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#131 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [dlanning]
Oct 09, 2011 (8:36 am)
Been lurking on this forum for a few days and thought I would note your last post as one of the best pieces of advice a Subi owner could get on the constant wheel bearing issues a lot seem to be having.
It's like a few posters who have had "gas smell" in their cars that no one can find out why....until one poster pointed out a difficult to find weak clamp on a gas line that simply tightening up, will fix the problem.
I've been serioulsy thinking of getting a used Subi for a winter vehicle, but keep finding outraged Subi owners posting that they will NEVER buy another one. Of course as on any forum there are the usuall Fanboys, who would buy again even if it had 3 wheels and a garbage can for a seat.
Posts like yours make me more confident that good Subi mechanics and long term owners have sorted out what seem like fatal defects and suggest simple but effective fixes.
Now if there was a simple fix to my horrible Honda Odyssey a/t tranny issues!
#132 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [longo2]
Oct 13, 2011 (6:08 pm)
Sorry! I've heard about those horrible Odyssey trannies too....
dlanning may have forgotten that the 2005+ Subies use sealed bearing hub assemblies that are permanently lubricated upon manufacture. There isn't even a way to "repack" them! However it's a good idea to lube mating surfaces carefully so that no excess torque is applied when mounting a new one in order to prevent crushing it.
These assemblies are otherwise extremely easy to mount, total time being 30-40 min per corner. Fair cost is then $60-120 for the bearing hub ass'y and $50-80 for labor. Thus at less than $200 per corner it's difficult to countenance complaints of expensive repair requirements.
But the rear struts in the modern Subies are "soft" too. But again, nice KYB GR2 replacements wholesale for only $59 and take 30-45min to install. Annoying, but hardly exorbitant.
The real problem lies in the plethora of overcharging rampant in the industry right now, wherein I'm seeing estimates 2-4x the above!
It serves one to remember that AWD vehicles, having TWO driven axles, are apt to have twice as many wheel bearing issues as simpler FWD or RWD cousins.
Nonetheless I'm getting sick of having to replace so many RWBs this year on 2005-2008 OBs I service....
#133 of 153 Re: Subaru disappointment [mike1957]
Oct 26, 2011 (12:55 pm)
Feeling quite the same way. I had always trusted Subaru, and always recommended it to everyone. I have a 2008, with 39,000 miles, and the front hub bearing went. That is totally ridiculous, even IF the car had seen a lot of tough miles (which it has not)!
#134 of 153 2012 Cabin Noise Issue/ur-ur sound
Oct 28, 2011 (7:54 pm)
Any on else experiencing excessive noise sounding like "ur-ur" regularly and clanging once in a while? This all started after aprox 150 miles on the car.
#135 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [thesubaruguru]
Oct 28, 2011 (10:03 pm)
"Nonetheless I'm getting sick of having to replace so many RWBs this year on 2005-2008 OBs I service.... "
I have noticed that a big Subie re-seller in Co. lists the things that have been done to their used ones for sale and just about all of the ones with 95 to 120,000 miles have had either one or both "Front axles" replaced, head gaskets, and brake jobs.
Either the local Subies are being beaten to death by enthusiasts or there is something seriously wrong with that brands reliability. Knowing that the vehicles will be used off road, I would think they would be built pretty much indestructable for normal use.
In your opinion, what are the older, (affordable) best years to be shopping for in an Outback 2.5 a/t?
Thanks in advance...
#136 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [longo2]
Oct 31, 2011 (8:45 am)
A wheel bearing is a fairly minor problem to have. At least we're not complaining about head gaskets like we used to, or transmissions like some other brands' threads.
#137 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [ateixeira]
Oct 31, 2011 (12:50 pm)
I have a 1999 Subee Outback and 247,000 miles on it. Just heard a very loud bang when I turned into my drive way. There was something hanging down from the underside front of the car. Mechanic took the piece off. Said the sway bar broke. axles are fine. but we could still drive it without worrying as we had a 400+ mile trip planned that weekend. Drove fine on trip. When he gets the part in I will have it fixed. But can drive now without any problem.
Meant this reply to go to the person who asked for years good for used cars. I'd say 1999 is good. I have never driven off road with it but plenty of snow driving in Lake Tahoe, CA mountains at ski resorts . Drives great in snow no matter what age it is. I gun it snow going up our steep driveway in snow and no problem.
#138 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [rufus21]
Oct 31, 2011 (1:12 pm)
"Meant this reply to go to the person who asked for years good for used cars. I'd say 1999"
Thanks for the info...this is amazing. 247,000 miles and this is the first problem, not head gaskets, nothing?
#139 of 153 Re: 2008 outback wheel bearing [rufus21]
Oct 31, 2011 (2:00 pm)
1999 is a bit of an iffy year for the transmission (automatic). For some reason, there just seem to be more reports of transmission trouble that year than either before or after; it might have something to do with a slight design change that incorporated an external filter... ? I would still rate the frequency as uncommon (if not rare), but it is notable because one almost never hears about transmission problems on the 4EAT in other years.
longo, I had a 1996 Outback (2.5L) and replaced the head gaskets myself at 192,000 miles. I could tell there was an issue with them, but I didn't have any overheating problems. I continued to drive it to 220,000 miles with no further problems. Sadly, it was destroyed in a crash.