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#1162 of 1296 Here we go again....
Aug 01, 2010 (10:26 am)
Dear Subaru Crew;
After 8 years and 160,000 miles I am looking to replace the 2002 LL Bean Outback that I so thoroughly researched with the help of the crew here years ago.
My goals are the same as before with modifications:
Magic and Scout (appearing in 2 issues of DRIVE Magazine) are now 13 and 10 respectively and looking forward to a new ride. They have a few questions:
1. The new Outback appears higher. Anyone have advice on which Pet Step works best? These two are 90 pounders, with a bit less steam in their stride.
2. Which model and trim level best approaches the LL Bean? Still interested in the six cylinder engine. Looks like the power moon roof is now an option....
3. What's this about steering wheel vibration? Widespread or rare?
Looking to ride again!
#1163 of 1296 Re: Here we go again.... [wired1]
Aug 01, 2010 (11:16 am)
2. Which model and trim level best approaches the LL Bean? Still interested in the six cylinder engine. Looks like the power moon roof is now an option
Why not consider the Forester XT Limited (2010) which has better performance thann your 3.0 six and equivalent interior finish. It has almost 4 inches more rear seat room than your Bean. Another choice if you want a chain driven cam like the six is the 2011 normally aspirated Forester which has a new engine design. I would expect the new engine to be more civilized with less noise, vibration and harshness....like the Bean's six.
If the dogs need the luggage room of the Outback, you'll need to buy the 2011 3.6R limited to get the feel and sound level of the Bean. I found the 4 cylinder with CVT vastly inferior to my 2005 3.0R VDC (similar to your Bean, but with stability control):
Hence my purchase of a Forester XT Limited. Also the 2010 Outback ...even the 3.6R..did not have folding mirrors which were essential.
#1164 of 1296 Re: Here we go again.... [saedave]
Aug 01, 2010 (5:51 pm)
Food for thought, such as yours, is always welcomed.
NO folding mirrors in 2010? What was THAT all about?
#1165 of 1296 Re: Here we go again.... [wired1]
Aug 02, 2010 (5:53 am)
NO folding mirrors in 2010? What was THAT all about
Cost reduction, but in the wrong place. The 2010 six cylinder list price was actually less than the equivalent 2005 by three thousand dollars. But I wouldn't even consider buying one without folding mirrors with local narrow streets. The signal mirrors like on the 2005 may now also be available on a top line 2011. I believe other 2011 Outbacks have regular folding mirrors.
The extra width of the new Outback might be a consideration if you drive on very narrow busy streets. The Forester is considerably narrower on the outside and only one quarter inch narrower on the inside.
#1166 of 1296 Re: Love our new Outback, but..... [redrose1]
Aug 02, 2010 (1:51 pm)
Could be a rusty part given the car sat around for a while, if they're changing it I wouldn't complain.
You can check the production date on the door jamb, then compare to when you bought it. It probably sat around for .... well, not long given the demand for Outbacks!
#1167 of 1296 Strange Metallic Sounding Noises
Aug 03, 2010 (8:16 am)
Last night I started my car and pulled out into a busy street and suddenly, out of nowhwere this god-awful sound started up....unlike any sound I've ever heard come from a Subaru (this is my 5th one) or any other car, for that matter. It was a kind of metal-on-metal rubbing sound and seemed to be coming from the movement of the wheels but I could not be sure. So I pulled over, put the car in neutral, and revved the engine, and the noise abated. Then, I put the car in drive, and sure enough, that awful metal-on-metal rubbing sound started up again. I stopped again. This time I put the car in neutral, then in reverse, backed up a few meet, put it back into drive and the sound stopped. It was loud and awful sounding; the kind of sound that if it had continued I would not have kept driving the car. I heard a metal clank just before it began, almost as if something made of metal had fallen off the car. I looked under the car, saw nothing in the street, and there was nothing hanging or dragging from the chassis. I am clueless to what this could be. I drove home--about 5 miles--through some twisty turning streets, up hills and down hills, and the sound did not recur. Anybody out there in forumland have a clue what this could be?
#1168 of 1296 Re: Strange Metallic Sounding Noises [lasubeguy]
Aug 03, 2010 (8:31 am)
Sounds like one of your brake pads binded up and was dragging. Driving in reverse re-seats the brake pads and may have reset it back in position. If this is the case, you should have the dealer clean and lubricate your brake mechanicals. Just a guess.
#1169 of 1296 Re: Strange Metallic Sounding Noises [eps105]
Aug 03, 2010 (9:53 am)
That or a rock became lodged in one of your brakes are the most likely scenarios. Reversing the vehicle usually frees the rock, which then falls to the ground. It certainly is a horrid, unnerving sound... almost like nails on the chalkboard times ten!
Yikes.... I imagine there will come a time when that saying will no longer be understood!
#1170 of 1296 yet another problem with our new Outback
Aug 03, 2010 (7:25 pm)
We have a brand new 2011 Outback 3.6.
I posted a problem earlier about a noise we get upon releasing the brake pedal. Now we have ANOTHER problem with this 3 week old car: the car jumps or skips when we accelerate - several times a day.
Has anyone heard of this and what could it be?
We are becoming increasingly frustrated with our NEW car'
Thanks for any and all advice.
#1171 of 1296 Re: Strange Metallic Sounding Noises [eps105]
Aug 03, 2010 (7:47 pm)
Thanks for the input, eps105. I will definitely check with the dealer on that. I went down to my car this morning strangely dreading driving it (which never happens!) and went about my usual drive about town to work, etc. and everything was back to normal.