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Subaru Outback, Auto Repair, Car Warranties, Sedan, Wagon
#1 of 153 Wheel bearing failure
Dec 17, 2007 (1:45 pm)
I just had to replace a right-rear wheel bearing in a 2006 Outback 2.5 XT wagon at 15,300 miles!!!
I found a bunch of posts on premature wheel bearing failures on older models -- 1998 to 2001.
Is this a chronic problem with Subarus or is an old problem resurfacing? Is there anything to be done to make sure that if the problem continues past the warranty coverage that the costs will be covered by Subaru?
#2 of 153 Re: Wheel bearing failure [outdoors84102]
Dec 17, 2007 (1:53 pm)
It was common in 1998-2002 Foresters, and on some Imprezas, up to 2001 I think.
Ironically the fix was to upgrade to the Legacy's design, so we even had the part numbers handy for Forester/Impreza owners.
I haven't seen too many post 2003 Subarus with the problem, so let's hope it's an anomaly.
#3 of 153 Re: Wheel bearing failure [ateixeira]
Dec 17, 2007 (8:28 pm)
Yes the "older" ones used ball-bearings IIRC whereas the legacy used barrel bearings. The Barrel style allowed the weight to be spread over a greater area. I haven't seen many new subies with bearing problems.
#4 of 153 wheel bearing failure 07 forester
Dec 18, 2007 (10:58 am)
my 07 forester just had four wheel bearings replaced, three at 5000 miles and one at 13000.. and that didnt fix the problem..what a pile of krap this car is,i will never buy another subaru..
#5 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failure 07 forester [erik9]
Dec 18, 2007 (11:34 pm)
Sounds to me like the bearings were not the problem, yet they bore the blame.
#6 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failure 07 forester [erik9]
Dec 19, 2007 (8:07 am)
I suggest taking longer test drives.
Why would you buy a vehicle that was a pile of krap?
#7 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failure 07 forester [ateixeira]
Dec 19, 2007 (7:02 pm)
I will definitely never buy another subaru,their cars and customer service both suck..what a rip off!
#8 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failure 07 forester [erik9]
Dec 19, 2007 (7:51 pm)
Ok wonderful, out of your 5 posts on Edmunds, they are all bashing Subarus. Unfortunately that is not what this site is all about. If you'd like to be a community member you are going to need to put up more than just bashing posts. Perhaps give the story of why you think they are "crap" considering they are in the top 2 in terms of reliability, 2nd only to Honda.
#9 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failure 07 forester [paisan]
Dec 19, 2007 (8:22 pm)
Obviously you didnt read my posts, my subaru forester is pile of junk BECAUSE,
1) THE TRANSMISSION slipped from day one and was replaced with a remanufactured trans by the dealer at 5000 miles .new car rebuilt trans BS !
2) The car drives terrible and feels unsafe at freeway speeds..
3) The car has had four wheel bearings replaced in less than thirteen thousand miles..
4) The car has a terrible axle shaft or drivetrain vibration that two dealers have been unable to fix...
5) The car has been a complete rattle trap from day one and still has issues
6) I am finding many other forester owners with the same complaints and i think a class action lawsuit against subaru might give us a small amount of justice
Thank you for your concern,btw do you work for subaru or what?
#10 of 153 Re: wheel bearing failure 07 forester [erik9]
Dec 19, 2007 (8:25 pm)
Nope, I don't work for Subaru. But 1 bad car does not make the whole brand bad. I'm sorry you have had so many problems and as I posted in one of the other threads perhaps you had an in-transit damaged vehicle. Something to look into.