Last post on Jan 21, 2007 at 12:21 PM
You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
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Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#21 of 47 Re: another question [xwesx]
Dec 25, 2006 (12:27 pm)
The Outback/Legacy head gasket problem appears to be far more widespread than Subaru is willing to admit. My former 2003 Outback needed a gasket replacement at 28K miles. She had Subaru approved coolant from the start, therefore, it was not a coolant problem as Subaru often states. Even after a gasket was replaced, I could hear a sound of gushing coolant upon engine start-up. Obviously, the new gasket was also leaking air somewhere. In addition to a gasket problem, a transmission had started to slip at 32K miles. One could hardly call such vehicle as a reliable.
There is also a rumor circulating on the net that the much higher mechanical reliability ratings for the 2005+ Outback/Legacy had been linked to the fact that the Indiana plant had switched to using the Boxer engines manufactured in Japan, instead of getting them from the localUS Supplier.
#22 of 47 another question on outbacks
Dec 25, 2006 (5:41 pm)
Thanks for the reliability comments, folks.
How do '06-07 outback seats fare in comfort for long trips? I usually make several 700 mile trips each year.
My current Malibu seats, save for a too-low lumbar support, remain comfortable for hours at a stretch.
Some reports I read remarked the Subaru seats were fine for short hauls, but didn't work all that well for long trips.
Knowing this will help me decide on the next car, for which Subaru is being considered.
#23 of 47 Gasoline- Need advice for Outback wagon 3.0 LL Bean edition
Dec 27, 2006 (3:18 pm)
Hi: Would appreciate advice from owners of the 2007 outback station wagon 3.0 R L. L. Bean Edition who only use regular gasoline & not the premium. Do you notice any pings or knocks in the engine & is the full warranty still in effect if only regular gasoline is used. My wife loves the smooth ride but will look elseware if you feel regular gas won't do a good job with performance. Thanks for your advice. Scott
#24 of 47 Re: More Beans added! [rsholland]
Jan 12, 2007 (11:14 am)
Neat, Bob. So now you can get a loaded up model with the base engine. I wonder if it will replace the 2.5i Limited? I like the two-tone and wood steering wheel touches, plus NAV.
Also, wonder if it'll have VDC?
#25 of 47 Rattling in '07 Outback
Jan 12, 2007 (4:21 pm)
I have had a new '07 Outback for about a month ~1100 miles. A rattle has started, and seems to have gotten worse, and seems to be from the back end. I tried to remove parts from the rear, one item at a time and couldn't find it. I now have it at the dealer and they have had it for three days. They think it may be the struts for the hatch door, but aren't convinced. Has anyone else had this problem fixed?
#26 of 47 Re: Rattling in '07 Outback [chansen1]
Jan 12, 2007 (6:10 pm)
I, too, have a brand new 07 with a rattle in the rear. Haven't brought it back yet. I thought it might be the assemble for the center rear seatbelt (in the ceiling), but now I'm not sure. Others have suggested that the underside of the rear trunk door, which has a plastic edge, is the culprit. See Post 6470 in the Subaru Legacy/Outback Wagon Problems and Solutions listing or do a search in the Subaru Crew listings for rear rattle.
Let us know if you come up with a solution.
P.S. If you have moisture in your front headlights like a couple of us with new 07s have reported, then we are in big trouble.
#27 of 47 Re: Rattling in '07 Outback [chansen1]
Jan 12, 2007 (6:11 pm)
You too, huh? This does seem to be a common problem. Other folks have said that it is coming from the bottom of the lift gate, but I do not recall the exact means of resolution - basically just cushioning that area. The posts were recent though (within the last month?). Try doing a search. Mine also has this rattle (just noticed it for the first time this morning). It has been said that it is most apparent in cold temperatures.
Does +15F count? Feels almost balmy warm here after -40 three days ago!
#28 of 47 Re: Rattling in '07 Outback [snowbelter]
Jan 13, 2007 (6:45 am)
I have not noticed moisture in the headlights. I really hope that I'm not going to regret trading in my old '96 for this one! I'll update once I have more info from the dealer.
#29 of 47 Re: Rattling in '07 Outback [xwesx]
Jan 13, 2007 (6:50 am)
I did feel like it was mostly during cold temps (I'm in the SF Bay Area, so by cold I would say 40 degrees or less). I thought that maybe the sun on the car was causing it to not rattle, so that seems like somewhat of a pattern. I just wish the service dept would listen to me and use my investigations to help their own so I can get rid of the loaner.
#30 of 47 Re: Rattling in '07 Outback [chansen1]
Jan 19, 2007 (9:02 pm)
I have the same rattle and took it to the dealer who fixed it but tightening the latch. Now I have to slam the door to shut it. One of the rattles was fixed but it seems there was more than one. After the appointment I rode with the tech and we both still heard it and he said there was nothing he could do. Very frustrating. I am going back soon for moisture in my headlights and will ask them again to look at it and try again. Last time they had my car for 24 hours.