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#5437 of 19283 Re: Subaru Quality? [cz75]
Jul 31, 2005 (7:56 pm)
I don't have a WRX, but I have a 2002 Impreza wagon 2.5 TS, manual transmission, 95k kms. I've got synchro issues with the first gear currently. I've I stop on a hill and move back a 6" or more, 1 out of 2 times, I get a loud crunching noise when I go back into first as if I don't have my foot on the clutch pedal. Supposed to get this fixed on warranty, but the dealership is dithering and giving me the "if you have broken teath on your gears, the original car warranty will not cover the work". I've had the clutch changed at 40k kms and at 52k kms already on warranty. I also have had an engaging issue with the 2nd gear since 40 k kms but the dealership considers this minor!
Speaking to people with WRX's around here in Ottawa, Canada, I've heard the same story that I have above!
AS for paint...I almost think they use latex indoor house paint on these cars! I've got close to 100 chips on the hood...salt and sand from winter probably but still does not excuse the fact that the paint is very very low quality. My girlfriend wrote "wash me" on the back tailgate last winter when the car was covered in salt and road dust and it actually scrashed into the paint faintly...this was writting with a finger tip!
The body panels are also flimsy and easy to dent! I've got battle wounds from parking lots to show all over the place on the car. Someone backed up into my front driver side fender a few years ago with a Toyota Camry. My fender is all bent up and the only damage on the other car was a paint mark on the side of the rear bumper which came off!
Aug 01, 2005 (12:13 am)
The other day the tail lights of my '04 WRX sedan stopped working. I checked the fuse if it was blown, but it was still ok. So I figured I'd check the tail light bulbs, but those still looked ok too. I'm thinking it must be some electrical problem. Now my other option is to take it to Subaru unless any of you guys have a better suggestion. I'd really rather not take it back to Subaru for service because they're going to charge $120 as a diagnostic fee since I'm already out of my warranty period. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Aug 01, 2005 (8:35 am)
I have Forester 03. About 34800 miles. The CD/radio on was repaired 2 times. (old radio was replaced with the new one) Now it's broken again. (Like a computer: freezes and play the same radio station even when the car is off)
The warranty will expire at 36K miles. I am going to the same dealership to repair it. But it seams that it will break soon again. Please, share any ideas on what can I do.
#5440 of 19283 Re: Forester rounning rough [jbeckr]
Aug 01, 2005 (9:06 am)
You can try resetting the ECU when it happens.
Colin said something about this in another thread, but I forget was his suggestion was.
Colin - you out there?
#5441 of 19283 Re: brake light fuse problem [cloudiness]
Aug 01, 2005 (8:49 pm)
Hi Cloudiness.. I'm also new here. The problem that you have is generally a bad brake switch (above the brake pedal).. and I'd check that first . 2nd I'd take a look at the connections right at the brake lights and make sure the grounds are good and there are no broken wires. Could you email me when you find out what they found out at the dealer? just email me at jndoetheofficenet.com Thanks, boing
#5442 of 19283 New Outback - check engine light?
Aug 02, 2005 (5:42 am)
I test drove an Outback Sport over the weekend and it had it's check engine light flashing on. The saleman told me that is normal and they all do that until they are reset? Is that really part of the dealer prep?
Aug 02, 2005 (6:32 am)
No, that is not normal. In fact the owner's manual tells you to pull over and call roadside assistance. A blinking light is bad news. A solid light it just a warning.
Folks - make sure to share your tips here, that's the whole point of a forum. Don't keep these solution private, it defeats the purpose!
#5444 of 19283 Re: New Outback - check engine light? [misterpincher]
Aug 02, 2005 (6:34 am)
Believe it or not, but yes. Part of dealer prep, if they just got it in. Don't worry about it.
p.s. If the car's been through prep, then Juice is of course correct. As to why the CEL light flashes when it's just off the truck, I have no idea. I visited my dealer just as a new load came in, and ALL of the cars had flashing CEL's. I'm surprised the dealer let you drive the car without explaining it first, though.
Aug 02, 2005 (6:50 am)
I stand corrected. Never saw a pre-prepped car I guess!
#5446 of 19283 Why do clock and radio lights go off when I turn on headlights?
Aug 02, 2005 (2:44 pm)
It bugs me how, on Subarus and Toyotas, the lighted dials on the radio as well as the clock go dark when I have my headlights on. I have to rely on my memory to click the right pre-set button on the radio when I'm driving with the headlights on. Is there a way to keep the lights on even when I have the headlights on? (Sorry if I'm supposed to be calling them the "headlamps." Where I come from, they're headlights. Thanks for your in-"sights."