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#1175 of 19336 No Noises
May 18, 2003 (8:49 am)
Did you buy your 2002 new? Or, was it in a wreck before you got it? Have you spoken directly with Subaru (the manufacturer)? Does your state have a lemon law?
I've owned a 1996 and a 2002 Legacy GT (both sedans). Neither has had a "noise" problem except that the boxer engine is slightly louder than conventional straight fours. In fact, I've been impressed with the fact that, aside from its great handling, the 2002 Legacy is one of the quietest vehicles I've ever owned.
May 18, 2003 (4:22 pm)
I just bought a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX. At about 2,000 miles I noticed a chirping noise coming from the exhaust. I brought it to the dealer and they said they could not find the problem. Anyone else have this problm?
May 18, 2003 (5:04 pm)
wdb did have a rodent caught in his throttle mechanism (true story), maybe there's a bird's nest in there.
Does it persist after the dealer visit?
May 19, 2003 (5:07 pm)
Are you certain is is coming from (within) the exhaust and not an external noise on the pipe? I HAVE heard a chirp on exhaust before and the dealer could not find it. I finally located it myself. It turned out to be a heat shield with a loose weld. It vibrates down the pipe and sounds as if it is coming from the exhaust itself. If you are an owner of ramps and are not afraid to crawl under, pay close attention to the shield on or by the catalitic converter. It rubs metal to metal and will produce a chirp as it rubs, especially under a load when the pipes move around a bit. Power brake slightly and see if you can re-produce the noise. If you can, take it back and tell 'em to fix it......
May 20, 2003 (12:53 pm)
what do you guys think re. the fact, that J.D. Pewers rated Subaru as one of the worst car manufacturers - qualitywise I mean?
#1180 of 19336 I think that...
May 20, 2003 (7:07 pm)
If this is even true (consumers reports would argue otherwise) that Subaru probably did not pay off JD Powers well enough.
May 21, 2003 (4:12 am)
It's true that Subaru rated somewhat below average in the latest JD Power's Initial Quality Survey (1st 90 days). A disappointing showing to be sure but CR's long-term reliability ratings are far more meaningful. After all, which would you rather have, a door buzz that you notice on the drive home or the transmission needing to be replaced 60k?
May 21, 2003 (7:23 am)
JDP has a more significant durability study, it measures 5 year old models. My concern is what I'll have to pay for, so I look at long-term reliability, i.e. post-warranty.
May 21, 2003 (11:11 am)
just came in the mail (along with a spankin' new dollar bill). I was expecting to be able to tell them how great my '03 XS is, but their specific interests were why I chose the Forester vs several specific vehicles (Cruiser, etc.)and which others I had test drove and researched. They did ask how I liked my SOA shopping experience.
Best of all, I was able to tell them how useful Edmunds is---IMO, the best of the consumer auto resources on the internet.
May 21, 2003 (1:12 pm)
They do several studies. Sounds like that one is trying to measure the dealer/shopping experience. APEAL, maybe?
Forester has won their APEAL study a couple of times. That's more significant than the IQ, IMO, because I'd rather *enjoy* my car than have one that is perfect but not actually like it (i.e. boring).