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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#379 of 8657 I just traded a 4Runner for Legacy
May 24, 2002 (10:41 am)
I had a 1992 4Runner for 7 years. Great vehicle. If you are towing or do heavy offroad, its the vehicle, great resale too.
The outback will handled better, run quieter, out brake, accelerate and corner the new 4runner.
The 4 runner's awd system has some quirks with the interaction with traction control at low speeds. It's not quite as seemless as the Subaru, but is far better for off-road duty. 4 runner has a taller cargo area too for the odd time you have a piece of furniture in there.
Maintenance and gas cost and insurance on the 4Runner are going to be higher.
#380 of 8657 New tires
May 26, 2002 (2:36 pm)
Well, just installed 4 new Dunlop Sport A2s on my OB (Juice - you can take some credit for my decision ) The jury will be out for a while, however, they seem quieter, ride better and take a turn better than the OEM Firestones with both at 33 PSI. The max pressure on these is 44 PSI, so am not sure where I want the pressure to be yet. Also, have some radial pull - will need to rotate to find the errant tire. Stay tuned.
BTW, had Costco install these. The guy who installed them did a good job, however, the manager that checks the bolts had no clue what to do. Therefore, removed and reinstalled them myself when I got home.
May 26, 2002 (4:07 pm)
I too just had tires put on today! I either wanted the Dunlap A2 Sport or the Michelin Pilot XGT A4's. Really the only two choices for good all weather traction plus performance and superior handling. I chose the Michelins since they were the same price at American tires. Much better then the Bridgestone Potenza Re 92's! My GT wagon is very pleased with my choice. The grip excellently and take corners ever tighter then before. Seems like the perfect match for my GT and my husband's L.L. Bean as well. We love these tires! Hey his Outback pulled to the right before these tires- I noticed others have this complaint, well better tires fixed it 100%!
#382 of 8657 Radial Pull
May 28, 2002 (8:37 am)
Had the same issue on the Yokos I put on my Sienna. I rotated them around and it went away (tire placed on rear wheel). When I rotated them back 2 weeks ago the radial pull was gone. Wondering if the same will happen with the Dunlops on the OB. The pull is not bad.
#383 of 8657 Brakes Follow-up
May 28, 2002 (9:13 am)
Background: Had 2001 LLBean front rotors re-surfaced at 10,338 miles (brakes were vibrating and scraping when braking off the highway). At the time, the service manager said "next time Subaru won't pick up the tab..."
Last week: Brought the car in for its free 22,500 service (oil, tire rotation). Brakes were back to how they felt at 10,337 miles. Walked over to the mechanic as he was working on the front brakes...."I'm replacing your front rotors and front pads. Your rotors were re-surfaced back at 10,000 miles, so they need to be replaced. They had "hot spots" = areas in the rotor where the pads get stuck. It's all covered."
So, here I thought I'd have to fight or make a stink. No problems. Subaru must be aware of the problem (silent recall?)?
I'm a happy camper, for now. Still wondering if it is an engineering flaw = brakes can't handle the weight of the car. Will have to wait and see (hopefully before 36,000 miles, if it is a design flaw.)
Otherwise, car has been flawless...
May 28, 2002 (9:35 am)
After replacing the tires and torqueing correctly, I still get the pulsating especially when the brakes are hot (after driving a while). Called a Subaru dealer near my house and they said they will take care of the problem under warrantly (most likely). Need to schedule an apptmt. BTW, I have 23K on the car.
May 28, 2002 (10:54 am)
Ralph: who cares, it was free to you!
I haven't heard of lots of problems like that, but maybe there was a TSB on it.
Rotors got 0.7" bigger in 2001 or 2002, I can't remember exactly when.
#386 of 8657 Brakes Follow-up
May 29, 2002 (11:04 am)
Free this time, but after 36,000 miles...
I still think the brakes can't handle the weight of the car. Only time will tell... My 92 Camry LE 4 cyl. had the same problem (maybe Japanese engineering schools don't teach brake design theory well :-o ).
Otherwise, the rest of the car is flawless...so, no complaints here! We love the car and the service we are getting from Curry Subaru.
Can't wait for the 2005 Outback w/ even larger front brakes, side curtain and front knee airbags, monotone paint, DVD rear passenger entertainment unit,.... LOL!
May 29, 2002 (12:12 pm)
Your very happy with Curry? Still trying to figure out how I feel about Colonial (Danbury). Also thinking of trying Smith-Cairns (Brewster). Need to get the rotors replaced/cut and yesterday I received the ECU reprogramming letter from Subaru, therefore I need to plan a trip to the dealer. Just wondering if I should go back to Colonial (where I bought the car) or try someone new.
#388 of 8657 #382 ECU reprogramming letter
May 29, 2002 (6:54 pm)
I haven't rec'd any letter from Subaru re. ECU reprogramming, and am just wondering if it has to do with the faulty "check engine light" problem I was dealing with on my 2002 Legacy Wagon. Emma