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Subaru Outback, Car Safety, Wagon, SUV
#2057 of 2086 Re: Still no news... [swbo101]
Aug 12, 2006 (7:18 pm)
The only problem is those two VDC and ABS lights that intermittently come up together
I also have a 2001 VDC, and this happens to me, too. I've never had it checked out, because when it happens, I just turn off the car & restart it, and it goes away. It seems to happen more when it's cold out (i.e. when I'm more likely to need them!). It hasn't happened since last winter or spring that I can remember.
#2058 of 2086 2001 VDC small issues
Sep 21, 2006 (8:36 am)
Just wanted to mention that I have not had the trademark "warning light" problem... I have noticed some jolting in the transmission when gears change and when put in reverse. The brakes do make a grunting sound when the car is still cold, but I heard that is just the fluid warming up. Outside of that, i seem to be having a clunking sound coming from the passenger rear tire area... thinking it is a bearing (going to get serviced this week)
I guess for a car with well over 150 k on it you have to expect things to come up. Still very happy with the car overall. Just wondering if anyone has seen this problem with their 2001 VDC? Is it a bearing? Also, has anyone had the "jolting tranmission" issue looked in to? It seems that it may be dangerous, especialy in parking lots when driving slow.... sometimes it accelerates like I am giving it heavy gas when I am not even pressing the pedal. Any info would be great.
Thanks as always,
#2059 of 2086 Re: 2001 VDC small issues [jcarioca]
Sep 25, 2006 (4:47 pm)
The intermittent ABS and VDC lights do come on about once every two weeks now. I do like the other members who have the same problem: I patiently wait to arrive where I want to go and when I leave I'm sure those two lights won't be coming on again! If I am to travel a long distance, I park on the curbside and shut off the motor and restart it immediately. Apart from that, I hear a noise from one of the front two tires (I think one must have become unbalanced) and I hear some screech when I turn up the volume on the radio (I then shut the radio off and rapidly turn the knob both directions a couple of times and the screech goes away for the rest of the day!) Is there a product I can spray on the knob; can the button be easily pry off? Oh yeah, the front suspension is squeaking a little when you push on the front bumper. What is the average life of the shocks in kms?
#2060 of 2086 Re: 2001 VDC small issues [swbo101]
Oct 04, 2006 (9:46 pm)
I don't have an answer to your problem but, have you tried:
there is a host of mechanically minded subaruites that can answer a miriad of questions.
THIS is a great forum but, ultimatesubaru is a great forum also and has really helped me and my mechanic with my '96 Legacy wagon problems.
#2061 of 2086 H6 passes 100,000 miles
Feb 28, 2007 (9:49 am)
Hi juice and crew,
Haven't been here since last May when I bought front Frozen Rotors/ceramic pads for my LLBean H6. I always said I would check back in to report on the Beaner... as payback for all I learned about Subbies from you guys...
Just passed 100K! It continues to be a flawless performer [knock on plastic wood] - definitely the most reliable car I ever bought. The Frozen Rotors from TireRack fixed the front rotor problem. I'm convinced Subaru underdesigned the front brakes... they underestimated the weight of the new (at the time) H6 and how fast some folks drive in the US... and thus brake coming off of exit ramps...
Except for the rotors and the front gosset(sp?) wind noise, this baby is still as solid as the day I brought it home from the dealer. And it still rides like day 1 - especially when I punch it to the floor. The engine still has the same power/sound as day 1... like a jet plane kicking in. I love blowing other expensive cars off the road "that's a Subaru?"... lol Also, still gets that same Subbie smell in the rain / snow after cruising on the highway. Reassures me everything is OK and reminds me of when it was a baby...
At the rate it is aging, I'd say it is in its 20s - destined for over 300K...
Take care and keep up the great work!!
#2062 of 2086 Re: H6 passes 100,000 miles [otis123]
Feb 28, 2007 (10:21 am)
Nice to hear from you, Ralph.
100k is a life time for many rotors anyway, so don't sweat it.
Brakes got bigger the year after they launched the H6, didn't they? And then again when the new models came out. Subaru at least addressed it in subsequent model years.
#2063 of 2086 Re: H6 passes 100,000 miles [ateixeira]
Feb 28, 2007 (11:03 am)
Yes... they upped the front rotor size in 2002. Subaru seems to quickly address design issues - more so than their big brothers Toyota and Honda.
I've had the crypto Frozen Rotors for about 15K and they seem to be holding up fine with the ceramic pads. It was worth the investment to solve the problem...
#2064 of 2086 Re: H6 passes 100,000 miles [otis123]
Feb 28, 2007 (12:34 pm)
My very early production '02 Outback (4 cyl) has the earlier, smaller '01 brakes. I thought I was buying into the upgrade, but got jipped on this item. I went Cryo slotted Frozen Rotors from Tire Rack also, but in combo with the Hawk HPS (iron-carbon) pads last Spring (about 7k miles ago for me...).
Oddly enough, I am thinking I might go thru the 'bedding' process again. My rotors look squeeky clean again, and stopping distances / pedal effort is on the rise. As though I have somehow stripped off all the transfered material layer that makes brakes work. Very odd...
#2065 of 2086 Re: H6 passes 100,000 miles [fibber2]
Feb 28, 2007 (12:36 pm)
Strange...must've been a running change they made when they ran out of supply of the old ones.
Then again, the PCs we buy from Dell are stranger - you never know when some of the components change. Seems like no two are exactly alike!
#2066 of 2086 Re: H6 passes 100,000 miles [ateixeira]
Feb 28, 2007 (1:53 pm)
It was pretty annoying. Ordered parts for an '02, and what arrived didn't fit. Product specialist figured it out from dimensions and physical description that they matched the '01 parts.