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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#8577 of 8657 Re: 2012 Outback "wandering" [leporeva]
May 18, 2012 (5:43 am)
Not sure about the wandering?
If I were you, I'd wait for the 2013 Outback, which should be out in a month or two. They've made a number of refinements (new FB25 engine, all-new 2nd-gen CVT, chassis and suspension upgrades, better gas mileage, as well as some styling/content/functional upgrades). It's a mid-life refresh, but a significant one. Here are a couple of links:
http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2012/03/29/subaru-reveals-reworked-2013-outbac- - k/
If there is a wandering issue with the 2010-12 models, I'm sure it's been addressed with the 2013 model. It will certainly handle better, as there is a claimed 40% improvement in roll control.
#8578 of 8657 2012 Ruby Red paint problems
May 29, 2012 (10:00 am)
I am finding some obvious paint defects, esp on the hood of my '12 OB LTD. Small areas where bird droppings or such made contact for a short time. I wash the car every week, so it's not like it was a lot of crud left for a long time. One dealer tried to use some colored buffing compound, but it just left ugly swirl marks. They told me it was normal, but I disagree. Anyone else having paint issues? Wondering if it's a clear coat problem, or just the red paint itself, or both.
-Karen in AZ-
#8579 of 8657 Re: 2012 Ruby Red paint problems [kmartin]
May 29, 2012 (10:51 am)
I had the same issue on my Miata's hood, also from bird droppings. I haven't really tried any polishes yet, but let's see what others suggest.
#8580 of 8657 My exhaust system, is well, exhausted....
Jun 05, 2012 (4:25 am)
This past weekend I struggled with getting my nearly 11 year old exhaust system ('02 OBW) apart after it blew out the gasket at the rear axle (mid-rear pipe with resonator connection to the final pipe / muffler assembly. After what seemed like ages with a rotary cutter & drill I got it separated, but the mating surfaces and flanges were in poor shape, and would not seal on a new gasket. I thought about modifying a doughnut, then thought about cutting off the flanges and joining them with a stub pipe and clamps, but ran out of time (evening activities).
Finally, I priced up a whole cat-back system ($350), but before ordering it, the Misses got into the act. She threatened that if I spent any more time on the car as opposed to working on the whole other 'honey do' list, she'd yank the jack stands out while I was underneath! So being a smart guy, I drove it to Meineke yesterday and handed over 6 Ben Franklin's. An hour later all was quite. They even tack welded those rattly shields, and threw in a pretty chrome tip.
Best of all, now I can tackle that broken dishwasher!
#8581 of 8657 Re: My exhaust system, is well, exhausted.... [fibber2]
Jun 05, 2012 (8:14 am)
Steve, you are a good man. I would probably be a corpse right now had I been in your place.
#8582 of 8657 Re: My exhaust system, is well, exhausted.... [xwesx]
Jun 05, 2012 (12:44 pm)
At the time I was actually kind of pissed... Not at her, but at the time wasted foolishly trying to take something apart that should have just been tossed in favor of ordering all new. Had I gone that route, I would have spent half as much and been satisfied by having done it myself. Instead I spent double and had nothing to show for a lost day, loss of some blood and skin, ruined blades and bit, and a major dent in my dignity! Did I mention the dent to my dignity? Imagine being beaten by something mechanical? Say it ain't so!!!
#8583 of 8657 Re: My exhaust system, is well, exhausted.... [fibber2]
Jun 05, 2012 (4:37 pm)
Ah, point taken. I hadn't considered that aspect as much as I should have. I sure know that I would have been a stubborn SOB about it until the job was done... good, bad, or ugly.
#8584 of 8657 Re: Slightly vibrating steering wheel [pathtomax]
Jun 07, 2012 (8:01 am)
I just took my identical year/model Outback in this morning for a somewhat similar problem. Noice/vibration at 50-70 mph, increases/decreases with speed, and I can feel a grinding in the brake pedal as I bring the vehicle to a stop. I was told it may be a bearing issue - - I am waiting to hear.
At the same time, back when the vehicle had about 32000 miles, I noticed a shudder/vibration in the steering wheel between 25 and 50 mph (usually between 1500 and 2500 rpms). I learned that this was caused by the torque converter, which was replaced under warranty. You may want to acelerate and/or decelerate through these "zones" to see if the vibration becomes a more pronounced shudder. It is my understanding that this year and model was somewhat prone to torque converter issues.
Otherwise, i am waiting to see what happens regarding the bearing.
#8585 of 8657 Re: Slightly vibrating steering wheel [marc1771]
Jun 07, 2012 (9:43 am)
I've had the shudder as well in my 2001 OB wagon. Just had the wheels balanced because that's what it feels like, but it comes and goes which suggests possibly something else. Still happening after balancing, but maybe not as bad. Mostly happens around 60 to 70mph. With 200K miles so manythings could be loose or need repalcing.
#8586 of 8657 Re: Slightly vibrating steering wheel [pathtomax]
Jun 18, 2012 (4:46 am)
Same thing happened to mine. Mechanic calls me at home and asks if I had gone through any mud recently (I did). Mud got up into the wheels from underneath and caked causing the steering to vibrate at 65 mph. He scraped all the mud out and that was it. And, he didn't charge me!!!!