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Aug 18, 2010 (6:34 pm)
My 2010 Legacy Limited is now almost 9 months old and has 5350 miles on it. It is a city car, and despite its Subaru lineage, has never seen off road conditions. As you can see by my mileage numbers, it is not driven hard. So all that said, the cabin of the car is full of little creaks. I notice it when the radio is off, and the a/c is on...and mostly on the left side of the cabin, front and back. There is a distinct creaking noise that emanates from the left dash area, and from the rear left seat area, although I have not been able to pinpoint it. It is not leather creaking. I don't know what it is. It is the kind of elusive noise that is difficult to describe to the service guy and have him find it unless you go along for the test drive and point it out. But it is annoying and it suggests to me poor workmanship or something not fitting just right with something else. When I accelerate, it creaks. When I brake, it creaks again. I'm just wondering if anyone else out there in Legacyland is experiencing anything similar. For the most part, I love the car. I've had a few minor issues with it, but let me emphasize minor.
#1178 of 1296 Re: Creaky Cabin [lasubeguy]
Aug 19, 2010 (8:38 am)
Welcome to Subaru ownership! All three of the Subaru's I have owned in the past few years have been creak/rattle boxes.
Do exactly what you already suggested - drive it with the service manager and point out all the noises.... and keep on them until the rattles/creaks are gone! Warranty work hits SOA in the pocketbook, so it gives them incentive to better their factory fitment policies and procedures.
Judging, though, by how many cars have these rattles, I'd say not nearly enough owners are addressing the problem.
#1179 of 1296 Re: Creaky Cabin [xwesx]
Aug 19, 2010 (11:10 am)
Also, make sure it's not something you put in it.
I had some rattling and it turned out to be a coin holder that I have. Oops.
Some self-adhesive velvetty liner took care of that.
#1180 of 1296 Re: Creaky Cabin [xwesx]
Aug 21, 2010 (2:31 pm)
Thanks for the input, xwesx.
This 2010 is my 5th Subaru (and my 4th Legacy) and the first one with this amount of creaking or irritating interior noises. I had a 2006 Legacy and the frame/springs of the driver's seat (also leather) squeaked from the first day I had it until I traded it in! Again, minor annoyance, but annoyance still the same. They never were able to fix it.
#1181 of 1296 Re: Creaky Cabin [ateixeira]
Aug 21, 2010 (2:32 pm)
Good suggestion. Thanks.
#1182 of 1296 Re: Creaky Cabin [lasubeguy]
Aug 23, 2010 (9:28 am)
I had no problems with my '96 Outback until it got older (>120,000 miles), then some things, mostly the dash, started to develop rattles. I can forgive an older car for that, though!
Afterward, I had two Outbacks, a 2007 and a 2008, and both of them had identical rattles: dash, B-pillars, glove box, rear gate. They fixed the dash and gate rattles, but never did fix the glove box or pillars. On the glove box, they replaced the one in my 2007 but it did the same thing afterward, so I didn't even bother addressing it on the '08. I did not have either car long, so I don't know how they would have aged.
The 2010 Forester I have is very quiet after addressing the from-new door rattles. I have 16,000 miles on it now and it is still quiet; I hope to be able to say the same thing at 116,000 miles!
Aug 23, 2010 (1:33 pm)
My 2010 OB is basically rattle-free. One thing I have noticed, however, is that the seat-belt buckle for the passenger seat sometimes bangs around a bit if it isn't hanging right.
So far, at least, every little rattle noise has been something trivial, like the above example, or else something left in a cup-holder.
The "plug" for the 12-volt output behind the shift lever also seems like a loose fit. And whenever I am using that outlet I have a hard time figuring out where to stash the plug so that it isn't rattling around....
#1184 of 1296 Folding mirror kits available for 2010 Legacy / Outback - $199.95
Sep 01, 2010 (5:12 am)
8/31- Fold-In outside mirrors are now available for the 2010 Outback and Legacy The non-breakaway power outside mirrors on all 2010 Outback and Legacy were a source of concern for many people. This was fixed on 2011s, and now these fold-in mirrors are available as replacement for the 2010s, in all the colors so no painting is required. Mirrors kits (including left and right side) are MSRP $199.95 from your local Subaru dealer. Standard unheated mirror kit is part #SOA635985, Heated mirror kit is part #SOA635086
#1185 of 1296 Re: Folding mirror kits available for 2010 Legacy / Outback - $199.95 [dcm61]
Sep 01, 2010 (8:27 am)
Not cheap, but anyone's breaks, replace it with this part # for sure.
#1186 of 1296 Outback Options
Sep 05, 2010 (6:34 am)
I'm finding that building an Outback has gotten more complicated in the last 8 years since I purchased my 2002 L.L.Bean. Guidance please:
1. Moon Roof: Used to have two standard. Now a single moonroof is an option?
2. That nifty sounding internet "hot spot". Any idea as to how well it works? Is there a separate monthly charge, or does it somehow piggyback as part of my cell phone plan?
3. Any other items that were part of the "Bean" package that are now "options"?
Thanks in advance.........">