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#19210 of 19283 Can't catch a break
May 05, 2012 (12:04 pm)
I am trying to sell back my 2008 Outback to a Subaru dealer. Ready to give up on it. I have a summer car to get me through a few months while i decide what else to buy. Still making odd noises, and the radio and HVAC controls occasionally don't work.
They tested it today and gave me a low ball offer. Apparently my rear trailing bushings are going and they need replacement. I have an extended warranty from a different dealership with no deductible so should this be covered? They said it is a $500 fix. ...with 44,500 miles on the car?
Would this bushing thing make it shake on the highway?
I just can't sell this on my own with a clear conscience knowing how annoying these issues are.
#19212 of 19283 headgaskets
May 16, 2012 (8:36 am)
Well, they lasted langer than most 2001 Subaru headgaskets do. Oil had been leaking a bit coolant seems just a touch low. Shop says $1500 to fix both gaskets and machine heads. He said something about doing some value work too, just because the engine is out of it, but I can't remember much beyond the $1500. They thought its an external leak at this point but haven't confirmed it fully.
10 hours of labor cost. Is the price out of line? Is it worth it?
2001 outback with 200K miles.
#19213 of 19283 Re: headgaskets [jd_24]
May 16, 2012 (11:30 am)
$1500 for both? That's the best I have heard in a long while.... if they do quality work!
#19214 of 19283 Re: headgaskets [xwesx]
May 16, 2012 (11:44 am)
They seem to do OK work. They had the car 3 weeks ago for other work. Just wish they would have noticed then. The coolant wouldn't need to be replaced again along with another oil change. Maybe they can throw them in. They've always been honest on other stuff and just about always get it right the first time.
I think its both, but I need to double check that and get a complete list of what they are doing.
Last summer the car never over heated but ran slightly warmer than normal. I started wondering then....sort of hoped if I ignore it long enough it would go away. Guess not. Its a 3rd car now and other than this is in good shape and ran good.
#19215 of 19283 Re: headgaskets [jd_24]
May 16, 2012 (12:08 pm)
Yeah, I did mine at 192K on my '96 Outback. That was good life, I think, before that sort of work needed to be done. If you haven't replaced the water pump, now is a great time for that, too.
I put another 28K on my car with no further problems, until the fateful night it was destroyed at 220K.
#19216 of 19283 Re: noise proportional to road speed, not engine speed [xwesx]
May 17, 2012 (10:43 pm)
Thank you for response, it is good to know that the differential noise can progress quite a bit and the car still drives OK.
It was a whine initially, with pitch proportional to speed. Dealership finally opened up transmission and replaced some bearings in there, and it surely removed 90% of the noise. Kudo's to them, they did it free of charge, because they already worked on that transmission half a year ago. There is some residual component of the noise remaining, this time it is more like a very weak radio-static hiss, almost like noise from air conditioner fluids moving, except that it is absent when car is stopped, and it is still present when car is moving and radio and AC are turned off. I presume this is about some other bearing that did not get replaced, right now it is almost imperceptible, I will have to see if it develops into something more serious over time.
#19217 of 19283 Cargo capacity of 2011 Subaru Impreza hatchback
May 22, 2012 (8:57 am)
Will a 2011 Subaru Impreza hatchback hold a fully assembled bicycle (don't have to take off the front wheel)? By the way, I KNOW how to take off the front wheel. I don't want to have to take off the front wheel!
#19218 of 19283 Re: Can't catch a break [aatherton]
May 25, 2012 (6:37 am)
Well, it turns out I had two issues going on.
- Rear Trailing Arm Bushing
- Front Control Arm
The shaking on the highway is gone at least.
Again, I bought this CPO last year and also purchased an extended warranty up to 100k. So, naturally, I didn't have to pay the $750 bill. The service department tried to make it seem so great how easy that was...I was thinking... a $750 fix for a 45k mile car?
Now, I am just hoping the transmission fails sooner than later so the chugging and body shakes I experience almost all the time can be fixed! 4 techs and a regional manager said it was normal operating conditions for the H6.
#19219 of 19283 How long should the engine(Y) pipe last
Oct 14, 2012 (6:40 pm)
2001 Forester S. 110K miles. As i need to raplace the cat pipe, thinking about the Walker with extra precious metals part #54760, I noticed that the flange to my engine pipe where I need to connect too is not in great shape. Wondering if these last a lifetime of how long i should expect it to last. I can get a replacement Y pipe for 150 bucks and wiondered if i should mess with a welder putting on a new flange so i can keep it. Thanks."> I have pics of the flange but not sure how to attach. Thanks