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#294 of 19336 Utah Subaru
Sep 17, 2002 (4:44 pm)
My first Subaru was a lease back 96 Subaru Legacy. I did not pay much attention to all of the repairs, leaks, and idle problems because I bought the extended warranty and did not pay for all of this.
I traded in the 1996 and bought a 2000 subaru Outback. I baby the car. No hard driving. Now it has 36,600 miles. It has never idled smooth. It had a recall for a sensor. Which did not seem to smooth out the idle. The fan makes an irritating whine sound. The AC is not generating as cold air as it used to. At 30,000 miles, the idle arm had to be adjusted. I don't know if this is on all cars, but the fan coming in from the outside blows across the engine and the air is very hot and does not work for an alternative to AC.
Yesterday the Check engine light came on. It seems to me that this is a poor record.
Am I too picky?
Sep 17, 2002 (5:58 pm)
Have you contacted Patti (Subaru Team) here at Edmunds? She works for Subaru of America (SOA), and is an active member in this and other Edmunds Subaru forums, and really does try to help with those who are having problems. It's also good to get a claim started with SOA, so they can keep track and follow up on it.
Her email is: PMickelsubaru.com.
As to your oil leaks, I'm afraid I don't have any answers, as I'm not a mechanic.
#296 of 19336 Outback Break and gas pedal placement problem
Sep 17, 2002 (7:01 pm)
I have had my 2001 Outback automatic for almost 2 years now,But still can not get use to the break and gas pedal placement. I found the break pedal is too far to the right and my foot got caught under it a few times while trying to break. This is very dangerest. Does any body have any suggestion of getting an after market break pedal that is at least an inch narrower than the original equipment ?
Any help will be appreciated
#297 of 19336 Some suggestions...
Sep 18, 2002 (9:32 am)
The leaks aren't common, but not rare either. I've heard of a couple of cases. How old is yours? How many miles?
It might be a good idea to replace the seals if you're doing the timing belt (at 60 or 90k miles), since the labor is paid for and it'll cost you next to nothing.
dmtracy: the '96 was a 2.2l but had the same block, so you had thicker cylinder walls. Any time you have a large displacement 4 cylinder (like the 2.5l), it'll carry inherent disadvantages compared to a smaller displacement engine, especially with the same block.
The trade off is more power and torque, of course.
But it should still be fairly smooth. A couple of things to consider that are cheap fixes:
#1: get a new battery. The OE batteries have very low CCA ratings, and my replacement battery (with double the CCAs) resulted in smoother starting and running.
#2: look into the SPG mod on i-club.com. SPG for single-point ground. It doesn't help everyone, but it does help people with the symptoms you describe. You have nothing to lose.
For a DIYer that enjoys projects, you could spend a couple of hours and knock both those out.
Next...A/C. Hmm. Check the belt tension, make sure it's not slipping. Inspec the belt itself. I've heard of people insulating the A/C lines, too, which run on the driver's side of the engine, right next to the red-hot exhaust manifold, which might make the A/C loose some effectiveness.
You can thank the feds for the check engine light, it could be something as silly as a loose gas cap. The dealer can reset it. NAPA stores will read the codes for free, I've heard.
Hang in there, it sounds like every problem you have can be addressed.
Ray: try any local auto parts stores, but measure the current size first.
#298 of 19336 Don't forget...
Sep 18, 2002 (3:47 pm)
Patti may not be at work due to her neck problem...
Sep 18, 2002 (5:44 pm)
Good point. She's been MIA for some time now. I hope she's feeling okay...
#302 of 19336 Outback Break and gas pedal placement problem
Sep 18, 2002 (7:52 pm)
Are there any other Outback automatic owner have the same problem with brake and gas pedal placement as I am having? I found the brake pedal is too close to the gas pedal in auto gearbox Outbacks. This could be a defect and subaru has to take care of.
I need to check out the manual tranny outback to see if the distance between brake and gas pedals are the same as that in auto tranny outbacks.
Sep 19, 2002 (5:22 am)
NAPA is an auto parts store, I think some location also offer service.
ray: we have a manual Legacy with pedals like the Outback. Ours has good spacing, but it does take a while to get used to the hinged gas pedal (the top portion moves back an inch or two without increasing the throttle).