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Subaru Legacy/Outback Wagons Maintenance & Repair

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good idea. Keep us posted?

    -juice
  • bodhiviewbodhiview Posts: 7
    Just bought a 03 OB and starting at @ 65 and progressing louder at 67mph and increasing with each mph increase is a high pitch squeal to very loud at 72, 75 mph. When foot comes off petal sound stops, but starts/continues when foot steps down on pedal and is continuous when cruise control is in place. Dealer said it is probably AWD engine and women notice it more than men. Have there been other reports of this?

     I've always had Subarus since 1981 and this noise is crazy. Can't keep car if this can't be fixed as I use it for distance travel. HELP!!
  • bodhiviewbodhiview Posts: 7
    Just bought a 03 OB and starting at @ 65 and progressing louder at 67mph and increasing with each mph increase is a high pitch squeal to very loud at 72, 75 mph. When foot comes off petal sound stops, but starts when foot steps down on pedal and is continuous when cruise control is in place. Dealer said it is probably AWD engine and women notice it more than men. Have there been other reports of this?

     I've always had Subarus since 1981 and this noise is crazy. Can't keep car if this can't be fixed as I use it for distance travel. HELP!!
  • lorikentlorikent Posts: 1
    I am strongly considering my first Subaru purchase - the 2005 Impreza Outback Sport Special Edition. When researching this car, someone mentioned that the manual clutch assembly on Subaru vehicles seems to need replacing more frequently than normal. The Subaru warranty does not cover the clutch assembly, which has me a little worried if there are chronic clutch problems. Can anyone verify this or share some of their own thoughts? Would I be better off going automatic?
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    That issue was fixed with the 03 model year. The clutch on my 03 WRX has been bulletproof, and I haven't seen any complaints of other clutch problems here on the 03-05 models (plenty before 03 however). So I think you are safe to get a manual 05 model.

    Craig
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    If it's a continuous high pitched whine then it's the gears in the center/front differential (and this is fairly common). My 02 LL Bean Outback makes this noise, but it's barely noticeable. FYI, it's not a problem, it's normal. However, that's not much help if the noise bothers you!

    Craig
  • bodhiviewbodhiview Posts: 7
    Do you hear it at a certain speed and does it get louder? The dealer said it may be part of AWD and that in the past the tried changing the transmission but the noise continued and Subaru HQ's told him to stop. Thanks. Phyl
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    I think my car makes the whine at about 65mph and up, only when you press the gas pedal. It's like a real faint whistle noise.

    craig
  • bodhiviewbodhiview Posts: 7
    That's it. Does anyone else hear it and is it loud enough to bother people? Thanks. Phyll
  • jhuang76jhuang76 Posts: 9
    I assume the Subaru dealership you went to was Oldham? If you don't mind me asking, how was the service? Did they fix your problem to your satisfaction?

    Thanks
  • vetmatsvetmats Posts: 71
    I have the same type of whine in my '03 Outback H6. It's only audible when traveling 65 mph+ and when the gas is pressed.
  • bodhiviewbodhiview Posts: 7
    Is it bothersome to your ears? Would you have liked to know before purchasing th '03? Phyll
  • My 02 Bean high pitch squeal definitely comes from the fuel pump. The high pitch noise is there the day I bought the car and I traced it down to the fuel pump.

    Alland
  • alger1alger1 Posts: 10
    Yes, they did fix the problem. However, they did not call me to tell me that the car was ready. So I called them the this morning only to find out that the service department was closed today. After telling the guy on the phone that I hadn't been notified of the status of my car or that they were to be closed today, he took it on himself to locate my car, insure that the repair had been made, and wait for me at the service dept. for delivery of my car. Even though they failed to communicate, the one man saved them a real flogging... as I needed the car for the week-end.
    -Marty
  • mfsbmfsb Posts: 17
    Can anyone suggest a good place to get a cover for my 2002 LLB wagon? Thanks, Bill
  • lfdallfdal Posts: 679
    Wife's 03 OBW makes that sound, although it seems to have a narrower range. My 03 Forester also made the same sound, range was just different by a mile or two. Funny thing is my 04 XT doesn't make the noise at any speed. At least the speeds I've dared to drive at.

    Larry
  • vetmatsvetmats Posts: 71
    Phyll,
       I don't even notice it anymore. At first, it bothered me until I figured out that it was normal. I don't consider the noise loud enough to be an annoyance, and it ends up getting drowned out by either my radio or some wind noise from my roof bike rack.
       I still would have bought my Outback knowing about the noise. It's much more quiet overall than my wife's Accord!
  • snowbeltersnowbelter Posts: 286
    I recall the engine whine heard above 65 mph was traced to the Pinion Bearing/Gear Ring which at one point SOA was replacing, but not anymore. I recall it was considered an annoyance rather than something broken that needed fixing. Do an Edmunds search for "Subaru Pinion Bearing" or "Subaru engine whine" and you'll come up with some references. Martin
  • bodhiviewbodhiview Posts: 7
    Did search and in 2002 the note said they suspected SOA won't work on it anymore. I'll see and do more searches. Thanks so much. Phyll
  • rltrockrltrock Posts: 2
    I took delivery of a new 2005 Legacy Wagon only to discover that the cargo door is misaligned! This is causing the the stock spoiler to scratch against the edge of the roof, bending the plastic spoiler and scraping the paint off of the edge of the roof. I do not know what other problems will emerge from this -- such as leaking.

    I bought the car in New Hampshire, but am now living in New York City. My wife took the car to a local Subaru service to have this addressed. After fiddling with the spoiler, they said this problem is a manufacturer defect and that there is nothing you can do about it! They even told me I would have to deal with the repainting myself. In the meantime, they made the problem worse with a minor adustment to the spoiler -- not the real problem. I am very irritated.

    I was told that the Official SOA Presence on this forum (aka Patti) would be able to help me out. Patti, if you are out there, I can sure use your help.

    At this point I cannot recommend buying one of the new Subarus given this production problem and the attitude of dealers with respect to addressing these matters. It's a shame, in that Subaru has completely revamped the Legacy model to compete on the higher end and have a big marketing campaign to push these cars. The marketing people may have their act together, but production, quality control, and the dealer servicers are blowing it.

    Hopefully, Patti will be in touch with me. I will keep this forum (and other forums) posted of what happens from here.

    In the meantime, you've been warned.

    Ron
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