Last post on Oct 25, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Audio
#3 of 12 Re: Outback VDC McIntosh Radio [ddomonkos]
Mar 12, 2009 (9:01 pm)
I went from a great stereo to exactly what you describe. It started after my battery died and the car was jump started. Originally, I just got a "system" message, but after stopping at a dealer's, one woman magically started the CD load and eject. Well, it worked twice and the radio now showed 107.9 but would not put out anything but static. I killed the battery that night as I tried in vain to get more response. Jumped again and now the sound no longer changes on its own. It is at max volume and the radio is stuck on the wether station that only gives static. Too many people with exactly the same complaint. What is the problem? Or better... is there a reasonable solution? Interestingly, I actually thought I heard the radio playing softly just before the battery died the second time.
#4 of 12 Outback VDC McIntosh Radio
Mar 13, 2009 (8:47 am)
Your problem sounds very similar to what I experienced. Ultimately, I got the Subaru dealer to replace the radio and install with the same factory model at no charge. I had to push the issue to get them to do it and eventually they relented. In my mind it was a manufacturer's defect that transcended the warranty. The dealer was telling me the radio was out of warranty and I would have to pay the cost. You have to replace the radio with the factory model (McIntosh) otherwise you are just setting yourself up to have the car broken into because you went with a lower priced aftermarket radio. Since the radio has been replaced I have not had a problem (knocking on wood). And I am grateful Subaru stepped up and took responsibility for it.
#5 of 12 Re: Outback VDC McIntosh Radio [hall3466]
May 12, 2009 (3:59 pm)
I need the same help from Subaru. I bought my wife a used '04 Legacy Outback VDC Sedan from an individual. These people were very honest and I have no other problems with the car. It has all been great up to this point. The radio just got stuck (today) on the weather band and only puts out static. We can turn it on and off and the CDs will eject.
Did you go to your local dealer first or did you deal with Subaru for a while? I would like to by-pass as much of the hassle as possible. We live in the southern US and Subarus are not all that common here.
Any advice would be great.
#6 of 12 Re: Outback VDC McIntosh Radio [joefled]
May 12, 2009 (6:58 pm)
I went to the dealer first to have the problem accessed. The dealer wanted to replace the radio with the same McIntosh model, but charge me the full price for a new one. That was not acceptable to me and I pushed back that it was a manufacturer's defect and should be covered regardless of the fact that the warranty had expired. The dealer then pushed me to Subaru and they agreed to cover it. I went back to the dealer and it was no charge to replace with same model. My advice to you is try and get the dealer to cover it because it truly is a manufacturer's defect. When that fails call Subaru direct and ask for their help. They clearly know the McIntosh radio is failing so it shouldn't be a surprise. I am located in Northern California and their are a lot of Subs around. Good luck and push the manufacturer's defect issue.
#7 of 12 Radio Replacement
Sep 05, 2009 (3:46 pm)
Do you have a contact at Subaru? What dealership helped you?
#8 of 12 Re: Radio Replacement [ddomonkos]
Sep 29, 2009 (8:04 pm)
I don't have a specific contact at the dealership. I went through Ron Price Subaru in S.F. Unless your car is under warranty they are going to deny the claim. You need to push it. Go to Subaru USA for help as well. Look up there 800 #. In my situation I made the argument that even though it was out of warranty it was still a manufacturer's defect.
#9 of 12 Re: Radio Replacement [hall3466]
Sep 29, 2009 (10:16 pm)
That phone number is 1-800-SUBARU3
#11 of 12 McIntosh Radio - 2004 Subaru
Oct 25, 2010 (6:47 pm)
We got this repaired at a place we found on the web--Factory Car Stereo in Florida. They were great! Very reasonable and very fast.
#12 of 12 McIntosh Radio - 2004 Subaru part II
Oct 25, 2010 (6:48 pm)
P.S. Replacement is EXPENSIVE! Somewhere in the neighborhood of $1500 through the dealer.