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#10298 of 10838 Re: Water coming in front passenger seat up underneath dash. [beanboy]
Oct 11, 2007 (8:26 am)
Almost guarantee it is the evaporator drain line for the AC. A known issue with the 2005+ Legacy model, multiple folks have had the trouble, usually after a fall/spring cycle of parking outdoors. How close are trees/shrubs to the car where you park? Debris builds up in the line and clogs, letting water overflow and drip into the passenger footwell.
Water should be coming from the top left corner of the passenger footwell. If you look you can see the black drain line in that corner, which runs through the firewall and dumps out the water near the front suspension lower arm/exhaust.
No real solution, all the dealer does is run compressed air through the line to clean it out.
Why a Subaru, which portrays an outdoor image, can flood the passenger footwell from parking outside is beyond me.
It could be as others have suggested as well, but I'd say they are far less common than the evap drain line issue. Let us know what it was!
I know this was posted a year and a half ago, but I wanted to thank beanboy for his diagnosis and recommendation. My 07 Legacy wagon has the exact same leak, and my dealer's service department is very familiar with the problem. They say it's a quick ten-minute fix, so I'm bringing it in on Saturday.
#10299 of 10838 Re: Aux. input [mfortenberry]
Oct 12, 2007 (8:28 am)
I was making this harder than it needed to be. I was trying to use the "coaxial" output from the DVD player. All I needed to do was use the headphone output, turn the volume up and switch to AUX and the signal matches beautifully. BTW, the kids think it is great to have the audio through the car speakers. It doesn't bother me much for shorter trips to listen to Scooby, Dora, Shrek, Nemo, etc. since I know all of the dialogue from memory.
#10300 of 10838 Finally ...an '08 OB 5MT owner
Oct 23, 2007 (10:20 am)
Finally, after lurking on this board since 2000, I am formally an OB noobie - got a white 08 2.5i with 5MT over the weekend, ending a very happy (almost) 5 years with a chipped and lowered 1.8T Passat wagon. Its got the mats (they all seem to do), Conv Grp 2B, dimmer/compass/HL and short shifter (dealer install - still waiting got parts to show up).
Been enjoying "real" motoring again with the 5MT after nearly 10 years with slush boxes and it takes a bit of getting used to especially here in the Chicagoland area. I have to say I'm really glad I got the 5MT as I have driven rental OBs with the 4ATs and frankly, I wouldn't pay $1k+ for a lesser driving experience.
Well, I am looking for my 2nd mod (1st being a Momo knob I have from my Passat) which may well be a stiffer rear sway bar to cut the roll down.
Be "seeing" you all here some more!
#10301 of 10838 Re: Finally ...an '08 OB 5MT owner [feilo]
Oct 23, 2007 (10:48 am)
#10302 of 10838 New 08 Outback XT 5MT
Oct 23, 2007 (8:59 pm)
Well, I've been lusting after a LGT since they came out in '05. I was about ready to buy something, but since the 08 wagons are all Outbacks, I wasn't very interested. Finally test drove an '08 OB XT 5MT last week, and fell in love. I expected it to handle pretty sloppy since it is jacked up about 2.5 inches over the LGT, but not so. Rather an amazing balance of ride, handling, road clearance; and big dips at speed are just gobbled up. Highway noise is in the Camry/Lexus range; you really NEED a cruise control to avoid tickets: 80 mph feels and sounds like 55.
The driveline in my '02 Legacy L 5MT had a fair bit of rubber-banding, making it hard to drive smoothly at creeping traffic-jam speeds, but this thing must have hydraulic dampers in the motor mounts. Clutch takeup and off-idle are smooth as silk. My passengers would think I had an automatic.
The car has just 550 miles, so no hard runs to redline yet; and mileage seems to be much better second tankful than the first. Though I don't expect to see credible numbers until maybe 5,000-10,000 miles.
Question 1: the '08 car has 243 hp; I recall the '05's had 250. Anyone know when/why/how it was downrated? Maybe a smaller turbo to reduce lag? Maybe it's the new SI-drive system, but in Sport-sharp mode there seems to be no lag at all.
Question 2: I assume the XT has its own suspension, different from the 2.5i or the H6 3.0. Is that so?
If these questions have been addressed before, I apologize.
Absolutely awesome car!!!!!
#10303 of 10838 Re: New 08 Outback XT 5MT [stantont]
Oct 24, 2007 (12:01 am)
Correction: Q2 meant to ask whether the XT had different suspension tuning (springs, shocks, sway bars) than the 2.5i or H6 3.0.
#10304 of 10838 Re: Finally ...an '08 OB 5MT owner [feilo] - Short Shifter installed
Oct 24, 2007 (2:39 am)
The SS was installed yesterday at the dealer and its definitely a better shifting feel with it. Tranny still feels a little "spongy" but I am sure this will get better once I put more miles on the clock. Up to 200 miles since Saturday and am really enjoying the 5MT experience
Oct 24, 2007 (6:33 am)
the SAE changed methodology of engine output measurement hence the change. Some variables were left undefined is my understanding. New spec is clearer, supposedly.
#10306 of 10838 Re: New 08 Outback XT 5MT [stantont]
Oct 24, 2007 (7:22 am)
Actual power is the same, they just changed the way it's measured. Who cares, it's plenty quick!