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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#6591 of 8657 Re: Coolant Odor - 2003 Legacy [garandman]
Dec 06, 2006 (6:57 am)
I've found info, and even the scanned pdf docuement from Subaru on the 2000-2002 Customer Service Initiative in which owners were advised to take it in for an 'additive' to be put in the antifreeze and get a 100,000 mile warranty on the cooling system. Just google it.
I took my car and left it at the dealer. Since there is no rental car/loaner provision on Subaru's after 36,000 miles, I had to pay for that myself. I asked her to report this to the Subaru regional service rep, and while she was talking to him, see if he could get me any rental car allowance, ha.
The dealer called late yesterday and said they are pulling the engine to replace the headgasket and also noticed a small leak on the water pump, so, are replacing the water pump too. She said she thought it might be ready this evening.
I just hope this isn't a common thing that is going to happen after the 60,000 mile warranty!
#6592 of 8657 Re: Coolant Odor - 2003 Legacy [famof3kids]
Dec 06, 2006 (7:01 am)
Not sure. We first replaced our head gaskets (preemptively) at 140,000 miles and it was sold with 187,000, so we don't know how long it will last. It replaced another 97 with 245,000 miles, though - HG replaced at 145K.
#6593 of 8657 Re: Rear doors won't open [xwesx]
Dec 06, 2006 (9:11 am)
Yes, I have tried the remote, the key, the lock button even locked and unlocked the inside of the rear doors manually.
It just seems to coincidental to have both lock mechanisms fall apart within a minute of each other, and the "clunk" sounded like something falling inside the door(s)
#6594 of 8657 Re: Rear doors won't open [jack58]
Dec 06, 2006 (11:08 am)
Well, in that case, I would take it to the dealer....
#6595 of 8657 Re: Rear doors won't open [jack58]
Dec 06, 2006 (11:25 am)
I agree - incredibly strange for that to happen. I had no luck digging around for information about it elsewhere. This might be a situation where you will have to dig into the doors to figure out what went wrong to determine the most likely culprit.
#6596 of 8657 Re: Rear doors won't open [xwesx]
Dec 06, 2006 (2:14 pm)
Thank you both, it's an '05 with 32,000 miles, do you think it is covered under warranty?
#6597 of 8657 Re: Rear doors won't open [jack58]
Dec 06, 2006 (2:38 pm)
Until 36,000 miles it is!
#6598 of 8657 Re: Rear doors won't open [terry92270]
Dec 06, 2006 (4:22 pm)
Yup! Get that bugger in there ASAP! *whew*
#6599 of 8657 Re: Coolant Odor - 2003 Legacy [famof3kids]
Dec 07, 2006 (6:28 am)
Picked up my Legacy from the dealer. I was shocked to have the car back and ready 24 hours after dropping it off. They didn't have to pull the engine. They replaced the head gasket and all associated gaskets, changed the oil and oil filter, refilled the antifreeze, replaced the water pump and gaskets. My only cost was the rental.
When I asked if it was common and if it would happen again in 40,000 miles...The service advisor told me it was fairly common and that Subaru had changed the gasket material, so, hopefully it wouldn't happen again.
2003 Subaru Legacy Spec Edition
#6600 of 8657 Re: Coolant Odor - 2003 Legacy [famof3kids]
Dec 07, 2006 (7:13 am)
Glad that's behind you.