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#2647 of 3121 Ball Joint Replacement at 50k Miles?
Aug 17, 2004 (3:38 am)
Just curious . . .
At about 50k miles on my '02 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport I had to have a ball joint replaced (I believe on the front left side) because of a loud popping and clunking noise.
Anyway I was hoping to find out if this is something to be expected at 50k miles or what? I'm figuring this is due to the wreck I was in with it at the beginning of 2002. I'm still finding bugs in the car every so often. (A loose sway bar, a loose hub nut which caused it to involuntarily brake to the left . . . etc) but I figured I'd ask and hopefully find someone who could make an edumacated guess before I wrote it off as being due to the accident.
#2648 of 3121 Re: Ball Joint Replacement at 50k Miles? [derekgdw]
Aug 17, 2004 (3:48 am)
It sounds like it was related to the accident. I've never heard of anyone replacing ball joints on Subarus especially at 50k miles.
FYI - I've had 4 Subarus (91k, 52k, 128k, & 35k).
Aug 17, 2004 (9:44 am)
Same here, IMO that's early. While it could be from wear and tear, that would only happen in severe duty cases.
Aug 17, 2004 (1:49 pm)
DaveM & Juice - Thanks that's what I was figuring.
My '93 Impreza went for 125k miles (before I sold it to my brother's ex wife who probably has well over 200k miles on it by now) without ball joint replacement as well so I figured this wasn't a Subaru problem but yet another problem in relation to that accident.
Oh well. Putting a few hundred a year into a car for maintenance is still a lot cheaper than buying a new one!
#2651 of 3121 balljoint replacement
Aug 17, 2004 (2:01 pm)
I hit a nasty pothole and wound up replacing it on my 100K Legacy.
#2652 of 3121 '01 OBS or '04 OBS
Sep 05, 2004 (7:27 pm)
It's been nearly two years since I visited these boards; but I don't know of any better source of knowledge and experience on the topic of Subies. So, I'll say hi again and get right to my questions.
I'm considering buying an '01 OBS and was wondering if there are any specific problem areas with that year of which I should be aware? The two vehicles I'm considering (one auto, the other manual) have 40K and 50K miles on them, respectively.
Would there be any "good" reason to spend the extra $3k to 4k to get a used '04 OBS with 12-15K miles, other than getting the "latest and the greatest" with the larger 2.5 engine? This would be a second car, my toy; and fortunately, while the price of the '04 isn't out of the question, I'd rather not spend that much for a toy unless there's a very compelling reason: Like, the '01 would be a pit into which I'd dump $$$.
Sep 05, 2004 (7:37 pm)
2.2L engine is ROCK SOLID.
I have 156K miles on my '96 Impreza L with the 2.2L Automatic. For the past 3k+ miles I've been racing it on the road courses at near redline and she has held up just fine!
#2654 of 3121 Re: 01 [paisan]
Sep 06, 2004 (7:00 am)
Mike, I'm surprised to hear that you're using an auto tranny for racing. With the auto's drive distribution, I would have thought that a manual would be the tranny of choice.
BTW, did the '01 manual trannys have the same clutch problems that plagued the '02s? And, while I'm at it, wasn't the '01 OBS the last year of the 4-wheel disc brakes until the most recent models?
Thanks again for your input.....Terry
Sep 06, 2004 (7:18 am)
No, it had drums after i believe '96 up to '03, then in '04 the put discs in the rear back.
The reason for the AT is 2-fold, first the car was $500 so you can't really argue about what trans, 2nd I like to be a little different, especially on the track, just want to prove you don't need an MT to do well, also curious how long it will last under race conditions
Sep 07, 2004 (7:06 am)
Since the 2.2l is cheaper in this case and it has a better reliability history I'd get that one.
If you look for a newer one, might as well get a 2002 or later to get the new platform. But keep in mind it's heavier, so even the 2.5l won't perform any better.