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#304 of 580 Re: '98 Subaru Outback + Tachometer goes wild on freeway [jprinzo]
Jul 02, 2008 (12:07 pm)
I have a '95 Subaru Legacy Wagon that we bought new that has 160k miles on it. Had to replace the clutch under warranty within a few months of purchasing the car. Not wure why...maybe it was built on a Monday. We have replaced the clutch two additional times at about 70k miles each time, but apparently Subaru changed the clutch style in 2001 and the newer models are better. We have never had any transmission or any other issues and we have not been very good at keeping to the maintenance schedules. It just keeps running and running and we have driven it everywhere with 3 kids and a dog. I would like to get a more economical vehicle now that I commute, but I don't want to give up my Subie!
#305 of 580 Re: '98 Subaru Outback + Tachometer goes wild on freeway [jprinzo]
Jul 26, 2008 (2:52 am)
I am on my 6th subaru and have never had a tranny/engine failure, two I have had for 90K+ and one for 140K. My first and only Toyota, an 06 Sienna, needed a new tranny at 42K, so much for my experience with Toyotas! Its just luck of the draw. The AWD is the least likely area in a Subaru to go wrong. Have never had a problem of any sort with the AWD in my Subes. I can diss my WRXs clutch, Legacys a/c but the AWD (and they have several different systems depending on model, tranny type) are bullet proof. All Foresters come from Japan and IIRC even the engines on US assembled cars(Legacy/Outback/Tribeca) come from Japan. Most Subaru trannys, at least the auto ones are Jatco products which also are supplied to Nissan. FWIW I had a 92 Legacy L sedan made in the US and a 92 Legacy LS wagon made in Japan and the US one had fewer problems and fewer recalls. CRs reliability surveys do show Subarus on par with Toyotas and Hondas.
#306 of 580 Re: Engine racing when clutch depressed...? [paisan]
Jul 26, 2008 (6:23 pm)
Well it's been 5 months now and we still have this problem. The Dealer apparently has not heard anything from Subaru -- or they would have called us right? -- We have found out one thing and that's if we do not let the car idle down when we start it, you can count on the engine racing. This is what we do. We turn the key and let all the controls adjust, then we start it. Then we wait about 3 minutes or so for the engine to idle down, then we put it in gear and go. We've come to 'live' with the problem since we figured out how to stop it most of the time. -- We just bought a 08 Nissan Frontier - Absolutely wonderful truck! I think I've got my husband convinced that we should swap vehicals ! i just wanted to update you all. ~ Carol
#307 of 580 Re: Engine racing when clutch depressed...? [carol2008]
Jul 26, 2008 (9:01 pm)
The dealer isn't going to call you ever. If you don't stay on top of them, they'll assume all is well.
I told you what needs to be done to fix it. The ECU needs to be re-flashed at the dealer. I mis-flashed mine and it had the same effect, once I re-flashed it, it was fine.
If your dealer won't do it, find one that will. If you want, e-mail me directly paisanedmunds.com and perhaps we can work on this together to get it resolved.
PS: My best buddy has an 05 Frontier and he loves it. 75k miles on it.
#308 of 580 AWD Auto Box problems-'95 Legacy 243,000 miles
Aug 07, 2008 (9:32 am)
HELP! Two maybe-related auto-trans problems.
1) Lost drive to rear wheels.Same thing happened about 100,000 miles ago when the output adapter in the rear transmission extension case failed where it is welded onto a machined gear.(How does Subaru get this item to stay together in their rally cars?) .Replaced adaptor - all OK. Suspect same failure again as FWD and RWD have always fought in low speed turns, forwards and backwards. Symptom is shuddering/vibration felt in car. "They all do that, sir" is the response from most dealers. Never driven the car off road but it has excelled in many Winter seasons of snow and ice in S.E PA.
2) Now, soon after loss of rear drive, there is no movement at all when R is selected. Fluid is clean and up to the mark; no warning lights and no stored fault codes in the TCU. Transmission behaves normally in any/all forward selections - bit of a thump going up into 2nd gear when fluid is cold.
Engine is great after almost one quarter million miles. Leaks more oil from rear crank seal and front camshaft seals than it burns, which is not much.
#309 of 580 Re: 97 Subaru AC relay question [rsttoole]
Aug 13, 2008 (9:36 am)
Was your ac ever fixed? I have a 2007 Outback and the dealership where I got it is disgraceful. My ac cycles on and off and I have to keep it on 3 out of 4 to stay cool. Subaru says it is running w/in specs. It is also worse in hotter weather. My car also veers to the right a lot. Subaru says it drives straight, but the right front strut was already worn in under 10,000 miles enough to have to replace it. I have always heard great things about Subaru, but I will never buy another one.
#310 of 580 Re: AWD Auto Box problems-'95 Legacy 243,000 miles [britbiker]
Aug 13, 2008 (2:12 pm)
You say they have always fought in turns? My '96 never did (had it 220,000 miles with never a hint of a transmission problem). Sounds like maybe the car has a problem with its center differential - a problem that has gone undiagnosed long enough to cause failure in other normally-reliable parts.
I am not sure about the lack of reverse; is there any indication at all, when you shift, that something is happening within the transmission?
#311 of 580 people with tranny problem
Aug 18, 2008 (7:39 pm)
people with the tranny problem here...
did they say it cause the failure?? it has to be some good explanation!
did they fix it for free? I would be contacting corporate on this!
#312 of 580 replaced tranny
Aug 20, 2008 (10:07 pm)
I am considiring purchasing a used 99 Outback that had it's transmission replaced last year. Should I expect other big problems from this car (90,000 miles)? I know the head gasket can go sometime soon too.....
#313 of 580 Re: replaced tranny [wibyer]
Aug 20, 2008 (10:24 pm)
speaking from a transmission rebuilders point of veiw (aftermarket rebuilder) i see very few subaru's for trans repairs 1 maybe out of 150 cars..just my 2 cents worth