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#4842 of 8657 Re: Automatic transmission problem 2000 Subaru Outback [tbru00]
May 20, 2005 (12:15 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 8657 Re: 1993 Legacy stalling problem [yessir]
May 20, 2005 (3:28 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?
#4844 of 8657 Re: 1993 Legacy stalling problem
May 20, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Hey everyone, would the fuel pump be at fault if, say my car is starting up fine, goes in high idle but as soon as it tries to settle down it stalls. when I tried to keep the car running by pressing the gas it would rev very erratically and if I would let off it would just die. I checked the fuel filter and its good. Also can the pump be replaced without taking the fuel tank off?
#4845 of 8657 Re: Check Engine light.... [fibber2]
May 21, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Steve, Many thanks for your response and your helpful answers.
I'll be sure to follow up on this.
#4846 of 8657 Re: Check Engine light.... [philliesfan2]
May 21, 2005 (8:42 pm)
You are welcome! Let us know how this plays out.
#4847 of 8657 Car Seat in Middle Position in OB Wagon?
May 21, 2005 (9:29 pm)
I am thinking of purchasing a 2005 OB Wagon (VDC), but one concern I have is that I have heard it may be difficult to place a child seat (both rear and forward facing) in the center-back position, even though I have heard that this is generally the safest position for a seat to be located. The OB Wagon seems to have latch positions on the two sides, but not in the middle, and the manual apparently advises against putting a child seat in the middle. Does anyone here have experience with using the middle position for a child seat (when only one child seat is needed), and does the seat fit properly and adjust easily?
#4848 of 8657 Re: Car Seat in Middle Position in OB Wagon? [whb]
May 22, 2005 (4:28 pm)
I believe that this is a pretty common problem on a lot of cars today. Latch hooks are provided on the outboard seats only, requiring the use of the lap belt to secure the seat in the middle position. Having done both with two children, I am in love with the latch system. Plus, on many cars the center seat has a bit of a hump (either to clear the drive shaft tunnel, exhaust mounting, or for style - to provide 'bucket-like' accommodations for the primary passengers), so the child seat seat might not sit in place without wobbling a little. Fortunately, though, all three positions do have upper teather mounts found on newer seats if you still want to use the middle.
#4849 of 8657 Re: 1993 Legacy stalling problem [neulicht]
May 23, 2005 (5:59 am)
Thanks for the reply neulicht
Yes my car will restart immediately after it stalls. Usually, I will put in into neutral, restart it, and then go right back into drive and continue driving. What is valve treatment exactly. How would the deposits be cleared up?
May 23, 2005 (8:09 am)
maggiethelab: Honda's actually had tranny troubles of its own lately, mainly with the V6 engines in the TL and Odyssey.
'99 with 81k miles? I dunno, I paid extra for a Subaru Gold warranty, I doubt Subaru will just pay for yours. If so then why sell an extended warranty at all?
Call 800-SUBARU3 and see if they'll help out, at least, maybe cover part of it. While we see a few tranny issues/failures I would not call it common.
Stalling: could be fuel pump, sure. They say "spark or fuel". I'd check the plug wires if you have not already.
#4851 of 8657 Re: Car Seat in Middle Position in OB Wagon? [whb]
May 23, 2005 (9:11 am)
I had a similar conundrum with my GT wagon. The owner's manual recommends putting the child seat in the outbound positions over the center (The manual does not recommend against the center position, however). At the same time, the rule of thumb is that the center is usually the safest to protect from side impacts.
I tried both and ended up going with the passenger side outbound position because:
- The child seat secured better in the outbound position due to the seat contour (as Steve mentioned)
- It's easier getting my two year old up and down from her seat at curb side
- The center position partially blocked my rear view
- There's a bit more room for rear passengers with the child seat in the outbound position.
- Even in the outbound position, the child seat is still a good distance from the side door due to semi-bucket configuration.