Last post on Mar 03, 2008 at 11:08 AM
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Subaru Outback, Heating / Cooling, Wagon
#17 of 26 Re: Smell coming through Vents--2008 Outback 2.5i [sillhouez]
Feb 04, 2008 (7:20 pm)
We just picked up a 2.5i with Auto and we have noticed the exact same "burnt rubber" smell. We have 105 miles on it and it has not diminished yet, so we will keep an eye on it as well. I know that new cars are going to have some smells but I have owned plenty and this is the first with that smell. I have to admit I have not lifted the bonnet yet so maybe there is a hose that is still wrapped with plastic or some foam that was not removed from somewhere......
#18 of 26 Re: Head Gasket Problem [mamiya]
Feb 05, 2008 (8:57 am)
My CR Buying Guide points to the Eclipse's transmission as a problem spot for 03 and older model. Not enough data on 04 and 05.
Under warranty you should be fine.
I think that after 100k, it's mostly luck of the draw.
#19 of 26 08 Outback Burnt Rubber Smell
Feb 13, 2008 (9:01 pm)
I talked to some of the mechanics and my sales guy about the smell and what they have all said is that it is the coating on the engine, and that it will burn off in the 500 to 1000 mile point......I don't have any problem with this other than a pretty nasty smell; but I find it odd that I have had 8 new cars over the years and I have never had any kind of smell at all coming from any of those engines.
Otherwise 400 miles and no problems.
#20 of 26 Re: 08 Outback Burnt Rubber Smell [raiderfan1]
Feb 13, 2008 (10:59 pm)
remember to leave the vent switch on to recircleate the air within the car and not the fresh air from outside...this stopped any smells comming from the engine compartment into the car...I was getting antifreeze smell inside when my head gasket went and switched off the fresh air from outside...
#21 of 26 Re: 08 Outback Burnt Rubber Smell [raiderfan1]
Feb 15, 2008 (10:19 am)
Welcome to Subaru New Car Stench.
My 98 Forester had it, bad. It goes away, fortunately.
#22 of 26 Re: 08 Outback Burnt Rubber Smell [ateixeira]
Feb 15, 2008 (2:23 pm)
I had the same smell when I got the car. It seems going away after a few weeks.
Feb 28, 2008 (11:27 am)
Well the dealer had it right and the smell did go away at about 850 miles for me.
950 miles and no problems, we are loving the car, very happy with our choice for a new company/family car.
Thanks for the replies...
#24 of 26 Re: Smell is gone [raiderfan1]
Feb 28, 2008 (11:29 am)
Glad to hear it!
Enjoy your Subie!
#25 of 26 08 Outback with a Baby Car Seat
Mar 02, 2008 (10:00 am)
How's the Outback with a baby car seat in the back? My 8 month old daughter is ready for the bigger rear facing seat and I'd like to install it in the center. It looks like it is going to be pretty tight with the 2 adults in the back.
#26 of 26 Re: 08 Outback with a Baby Car Seat [icdavi]
Mar 03, 2008 (11:08 am)
Yeah, if you put a full-size car seat, like, say, the Cosco Alpha Omega (or one of its many derivatives) in there rear-facing, it will be a tight fit. Any car seat will be a squeeze with two adults also back there. It is a squeeze enough with two additional children not in car seats or boosters!
I found that placing a car seat in the center caused stability issues with it due to the deep bolstering on the rear seats. I always had our son secured in the center on our '96 Outback, but after having our '07 Outback for a few days, I moved it to a side position to keep it more stable. With our '08, we drove a 5500 mile trip and we had our son in the front passenger seat, wife or me in the rear (passenger side), and infant in the rear (driver side). That configuration worked out very well, save for the times the toddler would get overly bored and decide to start pushing dash buttons or open the glove box with his toes.