Last post on Feb 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#8 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [erikmsmith]
Feb 03, 2009 (12:50 pm)
You had more than your share of problems. Our 2002 was trouble-free.
We had the extended warranty and never used it!
At least that helped sell the car.
#9 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [erikmsmith]
Feb 20, 2009 (12:45 pm)
We bought a 2000 Outback this last summer. It has a little over 100,000 miles on it and we just lost the engine. Could that be from the gasket problem?
#10 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [leezamt]
Feb 20, 2009 (5:16 pm)
Could have, but it is impossible to tell without more information.
#11 of 16 Re: Considering 2000 Outback but REALLY worried about HG [lynnejacob2001]
May 26, 2009 (3:22 pm)
I just gave my 2000 Outback Ltd sedan (purchased new) to my 19 year old college daughter. It has been well taken care, garage kept and has 175k miles on it. It has been a reliable and very good car. Not sure that helps but wanted to weigh in....
#12 of 16 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes?
Feb 08, 2011 (2:29 pm)
I am considering a 40k miles Outback. Things seem okay buy the brakes are not responsive. Is that a trait of the car? Or, might there be something else? Are there other potential concerns that can be check before buying?
#13 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [drzini]
Feb 09, 2011 (10:09 am)
Some describe the pedal feel as "mushy", but I wouldn't call it unresponsive.
#14 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [ateixeira]
Feb 09, 2011 (11:18 am)
I agree. With the age of the car, it is entirely probable that the brake fluid is very old and needs both replacement and bleeding. "Unresponsive" is not a descriptor you want for a braking system!
I did that once, and it was the longest 1200 miles I ever drove!
#15 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [xwesx]
Feb 09, 2011 (5:08 pm)
So-this is what happens. When the brakes are applied it doesn't feel like the car will stop there and then. There's a car a slower stopping time. Brakes applied and no immediate grab. I have a 2000 Volvo and it has the right feeling. This is kind of like my first car. A '48 Chevy. So, I guess a change of fluid? Take off the wheels and have the shoes etc checked? Otherwise, it's had 4k miles a year, driven regularly in classic stop and go manner.
#16 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [drzini]
Feb 10, 2011 (6:26 am)
You didn't mention what year your car was, but I assume it is an early decade model also? Early Outbacks of this body series (2000, 2001 & very early 2002) had undersized brakes given the weight of the vehicle, and didn't stop as well as later cars. I drove a 2003 back to back with my 'first build 2002', and the difference was night & day. After that I upgrades with different rotors & pads and it helped, but you just cannot address this without upsizing calipers & carriers, etc.
Aside from design issues, you need to have your system checked out. It could be fluid related, glazed pads, a frozen caliper, trashed rotors, etc.