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#2078 of 2086 Please help us pick the best 01-03 Outback VDC vehicle below
May 14, 2008 (12:24 pm)
Thanks to this forumís help, Iíve narrowed our Outback search to an H6 VDC edition, roughly 01-05 model years, and would appreciate your feedback on the following VDC vehicles weíre evaluating. Iíd like to send the best 1-2 options for a thorough garage inspection right away. Which are the best 1-2 values to send for inspection? Which would you be cautious about/stay away from?
All are supposed to be in good cosmetic condition, but canít be sure about the mechanics until an inspection, and the cost of inspections can start to add up.
Arranged in order of year and asking price, includes mileage and KBB and Edmunds estimates based on temporary assumption of carís condition based on seller description (before I have inspected).
A) 2001, Miles 130,000, Asking $8,000, Dealer seller. KBB $10,875, Edmunds $10,528, assuming good condition. Cosmetic condition looks good. Concerned the big delta between the asking price and KBB and Edmunds could mean something is seriously wrong.
B) 2001, Miles 82,740, Asking $12,000, Individual seller. KBB $12,755, Edmunds $13,168, assuming excellent condition. Cosmetic condition looks good. Seller claims that car was always dealer serviced.
C) 2001, Miles 60,680, Asking $12,400, Individual seller. KBB is $14,170 Edmunds $13,958 assuming excellent condition. Cosmetic condition looks good. Seller says he bought from previous owner (a son who inherited from father and didnít need the car). Seller says he buys a few cars/year, cleans them up for resale to make a few bucks. Condition notes - small ding on driverís side door, tiny paint scratch over rear bumper that was painted over, a little scuffing on outside of driverís seat.
D) 2003, Miles 74,800, Asking $14,000, Dealer seller. KBB $14,505, Edmunds $16,176, assuming good condition. Cosmetic condition looks good.
E) 2003, Miles 65,000, Asking $15,000, Dealer seller. KBB $15,730, Edmunds $16,188, assuming good condition. Cosmetic condition looks good.
F) 2001, Miles 61,500, Asking $16,000. Dealer Seller. KBB $14,110 and Edmunds $13,849, assuming excellent condition. Cosmetic condition looks good. Looks WAY overpriced.
G) 2003, 46,000 miles, $17,000, Dealer seller. KBB $19,315 and Edmunds $18,186, assuming excellent condition. Cosmetic condition looks good. Has OnStar system (though could care less about OnStar).
#2079 of 2086 Re: Please help us pick the best 01-03 Outback VDC vehicle below [mountainwalker]
May 14, 2008 (1:59 pm)
Get the 03+ because they're beyond the head gasket issues.
To be honest those prices seem high to me, though.
Only the 2003 with 46k miles would have a warranty remaining.
#2080 of 2086 Re: Please help us pick the best 01-03 Outback VDC vehicle below [ateixeira
May 14, 2008 (2:36 pm)
Thanks. I thought there was only a head gasket issue with the 4 cylinder - the VDC in those years was only available with 6 cylinder.
You think ALL those prices are high? The 46,000 mi 2003 is $2000 below KBB, and there are several others below KBB, though I'd agree the asking prices should be lower.
#2081 of 2086 Re: Please help us pick the best 01-03 Outback VDC vehicle below [ateixeira [mountainwalker]
May 15, 2008 (10:44 am)
Of course, I stand corrected.
Sorry, I skipped the first part and missed that.
No wonder the prices are higher. The VDC model was way upscale, with the fancy stereo, the H6, stability and traction control, etc.
#2082 of 2086 Towing Capacity Q for a 2002 VDC
Jul 30, 2009 (8:47 pm)
Folks, I am interested in a VDC 2002 OB Wagon, can someone confirm what the towing capacity is for that H6 is it 2000 2400 or 3000 ? when does the H6 go up in capacity, I am looking at a 1650lb camping trailer and want to know what my buffer should be. I am considering a trannie fluid cooler too. Anything else I should think about with that much towing. The current one I am looking at has 129k miles on it. When do folks usually change out the chain on the VDC ? thanks for the comments.
#2083 of 2086 Re: Towing Capacity Q for a 2002 VDC [fraseronly]
Jul 31, 2009 (8:57 am)
Let's see if Bob, our resident towing expert, can chime in on what year the ratings went up. I'm sure he'll remind you that with over 1000 lbs you're supposed to have trailer brakes.
I don't think the timing chain has a replacement interval. It should last the life of the engine. Even the belts last 105,000 miles.
#2084 of 2086 Re: Towing Capacity Q for a 2002 VDC [ateixeira]
Jul 31, 2009 (9:04 am)
Check the owner's manual, as it will be stated in there. My guess is 2000 pounds for a 2002 Outback, and yes, that's if the trailer has brakes.
2005 and later Outback H6s can tow 3000 (H4 2700), but again with that trailer brake restriction.
#2085 of 2086 2001 Outback Legacy VDC - problems with VDC
Dec 31, 2009 (9:35 pm)
I am looking for a shop or person that could help me resolve problems with VDC on 2001 Outback Legacy VDC car.
The symptom of the problem is the VDC and ABS light comes on. When the diagnostic code is read, it is steer wheel sensor error...
Attempts to replace steering wheel sensor, and calibration of sensor was not successfull.
Also, the other symptom, is that the VDC turns on when it should not turn on.
#2086 of 2086 Windshield Washer/Mist not working
Jul 24, 2010 (5:57 am)
When I try to pull the lever, the Windshield Washer/Mist is not working. However, the washer button at end of the lever is working fine. Anybody got ideas on how to fix this and/or what the cause of the issue may be?