kits, +5hp
~$400 Headers, +5hp
~$400 Cat-back exhaust, +5-10hp
There are trade-offs in noise in some cases, but you can probably gain a few useful horses on a $600 budget.
#1385 of 3121 Ganzflow air intake...
Dec 15, 2001 (9:50 am)
Does really give the engine alot of pep. My husband and son installed it, it comes with full instructions and is easy to install. And you can get the air filter with the air intake, a choice of K&N or Amsoil. They're both good. Heck even just putting in a better filter (such as one of the ones I mentioned) helps the car breathe better.
As far as weak points, people complain about the shifter being difficult to get into reverse. My first OBS was manual and I went to 2nd gear, then reverse. Some complain about it being difficult to get from 2nd to 1st but I think they're trying to shift into first when still moving slowly. Don't use first except to start the car rolling. Some have clutches that don't last but remember the car has power to all 4 wheels and if you do power launches all the time it will be rough on your clutch.
Go to i-club.com as they have a search function and look around in past posts there. You will learn quite alot. Most of the people there have WRXs or RSs, however the clutch is so much like the one on your car you'll still learn alot about yours. Also in Yahoo clubs they have an Outback Sport Club and you can ask around there.
Congratulations, you will love the car. I've had mine since April and I just love it more and more every day!
#1387 of 3121 Thanks for the Info!!
Dec 16, 2001 (11:58 am)
Thanks to Celeste2 and others for the info on squeezing a few more ponies out of my new OBSport!! I'll probably take the leap on the Ganzflow soon. Celeste, did you do this mod by itself, or with an exhaust mod also?? I'm interested in getting the freest breathing possible, but NOT at the expense of greatly increased noise. If anyone knows of a good, free breathing, yet quiet (or REASONABLY quiet) exhaust mod which will make a noticeable difference, I would appreciate the info. I have been to i-club a few times now, looking for info concerning an ECU mod for the '02 Impreza 2.5L, but have yet to find a vendor who is offering such a mod. Do any of you have direct experience with this, and if so, could you point me to the vendor you used...web page, e-mail address, phone #, anything!! Thanks again for all you assistance. This is going to be one fun car to drive!!