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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions

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  • w8ifiw8ifi Posts: 78
    You are right there Steve. On some cars I've had there was quite a bit of clearance between the hood and the HVAC intake allowing air from the engine compartment to flow over the grid. Even then it's a rare occurance, with snow consistency, humidity, temperature , wind direction,speed all just right for it to happen. I don't have a garage and every time I turn my back my two cars have a contest to see how many pine needles, maple seeds, pollen particles, seed coatings they can store in that air intake. The squirrels are always circling around.(maybe they think I'm nuts?)
    Jim :confuse:
  • w8ifiw8ifi Posts: 78
    Yeah,....I've done that too...

    Jim :)
  • w8ifiw8ifi Posts: 78
    Does anyone have any recommendations as to a reliable, reasonable Subaru new parts supplier? I see I have "subaruparts.com" in my favorites. I think some people on these boards have been satisfied with them. Any others that people have used? I might need a source and don't want to wait till I have a problem. Most local repair shops here just call a subaru dealer for a part and they aren't too eager to send them promptly. The dealer wants to do it themselves. In fact I don't mind having a dealer do it if I feel I won't get taken advantage of. The place I have had do work for the last 23 years just shut down. So now I'm looking at alternatives. Jim
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    allsubaru.com has been good for me.
  • w8ifiw8ifi Posts: 78
    Thanks Jeff.....I looked at both sites to see where they were located. I finally determined that they were located in Washington. I checked the area code on the fax number for subaruparts. Funny that neither site shows where their main office is located. It's not necessary cause I think they have warehouses in more than one location in the U.S.
    I would think that whoever designed their website would have given that some degree of importance though. Thanks again Jeff.....
    Jim
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    Jim,

    I think it is quite intentional. Most of these sites are medium sized dealerships that open up an internet store to move merchandise quickly and make some extra cash. They don't really want their traditional customers to know. How would their walk-in customers feel about paying list at the counter when they can use their computer from the local Dunkin Doughnuts and order the same item from the same counter at a 20-25% discount?

    Steve
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    Ran the OBW through a car wash (had to turn off the radio to lower the antenna). After several blocks remembered to turn radio back on. Antenna didn't come up. Hmm, that's happened before when it's been cold. Got home and parked in the garage. Used small screw driver to pry antenna up (done this before). Used a hair dryer to warm antenna up to hopefully dry out any moisture. Sprayed silicone on antenna. Turned radio off, antenna lowered just fine. Turned on radio, antenna didn't come back up. :cry:

    Previously followed the above steps with no problem. Time to buy a replacement antenna?? And where on-line to get one for a decent price?

    Thanks.

    MNSteve
  • w8ifiw8ifi Posts: 78
    Steve....
    Good explanation!!! Makes sense to me.
    Thanks!!
    Jim :)
  • w8ifiw8ifi Posts: 78
    If your garage is warm, I would just give it a few days to dry out a little more before I would replace.

    Jim
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Jim-
    allsubaru.com is affiliated with Carter Subaru near Seattle. (nation's #4 sales volume Subie dealer for '06, I think.) For me, I'd rather order online and pickup at the dealer than pay for shipping, but they can't let me do that and still give me their online pricing. Oh well.
  • I had a strange noise(between a whistle and a ring) behind my dash for a while. I thought it was my speedometer freezing or something. Well, it finally stopped, but when it did, I lost the illumination on the dash, as well as my tail lights. The tail lights still work when i use the parking lights. I've been told it may be a relay. Any suggestions?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've used 1stSubaruParts.com, and they even accepted Subaru Bucks as payment.

    Catch is, I'm searching now, and they don't seem to have the illustrations they used to have, so I'm not sure I'm getting the right parts. Weird.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Steve - my Miata's power antennae went bad and I just replaced it with a $10 whip antennae from Wal Mart. 5 years later I've never had a problem.

    -juice
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    Warm? Come on, I live in the frozen northland of Duluth, MN (just got 12.3" of snow, more today) :P And no heater in the garage. So far it has been 40 degrees several days last week. Still didn't work. :cry:

    I'm in no rush to replace the antenna as the radio still appears to have good reception. We'll see when we go down to the Twin Cities this Wednesday.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    Ask for the parts manager, and have a quiet, private discussion with him. I have received an approx 20% counter discount at both my Honda and Subaru dealer. I brought in a copy of the internet pricing including shipping on the items I wanted, and asked them to match. Both places agreed to special order items for counter pickup at comparable prices.

    I spent over $500 on the Subi (hitch kit, front deflector, security system upgrade), and better than $1200 (hitch kit, front deflector, cross bars, radio upgrade, cargo tray, etc.) on the Honda this way. Never be afraid to ask! You did it on the car, why not at the parts counter?

    Steve
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    And they always take Subaru Bucks on the spot.

    I may do that since I can't see pictures of the stuff I wanted on the on-line stores.

    -juice
  • I posted this on the "regular" board but wondered if any of the experts here had heard about it. We have had an '07 Outback iwagon for a month and it has started very slowly when temps hit the teens or below. Yesterday at a ski resort (we live in Colorado) my wife had trouble getting it to start at all. I had replaced the battery two weeks ago, fyi. I called the dealer and here is what i was told:

    1) A slower start is typical of Subarus, 2) they are aware of a problem Subaru's have at high altitudes starting, and hope that Subaru of America will issue a fix but so far they have not, 3) if it happens again, try starting the car with the gas halfway down, and if that doesn't work, all the way down (just don't pump). The dealer said they think it has to do with programming in the car's computer chip.

    Has anyone ever heard of this? I realize that since we live in Colorado we might be in the minority of owners to face this apparent problem. I wish I had heard of it earlier. Thanks.
  • zman3zman3 Posts: 857
    I actually tried that with my local parts department, but not the parts manager. They would not budge off of list price. Their loss.
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    If this was a widespread or known issue, I am sure we would have heard about it here (especially since there are tons of Subarus around ski country in Colorado), but yours is the first case I am aware of.

    The highest I have had my Subarus was 4850ft elevation, not nearly as high as the ski areas in CO. But at that elevation I never noticed any issues. Maybe some folks with higher elevation experience can chime in.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Good idea, Steve. I should do that.
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