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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions

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  • stevekstevek Posts: 362
    Looks like the spurk plug wires for my 01 Legacy GT is strickly a dealer item at $150 or so. Looking for some better wires for less money. Just got a set of Accel performance wires (8.8 mm) for my 77 Firebird for about $60. No idea why a set of four skinny wires would be twice as much. Any suggestions? and I don't want to "make" my wires would like to buy a custom set.
    Thank you
    Steve
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    How fast are you going? All VDCs have automatic transmissions which will automatically upshift you to a higher gear if you are @ redline. The only time it can't upshift you is if you are @ redline in 4th gear which I doubt that with the gearing of ATs you reach on a regular basis! So just mashing the pedal won't hurt the VDC. I mash my AT subies pedal all the time!

    -mike
  • Mike, When I last touched the redline it was in second (I believe) dropping down from 4th at 55m.p.h.when I passed a truck on about a 15% 1/2mile incline. I glanced at the speedometer and the tach at about the same time...the time to return to my lane after passing was about 5 or 6 seconds and speedometer showed exactly 80 m.p.h. I did notice after hitting the redline the transmission went into a higher gear. As I mentioned I don't do this on a regular basis as I want to maintain my car as long as possible but I got tired of eating that exhaust, dust and debri thrown at me by that truck. Don
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Not a problem, I do that regularly, punch it and it downshifts to pass. It would only be a problem if for some reason the tranny didn't upshift soon afterward.

    -mike
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    It's on the outside on the '99 as well.

    Dennis
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sorry, sounds frustrating. You're doing all the right things, taking all the actions I'd take.

    Ask them to re-torque your wheels to 70 ft-lbs. Even the new rotors will just warp again if the wheels are over-tightened.

    -juice
  • Where is the external AT filter on the 95-99?
    Thanks,

    IdahoDoug
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    On the driver's side of the pan, above the drain plug.

    I just got off the phone with the dealer. The crimp in the filter was in the one o'clock position. It's still a mystery to me since the filter hasn't been touched since a new one was installed at 30,000 miles.

    I also noticed my previous dealer charged for plugs and labor on the 30K even though it's not required until 60K. I wish I would've known then what I know now. :-( My wife did the 30K at the time on impulse since she went in with the tranny leak.

    -Dennis
  • 1-800-SUBARU3. The dealer should have a record of your ongoing complaints and the Rep. can review them with the dealer to see what needs to be done. I'm sure they will find an answer for you. I'm sorry you're having such difficulty. When you call, please tell them that I asked for them to get involved.

    Thanks!

    Patti
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hey I checked out my factory service manuals for the SVX, while it's not the VDC, it should give some insight. It has some line-charts of what speed it shifts at in power and regular mode, based on what % of the pedal is pushed. The 2<->3 shift in power mode is at ~80mph. So when you hit that hard pass, it was normal for you to hit 80 mph in 2nd gear as it shifted to 3rd.

    -mike
  • flasksflasks Posts: 14
    Thanks for checking that out for me Mike..guess everything was working fine as it came right out of 2nd when hitting the 80m.p.h. and went into third. When I first bought this VDC I was expecting and prepared for sluggish but reasonable passing performance..it was the comfort and agility I was interested in. I'm not driving a car with Harley V-rod peformance but I am certainly impressed with the get up and go of this VDC 6 cylinder--one heck of an engine. With all the playing I've done going up and down the hills I did a mileage check today at fill-up and it came in at 25.9 miles per gallon..not bad! Don
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038

    V-rod? There's a Harley I'd own. Don't know that I could justify buying one... but if given to me you betcha. For near $20k I'm thinking Italian.

    On topic, that's pretty respectable fuel mileage Don especially if you like to tip into the throttle and enjoy the VDC!

    -Colin
    (600cc sportbike rider)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I found the chart while browsing the manuals cover to cover tonight and figured it would be interesting. That is great milage. I have pulled in 28.5 for highway milage on the SVX so far and around town with me driving mach1 light to light I get about 22-23.

    The H6s seem to really work well from 40->120+mph, it's just the initial 0-40 that is sluggish, probably due to the weight.

    -mike
  • stevekstevek Posts: 362
    Just ordered a set of Magnacore wires for my '01 Legacy GT and now looking for new spark plugs.
    I know of the NGK V plugs (I think that is the original plug form the factory, at least its number is the same as what is in the owners manual) and the NGK platinum plugs. I have heard about the NGK copper plugs and I am not sure it that person was referring to the V plug or that is a third option I have. I know platinum last longer but copper conducts better and I don't mind changing them every 35K or so.
    NGK web site was not much help, anyone knows about this?
    Thank you
    Steve
  • NGK copper V-Power -- BKR6E

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  • stevekstevek Posts: 362
    According to the book it calls for BKR6E-11, which sounds like the original plug from the factory was a copper plug
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,334
    I've gotten mixed messages about plugs. One Subaru service advisor said my 2000 Legacy had platinum plugs. I'll be changing the plugs this month so I'll finally find out. I expect them to be copper.

    BTW the last two digits of the NGK plug # -11 is the gap in decimal cm. That is: -11 = 0.11 cm gap. Therefore, it's already pre-gapped for most Subies. 8~)

    Jim
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    Subaru of America has had in the published specs for some time that various 2.5L engines came with platinum plugs.

    I've never seen a single one, whether built in Japan or Indiana, that didn't have copper NGK or Champion plugs from the factory.

    NGK = good
    Champion = not fit for your lawnmower

    You will want to change copper plugs every 20,000 - 30,000 miles for optimal results. They're cheap and easy on the flat four though, so it's no hassle.

    -Colin
  • bsvollerbsvoller Posts: 528
    I always thought that the phase I DOHC 2.5 had platinum plugs and the phase II SOHC 2.5 switched to copper, presumably because access to the new heads was better...

    Because not all models went to the new engine in the same model year, there is some confusion as to which model uses what kind of plug.

    No ?
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,334
    Brian, that's the story I heard. So did any of you with DOHC engines have platinum plugs?

    I'll be changing to NGK BKR6E-11 copper plugs. If I find this first change to be a total PITA, then I'll consider platinum next time.

    Jim
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