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Subaru Impreza Outback Sport & TS

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  • perritoperrito Posts: 66
    Wait a minute, I thought that new Imprezas and WRXs were also coming in via Jacksonville (FL), as it was along I-95 that I saw several of the early WRX prototypes (blue, spoiler-less) zipping along... of course, I could never catch up with them to ask them. But they all had Jacksonville dealer plates on them... hmm...

    Need to boost my 2001 Forester S with some mods to keep up with the WRX and the STi next year...
    :)
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    The owner of my dealership was recently in Boston to see where the Subaru's come in. Hmmm, maybe email SoA or call 1800Subaru3 if you really want to know.
    Dennis
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
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    ...at 6-7pm Pacific/9-10 pm Eastern. Hope to see you there!

    http://www.edmunds.com/chat/subaruchat.html

  • celeste2celeste2 Posts: 362
    It probably works out that the main port is Vancouver, but I wonder if they ship from there around the coast and thru Panama to the east coast? If that's the case, They could come in to any large port on the east coast. Think about how many more cars they can transport by ship as opposed to how many they can fit on a ship and just stop at varied ports along the way. So you are all probably correct....
  • We have an undercarriage noise that sounds like linkage or small metal connection engaging itself after depressing clutch. Can't say absolutely , but feel it happens a split second before shifting out of 2nd into 3rd gear.. It doesn't happen all the time.. but.. any input???? Do like the car ...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Could be a loose exhaust heat shield? Does it rattle any other time?

    -juice
  • celeste2celeste2 Posts: 362
    Just keep listening. How long have you had the car? It may just be a noise you are not used to. See if it stays the same or gets worse. After you know more if it keeps on doing it, you could have the dealer check it out, and KEEP the documentation in case he says its nothing, make sure they write on the ticket what you say it's doing. This is so if it develops into anything when the warranty expires, you have proof you complained before the warranty was up.
  • Thanks for the input ... here's the deal... It is not a rattle -It sounds like #496 has it too.. Best decribed as a single click, sometimes what sounds like a BB hitting a fry pan....
    We just bought the car in May 2002.We have been back to the dealership a couple of times. They can't "duplicate" We bought new purposefully so we'd have a good car for our 2 month vacation in the mts...The rep. will not be in the area until the end of July.
    Everything has been documented and we've been in touch with 1-800-Subaru3.We've been told it is safe to drive. Wonder how that has been determined? Would love to have been reassured.
  • celeste2celeste2 Posts: 362
    Here's something else you can try. Log on to i-club.com and click on "Forums". Click on the "General" forum and list your problem. There are so many tons of members there and so many who work on their own cars and are car nuts that someone may have an idea. It could be that it's a sound many others have also...
  • celeste2celeste2 Posts: 362
    I was just at i-club and read a post that sounded like yours. Go to i-club.com, click forums, then click general, then click topic, "popping noise". Perhaps you could e-mail the guy who listed the topic. I believe when you get into that topic you can click "profile" in the box where his topic is written out and get his email info. Good luck...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Persistent help. Gotta love it. Way to go Celeste.

    -juice
  • perritoperrito Posts: 66
    Juice, you've already answered this (or at least given it your best shot)... but still the problem persists. We have a 97 OBS 4speed auto, with about 65k miles on it. Every time we take a corner, from a stop, the steering wheels starts shuddering badly, as if it's losing traction or spinning out. This is especially from a dead stop. It's less noticeable when there's a little motion out of a yield, then turning...

    Anybody else have this problem? It may be particular to the automatic?...

    Thanks, perrito
  • kangarukangaru Posts: 1
    Just wanted to let you all know that this discussion board was a great help for me when deciding whether or not to get a WRX wagon or the OBS. I now am the proud owner of a 5spd 2002 OBS, black, which i absolutly adore. The only problems are the 165 hp, would like a little more, but don't think i can afford the speeding tickets and the fact that the outside temp gauge is in farhenheit, but i spose that's what i get for buying it in the states :D cheers

    Kangaru
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You can do a few bolt-on mods to get up to 180hp. They were discussed just a few posts back, actually.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I also felt is was very refined, and not quite as quick as I would have thought. It may improve as it breaks in.

    -juice
  • brekkebrekke Posts: 304
    That's what I'm hoping! I guess I was just expecting more of a power difference between my old, torqueless (yet light) Honda and the Sube.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The difference is that you can shift the Subie at reasonable rpm and still get to most of the torque.

    -juice
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Apparently you haven't driven a 137 hp 2.2L OBS. ;-)
    The first thing to do is at least replace the stock air filter. You'll notice a slightly better throttle response. Replace with a panel Amsoil or K&N or better yet, a GanzFlow like Celeste did.

    Dennis
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    A little late on this, but, I've noticed what might be the same "click" on my 01base OB. Very small noise like running over a plastic cap. Usually when coasting and then adding slight power (AT). It only happens once a day or so and I cannot deliberately cause it. It doesn't concern me too much and I am filing it under normal for now. (only 4400 miles on car)

    Greg
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
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    ...at 6-7pm Pacific/9-10 pm Eastern. Hope to see you there!

    http://www.edmunds.com/chat/subaruchat.html

  • celeste2celeste2 Posts: 362
    why just go with either/or? If you get the Ganzflow also get from him either the Amsoil or K & N filter, he sells both. You should get both, really.

    Why would you want to let the clutch out and hold it at a light? Because you're a little anxious and want to take off faster? Not sure, but I don't think you'd want to do that all the time. Just relax. You'll get used to the car with daily driving. It does feel pretty tight, eh? There's one thing I think would make it even more enjoyable: to lower it a little, for me it may be just a tad too high. I need to get that anti-sway bar soon. Any suggestions, anyone?

    You know, with the intake it's not the lower end power I notice but the upper end. It's like the descriptions of turbo's you hear with lower end lag. Dang, once it gets thru 2nd and working it's way into 3rd it's like a scalded dog!

    Brekke, when you get used to the clutch I'm just positive you'll feel that power in the lower gears. What rpm's you shifting at? With my 2000 OBS I didn't feel comfortable shifting much below 4000 because that's when the engine sounded just ready. Not the greatest for gas mileage, but heck I just didn't feel comfortable shifting too low on rpm's. After a few weeks check your gas mileage and let us know. I was getting 20 mpg and yesterday figured 21 mpg, I have a little over 3,000 miles. This is in town, with the A/C running constantly. My 2000 OBS only got 18! :( Probably because the way I shifted! lol
  • perritoperrito Posts: 66
    Well,
    I didn't get much feedback here on the previously posted "steering shudder" but I did on Yahoo's Outback Sport homepage. The shudder was very noticeable, from a stop, and turning. The whole steering wheel would vibrate/shimmy from a stop. Now the fiance is stuck in Daytona Beach, because a loud "clicking" noise started from the front left; we think it may be the C.V. joint on the axle. This ain't funny... it's not that old!

    I don't know if this has anything to do with the clicking on the 2002 OBS models: hopefully not!

    best of luck,

    perrito
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have the OE hitch, and it does not come with a ball, but it did come with a receiver tube IIRC. I got a 2" ball and socket for $10 or so at Trak Auto. 1 3/4" sizes are also common, so find out what you need first.

    I'd share photos, but PhotoPoint is down right now.

    -juice
  • brekkebrekke Posts: 304
    I looked at the 2002 Impreza trailer hitch from subaruparts.com and their kit includes the ball mount, pin and receiver cover which was not included with my car.

    I assume that's the same trailer hitch as the OEM, so I emailed SOA and asked what's the deal. No biggie.
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Your CV joints will click more when you are turning and accelerating. If you ripped your boots covering the joint(s), they can deteriorate quickly when sand, dirty get inside. When they start to really fail you should feel it in the steering (front wheels).

    My very slight clicking is not the joint. Believe it or not, I believe it might be a pebble now and again being kicked up by the tires. Still listening but not concerned.

    Greg
  • celeste2celeste2 Posts: 362
    My 2000 OBS shifter vibrated like that, and in fact, my Volvo (1984) also did that. Was your previous car a manual--didn't the handle vibrate at all?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A little bit should be normal. It is pretty much wired directly to the powertrain.

    I actually have the STi shifter, which has less insulation. The stock shift lever has a rubber gasket (see the fat part in the photo below) to quell the vibes, while the STi shifter is a solid shaft, and shorter to boot.

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    -juice
  • perritoperrito Posts: 66
    Greg,

    Thanks for your opine -- suggested as much (c.v. related) to the mechanic in Daytona... we'll see what he finds, because it was setting off the "check engine" light repeatedly and it felt like the motor was tugging and losing steam the whole time... I don't think a bad C.V. joint can do that! We'll see. :(

    perrito
  • brekkebrekke Posts: 304
    Yes, my last car shifter vibrates a little. I'm not going to worry about it anymore. I know I'm being a tool, but this is my first new car and my first car made after 1986!

    I enjoy driving it more each day, she seems to be loosening up a little, although a little voice is telling me to trade in for a WRX in a few years.
  • celeste2celeste2 Posts: 362
    The only thing about a WRX is it takes premium gas!! Hey, I was like you, when I got my 2000 OBS last year it was my first new car, the one I traded being the 84 Volvo wagon. There was an article in the lastest EVO magazine about a WRX a guy tested for the magazine, got it in December of 2000 and now has 19,555 at the time of this article. It seems the outer edges of the front tires were absolutely worn down! This was normal driving, no racing, etc.. Subaru UK asked him many questions about driving conditions and couldn't ascertain the reason for this. They replaced all the tires but didn't see anything wrong. Subaru has the tires for inspection. In next month's issue will be a report on whether there is still undue wear on the front and hopefully Subaru's report of what they think. Will be interesting.
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