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Subaru Legacy/Outback



  • paulmanpaulman Posts: 10
    I noticed a metal plate on the inside of the hood under the scoop. It can be removed. I guess this will allow cool air to circulate over the engine. Are there and benefits/drawbacks to removing the plate? Thanks all.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    You can remove it and it'll put cool air in the engine, this will also allow water in so it may not be a great idea.

  • jim1969jim1969 Posts: 62
    how did the TRZ compare to the WR now that you've had them for over a year? I'm going with one of these tires for my wife's FWD Sienna. I'm on Long Island.
  • I am purchasing a new 2007 Outback 2.5i with a manual transmission. I am planning to install a hitch to tow a trailer with a quad and also use the receiver to carry and 4 bike, bike carrier at other times. The dealer hitch(Option A) is rated for GTW of 2750lbs. and a TW of 200 lbs (1.25" class I Hitch). Since the car is new this would all be covered under warranty. My quad and trailer will not exceed the GTW for the hitch, but I am concerned as to how well the hitch will support the bike rack with its low TW.

    If I go with an OEM hitch (Option B) it is rated at GTW of 3500lbs. and a TW of 350lbs (1.25" class II Hitch). I would never try to tow beyond the vehicle ratings, but this hitch give me more support for the bike rack and I could install it myself and save a few bucks.

    My question is does anyone have experience with Subaru dealers in a situation where their is a warranty drivetrain problem, but the vehicle has an OEM hitch.

    Please let me know and also provide opinions on Option A versus Option B.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    By OEM do you mean the Subaru hitch? As for the tounge weight it's not really an issue on either hitch as that's really only the tounge weight if a trailer is attached. The tounge weight rating of the hitch is irrelivent as the lower of the hitch and car rating is the one you need to go by.

  • I have a '97 legacy outback 2.5 with 179000km, got several questions (point form):

    1 what is the minimum cold cracking amps needed for the battery, I have checked at a couple shops and I get conflicting asnwers

    2 when I'm at idle and turn something on, such as lights, or fans, it sounds like power is taken away from the engine, why does this happen

    3 I get about 26 mpg on the highway, can I do better?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Not sure of the cranking amps needed but I'd get as much as possible, more amps are better.

    As for the power you may need a battery or alternator if you are feeling the power loss when turning on accessories.

    26mpg is pretty good, driving with cruise on at a lower speed may yield better mpg but on a 10+ year old car 26mpg is pretty good.

  • asp46rasp46r Posts: 1
    Hi, Anyone know a good source for seat covers for a 2008 Base Outback? The interior is ivory white so I'd like darker seat covers to hide the dirt.
    Thanks, Tim
  • paulmanpaulman Posts: 10
    It's about 20-21 in city driving (suburban Pittsburgh, not the Rubicon Trail exactly). Anything I should look into, i.e, any tricks to improve gas mileage? Car has 110K and smells of gas in the exhaust when I start it. No visible gas leaks. Can I lean the gas/air mixture? Tires have plenty of air, brakes aren't rubbing, new plugs/wires, and bearings are smooth and greased. Thanks all.

  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    I have a 2006 OB Wagon and wound up going with aftermarket hitch and have had no problems. This hitch I had installed by Uhaul and for an addtional $5 they give you lifetime warranty on the hitch. On my previous OB I went with a Hidden hitch aftermarket that Paisan installed for me (I'm not that handy around cars :blush: ). I have never had a probelm either way.

    Are you ordering the car from the factory or picking it up from the lot? I know when I got my 06, the dealer quoted me around $500 to install the hitch and wiring (I was picking it up from the lot).

    Good luck!

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You may even want to get a 2" hitch receiver only because it's more universal.

    Just don't exceed the max tongue weight for your vehicle, which is usually 10% of the max tow rating.
  • Hello,
    I am interested in a 1999 Subaru Legacy GT AWD... I was wondering if anyone knows of problems or mishaps with this certain car?

  • deblsdebls Posts: 6
    I bought this car used and it had 1 keyless remote. I bought another one from a dealer. After about 2 mos. it does not work. Tried changing the batteries. I think it may need to be programmed again. Does anyone know the procedure?
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    I had a 98 I just sold after 138K and replaced with an 08 OB. Watch for oil leaks, the seals tend to leak with age and Subaru eventually changed the gasket material in later years. Some people have had head gasket problems but not mine.
    Otherwise mine was pretty bullet proof, only other major work was the a/c but that was my fault as I had a fender bender which I think caused a freon leak which then damaged the compressor. The power radio antennas needed replacing twice too(had an ext warranty otherwise they aren't cheap)
  • deblsdebls Posts: 6
    I recently purchased a 2nd key fob and the dealer programmed it for me.
    It has stopped working and it is not the batteries. I think I've read where these can somehow become unprogrammed? Anyway I was wondering if anyone knows how to program this so I can try it.
  • I'm not sure what to do, and I don't have a whole lot to spend on it at this point. I've got a 1990 Subaru Legacy, it's been a great car, but all of a sudden things seem to be happening! The worst is that over the past couple of weeks it seems to be having a problem with accelerating and power. Especially when it's cold. Once I've been driving for awhile, it's better, but still kinda rough. I've replaced the spark plugs, and the air filter, I'm about to try some fuel injector cleaner. I'm a single mom, with three teens, and I really need my car!! If anyone has any ideas about what I could do, I would really appreciate it! Thanks!!!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hmm, I'd replace the fuel filter, plug wires.

    Could also possibly be any one of a number of sensors or even the alternator.

    It is almost a 20 year old car, and sometimes it can be difficult to track down a problem like that.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If those don't work the next thing to try would be the ignition coil (that addressed an issue with my Forester) or a professional fuel injection cleaning service (that fixed our Mazda 626).
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,346
    The instructions for my 2000 Legacy were in the Owners Manual, otherwise, try this site:

  • Yes, next will be the fuel filter, maybe the wires, beyond that, I think she's had a good and productive life, and it might be time to let her go. :D Thank you so much for advice!

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