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#6201 of 19283 radio, dash illumination, and towing
Jan 30, 2006 (8:11 am)
i've got three things i need help with in regards to my newly acquired 1998 subaru legacy outback.
i want get a cd player. i currently have the factory tape/am-fm-weatherband radio made by panasonic installed. there is a 13 prong connector on the back of it. will that unit support a cd changer. if so, how can i figure out what CD changers it will support? will it support the clarion 6-cd changer that was made for subaru's from 1998-2001? if i want to stay with the factory look do i need to buy the CD/tape/am-fm-weatherband radio which was an option for that year?
2. my dash lights on the right side (cruise control, hazard, climate controls) aren't illuminating. the lights on the left side seem to be ok. i checked both fuse boxes. there are no broken fuses. any idea's?
3. what is the towing capacity for this car? what would be the best way to find a hitch to attach to this car?
#6202 of 19283 Let me take a shot...
Jan 30, 2006 (9:40 am)
That model came with an add-on single CD player, OE from Subaru. You may find a cheap one on E-bay, but it's just a single CD. They are single-DIN sized so you would lose the little compartment below your current radio now.
My advice would be to just get a 6CD changer from a WRX, I bought 2 of them, about $150 each back then. Probably less now.
That replaces the whole head unit, and it's double-DIN sized and will fit right in to your existing harness.
Dash lights? Might be the bulbs themselves. They've been in use for 8 years. Does seem strange that all the ones on a certain side failed, though.
The owner's manual should have towing specs, but I think it's 1000 lbs for an unbraked trailer, 1500 or 2000 lbs if you have trailer brakes. Since trailers that size usually do not have trailer brakes, it's officially 1000 lbs.
#6203 of 19283 Re: radio, dash illumination, and towing [harpster21]
Jan 30, 2006 (10:42 am)
Dash lights - that generation Legacy / Outback had a defect in the dash lighting - bad contacts. You can actually try banging on the dash a few times to see if the lights flicker on. I had the same problem in my 96 Legacy.
#6204 of 19283 '06 windshield cracks???
Jan 30, 2006 (10:44 am)
This is the second forum I am posting this message on. I just bought a 2006 OBS last week. Three days after driving it off the lot, a rock hit the windshield while I was driving down the highway. I called several glass places to get estimates for replacement, and one of them told me that in the past 2 weeks he has had 10 '06 Subaru's come in with cracked windshields.
I called the dealer and of course they did not have any info about possible issues.
Has anyone heard anything about windshield issues with new 2006's?
#6205 of 19283 Re: '06 windshield cracks??? [frankeljon]
Jan 30, 2006 (12:53 pm)
We haven't heard anything out of the ordinary here. I'd be surprised it's a general problem with 06 models, since some Subarus are made in the USA and others, like your OBS, are still made in Japan.
Now, if you got hit by a rock on the highway, I'd say that's a pretty cut and dry situation. Nothing about being a "2006 model" would have caused or prevented that!
#6206 of 19283 Re: radio, dash illumination, and towing [samiam_68]
Jan 30, 2006 (6:34 pm)
I will concur with that. Better to just remember where they are than to futze with fixing them. On my '96, very few dash lights still work outside of the instrument cluster.
#6207 of 19283 Hard to read oil dipstick on Forester
Jan 30, 2006 (7:46 pm)
I have a 2005 Forester, when I check the oil the left side of the dipstick (when the oil can symbol is on top)reads consistently about 1/2 of a quart lower than the right side. I have a friend with a 2002 Forester, who has the same situation. Does anyone else experience this problem. My car appears to be burning about a quart for a little over 1,000 miles, if the left side of the dipstick is read. This seems excessive to me. But dealer says it is OK, but can't tell me which side of the dipstick should be read. I would be interested to hear if anyone has experienced this or has any ideas about what is going on, and should I be concerned. Thanks, FredW
#6208 of 19283 Noisy transmission (maybe?)
Jan 31, 2006 (10:23 am)
I own a 1990 Subaru Justy (1.2 L / auto)that just had a new motor put in. The car runs great and is in excellent condition. However, when it reaches speeds above 40MPH then decelerates back down to 40MPH it makes a noise (kinda like putting a stick in a plastic fan blade) as soon as the speedometer drops back down to 40MPH the noise goes away. This noise doesnt seem to be affecting the performance of the motor or tranny. Can anyone give me any advice? The cluth temp light is flashing also on the dash.
#6209 of 19283 Re: radio, dash illumination, and towing [harpster21]
Jan 31, 2006 (10:23 am)
i want get a cd player. i currently have the factory tape/am-fm-weatherband radio made by panasonic installed. there is a 13 prong connector on the back of it. will that unit support a cd changer. if so, how can i figure out what CD changers it will support?
Don't waste money on an OEM replacement unit, go with an aftermarket stereo manufacturer. The sound quality will be much better even with OEM speakers.
Try Crutchfield's website, they have a tool that will tell you which units can be easily installed in your car and their prices include any necessary mounts/adaptors and easy installation instructions.
#6210 of 19283 Coil Pack???
Feb 01, 2006 (6:38 pm)
I have a 1996 Subaru Impreza 2.2 with 110K miles on it. The engine light recently came on, and the ODII read said that the 3rd cylinder was misfiring. I disconnected and reconnected the battery to reset. Engine light came on again, and the ODII read said that the 2nd cylinder was misfiring. I'm told that the coil pack may need to be replaced, but couldn't this just mean that I need to finally replace the 4 year old wires and plugs? If its the coil pack, how hard is that to change out ones self?