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#18817 of 19283 Re: Thanks Mr. Shiftright - I know you want to help our customers [subaru_team]
Aug 18, 2010 (8:51 pm)
I went through the appropriate channels for my 2010 outback problems and ended up contacting 1-800-subaru3. Your customer service reps who initially listened to and documented my issues never resolved my mechanical issues....in fact they never called me back and when I contacted them after waiting 8 weeks for their response said they concluded they would not fix the problems.... They did not have the courtesy to call me to discuss the issue they ignored the problem
#18818 of 19283 Re: Thanks Mr. Shiftright - I know you want to help our customers [hesper]
Aug 19, 2010 (6:15 am)
Do you realize that you're responding to to an 8-year-old post? Patti hasn't been here in maybe 4 or 5 years.
#18819 of 19283 Re: Creaking/Groaning Noise turning at low speed [lg05legacy]
Aug 19, 2010 (10:29 am)
Yup, we have noted this on two units, 1994 and 1997 Legacy's. The 1994 is due for struts and the 97 had struts replaced and started doing it after the struts where replaced. They both seem to do it when turning and hitting a small bump. We found that we could duplicate the noise by turning the wheel to the side that it makes it and bounce the car.
The thinking here is most likely the upper strut mount bearing and/or the spring making the noise. As for correction, both noises have been assign to a wait and see what happens in maintenance. In other words, no apparent reason for concern. We blame it on car arthritis!
Whenever you replace struts, always replace the boot, bumper and top mount units.
As for gear oil replacement in another post. Change it. Pull the fill plug first, then the drain plug. By changing it, you get rid of small particles of metal that increase wear that make more particles to accelerate the wear cycle!
Aug 24, 2010 (4:53 pm)
My wife has a 2006 Forester that she likes. Extended warrantee expires in a year so we have been thinking about a new one. Questions: when is the new model
due ( I think that there is a 5 year cycle) ? anything in the works for an awd diesel or flex fuel? My wife loves sitting up high in the Forester, so what what is the passenger height in f an Outback vis a vis a Forester? (I'm a fan of 6 cylinders)
#18821 of 19283 Re: new subaru? [logtrail]
Aug 25, 2010 (5:40 am)
There is a new engine in the 2011 Forester that will make 4 cylinders more responsive to drive with slightly better fuel economy and probably better long term reliability. September is said to be the introduction.
While I haven't seen measurements, my 2010 Forester's "H" point seems higher than it did when I drove the 2010 Outback. The Outback is enough wider (outside only) that it might be a negative. Inside dimensions for passengers are now almost identical for Forester and Outback.
#18822 of 19283 Re: new subaru? [logtrail]
Aug 25, 2010 (7:19 am)
Subaru has a very nice 2.0L turbodiesel being used in Europe. I certainly hope they are going through US emissions certification for it because it would be a great powerplant for all their vehicles.
I haven't heard anything about FlexFuel and honestly I would not worry about it. FlexFuel, the ability to run on normal 87 unleaded or on E85 (85% ethanol), consists of sensors and other modifications to the fuel system but mainly in significantly larger fuel injectors and fuel pump. That's right: E85 usually gets about 30% less fuel economy than 87 unleaded because of the very low chemical fuel content.
Even with heavy subsidies E85 costs more per mile than normal unleaded.
The only thing useful I see being done with E85 is that high-tech hot rodders are capitalizing on it's roughly 120 octane rating to run engines in an extreme state of tune, such as turbocharging to near/over 30psi. (Typical with 91/93 octane would be no more than 20-22 psi.)
#18823 of 19283 Re: new subaru? [colin_l]
Aug 25, 2010 (10:16 am)
Yep, saw a tuner GT-R that ran exclusively on ethanol and they mentioned the octane. I'm sure they run crazy-high compression on those.
#18824 of 19283 Re: Steering shakes when brakes are applied [phil2000]
Aug 31, 2010 (5:16 am)
Sorry, Phil, I haven't been on line most of the month.
I replaced my originals with Powerslot Cryo's and Hawk HPS pads a few years back. No matter how careful I am, I still get pad material transfer onto the rotor in patches, and that causes the pulsation and steering wheel shake. It's not really 'warpage' as much as it is thickness variation. They just run hot (undersized brakes for the weight of the car), and even a bit of pressure sitting at a light will do it. I try to release, use the parking brake, shift into neutral - it still happens, and only on this car!
I have a hill that I use for 'brake cleaning', and this usually strips off the high spots and restores smooth operation. And then a week later it's back....
The worst situation is when I put her away wet and she sits for a week (like when I'm traveling). Then I'm left with a beautiful rusted pad impression, or should I say a raised spot (iron oxide is less dense). That takes a bit more effort to smooth out.
#18825 of 19283 Re: Steering shakes when brakes are applied [fibber2]
Aug 31, 2010 (7:34 pm)
The problem only showed up this year. It has been 2k miles since they were replaced and braking is smooth.