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#11504 of 11746 1999 Subaru Legacy Salvage Title
Aug 12, 2007 (2:13 pm)
I have just bought a 99' Subaru Outback Limited Wagon 4D, 80 ,000 miles on it for $4,600 (I am located in the Bay Area). It has a salvage title.
It was in the front car accident (the Air Bags did not blew up).
The condition of the car is very good. It looks great and drives great as well, that is what actually made me to buy it. I have done some drive testing today for couple of hours everything was great.
My question is: "Is there a way for me to make sure that the car is not dangerous for driving? So far everything is fine? Can there be some hidden defect?
Thanks for your replies,
#11505 of 11746 Re: 1999 Subaru Legacy Salvage Title [bestdev]
Aug 13, 2007 (10:45 am)
Well, that should have been asked before the purchase, not after, but you could certainly pay a mechanic to perform a complete inspection.
I'd have him focus on the areas that may have been damaged in the collision. Check the alignment, steering, the boots, etc.
#11506 of 11746 Re: Engine problems 96 outback [mistershake]
Aug 23, 2007 (10:09 am)
I don't know if you got this addressed or not. I had the problem with the same car with the last year, at 3,000 rpm, going up hill. The car would sputter and lose power, but never die. Grannies passed me on bicycles, but it never died.
And since the engine light came on (and stayed on, in my case) I couldn't pass Virginia emissions, for my plates.
One timing belt, a knock sensor, and three ignition coils later, the car still had the same problem.
But at one trip to the mechanic, he had an idea it might be a fuel injector problem, so he switched out the number 2 and 3 injectors, because the computer said it was missing on number 2.
Well, the problem remained, but then miraculously cleared up a couple of days later. Here's what I think happened:
I run a low tank constantly (aversion to and denial of high gas prices). I think i had sumped up some blockage into the #2 fuel line into the injector, and that the injector itself was partially blocked. When the injectors were switched out, I think the force in the unblocked line in #3 pushed any gum out of the injector that was switched there. And, I think, the unblocked injector that was switched to number two allowed the line to eventually unblock over a couple of days.
In other words, my fuel line was constipated.
I can't verify this was the case, but can offer no other explanation, and the fuel injector switch-out was the last thing we did.
So, if you haven't pushed the car off a cliff or fixed the problem in another way, I suggest you check your injectors and the fuel lines immediately before them.
#11508 of 11746 2001 Subaru Outback
Aug 23, 2007 (8:20 pm)
I am in the process of buying a 2001 Subaru outback. During the discover process it was said that when the second owner recieved the car from the dealer. The dash had to be replaced and the milege was set back to zero. The dealer said there was no way for them to reprogram the dash to account for the 53000 miles originally present. So a statement was issued with the new dash. Is this normal???!!? I can't believe they are unable to reprogram dashes to the the correct mileage. Is this so???
#11509 of 11746 Re: 2001 Subaru Outback [bes001]
Aug 24, 2007 (9:14 am)
That is typical of a modern car. They have designed them to be tamper resistant, so a replaced instrument cluster, if done by an authorized agent, will include a "statement" to adjust the displayed mileage with the previous mileage.
#11510 of 11746 Re: 2001 Subaru Outback [xwesx]
Aug 24, 2007 (9:53 pm)
Thank you for your help.
#11511 of 11746 Re: 2001 Subaru Outback [bes001]
Aug 24, 2007 (4:56 pm)
Yup, they don't change the milage, just issue the statement. It's some federal law not to change the milage.
#11512 of 11746 Re: Engine problems 96 outback [argon]
Sep 04, 2007 (4:23 pm)
funny you should mention that, it just got a fuel injector flush at the mechanics, so we'll see. im hoping it was that.
#11513 of 11746 headlight problem on 2001 outback
Sep 10, 2007 (6:58 am)
Both lowbeam headlights are out on my 2001 outback wagon. Checked fuses and all are okay. High beams work fine. Any suggestions?