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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
May 14, 2005 (4:20 am)
Ho many miles have you driven yours so far? What kind of mpg have you averaged?
You bought the "lighter weight" Press Release, I see.
From various sources, and there are likely different number out there.
1997 Subaru Outback Wagon Auto curb weight: 3,230
2000 Subaru Outback Wagon Auto curb weight: 3,480
2005 Subaru Outback Wagon Auto curb weight: 3,310
Of course, the 2005 also has three more horsepower, and those horsepower might be bigger, since they cost more.....
As an aside, despite the porky 200-2004 weight performance didn't seem to suffer much. I did a "roll-on" with a co-worker's 2001 OBW versus my 1997. From about 50 to about 80 mph the two cars were virtually even. The 2005 might be faster at speed because it's a little sleeker, at the expense of smaller interior volume than the 97. You can tell the two on the highway from the rear because the 95-99 OBW rear glass is straight across the bottom and the 00-04 are angled up a bit.
The OBW has perfectly adequate performance with a couple passengers or loaded around town: I've driven two different 97's over 225,000 miles and I've learned to live with the limited thrust. Loaded on the highway it works much harder and mpg drops. The suspension, however, handles full loads beautifully. Our Yakima RocketBox costs exactly 1.1 mpg, based on a back-to-back trip we took with and without.
#4835 of 8641 Check Engine light....
May 19, 2005 (3:08 pm)
I'm looking for some answers (or reassurance) regarding something that has happened this past week.
I just had my 03 Legacy Wagon into my mechanic for it's 60K servicing.
The other day, as I was driving, I noticed the Check Engine light had come on. It stayed on that day and on the ride to work the next day, but when I went out to lunch, it was no longer on.
Is this something I need to worry about and have checked out or just one of those quirks?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
#4836 of 8641 Headgaskets on H-6 Subies
May 19, 2005 (4:51 pm)
Does anybody have any information on headgasket failure rate on the 6 cylinder subarus?
#4837 of 8641 Re: Check Engine light.... [philliesfan2]
May 19, 2005 (7:03 pm)
OBD-II will light the CEL (MIL) and log a code if emissions exceed 1.5x normal. If the event is a one timer, the light will stay on for usually 3 'drive cycles', then go off. The code remains in the log, along with a snapshot of the conditions at the time of the event, for 40 cycles. If it never comes on again, you can probably ignore it, and the log will clean itself out with time. If it repeats, you should get it read out. Possibly something done at the time of servicing is triggering it.
Check obvious things, like gas cap and oil cap on tight, dip stick properly inserted, vacuum hoses all on tight, etc.
#4838 of 8641 2004 Outback wagon: Strange engine vibration during coasting
May 20, 2005 (6:54 am)
I own a 2004 Outback (manual shifter) with 16k miles on it. Since about two months I am hearing a strange vibration while coasting, especially at 4th and 3rd gears.
When the engine is sufficiently warm, if I am on 3rd or 4th gears and I accelerate to about 30 mph (on 3rd gear) or 45 mph on 4th gear and I release accelerator and coast, I hear a faint but distinct continuous vibration from under the hood (more like "krrrrrrrr"), somewhat like when one holds a leaf against fast rotating fan blades. The noise continues for a while and when I hit the accelerator again, the noise disappears but returns while coasting. In fact I have rolled down the driver's side windows and repeated it and I could hear that vibration on the outside! The car has had no mechanical problems since we bought it new.
Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this phenomenon.
#4839 of 8641 1993 Legacy stalling problem
May 20, 2005 (7:32 am)
I own an 93 Legacy with 145k miles that stalls whenever I take it above 55 Mph. It also stalls if I'm going up a steep incline and the engine needs to work hard. My mechanic checked out the car and can't figure out what the problem is (nothing obvious, I guess). Any Ideas on what could be causing it?
May 20, 2005 (8:20 am)
H6 has been very reliable. There was one single person, suspicously troll-like, that complained about a coolant leak.
Early one some others experience the coolant level dropping mysteriously, but none of those ever became a problem, and we tracked it for a long time.
So I would not hesitate to recommend the EZ30 H6, in fact it's one of Subaru's better engines, and definitely more reliable than the EJ25.
yessir: spark or fuel is usually the cause. I'd guess your ignition wires are old and need to be replaced. I'd look at those first, then the plugs, then the distributor cap and rotor (if that year still had one).
Miata spark plug wires usually last 30k miles, so at your mileage I'd be on my 5th set by now!
May 20, 2005 (8:54 am)
Don't forget to check your fuel filter too, or it could also be a failing fuel pump causing your problems.
#4842 of 8641 Re: Automatic transmission problem 2000 Subaru Outback [tbru00]
May 20, 2005 (1:15 pm)
My 1999 Legacy Outback Limited, 81k miles is doing this exact thing. It won't go into gear, but once it does it drives just fine. The dealership says I need a new transmission, $3,500. 81k seems really early, and it looks like I'm not the only one with this problem. Has anyone diagnosed what the problem is, other than 'you need a new transmission'? I had a Honda that I put 185k on and never once had a problem
How successful is Subaru in resolving stuff like this? I can't imagine this isn't some kind of global problem based on the postings here. There have to be hundreds of others out there with this problem who never find this site...
#4843 of 8641 Re: 1993 Legacy stalling problem [yessir]
May 20, 2005 (4:28 pm)
Had a similar problem with our 91. The dealer was no help. The Tappet brothers described a similar problem in Toyotas. Deposits made the valves stick open and we were losing compression. Valve treatment in the oil and the gas cleared the problem up. Will your car restart right away after stalling or does the engine turn over with no resistence/compression?