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#135 of 214 Re: towing with a 2013 outback [triumpher]
Aug 24, 2012 (9:45 am)
That's exactly what I'm getting at. Nearly all manufactures show a GCWR and have some tow rating (example 3000lbs). Most also have a small footnote hidden somewhere that the max tow rating is caluculated with only the driver and no cargo, additional passangers and cargo will reduce towing capacity. Subaru tends to just give a number and nothing more. It is noted as a maximum.
I'm making the assumption the max is calculated like others, your making the assumption its the tow rating dispite cargo and passengers. Either of us could be correct. Subaru doesn't say.
I searched the on-line owners manual and it didn't even reference towing with the car, but only having the car towed.
My Impreza has a GVWR of 4200 something (bad memory) posted in the door frame next to the PSI suggestions. It doesn't have a GCWR (combined wieght) probably since its not suggested to tow anything.
Does the Outback have a GVCR in the door frame? I can't check my 2001 Outback at the moment and the '12 models are totaly different anyway.
#136 of 214 2013 outback - tire chains
Aug 25, 2012 (8:12 pm)
Just recently purchased a 2013 Outback, Limited. I would like to know what type of tire chains are available for this model? Thanks for the help.
#137 of 214 Re: 2013 outback - tire chains [grdma2]
Aug 26, 2012 (5:03 am)
In all the years I grew up in snow and the mountains, not once have I used tire chains. Chains to the best of my knowledge are only required for commerical vehicles (18 wheelers) and cars that are 2WD when signs are posted for snow conditions---it does not apply to 4WD or AWD. If you have AWD or 4WD, you will never be required to put chains on a vehicle. Every vehicle I own or owned in the past 20 years has been or is either AWD/4WD and not once have I had an issue getting through snow (lots of it) Lake Tahoe or the Northern Utah mountains. This is my 2nd Outback (had a 2012 2.5i Premium) and it had no issues whatsoever getting through the snow. In addition, I have never seen an Outback with chains on it. If anything or added security for peace of mind, put snow tires on in the winter
#138 of 214 Re: 2013 outback - tire chains [2013ob]
Aug 26, 2012 (7:20 pm)
Not only would it be difficult to find chains, but Subaru is not recomending them!
You are correct, an Outback with "real" winter tires on is hardly stoppable!
We live here in winter wonderland (Minnesonwta), and winter tires on my 2003 Outback were all it was needed to get us through!
#139 of 214 Re: 2013 outback - tire chains [grdma2]
Aug 27, 2012 (7:47 am)
Low profile Z-chains used to fit on older Subarus. Clearance is kinda tight.
#140 of 214 Re: 2013 outback - tire chains [grdma2]
Aug 27, 2012 (9:40 am)
I bought a set of four SCC Whitestar (WS1614) chains for my Forester earlier this summer. I test fit them, and they fit great, but I haven't used them yet. Honestly, I may never use them, but I have found the limits of its ability with good winter tires before, and these should push that capability even further should the need arise.
#141 of 214 2013 Outback radio question
Aug 28, 2012 (3:34 pm)
Hello too all:
In my 2013 Outback I have a Harman/ Kardon Premium Sound w/ navigation. In the center console there is an USB slot. I loaded an MP3 song on the memory card to try it out but it wouldn't play it or recognize the USB memory card. Am I doing something wrong? The manual is quite thick as I am when it comes to making sense of its content. It recognizes the CD's but not the USB card. Perhaps it uses something other than a USB memory card in the console slot? Many thanks to whatever help can be passed on to me & my problem.
#142 of 214 2013 Outback 3.6R -- Whining transmission when accelerating
Aug 30, 2012 (7:08 pm)
-----We own the 2013 Outback 3.6R Limited, and got the car last Thursday (8/23), and absolutely LOVED it...for about 4 days and <150 miles. On a quick evening jaunt, suddenly the check engine light came on (solid) as well as the cruise control (blinking), brake light (blinking), and traction control (solid). There was no obvious loss of power, but we pulled over and called our sales guy that we bought the car from. He said to have it looked at by the dealership. -----As I was driving it "cold" (hadn't been used that day yet) out of my driveway to the dealership the next day, I noticed that the transmission had a higher-pitch "whine" to it when accelerating at low speeds. We intentionally bought the 3.6L (6 cylinder) engine because we wanted to avoid the CVT "whine" from that tranny. I am a mechanical engineer, and so I tend to pay attention to these details. ------The first appt at a near-dealership took 2 hours (quoted 20-30 min) and left me frustrated. They pulled code P1843 (transmission pressure sensor malfunction) and said that the transmission wiring harness connection was not fully connected, so they did that, and then cleared the problem codes so that the lights would go off on the dash. The car still whined and I decided to take it in again. -----The second service trip (today) to a farther-dealership is still in process—they gave me a loaner car and sent me home. They hadn’t heard the whine (possibly the 30 min drive warmed up the tranny), and so they wanted to keep it overnight. -----However, I learned from the service tech that code P1843 has been associated with a Subaru Service Bulletin that involved a buildup of "manufacturing sediment" in the transmission. A first try fix is to flush the transmission, and if that doesn’t work, then a very expensive ($900) part of the transmission (head? I can't remember) would need to be changed. Unfortunately, the near-dealership had cleared the code from memory, and Subaru's policy is that if the code is not currently showing, then they can't perform the Service Bulletin work under warranty. -----Has anyone else seen these issues in a brand-new 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6L 6 cylinder? Check engine light on solid, other lights flashing, and a newly whiny/whining transmission sound? This is our first Subaru, and hopefully they can resolve this so that we can have many thousands of happy miles to come!
#143 of 214 Re: 2013 Outback 3.6R -- Whining transmission when accelerating [newgreencar13]
Aug 31, 2012 (9:54 am)
Good luck and keep us posted. Let them know an on-line community is following your case to motivate them to get to a resolution.
Can I ask for a few hard returns, white space, to make your posts easier to read?
#144 of 214 Re: 2013 Outback 3.6R -- Whining transmission when accelerating [newgreencar13]
Sep 01, 2012 (1:57 pm)
Suprised to find this!
Last night (Aug. 31) we drove off the lot a green 2013 Outback 2.5i and were a mere 2 miles down the road and the exact same warning lights came up on our dash plus we had the AT Oil Temp light (solid). As it was the end of the day, the dealer was closed and we were close to home, we went home for the night.
After talking with the dealer first thing in the morn we drove it "cold" to the dealership where they drew a code P2762 from their dignostics.
They managed to clear all the alerts and we went for a healthy test drive with the tech. and all was ok but Murphy's law - 1/2 a mile from leaving the dealer the dash light up again. Much head scratching back at the dealership.
As there is no immediate service bulletin associated with that dignostic code, and it being the long weekend, we are forced to wait till next tuesday for any information from Subaru.
Talk about killing the euphoria / excitement of buying a new car...
That end of summer road trip is not the same in a loaner car
Will be curious to see how your issues are resolved and if these problems are possibly related.