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#1122 of 1296 Re: 3.6R Limited 2010 Legacy [saedave]
Jun 26, 2010 (8:00 am)
The 2.5 engine uses an open deck block design which is why it is prone to head gasket failures. I believe that Subaru actually re-designed the head gasket yet again for 2010 to try to deal with the head gasket failures. I encountered this on my 1997 Outback which had a failed head gasket at 140,000 miles and required a new engine.
The XT uses a semi-closed deck block and so is sturdier but the problem with this engine is that the banjo turbo oil filter screen tends to obstruct, leading to turbo failures, of which there are many reports online. Good luck with yours.
#1123 of 1296 Upsizing the Outback-RX 330 size?
Jun 28, 2010 (6:45 am)
I was driving my wife's RX on a local street the other day and a new, '10 or '11 Outback pulled up next to me. Looking across I was pretty suprised by how close in size they appeared. I went into the "Specs" section of Edmunds and did a size comparison and was noticed they are THE SAME SIZE.
One or two of the dimensions differed by less than an inch, but that was about it. I realize that the Subies don't have all the nice extras that the Lex has; outside mirrors looking down in reverse gear, electrically controlled tilt wheel, multiple driver's seat pre-sets, electric tailgate but the price difference is a bunch.
A few months ago I ran the numbers for an Outback on both Edmunds and SOA and an Outback with what we'd want would probably MSRP for about $30-$31K. I figure a Lex is going to be in the $40K plus range.
I'm posting this because we have a 6 month old Legacy, 2.5, CVT and my wife likes its ride and mileage. Her Lex is 6 1/2 years old and not ready for replacement yet, but she has been "pre-looking" and "pre-planning". We no longer do the kind of things that require a sport ute but she has always liked having the extra space and the fact that she sits up a bit higher.
The improved mileage ratings versus her old, much heavier RX is an issue, although we don't drive enough for much $$ savings.
Anyway I was wondering if anyone has moved from anything like a RX-330, Acura MDX or similar to the new Outback?
#1124 of 1296 Subaru Drive Magazine- Mute button
Jul 07, 2010 (4:33 am)
In the latest edition sent to me there is a photo of the steering wheel controls for the Outback. It mentions there is a mute button for the audio. I have a 2010 limited and do not see this button. Am I missing something? Does anyone have this button? Thanks
#1125 of 1296 Re: Subaru Drive Magazine- Mute button [birdboy]
Jul 07, 2010 (5:44 am)
That button is replaced with the voice activation button in models with the nav.
#1126 of 1296 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium AT/CVT Shifting problem
Jul 09, 2010 (7:40 pm)
Bought brand new from the dealer on March 19, 2010, mileage todate: 1,700 miles.
From the start already noticed that when backing up and shifting from Park to Reverse, majority of the time there will be a rather big jolt accompanied with a clunking/thudding noise. The problem is more pronounced on an incline surface.
When shifting to Neutral and to Drive, there will be a little clicking noises.
Never had this problem with previous 1995 and 2005 Legacy 2,5i and 2006 Outback 2.5i.
#1127 of 1296 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium AT/CVT shifting problem and engine noise
Jul 09, 2010 (8:12 pm)
Sorry, first time posting, thought I lost the previous message #1126 thus reposting this message.
Bought brand new from dealer March 19, 2010, mileage todate: 1,700 miles.
From the very beginning already noticed that when backing up and shifting from Park to Reverse, there will be a rather big jolt accompanied by a big clunking noise. This problem is more pronounced on an incline surface.
When shifting to Neutral and to Drive, there will be little clicking noise at each stage.
Didn't get the time to bring the car to the dealer yet.
The engine noise is also rather loud after starting,
Never had all these problems with previous 1995 and 2005 Legacy 2.5i and 2006 Outback 2.5i.
Anybody has the same problems?
Drove the car long distance for 300 miles on July 4th weekend. The drive was smooth and got 31 mpg.
#1128 of 1296 Re: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium AT/CVT shifting problem and engine noise [etan797733]
Jul 13, 2010 (9:05 am)
Yours is the first I have seen of it, yet I strongly suspect you should have it looked at ASAP. It is entirely possible that something was just not assembled properly and you truly have a manufacturing defect, which is the whole point of the warranty. It is disappointing that you are experiencing the problem, but great that it manifested itself so early on so that you can have it addressed now for (hopefully) trouble-free ownership going forward.
#1129 of 1296 Re: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium AT/CVT shifting problem and engine noise [xwesx]
Jul 13, 2010 (11:31 am)
Thanks for the valuable advise. Will have it checked ASAP.
#1130 of 1296 Recalls for 2010 Legacy/Outback
Jul 15, 2010 (10:38 am)
Recall ID # 10V283000 - STEERING:COLUMN - Get Details
Recall Date: JUN 24, 2010
Model Affected: LEGACY
Potential Units Affected: 73698
Recall Date:JUN 24, 2010
Model Affected:2010 SUBARU LEGACY
Summary:SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2009 THROUGH APRIL 12, 2010. THE WIRING IN THE STEERING COLUMN ELECTRICAL ROLL CONNECTOR LOCATED BEHIND THE VEHICLE'S STEERING WHEEL MAY DEVELOP STRESS CRACKS AND EVENTUALLY BREAK. IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN CERTAIN ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS MAY NOT OPERATE AS INTENDED.
Consequence:POSSIBLE CIRCUITS AFFECTED ARE THE DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIRBAG, PADDLE SHIFTER FUNCTION, CRUISE CONTROL, HORN CONTROL AND RADIO FUNCTIONS INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:DEALERS WILL CHECK LOT NUMBER OF THE STEERING ROLL CONNECTOR. THE ROLL CONNECTOR WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE IF THE LOT NUMBER SHOWED ANY AFFECTED RANGE OF THE FAILURE OCCURRENCE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 7, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected:73698
Notes:SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. WVR-28
Recall ID # 10V196000 - ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSE - Get Details
Recall Date: MAY 07, 2010
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSE
Model Affected: LEGACY
Potential Units Affected: 29443
Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2010/subaru/legacy/recalls/index.html#ixzz0tmFizd- WX
#1131 of 1296 Steering Wheel vibration fix scheduled
Jul 15, 2010 (11:00 am)
FYI Just received a call from dealership informing me that technicians are coming in to fix the on going steering wheel vibration, excessive road feel, and shimmy at high speeds that I have had since I bought the 2010 outback in February. They are going by a list and have reached my vehicle.I am happy that SOA has kept their promise to me and that they have followed through with informing me. I just hope that this fix will be the end of this problem.