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Subaru Legacy/Outback Wagons Maintenance & Repair



  • The Legacy does have two more horsepower than the Forester -- 175 to 173. I have the PZEV version that's sold in California and NY (and their border states). I've heard conflicting information about the 2007 PZEV engine: some say it's the same # of horses, some say less.

    I think the main rationale dual exhaust is primarily appearance/sound, as Ken alluded. My salesman said Subaru aggressively tuned the exhaust for 2007, and it is a lot throatier than my 04 Forester was.

    But perhaps Subaru also figured there'd be some sort of cost benefit to having dual exhausts across the line (all the 07 Outbacks have dual exhausts, too)? That seems counterintuituve since it would use up more raw materials for the parts, but maybe there's a savings somewhere in the assembly/tooling process?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's only Dual Tips really.

    If you look closely, it's single until it gets past the rear axle, then it Ys into the two sides. Same is the case with the Acura MDX and most other vehicles with "dual" exhausts.

    99% cosmetic

  • bitobito Posts: 5

    I recently traded in my '04 Forester and bought an '07 Outback Wagon (2.5i). The legroom felt a little tight during a 20 minute test drive, but it seemed OK. I then had to take a 2 hour trip. My kness are still mad at me. At least for me, the legroom is very tight for any extended drive.

    Does anyone know if there an aftermarket kit to extend your seat's track to give you a couple more inches of legroom? I know there would be a warranty issue, but it would be worth it. Or are there any other suggestions? I think I tried every possible seat and and seat back combination.

    Thanks in advance for any help or information.
  • I noticed that my rear view dimmer only dims the middle part of the rear view. It recently happened, and unless I move at a certain angle, I have a mixture of bright and dimmed lights shined to my eyes. Is this the leak that I have read about? Is there a fix where I can jog it about, to reactivate the outer cells back to function?

    Its an 02.
  • Thanks, I arrived at the same conclusion. The rattle seems to stop when the temp is above freezing. I can hardly wait for spring.

    Any ideas on how to get the water out?
  • Hi Dear Friends,

    First time post here because I just bought my first Subaru yesterday. It is a new 2007 Outback 2.5i Basic. I hoped it's going to be a fun ride but not 100% sure now :(

    Today after my wife drove the car for her work, I noticed there're several fresh drops of fluid at where it parked and the drops left a trace showing the car were backed out of the garage. Seems something leaking while the car was parked and was moving. – I am a little freaked since this is just the second day we own this car.

    The largest drop is about 2 inches wide and the fluid is in very light red or pink color. I used toll to sip it and smelled it – it has a stink odor. Do you know what it can be? What should I do next?

    Thanks a lot for your input.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Often time the dealer will need to top-off the trans fluid before delivery. Perhaps they spilled some and it's just risidual. Either way I'd have em check it out.

  • Hello,

    I drive a lot and hence opt to service the brakes myself... I did it many times (car now has almost 140000 miles) without problems. Today, I replaced front pads. One strange issue I'd like to learn how to solve:
    On the front left brake, the sleave arround the one of the two bolts that hold the caliper (in particular, lower one/one typically taken out to open the caliper for pad replacement) is stuck. Upper one and both on the right side operate properly. There was no problem in removing the bolt and replacing pads. However, I barely closed the caliper back and I am quite sure brake operation will be affected by this...
    I tried to apply pressure on it using small vice and have lightly pounded on it with small wooden mallet. No budge. I am able to move rubber part that surrounds the metal and metal looks good. Shiny, some silicone grease and no rust or damage.
    Somewhat interested in why this have happened... Extremely interested how to repair this issue. What is the proper procedure to get this unstuck?
    Any advice is welcome... :confuse:
  • Thanks a lot for your suggestion.

    Here is the following story - Next day I kept watching the leaking problem and it disappeared. It seems it is ok if the weather is warm or the engine is not cold enough. Then I left the car in the garage overnight. The next day morning, I checked the underneath ground and seemed everything was clean. Then I started the engine. Wula! – The leak re-emerged. It was from a place under the hood and close to the driver side(the steering weel?).

    Then I checked the leaking fluid and knew it is power steering fluid. I also opened the hood and saw the power steering fluid reservoir – seems it is a little bit overfilled.

    I already talked with the dealer to bring the car in the week after next to get an alignment problem fixed. Should I move the appointment earlier? Is it very big problem for power steering fluid leaking so that it has to be treated ASAP?

    Thanks a lot.

  • How do these TSB's work?

    As I continue to research this auto dimming issue, I find that there was a TSB for the mirror from at least 2000.

    Do these TSB's apply for replacement, even if the vehicle is outside of warranty? What exactly is the difference between TSBs and recalls, specifically in the repair scenario?

    Here is the TSB:
    TSB # 11 odel=Outback&style=VDC+AWD+4dr+Wagon+%283.0L+6cyl+4A%29&zip=08054&synpartner=edm- unds

    One thing, however, is that the TSB states a trouble shooting guide. I searched for the given item number, found no additional information. Does this mean its simply literature? Thanks in advance.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Well juice, I did not make it to the 0.25 million mark. ~220,640 at the time of its demise:

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    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: 8,391
    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: 8,391
    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: 1,346
    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?

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