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#11557 of 11746 Dealer or OEM Trailer hitch?
Oct 20, 2007 (8:35 am)
I am purchasing a new 2007 Outback 2.5i with a manual transmission. I am planning to install a hitch to tow a trailer with a quad and also use the receiver to carry and 4 bike, bike carrier at other times. The dealer hitch(Option A) is rated for GTW of 2750lbs. and a TW of 200 lbs (1.25" class I Hitch). Since the car is new this would all be covered under warranty. My quad and trailer will not exceed the GTW for the hitch, but I am concerned as to how well the hitch will support the bike rack with its low TW.
If I go with an OEM hitch (Option B) it is rated at GTW of 3500lbs. and a TW of 350lbs (1.25" class II Hitch). I would never try to tow beyond the vehicle ratings, but this hitch give me more support for the bike rack and I could install it myself and save a few bucks.
My question is does anyone have experience with Subaru dealers in a situation where their is a warranty drivetrain problem, but the vehicle has an OEM hitch.
Please let me know and also provide opinions on Option A versus Option B.
#11559 of 11746 Outback Sport hood scoop
Oct 19, 2007 (6:21 am)
I noticed a metal plate on the inside of the hood under the scoop. It can be removed. I guess this will allow cool air to circulate over the engine. Are there and benefits/drawbacks to removing the plate? Thanks all.
#11560 of 11746 Re: Outback Sport hood scoop [paulman]
Oct 19, 2007 (5:38 pm)
You can remove it and it'll put cool air in the engine, this will also allow water in so it may not be a great idea.
#11561 of 11746 Re: Dealer or OEM Trailer hitch? [surfingbaboon]
Oct 20, 2007 (9:05 pm)
By OEM do you mean the Subaru hitch? As for the tounge weight it's not really an issue on either hitch as that's really only the tounge weight if a trailer is attached. The tounge weight rating of the hitch is irrelivent as the lower of the hitch and car rating is the one you need to go by.
Oct 20, 2007 (9:23 pm)
I have a '97 legacy outback 2.5 with 179000km, got several questions (point form):
1 what is the minimum cold cracking amps needed for the battery, I have checked at a couple shops and I get conflicting asnwers
2 when I'm at idle and turn something on, such as lights, or fans, it sounds like power is taken away from the engine, why does this happen
3 I get about 26 mpg on the highway, can I do better?
#11563 of 11746 Re: [dliboiron]
Oct 20, 2007 (9:32 pm)
Not sure of the cranking amps needed but I'd get as much as possible, more amps are better.
As for the power you may need a battery or alternator if you are feeling the power loss when turning on accessories.
26mpg is pretty good, driving with cruise on at a lower speed may yield better mpg but on a 10+ year old car 26mpg is pretty good.
#11564 of 11746 Gas Mileage in 97 Outback Sport
Oct 21, 2007 (2:51 pm)
It's about 20-21 in city driving (suburban Pittsburgh, not the Rubicon Trail exactly). Anything I should look into, i.e, any tricks to improve gas mileage? Car has 110K and smells of gas in the exhaust when I start it. No visible gas leaks. Can I lean the gas/air mixture? Tires have plenty of air, brakes aren't rubbing, new plugs/wires, and bearings are smooth and greased. Thanks all.
#11566 of 11746 Seat Covers for 2008 Base Outback
Oct 21, 2007 (8:55 am)
Hi, Anyone know a good source for seat covers for a 2008 Base Outback? The interior is ivory white so I'd like darker seat covers to hide the dirt.