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#361 of 580 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon "needs" transmission harness
Jul 06, 2009 (1:26 pm)
My Outback Wagon, with almost 126,000 miles, was at the dealer for maintenance. The work summary says "Tech noticed transmission leaking. The transmission harness is leaking by the O-ring." Per the service manager this harness is made of white plastic and when it gets old it easily cracks. He said my leak is spraying back onto the exhaust when I drive. They want over $500 to replace it. The car is running great and I saw no drips on the driveway. How urgent is this, are there options, is this price reasonable in CT? Thanks.
#362 of 580 99 legacy GT Shifting problems.
Jul 17, 2009 (5:21 pm)
I have a 99' Subaru Legacy GT Sedan that will randomly stop being able to shift into Drive or any of the lower gears. It will rev like its in Neutral. Very rarely when I touch the gas it will suddenly pop into drive and I'm fine. When I do get it into drive it shifts fluidly and it goes until I park and need to shift into drive again. The Fluid is topped off and it still shifts into reverse. Any Ideas?
#363 of 580 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Wagon "needs" transmission harness [subarumom1]
Jul 27, 2009 (11:25 am)
I guess it could be a very slow leak that had just started. Not even a drop?
Funny thing is the price actually sounds sort of low for a bad seal. They'll have to replace all the ATF when they are done.
#364 of 580 Re: 99 legacy GT Shifting problems. [ksal17]
Aug 13, 2009 (10:16 am)
I have a 2000 with the same problem have you had any luck solving this issue?
#365 of 580 Re: 99 legacy GT Shifting problems. [tpatern1]
Aug 13, 2009 (10:30 am)
While it seems to be far more rare for other model years, I have read many instances of this exact problem in the '99 models. I am not sure if it was a (temporary) change in design or what, but there is a definite trend.
I think the problem is that the internal seals in the transmission are wearing out. Basically, the transmission is leaking inside and is having difficulty building up the proper operating pressure to shift into gear. Unfortunately, transmissions with this issue are headed for a rebuild....
#366 of 580 2007 with possible problem
Sep 15, 2009 (6:21 am)
I bought a 2007 Subaru outback 2.5i with automatic with about 78,000 miles on it on 9/9/09. the test drive was perfect (though i was excited so i may have missed something) but later that same night, my car was dead so it had to be started using jumper cables and it happened again the next morning. I though i had a dud, but it turns out that stupid parking light switch on the steering column was turned on and had been on for some time (i didn't even know it existed until i called the dealer). I have a new battery and that problem is solved. but now, i have a new one. I don't know if this was occurring before the battery problem or not, but now when i'm driving most shifts feel perfect but every so often it feel like i ran over a speed bump when there is nothing there. it happens a lot on the highways and in the mountains but doesn't necessarily happen every time it shifts or for a certain gear but seems to happen most when i'm accelerating or decelerating. Any ideas?
I'm getting the ATF changed this week and will reset the computer to make sure it's not one of these "learned" behaviors.
#367 of 580 Re: 2007 with possible problem [ashevilleian]
Sep 15, 2009 (8:51 am)
It isn't necessarly the trans. Could be a bad wheel bearing or something, anything creating artificial resistance while it's moving.
I say wheel bearings because those are a common failure at that high mileage.
#368 of 580 Re: 2007 with possible problem [ateixeira]
Sep 15, 2009 (9:00 am)
The dealer said he replaced the back ones. i guess maybe the front ones should be done next?
#369 of 580 Re: 2007 with possible problem [ashevilleian]
Sep 15, 2009 (11:10 am)
They can inspect the front to see if they're bad. There would be some "play" in the wheels.
Sep 22, 2009 (5:29 am)
ok, so i was driving my new-used 2007 Subaru outback 2.5i a good deal this past weekend and tried to localize whatever is going on with it a bit more. I had the ATF changed at the Subaru dealer here in asheville but the problem is still occurring. it seems to occur most at higher speeds (between 60-70 mph) and not necessarily during a shift but more when i'm changing speeds. and it feels like i'm driving over one of those strips along the road meant to wake you up if you fall asleep. it only lasts about a second and goes away. it also seems to happen more during inclines. oh and the ball bearings are all fine. any ideas?