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Subaru Outback, Wagon, SUV
#1255 of 3392 I will not buy any more subaru
Mar 18, 2007 (8:34 am)
I bought a new subaru outback in 2002, change timing belt at 20k at 85k check engine light keep comming up, replace ignition coil twice melting wiring from the coil to spark plug, now at 135k I need to change the engine because of coolant issue
My driving style is not agressive never go over 4k rpm always between 2.5 and 3.5k 80% highway 20 city.
check this web site http://www.subaruproblems.com/
#1256 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [npbd]
Mar 18, 2007 (12:31 pm)
Why did your timing belt get changed at 20k miles? Something isn't right here.
#1257 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [npbd]
Mar 18, 2007 (12:33 pm)
That's a funny site. You do realize that have a picture of a car with a 2.0L engine (2002-2004 WRX) when they are talking about earlier 2.5L engines!
If you are gonna do that at least get the pic right.
#1258 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [paisan]
Mar 18, 2007 (3:40 pm)
noisy engine in the morning. I brought back to the dealer (under guaranty) and they told me they changed (I don't know if they did it or just reajusted the belt. I did not paid for the repair) after that no more noise.
#1259 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [paisan]
Mar 18, 2007 (3:42 pm)
You may be right, I did not do it, just find it out on the internet.
#1260 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [npbd]
Mar 18, 2007 (8:26 pm)
Oh, it might have been the timing belt tensioner. Still strange for it to be causing problems at that low mileage, but if they were in there for a tensioner they may have put a new belt on.... maybe - those warranty repairs often end up being a "do only what you must" job.
So far warranty repairs on my new Outback have been done satisfactorily.
#1261 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [npbd]
Mar 19, 2007 (9:26 am)
change timing belt at 20k
That service isn't due until 105k miles, FWIW.
#1262 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [xwesx]
Mar 19, 2007 (9:47 am)
"So far warranty repairs on my new Outback have been done satisfactorily."
Satisfactory is of course better than unsatisfactory.
But the best is if the car never needs warranty service. Because if you bring the car in for warranty service, it's inevitably time and aggravation.
For example, I never had to bring my 2000 Honda Accord in for warranty service ever. Maybe I'm spoiled, but this seems like a reasonable expectation to me for a modern car.
#1263 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [lskinner]
Mar 19, 2007 (10:04 am)
That takes some luck. Few cars are perfect. In fact I'd wager that most people that say that simply don't notice problems that do exist.
Honda had issues with their auto trannies on some of the V6 models right around then, so you probably had the 4 cylinder (either that or you were lucky).
#1264 of 3392 Re: I will not buy any more subaru [lskinner]
Mar 19, 2007 (2:28 pm)
No, I would agree with that. But, I also agree with juice. I have no problem with needing to use a warranty. The point of a warranty is to work out any problems that are a result of manufacture.
I am not happy with the fact that all of my warranty problems thus far are most likely to recur but, were I less picky about it, none of them actually affect the performance of the vehicle - just the enjoyment of it.
In the end though, if warranty work is needed, my preference is for it to be done well and without hassle. That is satisfactory (to me), and that is how it has thus far been performed.