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#18378 of 19336 Re: Purchasing question [familydadx4]
Dec 02, 2009 (6:05 am)
I am also purchasing a 2010 Impreza. I've taken both for a test drive and both feel the same to me. The few details that are different is that;
1. OBS has no sunroof and 17 in tires which cost a bit more to replace. Narrow tires 16in better in snow. Some say gas mileage is better with 16in tire.
I had an Outback wagon and you can tell that the car has higher ground clearance. I looked at the Impreza models OBS and Premium they look the same height. OBS has heavy duty suspension. You may feel a difference in handling between the two models. Best wishes on your upcoming purchase. Subaru is a wonderful car, I've had 5.
#18379 of 19336 SoA Parts availability rant
Dec 02, 2009 (10:33 am)
Apologies for this but hopefully you all can indulge me. I'll try to be as concise as possible.
Had a minor fender bender 11/12; car got rear-ended in the rain at a stop sign. Damage minor (no injuries to anyone thankfully), but car ('05 Forester XT) needed rear bumper and muffler replaced. Had estimate done 11/13, made appointment to take into shop 11/23. Shop ordered aftermarket and OEM exhaust (both per insurer, former as policy, latter from SoA in case former did not fit) 11/19.
Car went into shop as scheduled 11/23, given completion date of 11/25. Aftermarket muffler did not fit; OEM part from SoA did not arrive. As of today (12/2) car still in shop; paint/body work done on time, still waiting on muffler from SoA. FWIW shop is less than 30 miles from SoA HQ and regional parts warehouse.
Is this car so rare that SoA does not maintain replacement parts inventory? At this rate may consider looking into the variety of aftermarket grapefruit launchers on the market just to get the car back.
#18380 of 19336 Re: SoA Parts availability rant [lark6]
Dec 02, 2009 (12:03 pm)
Supply is just 15 days, so it may be a matter of a production line running at full tilt.
You may want to try a junk yard or something.
#18381 of 19336 Re: SoA Parts availability rant [lark6]
Dec 02, 2009 (7:42 pm)
www.car-parts.com is best place to find your recycled parts online ...
#18382 of 19336 Rear Vibration / Oscillation / Wallow
Dec 03, 2009 (11:26 am)
After driving over a patch of badly broken pavement at highway speed, my 04 FXT started to exhibit a strange behavior in the rear wheels. This was not a pothole, just a 10-15 ft stretch of very cracked and uneven road surface. The car made a noise similar to going over speed strips, but much louder.
After the incident, the car felt like a vibration at higher speeds and a slow oscillation at lower speeds, almost like a wallow, in the rear. The rear of the car felt unsettled. There was no visible damage to wheels or tires.
Took it to the dealer, they rebalanced and rotated all wheels front to back. The strange sensation in the rear still exists, so this doesn't look like a problem with wheels or tires. I'm taking it to the dealer again tomorrow, but was wondering if anyone has any ideas on what could be damaged.
I can only think of a possible slightly bent axle. I don't know what else this could be.
#18383 of 19336 Re: Rear Vibration / Oscillation / Wallow [samiam_68]
Dec 03, 2009 (1:16 pm)
I have to wonder if the suspension on one side was knocked out of alignment. If so, it may be trying to pull in one direction before being slipped back in line by the rest of the car. This sounds like it is pretty substantial, so if this is what happened and you have put many miles on the car since then, you should start noticing an odd wear pattern on that tire.
Oh, I probably should have asked.... does the "wallow" feel like it is side-to-side or up-and-down?
#18384 of 19336 Re: Rear Vibration / Oscillation / Wallow [xwesx]
Dec 03, 2009 (1:19 pm)
The wallow feels more up and down, but it's kind of difficult to tell for sure. The car was only driven about 600 miles since the incident, so no visible tire wear problems yet.
#18385 of 19336 Re: Rear Vibration / Oscillation / Wallow [samiam_68]
Dec 03, 2009 (1:23 pm)
Does it feel severe? If so, you could probably isolate or rule out the axle by putting the car up on blocks and letting it idle in gear: Taking a close look at the rear tires should show a bit of an oscillation as it rotates.
My mother bent the rear axle on her '79 Trans Am one winter by sliding sideways into a curb. Just sitting there, you could not tell it was damaged. But, when she drove down the road, you could definitely feel it... it was a pretty intense "wobble."
#18386 of 19336 Re: Rear Vibration / Oscillation / Wallow [xwesx]
Dec 03, 2009 (1:47 pm)
Thanks - that's a very good suggestion. The wallow definitely is noticeable, however, I don't know what qualifies as severe. Unfortunately, I'm currently recovering from a serious injury, and can't jack up the car or do any DIY stuff for a while, plus I would have to buy a second pair of jackstands because of AWD. I will mention it to the dealer when I bring it in tomorrow.
#18387 of 19336 fuel pump problem
Dec 04, 2009 (6:36 pm)
hey, i have a problem with my car...i went to the auto shop to get a diagnostic for my 2001 Subaru legacy gt limited, and they said i needed to change my fuel pump, thus i did. when i changed my fuel pump, the car starts, but when i try to put it in drive it dies on me..After a few days, the auto store decided to rediagnose my car and they said i need a new fuel pump again because the one i just put in was not pumping enough fuel pressure.. the fuel pump only had 5-10lbs of pressure and they said the car runs for a bit and then dies...do ya know what could be the problem?