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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#4256 of 8644 Re: catalytic [outback jx]
by 1 subaru owner
Feb 13, 2005 (8:32 am)
This is just an uneducated guess, but I am sorry to say that I have seen posts on other forums that would lead me to believe that your car may have had or has head gasket issues. One post in particular on this website might be of interest to you. http://scott.mcgerik.com/2004/02/18/subaru-outback-head-gasket-le- ak/
The post you are looking for tells of a car that needed a new catalytic converter, and the Subaru owner got the mechanic to admit that the head gasket leak could have contributed to the early demise of the cat.
#4257 of 8644 Re: Head Gaskets [gerard5]
by 1 subaru owner
Feb 13, 2005 (8:35 am)
No, Gerard5 you are not alone. I just had the drivers side head gasket replaced on my 2.5 liter 2002 Outback station wagon.
#4258 of 8644 Re: when do I do the first oil change on my 05 legacy turbo? [stantont]
Feb 13, 2005 (9:27 am)
They told us the same thing for our 04 TSX, which has 10K intervals. So I waited until 10K for the first oil change and the next will be at 20K. Personally, I think it's great -- it will mean far fewer services and lower maintenance cost over the life of the car. I will definitely trust the Honda engineers on this topic!
#4259 of 8644 Re: 2000 Legacy GT Transmission Kaput [davek1117]
Feb 13, 2005 (1:59 pm)
Our 2000 Legacy GT has the exact same problem. It has gotten progressively worse and it seems like Russian Roulette: will it shift into drive or not? It sounds like we will be needing a tranny as well.
I just dropped the car off at Subaru and am waiting for the prognosis. They charged $1700 for the repair and that was with support from Subaru..Oh well..I see what happens.
#4260 of 8644 Re: when do I do the first oil change on my 05 legacy turbo? [stantont]
Feb 13, 2005 (2:55 pm)
I believe Subarus come from the factory with regular conventional oil.
Due to the wide range of driving conditions and habits, it's probably impossible to measure what the impact of an early vs. on-schedule first oil change would have over the life of a car. Hence the multitude of opinions from people on what the best way to break in an engine is.
The best thing to do is do what makes you feel comfortable. Definetly stick to the manufacturer's minimum, but if you want to change more often, there's probably little harm to be done if at all.
#4261 of 8644 Headlamps and Valet Mode
Feb 13, 2005 (3:05 pm)
The headlights and fog lights on my 99 GT were pretty beat after 118k of NE highway driving. They were cloudy and kind of yellow. I used Maguire's swirl remover 2.0 which is a light polishing compound followed by a coat of Mothers Reflections High Tech wax. They came back to almost clear, and clean very easily.
As for valet mode, use the fob to unlock the car with the door open to remove it from valet mode. Rob M.
#4262 of 8644 Re:05'LegacyGT 5EAT WagonWon'tStart jsun: Our '05 Outback also won't start [jsun]
Feb 13, 2005 (6:06 pm)
I'm new to the forum, and just stumbled on to this thread. I bought an 05 Legacyi last September, and on one cold night in January (in the teens, I think) it had the same problem you are describing. I waited a few minutes, and it finally started. I figured the cold had something to do with it, and forgot about it, until now, reading your posts. My brother is just about to buy a new GT, so it's a good thing my memory has been jogged by your experiences, and it makes me worried about future performance. Should I alert my dealer about this right now, or wait and see when/if it happens again?
#4263 of 8644 Re: Headlamps [xwesx]
Feb 13, 2005 (6:54 pm)
Have Brasso, will travel!
Those ANC winters are brutal...lots of salt and cynders to keep a car whitish looking. I could see the headlamps taking a beating up there!
#4264 of 8644 Re: Headlamps [terumi1]
Feb 13, 2005 (11:13 pm)
Well, happily I don't visit Anchorage often, especially not during the winter. I am fairly certain that they no longer salt the roads in ANC though... instead they use copious amounts of sand! There is no such thing as a black vehicle during winter in Alaska.
#4265 of 8644 Re: 2000 Legacy GT transmission kaput
Feb 13, 2005 (11:38 pm)
I have a 2000 Forester L with little over 100,000 miles with the same transmission problem. I got the car new and never drove it hard. The Subaru dealer said I need a new transmission and will cost $3500 for a rebuilt one! We bought this car because my Dad had a 81 Subaru GL (bought new) that had close to 200k before it was sold. I doubt I will buy another Subaru.