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Subaru Legacy/Outback Wagons Maintenance & Repair



  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,507
    Well juice, I did not make it to the 0.25 million mark. ~220,640 at the time of its demise:

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,674
    Whoa! What happened??? Anyone hurt?

  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    And what is that piercing the driver side of the windshield? Looks like a nose dive then flip and roll?

  • ebony5ebony5 Posts: 142
    So sorry to see the above, one less fellow '96 on the road. Just hope everyone is okay. I could pickup the '96 milage mantle but my OBW only has 89,000 miles. I am sure there are others out there with more. I will still be addressing questions to you knowing you had been there before me.
  • mitzimitzi Posts: 2
    My brother just replaced the engine on our 99 subaru outback with a newer engine. The newer installed engine ran fine previously. He has been working on cars for years and has never run in to this problem.
    The problem is, it will crank, but won't start.
    Does anyone have an idea of what it can be?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,507
    And what is that piercing the driver side of the windshield?

    Ah, that is just all the pieces of the front bumper assembly that were picked up from the scene.... seemed a convenient place to put them. :blush:

    Basically, another driver forced me off the road, we went down a short embankment where the nose dug in and spun us left, then it rolled over. From the damage, I almost think it did a pirouette about the nose as it came over, but it felt quite "soft" while it was happening. No injuries other than a about a dozen minor cuts to my hands as I exited/navigated the vehicle - my passenger has a small cut on his knee from a zipper on his pants. I was able to get his door open and get him out, so he did not have to crawl through all the glass. Considering the event and the damage to the car, we came out of it as best as possible. For that I am thankful.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,507
    Well, assuming that you did not dig into the newer engine at all (so no question about whether timing is off, etc), it might be a sensor compatibility problem with the 99's ECU. You might consider replacing the timing and knock sensors on the newer engine with the ones that were on the 99's engine.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Considering the event and the damage to the car, we came out of it as best as possible. For that I am thankful

    No doubt! Glad you and your passenger are ok, and kudos to the cabin for keeping you safe!

    Was the other driver celebrating New Year's while driving?

  • Hi,

    I have a 2000 Outback Limited and over the last few weeks I have noticed and odd smell-like burning rubber and Cilantro. It appears to be coming from the front passenger side tire area. I had new tires put on a couple of months ago and not sure if this is causing a problem or if it something else. I would appreaciate any info or insight. Thanks.
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,348
    Wes, glad to hear you and your passenger are safe! Cars can be replaced, but still, it hurts to lose a reliable vehicle.

    Is this the one that you replaced the head gaskets on about a year ago?

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Your front right cv joint/boot/axle. Fairly easy job for a mechanic to replace.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Another 96-99 Green wagon rolls....

    Ask Hypov about his roll, similar results everyone walked away.

  • jhurtjhurt Posts: 2
    Hi all,

    I hope you can give me some advice on this, I have a 2005 Outback wagon with less than 30k on it and just recently put in a remote starter (not done at a dealership). The tech who installed the starter indicated the one thing to be careful of was that if the heater is on full blast when the engine is started remotely the system will sometimes blow the fuse to save the "blower." Well of course this happened... I think.

    When my car is started and the climate control system is activated it works perfectly fine in that I can tell it is on and that I can manipulate the settings. However, I don't get any air/heat because the fan is on to blow heat into the car. The climate control screen show the level it should be blowing at but there is not air being sent into the car.

    I'm thinking the fuse on the fan was blown but when I checked the two fuses on the car that indicated "blower" they were both fine. Has anybody ever had this problem or does anyone no if there is another fuse I can check that deals with the climate control system?

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Often there is a blower relay. Interestingly though I'd think the climate control would not put the blower on full blast initially, my climate control on my Trooper knew there was no heat in the heater core and would not pump up the fan until the temp rose on the temp gauge.

  • Spent $2k in 70,000 miles on brake driven in very normal fashion...can't keep rotors from warping...all work done at vrs Subaru dealers with oem parts. Dealers suggest being a little easier on the brakes but am very certain car is driven within very normal limits....feeling is that the rotors aren't up to the task

    anyone have similar experience or a solution....upgraded rotors? brand? style? (slotted???....drilled???)
  • I am having the same problem with my 2000 Outback wagon. Had the rotors done about 2000(?) miles ago if that long, everything was fine for a little while, and now it's shaking again. I drive normally, don't live in the mountains or anything that should be causing this. The garage said it comes from braking after driving through water (puddles) but we are in a drought so that hasn't happened very much. Wish I had a solution but if anyone does please let us know!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Also have they lubed/checked the slider pins and/or for a siezed caliper?

  • Find a repair shop that can cut rotors "on car". I'm a tech in a Ford store & that's all we are permitted to do per Ford. What that does is take care of any runout in the hub and rotor and will fix the warping problem for good.
  • I would suggest you also look at the following:

    1) Overheating from driving technique. Cars with automatic tranmissions are especially susceptible since the brakes are the primary way the car is slowed down. Riding the brakes excessively on long downhill stretches would fit into this category.

    2) Dragging brakes from stuck caliper pins. Subaru caliper pins can be lubricated; this should be checked to make sure the shop did this.

    3) Excessive torgue of wheel lug nuts -- Most garages torque the wheel lug nuts on a Subaru the same amount as they would a Ford F-350.
  • I just purchased a 2007 OB and noticed after driving it home that moisture, a mist, has formed in both front headlights. Think of the mirror in your bathroom after a shower. The mist has been mostly to the side of the center of each headlight although the exact area and size of the water varies. The moisture seems to disappear overnight while the car is parked in the garage. Water doesn't seem to be leaking into the headlights after driving in the rain or washing the car. The Service Manager has seen the moisture and noticed something similar on another 07 in their shop which he looked at while I was there, but had never seen this problem before. He has a call in to Subaru for suggestions, and is wondering where the moisture came from, as am I. I will be calling Subaru myself to start a case to make sure there is a record of this for the future.

    Anyone else come across this problem?
  • Thinking of buying my first Suburu. Live in Colorado, and am sick of geting high-centered on my old Corolla! Wife likes Outback vs. Forester. Can any of your pros tell me how the Outback does in lots of loose snow (i.e. 12 inches or so)? And I see lots of electrical comments in these forums on Suburus and water/snow. Is there something I need to look for? Finally, any idea what a very good price would be on a 2007 basic? I've been shopping but can't get anything below $20,000 before taxes and title. Thank you!
  • garandmangarandman Posts: 524
    Can any of your pros tell me how the Outback does in lots of loose snow (i.e. 12 inches or so)? And I see lots of electrical comments in these forums on Suburus and water/snow. Is there something I need to look for?
    There are scattered problems on the 05+ but on the whole they are quite reliable.

    The stock tires on the 05 and 06 OB's (Bridgestone Potenza RE92A's) were poor in rain and very poor in snow. I understand the 07's have a different tire but it's likely to be a similar OEM A/S. With the right tires an OB can easily "plow" 12 of light snow. In fact while the official ground clearance is 8.4" the actual clearance down most of the center is closer to 10".

    Does the basic include the Limited Slip Differential on the rear axle like other Outbacks?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,507
    Does the basic include the Limited Slip Differential on the rear axle like other Outbacks?

    It does. That was one of the "musts" I checked before deciding on that trim level. :D
  • I am considering buying my wife a new Outback 2.5XT wagon, I heard that the 08's will have some suspension changes and a few small body changes. This is our first ever Subaru so we are not certain what to do. I hear the changes will make for a smoother ride! Oh also can anyone tell me how soon the dealers will take orders for the 08's? we live in Central Florida. Thanks.....
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Like he said 12" of light fluffy stuff is fine, dense slushy, packed heavy stuff, and you'll spin all 4 of the wheels as you'll essentially be high centered, same goes for just about any other vehicle. snow tires can help though.

  • Thanks. So would you recommend an Outback over a small to midsized SUV in snow?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's going to be the same as just about any SUV in the snow IMHO. The keys for snow traction are ground clearance and tires. With tires being the more important one. Get a good set of snows on an OB and it'll do just as well as most SUVs in most situations.

  • garandmangarandman Posts: 524
    Thanks. So would you recommend an Outback over a small to midsized SUV in snow?
    Well, I've owned three, so yeah.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,507
    Me too. Really, the only thing being given up by choosing an Outback over a small/midsize SUV is seating height. In place of that, though, one gains easier access to the top of the vehicle (very important for me, as I frequently use my roof rack), lower center of gravity, a better AWD system, and the Outback has more floor space in the cargo area than many small SUVs, even if the total cubic space is similar or even less.
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    With a set of 4 good snow tires the OBW will go through 12+" of loose snow (I use Bridgstone Blizzaks on a set of dedicated wheels). Have plowed through 22" of fresh snow with no problems (had to clean the snow out of the lower grill opening when I stopped ;-) :P

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