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  • pattim3pattim3 Posts: 533
    Mike - the dealer should be able to order the shims now. If not, call us at 1-800-SUBARU3 and our Rep. can straighten it out. Since the information was just released, it just may be a lag in getting it to the right person at the dealership.

    Hugo - the squeel that this shim addresses is different than what I remember about your's. Also, this was something we were hearing about in the Legacy models with some frequency. I'll double check your case and see if anything can be done on Monday.

    Thanks!

    Patti
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    BG - KenS took some pictures of stock vs. Hellas vs. Philips Vision Plus and the Vision Plus were slightly brighter.

    Ken - Any idea what post your headlight comparison is? I would be interested in seeing it again because I'm considering upgrading my wife's OB lights as well.

    Dennis
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Here you go...


    Vision Plus vs. Stock:

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    Vision Plus vs. Hella Premium:

    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1013602&a=7966143&p=33242600">

  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Thanks. Can you tell a difference in lighting distance on dark highways?

    Dennis
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Dennis,

    Most definetly yes. I don't think the photos do the bulbs justice. The Vision Pluses are noticeably brighter and illuminate farther than regular H4s. The beam cut-off seem to be sharpter too. Those, in conjunction with my fogs, have been great for driving through the Sierras on moonless nights.

    Ken
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,019
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  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    in the fogs as well?

    Oops, I think this should've been under Modifications. Oh well, at least we're not discussing Potato recipes. ;-)

    Dennis
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    don't forget that those are H4s in Ken's Forester.
    Your wife's OB uses the same mediocre HB(?)s as in my '98 OB, and I don't think you would get the same result Ken got. Hence, the HID route which I took.

    -Dave
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Owner's manual says HB5/9007. Is the wattage different?

    Dennis
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    nope, the wattage are the same 55/65
    I bought a pair of "xenon gas charged" bulbs and they looked to be brighter but still can't compare with my mom's OBS. Them OEM H4 threw better light than the OB's OEM or the new bulbs I'd bought.
    Drove my OB on the Palisade (night) a few weeks ago and I think I out ran the HB5 @ 50mph :-)

    -Dave
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    The bulb design influences the light pattern quite a bit as Dave mentioned. The H4(HB2) I have on my Forester are known for good lighting patterns. Here's a great website with more info:


    http://lighting.mbz.org/tech/info/bulbs/bulb_types/


    However, upgrading your bulbs even with HB5s can make a difference. Certain bulbs (ie. Hella Premiums, Philips Vision Plus) use designs that allow the filament to burn a little brighter than stock.


    Ken

  • Greg,
    The manual for your Toyota will have the torque specs for most things in a section in the owners manual. Almost every import does this.

    Joel
  • I own a 1998 Subaru Outback, 33,000 Miles - the original Michelin tires are nearing the end of their useful life, I am looking for a good four season touring tire that can give me a longer life but not alot of road noise - any suggestions from others out there?
  • I have 2001 outback wagon manual with 12,000 miles and I just recently started getting the clutch chatter on cold mornings. It happens between 1st and 2nd mostly when driving slow. The clutch is having a hard time engaging and I am irritated since my car is relatively new. Does anyone else have this problem this early and what can I do about it to get it fixed by Subaru? I am not willing to accept that I have to start in 2nd gear or apply more gas. Thanks for any help.
    z
  • pattim3pattim3 Posts: 533
    is to bring it into a dealer and have them take a look at it. Once they know what is wrong, they can determine what can be done for you.

    After you do that, if you have a problem, call us at 1-800-SUBARU3 so we can look into it for you.

    Thanks!

    Patti
  • mrk610mrk610 Posts: 378
    Hello everyone Ive been so busy with work and school that I was finally able to take my car in for service. They road tested it and they found nothing wrong with it .The service rep even let me drive another car there and it did the same thing . So I guess its just me . He also said that I should wait untill 3000 miles b/4 changing the oil .Due to the fact that not ever engine breaks in the same way. I asked him about metal shavings from the milling process and he said that subi engine blocks are bathed after the process so there are no shavings left . Kinda confused about that statement .Ohh by the way my car lost its virginity last week in a parking lot .Some ##$$%%^^%%$$# hit the lower rear dr side door cladding and left a srape about 3 " long right down to the black plastic.Also left a deep scuff mark on the alum wheel . Omly had car little over a month and only has 1200 k on it boy was I pissed off .Thanks for letting me vent .

    mike k
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Thanks again for the headlight info. I'll have to make sure I can return them if I'm not happy.

    mike k. - You can't go wrong in following the owner's manual when it comes to oil change intervals. A lot of dealers have you in more than you need to be.

    Dennis
  • patdadpatdad Posts: 9
    Hi,

    Last year I ordered filters and accessories from Darlene at QSubaru in TN. Now that I'm need of additional supplies I find that the phone I had for Darlene is disconnected and the link I had for her website is also dead. Is Darlene's dealership still in business? Is there someplace else reputable to mail order parts at a good price?

    Thanks for your help.
    Jim
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Thanks. I did not see the info in the owner's manual. Probably my old age, I'll check again. As for torque, went to Costco to have my tires installed and they had a chart on the wall indicating wheel torque specs for all cars. My OB was rated at 72 ft/lbs and the Sienna at 77 ft/lbs.

    BTW - rotated my OB tires this weekend and waxed the wheels to boot! I feel good now. :)

    Greg
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Darlene cannot order parts. The dealership owners is in a financial mess, has not paid the bills.

    I have been waiting for 15 days for subaruparts.com to process an order. Jeez, take my money, guys. Just sent a follow up message today, we'll see.

    I contacted another source, but prices were 10% higher, almost retail. Doesn't seem worth the bother if I can get similar prices from my dealer.

    -juice
  • axialaxial Posts: 1
    Hello, all. My first posting re: first Subaru, an '01 LLBean, 1200mi now, (btw, purchased after *many* hours of reading your comments here, thank you! Sister in Canada bought 99 Forrester right after me).

    Am I correct that the brake squeal problem you're mostly referring to goes away after the first few minutes/miles of driving? Mine continue to squeal, although more quietly, even after 1+ hr of around-city stop&go driving. Should I have this checked prior to the 3K service?

    Second question: rev. speed when car first starts in morning. Can this be adjusted to be lower? Mine goes up to approx. 1500 and slowly drops down to somewhere under 1000 as it warms. I'm usually wanting to get a move on so I sometimes tap the gas pedal to make it settle down faster before putting it in gear, but then the guilt gets me. Should I just learn cool my jets, not the car's? Feels like putting it in gear with the engine revving is not a Good Thing.

    Sheila
  • vincer2vincer2 Posts: 97
    For those of you that have been plagued with engine pinging in your 2000 or newer Legacy/OB good news is finally available.

    An engineer from Fuji was in the USA last week and drove my car. After the car was consistently pinging he swapped computers with one he had in his briefcase. (Identical computer but with a different program). The pinging stopped and has not reappeared. Under speeds and driving conditions that previously resulted in heavy pinging now result in a few brief pings and then it immediately stops. You really need to be listening to detect these few brief pings.

    The revised program is still undergoing final testing. Since the program mods do not impact vehicle emissions it does not need to be re-certified by the fed'l govt. The program should be available thru SoA in a few weeks for downloading onto ecm's of cars that are experiencing similar problems.

    It sure is nice to finally be able to drive my OB with a quiet engine.

    I'll also cross post this in the Legacy/Outback forum.

    Vince
  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,924
    I have a question for you, in reading the posts here it would appear that Mobil one has aquired a reverence that borders on mystical.

    My question is this,is Mobil one so good? I know a while back you said you were using Syntec because it was cheaper than Mobil one but that you would use Mobil one if the cost was the same.

    The reason for my question is this, I have always used Syntec or Quaker State since Mobil one was not available around here except at some Esso service stations at vastly inflated prices.

    However our Canadian tire stores are now carrying Mobil one at the same cost as syntec and since the Gt is soon in need of an oil change I thought I would ask what are the differences since I intend to change to synthetic at this oil change.

    Cheers Pat.
  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,924
    Anyone who doubts that synthetic is superior to dino should install an oil pressure gauge in their car and then compare the two.

    On very cold mornings oil pressure is attained much sooner on synthetic than it is on dino,synthetic runs at roughly the same pressure whether cold or at full running temperature while dino loses pressure the hotter it gets which means a lot less protection for the bearings and such.

    I know a lot of people believe that as long as there is oil pressure you are good to go, but I believe that a higher running pressure means a better film of oil between the bearings, if any pressure is good enough why do all the high performance engine builders insist on high pressure high volume oil pumps?

    Cheers Pat.
  • Juice,

    Check post #3020 on this board for a suggestion. I have ordered parts from Lisa but have not yet received them. When I do, I'll post the results.

    Greg in IN
  • fudd2befudd2be Posts: 50
    Hi,

    I found a good parts source so far!! I ordered the 6 disc changer for by '00 OB for $396. That was the best I could find. I don't know their piricing on maintenance parts as opposed to accessories. Premier Subaru is the dealer. I ordered at 4PM on a friday and had it the following Tuesday. www.premiersubaru.com and the guy's name is Robert Alvine (ralvine@premiersubaru.com).

    As for the clutch chatter, I also have had that since early on on my '00 OB, and reported it before the wear warranty expired, but it happens so inconsistantly that they can never duplicate it. Patti can you help? I already have 33K, but the paperwork should show this being reported at around 12K.

    Good luck,
    Howard
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    I do not see a case in our system for you. 1st - When was it last into the dealership with a complaint? If it's been awhile, schedule an appointment. Once it is in the dealership, call us and start a case file. Let the Rep. who takes your call know that you are from Edmunds and that I asked to see your case. Note: I probably won't be able to actually "handle" your case - my job is a bit different from that.

    We can work with the dealer to see what can be done to help you.

    I look forward to hearing from you and I'm sorry you are having a problem.

    Patti
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Lisa's quote came nearly immediately, but her price was 10% higher.

    In the interim, I learned that subaruparts.com finally did process my order, 15 days later and after I followed up. But they said my parts would arrive yesterday, and they didn't. :-(

    -juice
  • The quote I received from Lisa was about 10% higher, except that when I inquired, I found that her quote included shipping--ending up a bit lower than subauruparts.com

    Greg in IN
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    In my case I included shipping for both. Good to hear that in some cases her prices are better.

    -juice
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