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#5724 of 8644 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy Wagon Electrical Problem [lfdal]
Jan 11, 2006 (11:19 am)
I think this is actually a modestly common problem. I had this (or perhaps just an eerily similar) problem for a while and i have seen three other 96-99 OBW owners here in Fairbanks with the same problem. There really IS no rhyme or reason! Turn key to start, nothing. Turn it again, nothing. Walk away in disgust. Come back two minutes later.... starts right up! *smack forehead* Turn off. Turn it on, starts right up. ARRRGH!!!!
So, I found that it happend MOST frequently on errands... after 30-45 minutes of sitting. Once in a great while it would happen on a cold start (after sitting all night or all day at work), but it was rare. I think that for this particular aspect of my problem, I had a part in the starter.... maybe the solenoid or some relay replaced. I probably have the paperwork on it, but I'll have to check as it was nearly 6 years ago. The biggest problem is that there wasn't so much as a *click* when turning the key, and the battery really did act dead. Jumping it would work every time (but why??)... except one (which was when I realized that it was NOT a battery problem).
Now that I think about it, a relay makes more sense than a solenoid. I will try to remember to dig through my maintenance paperwork and see if I can come up with anything.
What's more, why is it that my car has had sooo many of these problems??? Yeech. Maybe as an Aug 1995 build, it was an early one? I remember three months after I bought this car vowing to never buy another Subaru and to dump the thing on the first unsuspecting fool I could find. Then winter came and all was forgiven.
Jan 11, 2006 (11:51 am)
FWIW, my Forester still has the original light bulbs, all of them as a matter of fact.
I tried some Hella bulbs but they only lasted a year. Ironically I put the OE ones back in and they still work today, 7 years of use, 8 years total age.
#5726 of 8644 Re: Bulbs [ateixeira]
Jan 11, 2006 (4:11 pm)
I wish I could say the same, though all the exterior bulbs OTHER than the headlights are still originals save for the tail light on the right quarter panel. That's not bad in my book considering 10+ years of service and 1300 miles short of 200,000! Now, the INTERIOR bulbs..... let us not discuss those....
Jan 11, 2006 (4:35 pm)
My 2000 OB also has all the original bulbs. DRLs are always on (90% power) unless the headlights are on.
#5728 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback headlite problems [diverken]
Jan 11, 2006 (5:27 pm)
RE: Follow up to some possible solutions to my headlight problem.
1. Yes,understand about "oils" on the hand. I have had service techs who know about that replace the bulbs. We have been very careful not to touch with "human hands".
2. Call Subaru: Absolutely worthless. They say they have never heard of this problem. It is all our fault for driving with the lights on during the day, due to heat generated from bulbs they burnout faster. (5 bulbs in 15 months?). So, going to subaru is not an option. I have found their customer service, compared to Nissan or Toyota is off the map!
#5729 of 8644 Exterior/Interior
Jan 12, 2006 (9:24 am)
I meant both, even my interior lights are fine. Of course I just jinxed myself...
#5730 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback headlite problems [diverken]
Jan 12, 2006 (10:11 am)
There have been a lot of complaints on LGT.com regarding headlights burning out rather quickly on the 05 models. This should be covered under your 3/36 warrantee.
FWIW, I have both original bulbs on my 05 LGT. I am over 14k miles, and drive with the headlights and fog lights on all the time. Rob M.
#5731 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback headlite problems [rob_m]
Jan 13, 2006 (4:53 pm)
>>>>FWIW, I have both original bulbs on my 05 LGT.
I have the origonal ones in my 05 OB - i, I suspect the problem is some sort of power surge.
>>> drive with the headlights and fog lights on all the time. Rob M.
Why? This just doesn't make any sense for you or the oncomming driver, unless it's foggy out. Throwing more light in the 'foreground' which the OB's fog lights do very well, just serve to constrict your pupils. So it may appear you are seeing better, you are only seeing things close better at the expense of seeing things further away.
Also throwing more light at oncomming drivers reduce their ability to see, which is not what you want when someone is apporaching you.
If you drive rural roads, you may try just the daytime running lights + parking lights (if legal), the DRL are far bright enough to use at night and don't throw as much light in the foreground at the headlights. You will find, though you are throwing less light, you will see further.
#5732 of 8644 Engine noise and power
Jan 14, 2006 (11:02 am)
Hi. I have an outback 2003 wagon. Recently I got an oil change, and shortly thereafter my engine started making this loud noise when I accelerate and (although this may be my imagination) I seem to have lost some engine power...it just doesn't seem to accelerate like it used to. Has anyone ever heard of an oil change (same oil I've been using for years) having that kind of effect on an engine? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#5733 of 8644 Re: Engine noise and power [berutten]
Jan 14, 2006 (3:53 pm)
At first it sounds unrelated to the oil change, but thinking about it, did you check the oil level. too little OR too much could cause quite a bit of damage.