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#8067 of 8657 2002 Subaru - time to replace it?
Jun 30, 2009 (7:05 pm)
I have a 2002 Outback Wagon which now has about 102,000 miles on it (I've put about 40,000 on it in the last 2.5 years). I still have $4500 left on the loan and have paid $4000 since November in repairs. I've had the head gasket done, replaced the timing belt and others but I think there's more to come. The AC has issues and it's not just low on coolant and I think the transmission may be going as the pick-up seems to be getting worse. My last Subaru was a 1993 and it made it to about 180,000 miles when the transmission finally went. In addition to the upcoming AC repairs and possible transmission issues, the rear wiper stopped working about a year ago and there's a leak one of the window seals so driving on the highway is very noisy. I'm just tired of the repair costs. Has anyone had a similar experience? Do you think it's better to stick with the evil I know than buy a 'new' car (by which I mean another used Subaru)? I know all the arguments about an older car being cheaper, despite repair costs and I would be trading one more year of payments until I own it free and clear for another 4-5 years.
#8068 of 8657 Diagnosis question
Jul 01, 2009 (4:37 am)
I posted this in Subaru Crew also but thought that this forum might be more specific. My '95 Legacy Outback quit running today. Will turn over but not start. I'm about to start testing the various possible culprits but I'm very suspicious that it could be the ECU. When putting the code scanner on the OBD II terminal it wouldn't even trigger the scanner. What is the power source of the ECU? Is there a fuse or relay that could be cutting power to it? I don't mind replacing it but I want to make sure that that is what needs to be done as I know they are very expensive. I am the original owner of the car and it has a lot of miles(260K) but still runs great so I'd like to keep it going. Thanks for any help, Greg
#8069 of 8657 Re: 2002 Subaru - time to replace it? [soe7]
Jul 01, 2009 (10:02 am)
It may be time to cut your losses. It should be worth more than you owe, so at least you're not upside down.
You got 100k miles out of it and it should sell for $6-7 grand or so. I'd sell it.
#8070 of 8657 where is the fwd switch on a 2002 impreza
Jul 01, 2009 (10:28 am)
please..who can tell me where is locate the fwd switch on a 2002 impreza i got the fwd light turned on on the panel...
#8071 of 8657 Re: where is the fwd switch on a 2002 impreza [emilcapellan]
Jul 01, 2009 (11:28 am)
Should be in the fuse box under the hood.
Weird thing is, you *insert* a fuse to get it in to FWD mode, for when you tow for instance.
If your FWD light is on, there must be a malfunction in the AWD system.
#8072 of 8657 Re: 2002 Subaru - time to replace it? [ateixeira]
Jul 02, 2009 (3:43 pm)
Given the condition, an average from KBB, Edmunds, and NADA puts it around $4800 for trade-in so I guess I'd be breaking even, but then I'd be buying another used Subaru which I'd have to finance. I'd probably look at getting a 2005-6 with less than 60k on it which might cost be around $11k. I can't sell it privately because the finance company has the title and I can't afford to pay it off so I can get the title and then sell it.
#8073 of 8657 Deep water caused temporary tranny problems?
Jul 03, 2009 (9:04 am)
A couple of days ago we had torrential downpours here is upstate NY. On my home from work I encountered a deep puddle, maybe just below the bottom of the car door on my 2000 Outback. Some cars turned around some went through it. I figured with the high ground clearance I would have no problem I went through it ok, but then started having what i believe were transmission problems. Basically at low speeds it felt like i were popping the clutch (but the car is an automatic), it seemed like the clutch (if there is one in an automatic) was slipping and then catching both on acceleration and deceleration, once I got above 10-15mph everything seemed ok. The symptoms have slowly gone away over the next day or two. Any idea what happened? is this a sign of future trouble? The car has 125k on it, but the original transmission was replaced at 75k
#8074 of 8657 1996 Legacy LSI Timing Belt Alignment
Jul 22, 2009 (9:51 am)
I have the 2.5 DOHC the timing is off and my book does not tell me how to reset or retime the belt. From scratch how do I reset the timing and install a new belt?
#8075 of 8657 Re: Deep water caused temporary tranny problems? [markk1]
Jul 27, 2009 (9:54 am)
Check the condition of the ATF at the yellow dipstick on the trans tunnel. I wonder if it got contaminated? The water could have evaporated later.
For the other issue I'd search on Scooby Mods.
#8076 of 8657 Re: 1996 Legacy LSI Timing Belt Alignment [bigblueox]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 27, 2009 (1:15 pm)
You're talking about two different things here....one is ignition timing and the other is engine timing. Which timing do you think is off, and why?