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Subaru Impreza, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#1912 of 3121 Center brake light question
Sep 11, 2002 (2:31 pm)
I have a 1996 Subaru Outback Impreza.
My entire center brake light is out (no bulbs work). Does this work like the old Christmas tree lights.... One bad bulb and none will cut
The bulbs "appear" to be good in that the filaments are in tact.
Also, my rr and rl brake lights function properly.
Any ideas / suggestions, or should I just buy five new bulbs and see
Sep 11, 2002 (2:44 pm)
if you just leave the third brake light burned out? Can you get a ticket for that one the way you can for regular brake lights?
#1914 of 3121 brake lights
Sep 12, 2002 (3:25 am)
My thought is that you have a wiring problem. The chance of 3 bulbs going out at the same time in highly unlikely.
#1915 of 3121 brake lights out
Sep 12, 2002 (7:56 am)
I agree with Mike, the odds of three bulbs going without visible damage are pretty long. You probably have a bad ground or corrosion on the supply line, a bad socket connection, etc.
It's rare, but I have seen apparently intact bulbs fail. Put them on an ohmmeter to be sure. Once you know the bulbs are OK, look for an open in that part of the circuit. You already know that the brake pedal switch works, and that you have power as far as the other brake lights. Should be pretty easy to track down.
#1916 of 3121 Cruise Control on OBS
Sep 14, 2002 (7:40 am)
Looked around at past posts but couldn't find anything. Our '99 OBS wagon just had it's cruise go out for the second time in 39K. Strange, especially since it's the only problem we've had since we drove off the lot.
Any info?--dealer did not seem to know of any systemic problems.
Sep 16, 2002 (5:41 am)
What are the indications?
Does the cruise light come on?
MT or AT?
Could be electrical, loose vacuum hose or clutch cruise switch stopper.
On my '97 OBS, my cruise went out once. It turned out to be this little plastic stopper thingy on the clutch pedal arm. It comes in contact with the cruise disengage switch and mine was broken. It's about halfway up the clutch pedal.
Bought a new one for $1.49 and never had another problem.
Sep 16, 2002 (9:32 am)
The cruise on my '98 Forester has always worked well. In fact it's much better at maintaining consistent speeds than our 2002 Legacy.
Bulbs are cheap, so I say replace all 3. They only last so much time anyway, and with Murphy's Law they'd burn out as soon as you fixed the connection issue.
#1919 of 3121 '03 TS mileage report
Sep 16, 2002 (10:19 am)
My mom reports she got 25+ mpg tooling around the Chicago area, and 31.4 mpg on a recent trip to Springfield. Not bad on a green engine - she's at 1400 miles now.
To be fair, she's been extremely careful during the break-in period, shifting at 3000 rpm, and keeping her highway speed varied, but below 70-75 mph.
Nevertheless, she's very pleased with the new car's mileage performance, as am I. Her old Golf never did much better, and it didn't have all the extra drivetrain losses (FWD) or the displacement (2.0l).
Sep 16, 2002 (11:08 am)
That's great, because mileage tends to improve with age. My Forester improved by about 2mpg after 20k miles or so.
Our Legacy is still new (4k miles), but it's already averaging 25mpg and hit 29+mpg on our last trip. The TS is lighter, so no surprise.
Sep 22, 2002 (5:57 pm)
you gonna get almost 30 mpg on a regular basis from an AWD vehicle?? Nowhere that I know of! Great...