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#2246 of 3121 used impreza outback..but wheel bearing problems??
Aug 15, 2003 (8:38 am)
I was all set to purchase a used Subaru Outback when I began to read about wheel bearing problems - specifically comments by those who own 1998 and 1999. Has this problem been addressed in the 2000 version and later or it just hasn't emerged yet? Any infor would be GREATLY appreciated as I can't afford a 300.00 per bearing fix! I have two options this weekend - one at 1998 at 77,000 and one 2000 at 50,000. Should I go for the 2000 year one?
Aug 15, 2003 (8:56 am)
The new bearing design started with the 2002 Impreza models.
So the Impreza Outback Sport had the old bearings up until 2001. They'll be noisy if they are failing, FWIW, you should be able to hear it with the windows open and the stereo off.
Now, thing is, at that mileage, if they are quiet, they'll probably last a long time. They would already have failed by now.
The 2000 model has a little powertrain warranty left, I'd look at that one.
Legacy and Outback were not affected, in fact they replace Impreza/Forester bearings with those designs.
#2248 of 3121 Canadian Buying 1st Impreza TS-HELP
Sep 01, 2003 (12:14 pm)
Hello everyone,I am new to this site.I have a 2002 Impreza that I'm looking at with 29,000 miles on it or 46,000km.It is a manual and priced at $17,000 CAN.I need someone knowledgable to answer a few questions for me please.
1)At what milage or kilometres does the timing belt need replacing on a 2.5 Impreza TS?
2)Are these cars really not too bad on fuel compared to say like a Ford Probe GT 2.5 V6 even though they have AWD?
3)Are maitenance costs higher but these cars are in the shop less?What about parts costs and availability?
4)Is there any advantages of buying a 2002 Impreza TS as compared to a 1999?Improvements or anything I should know about?
5)Is the engine in the Impreza 2.5TS the "Boxer engine" or is it called something else?
6)Is the vehicle I am looking at a rare find and kind of hard to get?2002 Impreza TS 5 Speed,black!
Sep 01, 2003 (6:02 pm)
Hi lotboy - Have you had a chance to plug your vehicle/s into Edmunds' Maintenance Guide? In addition to recalls and tsbs, you can also look up manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules plus estimated parts and labor costs for your make/model.
Also, our Used Car Guide lists all the standard features and specifications for each model year; look for Car Features in the left hand column of the individual used car pages. Others here may have more to add....
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#2250 of 3121 lotboy - I can help a bit...
Sep 01, 2003 (8:52 pm)
.. on your TS queries. I own an '02 TS in black (actually a very dark blue called Midnight Black Met.) with 5 spd. I only have about 18000 kms on mine and have had it about 17 months. I don't think it is particularily rare as I have seen a number of them here. My fuel mileage runs about 28 mpg in town and about 33 or so on the hiway (calculated in old manner with Cdn. gallons, of course). I have not heard of maintenance costs being higher. Mine has been no problem other than an overly sensitive CEL sensor, replaced under warranty. The '02 TS has more engine than the '99. The '02 has the 2.5 litre boxer engine rated at 165 hp/166 lbft torque. The '99 engine is less but not sure of figures (hp is about 132 I think). I haven't checked my book but think timing belt is good to at least 100,000 kms. Hope this helps. PS - I put on 4 snows on separate rims in the winter and can go anywhere with it.
Sep 02, 2003 (6:14 am)
The only extra maintenance item is the rear differential fluid. That should be done every 60k or so, and it's about as easy as an oil change (remove two bolts, drain, replace one bolt, fill with 75w90, replace 2nd bolt). I've done it on a Miata, took less than an hour (first time, learning curve).
Interestingly, we owned a 626 V6, same engine in that Probe, and my wife traded that in for a Legacy L, same engine in that TS!
The Legacy is more fuel efficient PLUS it uses regular fuel. The V6 uses a recommended premium. Our fuel costs are way, way down. The Legacy gets about +2mpg better than our old V6, plus the 87 octane is 20 cents cheaper per gallon. Range is also better.
The TS is a lot lighter than the Legacy L. The Probe is also a little lighter than the 626 V6 was, but not by as much.
Sep 02, 2003 (10:17 am)
My new 2004 OBS has only 1100km (~700 miles) on it so far. However, I got only 19 mpg for mixed city/Hwy drive. Is it normal? How long it normally takes to get a better mileage ? Thx.
#2253 of 3121 Break-in mileage
Sep 02, 2003 (11:04 am)
Only 19 mpg?? That sounds very low. When I got my new 2004 OBS, straight hiway mileage was 33-34, with city being 28-30. With over 4k miles on it now, mixed city/hiway is 27-29, with straight hiway at 30-31. I'm getting somewhat higher than the book says I should, but you're getting lower than expected. Without knowing how you drive, all I can say is try driving without quick stops/starts. You might want to try another brand of gas, in case what you're using is sub-standard. 87 octane is just fine, though. Of course, they say that mileage will improve over time, but 19 seems ridiculous.
Sep 02, 2003 (11:09 am)
Don't even bother measuring until you're past the 1000 mile break-in.
Even then, it'll improve by about +2mpg once it's no longer so green. Mine did.
#2255 of 3121 Thanks rbleland
Sep 02, 2003 (4:22 pm)
I appreciate your help,thankyou very much.
You said you see a fair amount of TS's around,do you live in western Canada?I live in southern Ontario,wish I was back out west though.
Does your car have descent passing power at highway speeds?And you mentioned you put snow tires and wheels on your car,how much did that cost you approx. and what tires and wheels did you select?
Is your car almost as good as 4x4 or is it different?Probably depends on depth of snow or mud etc...
If you have time fire me back a response,cheers Rick!
I like Camry's too!