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#7052 of 19285 Re: Jerky std transmission [once_for_all]
Sep 20, 2006 (7:02 am)
We have a 2004 5 speed Outback wagon with the exact same problem, very "jerky" launching in 1st and 2nd gear. It is my wife's car and I don't enjoy driving it due the the shifting problem. We previoysly had a 2000 Outback 5 speed and it shifted beautifully. We also had a 99 Outback standard that was a dream to drive, crisp and precise shifting. We had bought the 99 used and found that the transission had been rebuilt and the clutch replaced. The 2004 seems to have a very "sloppy" transmission. It does not feel tight and precise as the other two cars did and, we also notice that the gears grind going into 1st if the car is moving, (syncronizer?). To shift into 1st we have to go into 2nd then into 1st. Per the Subaru dealer this is normal for a Subaru. Aside from the transmission and assorted other problems we have had with this car, only 40K miles, it is a great car to drive and is a go anywhere any time you want vehicle. Perfect for our New England weather!
#7053 of 19285 Bad cruise control 04 Outback
Sep 20, 2006 (7:21 am)
Our Outback wagon with a 5 speed manual transmission has had a faulty cruise control since we bought the car and the dealer and Subaru don't know how to fix it. We have received the dreaded "They all do that" statement. Originally the cruise worked great except, on the highway when the car went down a hill, the cruise would turn off and remain off and would need to be reset. The dealer did get it working but, now the cruise jerks off and on going down hill. It is so violent that we either turn the cruise off if we see a long hill or we don't use the cruise at all. Since we drive the car often on long trips this is an annoying problem. Has anyone else had the same problem or have an idea as to a fix for this? Per the Subaru dealer and SNA, this is only found on standard shift cars with the drive by wire throttle.
#7054 of 19285 Re: Bad cruise control 04 Outback [lrutherford]
Sep 20, 2006 (7:53 am)
Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think the Legacy/Outback got DBW until the all-new 05 models came out.
#7055 of 19285 Re: Jerky std transmission [lrutherford]
Sep 20, 2006 (8:37 am)
The first gear synchro problem is not "they all do that" kind of problem. But not knowing how you are driving it, I can't really compare. If you try to downshift into 1st with the car going 25 mph then yep, "they all do that". But at speeds less than 10 mph there should not be any problem.
You might change the gear oil. I hear that synthetic gear oil can defeat synchro operation. What gear oil are you running?
#7056 of 19285 Re: Stalled, Smoke from Engine, Clicking Ignition
Sep 20, 2006 (11:02 am)
JFL---thank you for your input, and thank you too xwesx. I broke down and had it looked at yesterday and it was a burnt-up alternator. It literally burnt-up which explains the smoke. It's already replaced and running well. I never would have guessed the alternator, but it makes sense now because I used to have an 88 Subaru GL that blew two alternators within 3 months. Seems to be a common problem with Subarus.
Thanks for all your help.
#7057 of 19285 Re: Stalled, Smoke from Engine, Clicking Ignition [jfl]
Sep 20, 2006 (11:17 am)
Hmmm..... yes, interesting. The repeated clicking upon trying to start is definitely the solenoid, but I wonder if it is low on juice. A solenoid certainly would not have caused a stall, though it does seem like the two events must be related. Have you had the battery tested? I almost think that this problem is a bad alternator, though I am seriously tossing that from left field. The reason I asked about the dash behavior while this was happening is because when I had the equivalent of an alternator literally stopping, I noticed that the tach and speedometer needles quit, along with temp, fuel, and down the line, for a few minutes prior to the engine stalling. The car did feel quite sluggish while this was happening - especially when attempting to increase engine RPM. In my case, the connector had come unplugged.
Is the car still dead at this point?
#7058 of 19285 Re: Stalled, Smoke from Engine, Clicking Ignition [tannery77]
Sep 20, 2006 (11:18 am)
haha.... score one! Too slow on the diagnosis though. Sorry 'bout that....
#7059 of 19285 Re: Pulsating brakes, sometimes [once_for_all]
Sep 21, 2006 (5:34 pm)
Hmm, forgot about the torquing problem with the lug nuts. Have to check tomorrow.
Thanks for the reminder.
#7060 of 19285 Re: knock sensor [xwesx]
Sep 21, 2006 (6:54 pm)
how do you fix it?
#7061 of 19285 Re: Bad cruise control 04 Outback [c_hunter]
Sep 21, 2006 (8:50 pm)
The Subaru dealer stated and I confirmed, it is a drive by wire car, no throttle cables on this car.