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#10 of 23 New 2008 Impreza/Outback Sport
Mar 25, 2008 (6:13 am)
Hello to all! I just became a member and look forward to participating in the great discussions I followed for a few years now. It is partly because of you guys that I became a Subaru enthusiast and purchased an Outback Sport for my wife last month. Great car. Well, here’s my first question:
As it sat in my garage I noticed that the driver's side body is lower than the passenger side by roughly 1/4" to 3/8". So I brought it back to the dealer and I got the opinion that it was something unusual so they contacted Subaru for advice. Later that afternoon they explained that this difference in height of the body is within tolerance. I asked for a copy of the document that they looked at and it is numbered FS-7 and has the title “Wheel Alignment.” The measurement they do at the dealership is from the center of the wheel to the inside of the wheel arch measured at its highest point. The measurement should be 15.4”. The tolerance is +0.47”/-0.94”. Although the measurements done on my Impreza are within tolerance, I was not offered an explanation of why there is a difference in height between the two sides of the car. In addition, these tolerances seem too high.
Does anyone have knowledge or experience with this phenomenon and know about a solution?
#11 of 23 Re: New 2008 Impreza/Outback Sport [alkmaar]
Mar 26, 2008 (6:28 am)
Congrats, first off.
Someone had the same issue with an Outback a while ago, like 5-6 years ago. It was pretty funny, because he was a bit OCD about it. It never caused a serious problem, though, AFAIK.
#12 of 23 Re: New 2008 Impreza/Outback Sport [ateixeira]
Mar 26, 2008 (2:05 pm)
Thanks! We're quite happy with the car.
I figured that it wasn't something to worry about. Probably a matter of variation in springs within tolerance. However, I chuckled when I read your reply. I must suffer from OCD as well for noticing the delta between the left and right height of the car
#13 of 23 Re: New 2008 Impreza/Outback Sport [alkmaar]
Mar 28, 2008 (5:59 am)
In that case, I say, welcome to the OCD Club. I'm a card-carrying member since 1998. And yes, I wax my alloy wheels. Bi-annually.
Lemme guess on the color you chose - black? That shows dirt the quickest so you have to clean it constantly.
#14 of 23 Re: New 2008 Impreza/Outback Sport [ateixeira]
Mar 29, 2008 (1:20 pm)
Thanks again. I may consider a card as well. The reason being, that we may purchase a second Subaru, as I'm now getting hooked on the Impreza.
The color? Well, indeed, I wanted a black one, which I thought was well done with the dark grey lower part. The wife wanted the two tone silver (which we then obviously got), which at first looked a bit awkward, but now it is growing on me. With the dark interior, it is nice. I certainly like the all red illumination and the new dash styling. All in all a great package. And yes, this color combination does not show the dirt much. And let me tell you that with two young kidsit is great if you can safe time by not having to wash cars! As my wife's driving world is determined by radius around our house of about a 2 miles (within which radius she has the stores, work and schools), I fully expect her to drive an average of 2,000 mile per year, as she did with her 13 year old Geo (now sold with 32,000 miles on it. Oil changes only...).
Jul 20, 2008 (6:52 am)
I have a 2008 impreza sedan I noticed a vibration in the steering wheel going 60 65mph. Took it in and they told me the 2 front rims where bent i didn't hit anything anyone else have a problem with rims
#17 of 23 clicking in left rear suspension
Sep 25, 2008 (2:18 pm)
I have a 2006 STI and when I drive slow or back up the left rear side starts to click when the wheels turn. I called Subaru and they said that happens to all wheel drive cars after awhile and it is no longer covered under warrenty because it happens to often. What is the noise and what can I do.
#18 of 23 Re: clicking in left rear suspension [rally5]
Sep 25, 2008 (6:19 pm)
Could be any number of things.
Could be the clips on the rear calipers that are spring-loaded so the brakes aren't retracting fully.
Could be a wheel bearing starting to go bad.
Could be the clunky rear suspension that is common on the STi but SHOULD be warrantied. They don't just stop warrantying items because they all do it.
#19 of 23 off-center steering wheel
Mar 27, 2011 (8:45 am)
Does anyone think an off-center steering wheel is worth trying to get fixed under warranty? Mine has been off-center to the left since new, not a ton, but just enough for me to notice and be OCD'ing it.
I had an alignment done under warranty soon after I got the car, thinking that would fix it, but even though it was out of alignment the problem was not corrected once the alignment was done. In fact, the situation had not improved at all.
In about a year the B2B warranty will expire, so there is time yet, but I'm not even sure how they would approach this problem, or if the warranty would cover anything in this realm beyond the alignment I already got for free.
Apart from that, I am liking my OBS ('09 5-speed) even more than the '97 I had many years ago, and will definitely be keeping it for the long haul. And I could live with this, but I do wish the wheel were straight....