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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions



  • mikenkmikenk Posts: 281
    At Costco yesterday in Dallas area, 93 Octane is $1.35, $1.25 for 87 octane. I have a WRX and VDC OB; everytime I pass Costco, I top up. The price varies, but the difference from 87 to 93 seems to be consistent at 10 cents. Not a big difference for me to achieve max performance.

  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Mike- Only a 10 cent difference between 87 and 93 octane? Around here "Plus" is usually 10 cents higher than "Regular" and "Premium" is usually another 10 cents higher than "Plus".

    -Frank P.
  • flasksflasks Posts: 14
    I posted the following message on another subject board but never received any definitive answers and perhaps this board can help.......
    Having glanced through and read many of comments in this section, I feel I've come to the right discussion area to get good sound advice. I have a 2001 OB VDC and living in the hilly area of Pa I find myself using the shifting settings with the gear selector for upshifting (I love it!) more and more frequently rather than just letting the tranny do it's designed shifting for me. My I going to upset a computer, a memory setting of somekind, or any other mechanical device by doing this? I rarely let the engine turn over 4,500 r.p.m.'s at any time even during passing. I am a mechanical idiot and want my car to last but I really like us the "automatic" as a "stick" shifter. All comments appreciated. I know that a stick shift would be more to MY liking but unfortunately this model comes only with auto and besides that, my wife refuses to learn to drive using a manual tranny. Thanks to all, Flasks
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Same here, a 20-24 cent markup from 87 to 93 is normal. The Costco closest to me does not sell gas. :-(

    Not sure about the tranny, I'd use manual mode only when I was driving aggressively. I don't think it's meant to be used all the time, like the new Shiftronic on the 2.5 GT models.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    on the other board. :)


    PS: I'm back to all ATs now :)
  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    Name brand is $1.559 reg, $1.659 Plus, $1.719 Super. Costco is approx. $.08 less.

    BTW, since switching to synthetics all around, I have not seen any major improvement in mileage. This may be attributed to doing more city driving with the AC on most times. Hopefuly as it cools down, I'll see improvement.

  • I have a 2002 WRX wagon with about 1600 miles. Most of the time I open the driver's side window, there is a LOUD squeaking sound, kind of like finger nails on a chalk board! Has anyone else experienced this? Solution?

    Thanks in advance. . .

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You can adjust the tracks, someone with an Outback did this himself.

    I'd let the dealer do this if you're still under the 12 month/12k mile adjustment period.

  • outback_97outback_97 Posts: 130
    reference msg 5667

    Mr. detailer - thanks for the feedback, i wish i had experiences this positive with the dealer you mentioned, but many times I haven't.

    It's been very inconsistent with them - in short, if i know what's wrong with the car and i tell them explicitly what to do, they have done an ok job. When it comes to diagnosis, i've been very disappointed. I've been misled and told very contradictory things by different people there. Simple things have been done incorrectly. Oh well, I guess your mileage may vary. Good to hear that you have had good experiences with them. I have little to no experience with the other dealers along the Wasatch front so I can't really compare. I guess that's a good thing; if one had lots of experience with dealers and repair shops it would indicate that Subarus aren't very dependable.

    Good to see another UT Subaru driver posting. There's tons of them out here.
  • celica115celica115 Posts: 169
    I have the same problem on my driver's windows. It happened to me after 12,000 miles.

    Juice, what do you mean by adjustment period? Don't they fix for you after 12 months/12k miles?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm not sure. They specify the 12 month period to adjust things like the clutch pedal height. It's a standard industry practice.

    You have the B2B warranty, of course, and that might cover the window seal. But read the fine print, B2B does not mean everything between the bumpers (think wear and tear).

  • hammersleyhammersley Posts: 684
    $1.36 for 87 proof, $1.56 for the good stuff (92) @ Costco, Spokane Valley. Everywhere else is about 7 cents higher. Not a big deal with the Subaru, but the motorhome's a different story!

    Finally bid good riddance to the anemic factory horn - NAPA had a Fiamm 120db for 15 bucks. Better, louder, but I prefer the airhorns on the work truck!

  • flasksflasks Posts: 14
    The only disappointment with my VDC Outback is the whimmpy horn. Can I replace this horn with a louder horn without upseting the computer or something else? Thanks a lot. Flasks
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Get some horns from hella. Check out Ken over there is great. You can just wire em up in parrallel with your stock horns.


  • jfljfl Posts: 1,346
    I've had a set of air horns, similar to p/n 85105 on the website Mike gave above, for eons.

    I'd love to install them on the subie but unfortunately, I can't find a good mounting location for then. There just isn't much room in the engine compartment!

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    2 sets of double trumpets on the SVX if I can find a spot to put em. :) If not I'll go with the other type of horns for the SVX.

  • Planning to take it to the dealer next month. Lots of squeaks, especially in front when turning/coming out of my driveway. Think they ran out of grease on my car!
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    I'm not sure if it's written anywhere, but dealers will fix or address almost anything, however minor (like squeaks), you mention in the first year or 12K miles. Of course, that excludes any obvious abuse-related problems.

    It's best to get little niggles taken care of early on.

  • mrdetailermrdetailer Posts: 1,118
    On an older car a just put in Engine-RX. Smoothed and quieted the older engine. They recommended a yearly application even on newer ones.
  • mrdetailermrdetailer Posts: 1,118
    Yeah, Utah is filled with Subies. Very popular here. I don't know about this year, but for the last 5 years there has been over 20% growth each year. It's no wonder that there are now 6 dealerships instead of two.

    Overall my best repair experiences have not been dealers, but former Subaru Dealership mechanics. Hope you can find a good one. I have found two.
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