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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#9301 of 11746 oil leaks in Subaru
Nov 11, 2003 (7:26 pm)
Somewhat in response to MJW:
I have a 1996 Subaru Legacy and it currently has 191,000 miles on it. I have had two major problems related to oil leaks. The first involved bad seals and ran me over $1000 and the second involved a cracked head gasket which ran me another $1400. The first problem occured about 4 years ago when I probably had closer to 100K miles on the car. Both times required replacements of timing belts etc. While this was a big pain and very expensive, I must say I expect to hit 200K miles in the next 2 months, and the car seems to be holding up.
#9302 of 11746 iPod hookup pics
Nov 11, 2003 (8:08 pm)
Similar to the WRX rig I did last week, I set up my Outback today. Wire from the cassette adapter runs into the dash, where it hooks into the Belkin Auto-Kit (I stashed it under the console, next to the shifter). Dock cable from the Auto-Kit runs back out the dash under the ashtray. The iPod is hanging on a cell-phone swivel mount (stuck to the center console cover).
Looks and sounds great!!
Nov 12, 2003 (12:00 pm)
Yes, I would replace any seals/gaskets that you remove during the process.
191k? Yeah baby! OK, you gotta hit the 1/4 million mile mark, keep it up!
Good job, Craig. In the big picture, I didn't even notice the cord!
#9304 of 11746 airco/defrost
Nov 12, 2003 (4:30 pm)
Sebberry - thanks, that is what I thought. Strange how with the climate control you can switch off the AC but not on the cheaper version on my L. Still looking for a way to disconnect the link so that I can get full hot air, without the cooling from the AC, on the windshield to get rid of ice and freezing rain.
Anybody investigated the switch connections?
Nov 12, 2003 (5:34 pm)
On the WRX, theres a little tab on the gears of the "mode" knob that triggers a pressure switch when the knob is rotated to defrost. The switch turns AC on/off. People have disabled this feature by either cutting the wires to the switch or taking the switch out. I'd imagine it's the same on other Subarus with mechanical knobs.
There are "mod" directions on this at scoobymods.
Nov 12, 2003 (11:00 pm)
One step before full defrost is the combination defrost/footwell. It doesn't trigger the a/c.
Nov 13, 2003 (12:12 am)
I have a question comparing the non-sportshift and the sportshift transmissions.
First, the gate shifter has the D, 3, 2, and 1 positions.
The sportshift mode lets you cycle through the gears at the nudge of the handle.
Why can't the non-sportshift be driven through the gears manually?
What is the mechanical difference?
Nov 13, 2003 (5:27 am)
There is lag-time if you try to shift the non sport-shift manually. I have some pretty exentsive track time with the ATs in both auto-x and road courses and it's simple not quick enough on the shifts when shifting the non sport shift manually. I have yet to try the sport shift at auto-x or track so I'm not sure if that is any better.
#9309 of 11746 re: Air-con / defrost
Nov 13, 2003 (7:39 am)
Gordon, Something you might not be considering. Most A/C units have a thermal safety switch set at about 42'F to protect the compressor from accidental return of liquid freon from the evaporator. So on frosty Canadian mornings, the A/C is probably not running, despite any indicator lights that suggest otherwise.
Nov 13, 2003 (9:16 am)
The SportShift is much quicker. Still not immediate but it does respond reasonably quick. Plus it's designed to be used all the time, while the PRDNL is not.