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#204 of 406 Continuing saga of the CEL Outback '02
Mar 20, 2010 (5:56 pm)
Inspection was due to run out in December, so I took it to my Subaru man.He is completely puzzled after checking everything and soliciting advice from other Subaru gurus. This summer we will replace the whole exhaust system to see if there is a glitch there. I am so down under financially on this car that there is no going back. The good news is that I made the final payment on it last week. In the meantime, I have purchased a 2008 Subaru Impreza...no, not the sport model, although they are very sexy. I am already in love with this car. I am getting 30mpg on the highway..that is why I did not get the sport model..I need the mileage as I travel quite a bit.Driving the Impreza has been sheer joy compared to the Outback. It is like going from a farm tractor to a sports car. However, I am still determined to find out what is wrong with the '02 Outback. It runs excellent and gets good mileage on the highway, but there is that pesky engine light......Thanks again for all the information and advice.
#205 of 406 Re: Continuing saga of the CEL Outback '02 [yasu]
Mar 21, 2010 (5:01 am)
I posted a long time ago about our 99 OB wagon which has had the light on for 3 years now after many attempts at repair! Now our 98 Forester's light is on with the same exhaust code....and we are exhausted financially from trying to fix these problems!
It's time for a new car and we're looking for another brand. Some people say it's "just the computer", but as it causes the problem at inspection time annually, it's a major pain in the butt.
I love the cars otherwise and this problem really makes me mad.
#206 of 406 car is 24 hours old, warning lights flashing
Mar 21, 2010 (2:07 pm)
Can anyone help me with this? This is the first forum I have ever joined so please be patient if I get the format wrong? Just picked up my new Legacy 3.6 limited Saturday at 9:30am. After driving for a bit, the brake seemed to thud when I pressed on it and skip. This morning, after driving around for a while, I had to jam on the brakes and the car stalled out completely. Also after a few hours, the check engine, oil temp, cruise control and brake light warnings all started flashing on the dash at once. Any ideas???? I am having it towed tomorrow, but am very discouraged by this experience.
#207 of 406 Re: Continuing saga of the CEL Outback '02 [yasu]
Mar 21, 2010 (4:15 pm)
Yasu (and Goline):
Do you know the Pxxx code that is failing with this Check Engine Light? It's hard to even guess without knowing more.
#208 of 406 Re: car is 24 hours old, warning lights flashing [bb2010]
Mar 21, 2010 (4:20 pm)
Welcome, and sorry to hear that your ownership experience is starting out on a wrong note. I remember the frustration of having my very first new car towed in (2 or maybe 3?? times) during the first week for electrical gremlins. Terrible...
My first thought when you described the odd brake feeling and the stall that the vacuum booster has a seal failure. The sudden leak into the engine intake can induce a stall. The rest of it? Unknown. Let us know what they say!
#209 of 406 Re: car is 24 hours old, warning lights flashing [bb2010]
Mar 21, 2010 (5:03 pm)
Have you driven over any big puddles, i.e. is there any flooding around? I'm wonder if any electricals got wet.
Let the dealer take care of it. Ask for a loaner given its brand new.
If your dealer is anything but helpful call 800-SUBARU3 and ask for them to open up a case number to help you out.
Please keep us posted. Best of luck.
#210 of 406 Re: Check engine light! [bfuchs]
Mar 26, 2010 (10:39 pm)
We just had the same problem with the check engine light and the flashing cruise control. Did you ever find out what was wrong?
#211 of 406 Re: Check engine light! [mattbiers]
Mar 27, 2010 (5:30 pm)
I never did. Am still determined to do so, but have run out of money. This car has drained me financially.. I have to take a breather. I have had more than several distinguished mechanics and dealers look at it to no avail. I truly am starting to believe it is a conspiracy.. I leave you with this thought... a fool and his money.. of which I now have none.
#212 of 406 Re: Check engine light! [yasu]
Mar 28, 2010 (2:19 pm)
Once again, what code are you getting? Someone might be able to help you. Complaining without getting specific doesn't help anyone.
#213 of 406 Re: Check engine light! [fibber2]
Mar 28, 2010 (4:28 pm)
Having the CEL code is essential to be able to help. It costs nothing to get the code pulled at an auto parts store (Autozone or such). Costco sells a cheap code reader (something like $40 I think) that may be worthwhile because you can determine the code, reset the system and see if the same code is generated after driving a bit.
I mention this because I had several different emissions related CELs over a six month period. Very hard to figure out what was going on. Gas mileage was OK though idle was a bit rough. I cleaned the air filter, mass flow sensor, checked purge solenoid, etc., etc. and was ready to change O2 sensors, EGR valve and the upstream catalytic converter. Then I systematically reseated every vacuum line. I have not seen a CEL since (over two months now).