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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
Dec 10, 2003 (2:35 pm)
I experience cold temperature "clatter" on my 2003 Legacy. The sound is to "heavy" to be valves. I think it is wrist pin or piston slap noise on one cylinder only. The sound does go away after the engine reaches full operating temperature and I don't hear the sound at all if air temperature is above 50 degrees farenheit.
My last Legacy (MY2000) did not make such a sound, so I don't think is is normal or acceptable.
Now that I have accumulated over 1000 miles, I don't think this is a break in issue. This sound is not going away by itself, so Subaru will have to fix it. It's going to the dealer next week.
I wonder how long the dealer will take to repair this internal engine problem.
Dec 10, 2003 (3:05 pm)
They gave me a 2003 Limited as my loaner yesterday - it was 20 degrees out and I thought there was bunch of sloose bolts and parts rattling around in a mixing bowl when I started that thing up! The clatter went away for the most part after 15 minutes. The loaner had 4,700 miles on it, so I am guessing that sound is there to stay. I was sure glad to get my Bean back later in the day - the H^ is very quiet by comparison! Also, the 4EAT is just a bad combo with the H4!
Dec 11, 2003 (7:19 am)
Actually I have my 2000 OB at the dealer now so that they can try and reproduce the noise in the morning. Of course so far it has not. My dealer is good though - he insisted on keeping it for another day or so to try and replicate the issue. In the meantime, I'm in a new Nissan Sentra -it's not bad, but I miss my Subaru. I can't wait for when they are authorised to do loaners, instead of rentals. (I guess they have to receive approval from SOA to do loaners?)
#9419 of 11746 '00 Outback purchase??????
Dec 11, 2003 (10:46 am)
Everything was set for today to purchase the '00 Outback that I had posted about on this thread. Unfortunately, the deal fell through! There was a Toyota mini-van the seller had lined up to purchase, but it was in an accident Tuesday and his wife no longer wants it. The seller felt really bad and apologized repeatedly to me for backing out. He did say that he would call me when he does get ready to sell the Outback. I am very bummed, but there is nothing I can do about it. Oh well, it relieves the pressure of selling my truck in a big hurry.
Thanks again for everyone's assistance!
Dec 11, 2003 (12:49 pm)
Things have a way of working out. You'll get there eventually.
Dec 11, 2003 (1:45 pm)
Just received a call from my dealer. It turns out that a harness went up front (I'm not sure which one - I'll find out when I pick it up tomorrow). When I mentioned the "clatter" the dealer said all Subarus do that, but that was not my problem. They are now getting authorization to cover it under the extended warranty.
Between this, and the vent blower they were replacing, it seems like a good investment on the Gold warranty.
Dec 12, 2003 (10:50 am)
Cool Mark. My wife has a 7/100 Gold, too.
#9424 of 11746 Clatter
Dec 13, 2003 (12:06 pm)
I have an 02 Legacy with the clatter when cold. Clatter is worse under load, and not too bad at idle. Goes away once warm. I don't think many of my neighbors would run out to buy a Subaru after hearing my car drive by them. Piston slap theory is most likely since the pistons take a while to warm up and expand a bit, plus the skirts are short too. My friend built a subaru engine for his airplane and had longer skirt pistons made, it doesn't clatter!. But I must say I do like the car alot, want to keep it, but if I had to sell it, could be a hard sell to most people. My advice to Subaru is to lengthen the piston skirts as much as possible, so what if it loses a few HP. Otherwise the car is excellent. Mine has 42000kms now.
#9425 of 11746 Warranty Cost
Dec 13, 2003 (7:39 pm)
How much should I expect to pay for a 7/100 Gold Warranty?