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#4618 of 19283 Re: Automatic Transmission Nightmares! [flashman]
Jan 25, 2005 (9:04 pm)
Well, my transmission finally gave up today before I time to diagnose what the problem was. I just had it towed to the shop and will find out soon enough what the problem was.
I'll post the resolution when I find out.
====== I wrote:
I've got the same year model and the exact same problem at 64K miles. What was the verdict on your problem?
===== Heather wrote:
My 1999 Legacy Outback has 88000 kilometers (about 45000 miles) and the transmission is a big problem. It's automatic and when i put the car into drive, it doesn't engage until i give it a lot of gas. then of course when it finally does engage, it jerks fairly violently. it will even shift out of gear and into neutral when i'm coasting to a stop at a light or something. it's getting fairly dangerous. these problems started happening the day after i took it in for a routine maintenance. is this a common subaru problem? any suggestions?
#4619 of 19283 synthetic oil - recommended?
Jan 25, 2005 (9:25 pm)
Just signed on, have not been able to read all posts, so I apologize if this repeats an earlier topic. I just bought a base Forester X, now with 3000 miles. When I get the oil change done, I'd like to go synthetic.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
#4620 of 19283 Re: synthetic oil - recommended? [dbpubs]
Jan 26, 2005 (7:11 am)
Recommendations vary all over the scale, but the most frequent comment is to wait a little longer (maybe 7k or so?) until all of the ring/cylinder scuffing is complete and everything is well seated before going to the ultra-slippery stuff. I changed something around 10k or so, am now nearing 30k and all is well. M1, either 10w-30 or 5w-30, depending on the season.
#4621 of 19283 Re: 2001 outback wagon brakes don't work (temporarily) when real cold [rob_m]
Jan 26, 2005 (9:04 am)
By unresponsive, I meant no braking effect. The petal pushes to the floor, no stopping. Problem quickly disappears.
The car has 30k miles on it. I'll have to look into if/when we flushed the brake lines on this yet, good question.
#4622 of 19283 Re: synthetic oil - recommended? [fibber2]
Jan 26, 2005 (9:05 am)
Thanks Steve, I appreciate positive feedback. After reading some of the stories in these forums, I was beginning to get worried. I love my little Burro, but the first time I get stranded, that will change.
#4623 of 19283 Re: Subaru baja turbo oil loss [xsailor8]
Jan 26, 2005 (10:51 am)
I agree with zman. 1 qt every 6000 is normal. Oil is SUPPOSED to be used during normal combustion. In fact 1 qt every 3000 miles is within normal limits for most makes/models. My '01 Forester burned about 1/2 Qt/ 3000 miles - so the exact amount as yours. My '86 Civic burns about 1 Qt every 1000 miles - but it has big leaks . Keep in mind that the 2.5L engines with the Turbo might take 5Qts per oil change rather than the more normal 4 Qts. Also get under the car and check for external leaks for your peice of mind. My '01 Forester used about 3/4 qt/3000 miles when it had a Piston Pin Access hold cover leak. 1/2 Qt/3000 miles when all was well.
#4624 of 19283 Re: 2001 outback wagon brakes don't work (temporarily) when real cold [joekane]
Jan 26, 2005 (12:22 pm)
Sounds like you either have air in the brake lines or the fluid level is low. Does the brake indicator light up when the pedal goes to the floor? I would bring it in to have the brake fluid replaced and while it's in the shop, have them check the booster and lines for leaks.
#4625 of 19283 Re: engine clatters when cold [kens]
Jan 26, 2005 (1:27 pm)
I just got off the phone with a dealer in Toronto, Canada. After replacing my timing belt tensioner a year ago, they are finally replacing the pistons. The car is a 2001 Outback with 47,000 km on it and was making the ticking noise since I've had it.
I didn't have to complain too much. Just had to wait for the area rep to hear the noise so I left it overnight on Tuesday, they looked at it Wednesday and said it would be ready on Friday. They gave me a loner car as well. Let's see if this fixes the problem.
#4626 of 19283 '05 Outback Seatbelt Tone Disable!
Jan 26, 2005 (2:43 pm)
Help! help! I'm being driven mad by the non-stop chime our new outback repeats over and over when you don't have your seatbelt on. Don't get me wrong, I regularly wear it but there are times I do not and would prefer a peaceful QUIET drive. I have heard that there is a way to totally disable the "reminder" chime all together. If anyone knows how to do this, please reply with instructions and I will be forever in your debt! Thank you!!!
Other than this we love our '05 Outback - no other complaints except the RE92 tires that I had the dealer swap out for Turanza's before we took delivery of the car. What junk those stock Potenzas are it's amazing. Subaru must get a phenominal volume discount from Bridgestone or something to OEM those things.
thanks for your help!
#4627 of 19283 Re: '05 Outback Seatbelt Tone Disable! [jam05]
Jan 26, 2005 (5:21 pm)
Personally I'm baffled why anyone would know how to eliminate the chime. You're asking for help in disabling a car reminding you to use the most basic of safety features.
If you want a quiet drive, wear your seatbelt. ***Seatbelts save lives***
I'm open to any legitimate reason why the driver not wearing your seatbelt is a good idea.