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#10126 of 10833 Re: moaning and groaning sound [chetlanin]
Jun 11, 2007 (10:06 pm)
I had almost the same problem a few days ago. The axle got louder at around 25-35 mph. The following post really helped me out. I kept backing up in a very quiet neighborhood until I heard something getting out. I sometimes drove on roads where construction was going on. Maybe my Outback picked up some stone or wood debris there.
kmclean, "Subaru Legacy/Outback 2005+" #9576, 30 Nov 2006 12:25 pm
Fourth vote for a pebble. Had that happen to me last summer - sure got my attention. Stopped the car (no effect on braking noted), backed up about 20-30 yards or so, that solved the problem. I assume the reverse motion helped back out the pebble the way it came in.
#10127 of 10833 Re: Any other 2006 2.5 Outbacks with squealing noise? [kmclean]
Jun 11, 2007 (10:09 pm)
Thanks, kmclean! You saved me a trip to a service shop.
Jun 22, 2007 (3:26 pm)
I just test drove a 2007 CR-V and a 2007 2.5i over the exact same circuit. 2.5i drove and handled very well, but the air conditioning never seemed to get the car cool ( the air coming out seemed cool). What's the consensus on the air conditioning performance of the 2.5i outback...anyone find it somewhat weak?
#10129 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [gmwalters]
Jun 22, 2007 (4:51 pm)
The last time we had this discussion, I had yet to use the A/C on my 2007 Outback, but never had any problems with it in my '96 Outback - even in 100+ Eastern Oregon heat.
The last week here in Fairbanks was 80+ degrees most days, so I gave it a work out. I agree - I think it is weak. It works fine for 85 degrees, but it keeps the car at *just* comfortable going full fan and on recirculate.
The problem is that it does not run on full cold continuously. It will get extremely cold for about 5 seconds, then it is cool for another 5-10, then extremely cold again. If it stuck to extremely cold, it would be excellent and I would actually need to turn the fan speed down to keep the car at a comfortable temperature.
Now, were I to take it to Eastern Oregon again in August with 100+ degree days, I think it would fail miserably. Or maybe it would just fail and I would be the miserable one!
There was a fella here a couple weeks back complaining about the A/C on his car in Georgia. I can certainly see his point now.
It may be more effective in the sedans (which have less air space and fewer windows). It is not bad, but it is not great either.
#10130 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [gmwalters]
Jun 22, 2007 (5:19 pm)
I owned a 2005 Honda CR-V which I traded in for a 2005 Subaru Outback LLBean 3.0. My wife drives a 2006 Legacy 2.5i.
I agree that the CR-V's air conditioner was much cooler and was able to get the car really cold, really fast. However, I've had no problems with either Subaru's air conditioner (The 2.5i has the standard AC, the 3.0 has the temperature control). It's not as strong, but still effective.
Overall it's a relatively minor thing. The Subaru is a much better car- I've owned 3 Honda Accords before the CR-V. I'll probably stick with Subaru for a very long time.
#10131 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [gmwalters]
Jun 22, 2007 (7:51 pm)
Another thought... CRV comes with tint from the factory, correct? Did the Outback have aftermarket window tint, or no tint? Outback has pretty substantial glass area, so this can make a huge difference.
We've tinted our Outback and Legacy (just a medium tint, nothing really dark), and have absolutely no problems with the car cooling. $250 should do it. Don't go with cheap tint or a cheap shop... with tinting, you generally get what you pay for.
#10132 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [jeffmc]
Jun 25, 2007 (10:56 am)
I was thinking the same thing and, if I were to keep the car, I would tint the windows. Not only would it be a nice solar reduction for children in the rear seats, but would probably look very good on a silver car.
#10133 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [jeffmc]
Jun 25, 2007 (2:39 pm)
I agree completely. The CR-V does have factory tinted windows in the rear seat and cargo area (the front windows were not).
I've been planning on getting the Outback's windows tinted- the Subarus on TV commercials and catalogues look cool with them tinted, not to mention what you said about helping to keep the car cool.
I still have to work on my wife. I think she doesn't want the tint because then she can't wave at her friends when she drives!
#10134 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [plim77]
Jun 25, 2007 (3:18 pm)
Easy fix, there! Just tint the 5 windows in the rear and call it a day. No visibility issues and the cool factor is still in effect.
#10135 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [plim77]
Jun 26, 2007 (6:53 am)
The dual sunroof lets in even more heat, but at least there's a sunshade for that.