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#4721 of 8657 2000 Legacy Wagon: Jarring rubbery noise when turning
Apr 27, 2005 (9:23 am)
I purchased my 2000 Legacy Wagon GT in September 2003. Whenever I have driven the car in excess of 20 minutes, I notice that, as I take a tight turn (like into a parking space), a noise emanates from the car, almost like a piece of rubber touching the bodywork. This ONLY happens after I have driven the car for a while and never when cold. This leads me to think that it is not the CV joints but something else. I did have the car checked up last year by my local (non-Subaru) service center and they found nothing (and could not repeat the circumstances to find the noise).
#4722 of 8657 Re: Weird sounds and smell in my 2005 Legacy GT Limited [rob_m]
Apr 27, 2005 (9:37 am)
They have not been rotated, to my knowledge. I am taking it back in on Saturday, and I will explain that it still pulls to the right.
It IS a manual. I will see if I can find anything in the forum on "clutch stink." Is it just something I have to live with, or is it sign of a problem with the clutch?
The whine is definitely not from the turbo. The whine comes when I accelerate, not when I rev the engine. I can only hear it in first and second gear; the volume and pitch seem to be directly rated to the rate of acceleration. Once in third, even when the RPM are high, I cannot hear the whine. If I am idling, motionless, and rev the engine, I cannot hear the whine.
I'm concerned about it. I am positive the dealership will just tell me it's normal, when in fact it's not. And with my luck, whatever is wrong will cause other parts to fail; ones that are not covered under warranty.
#4723 of 8657 turbo noise...
Apr 27, 2005 (9:58 am)
On my WRX, I cannot hear the turbo at all if I just rev the car up in neutral...the only times the turbo whine is evident is when I'm accelerating in 1st or 2nd gear and happen to be parallel to a wall or something to bounce the sound back, or in 5th gear on the highway when I accelerate.
I know you've got a different engine than I do, but the concept is similar and it sounds like you're hearing the turbo at exactly the same times I am on my car -- which is to say, when the car is under load and not at rest. Sounds normal to me.
#4724 of 8657 Re: turbo noise... [bkaiser1]
Apr 27, 2005 (10:56 am)
So I wonder -if I was too really get the revs high and get the turbo spooled up faster than I have been, if the whine would change...
Then again, I can hear the whine even when I am not near a wall, and with my windos up or down.
I'll check it out, though - thanks!
#4725 of 8657 Re: Car Seat Dilemma
Apr 27, 2005 (4:00 pm)
Don't trade it! We traded in our OBW for a grand caravan when our 3rd arrived. We now wish we had toughed it out for the short time it was for our oldest to grow out of the booster. Now looking to downsize for another OBW or Forester for all the usual reasons even though our AWD Caravan has served well.
#4726 of 8657 Re: clutch woes [bkaiser1]
Apr 28, 2005 (5:27 am)
.it took 50,000 miles of me documenting the problem at every service visit (each time being told it was normal).
In my case they kept telling me they couldn't reproduce the shudder ('00 Legacy GT). But my constant complaints also got me a free clutch at 63,000 miles once Subaru finally faced up to the problem and the TSB came out.
Morals to the story? Okay, I'll give it a go
1) Unfortunately it sometimes takes a while for manufacturers to 'fess up.
2) Document, document, document.
3) Maintain a good working relationship with the dealer.
4) If #3 becomes impossible, find another dealer! There are good ones.
5) Replace the throwout bearing while the clutch is being done!
Apr 28, 2005 (8:20 am)
Spary lithium grease on the sway bar bushings, the rubber joints that hold them in place.
#4728 of 8657 2002 Engine Knock for 10 mins
Apr 28, 2005 (10:25 am)
I just bought a 2002 Outback (47K) and notice the engine knocks for the the first 8-10 mins each time I drive the car. Even if I drove the car 2 hours earlier, it still knocks. After ~10 mins, the knock quiets. By the way, during Idle, the engine does not knock, only when I am driving. I have let the engine idle until complete warmed up (~15 mins) and it still knock when I drive it. I ran a tank of premium gas to no avail. The knock is not fast (isolated to a few cylinders) and not a tap (lifters).
This leads me to believe that this maybe a "ping" and the computer take ~10 mins to compensate and adjust.
Is this normal? What can I do to quiet this down? Any suggested additives?
#4729 of 8657 coolant smell
Apr 28, 2005 (10:37 am)
I have a 2004 Legacy. About a week after I bought the car that only had 100 miles on it. I started to notice an antifreeze/coolant smell. I took the car back to the dealer only to be told they didn't smell anything. After a few more tries and negative reviews on the service questionnaire , they finally smelled the odor. The explanation I received was this was "NORMAL" and that there is a tiny hold in the coolant over flow reservoir to let out the vapors. I find it hard to believe that every Subaru owner puts up with this smell. Has anyone else had this problem?
#4730 of 8657 Subaru: Low Mileage & older car (98) vs High Mileage & new car ( 03)
Apr 28, 2005 (11:00 am)
I am looking to buy a Subaru OB wagon. They ares:
1. 98 OB 53K for $10,900
2. 03 OB 79K for $12,500
The 03 was a sales car w/ all highway miles and regular check ups 30 & 60, as well as oil change every 3.
Not much history on the 98- its being sold by a dealer so has had a through inspection.
The question is: Is it better to get an older car w/ lower mileage or a newer car w/ higher?
(Currently I drive a 93 Legacy Sedan w/ 140K...so high miles doesn't scare me as much.)
Your thoughts would be appreciated.