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Subaru Legacy/Outback 2005+



  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    We used to have one on my Impreza L racecar:

    "You were just passed by a fat man, with an automtic transmission"

  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
  • I might end up tugging a relatively small pop-up trailer around a bit with the Legacy wagon. The trailer is supposedly less than 1800# dripping wet. The trailer has electric brakes. I was wondering if there were any BTDT installing a brake controller in a Legacy.
    The Prodigy and the Vally both came recommended, and they both look like they are about $100. I have no idea how much the thing is supposed to cost.

    As an update to previous questions, I'm going with Yakima Rider clamp things w/crossbars. I think one newer fork mount will go on each car, and one older (my bike has discs and my wife has v-brakes, so we need one new mount on each car to support the disc bike).
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The install on a non-brakecontroller ready vehicle (all subies) can be tricky, you need to run power to the controller, as well as to the hitch area.

  • Yeah, I saw the instructions with the wiring harness. The power part doesn't bother me so much, I am going to end up having to do it for the trailer light harness anyway because of the number of lights. I am worried about where to pull the brake signal, etc. for the controller.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I used the brake lights in the rear for the brake signal, but you could also use the switch for the brake light by the brake pedal.

  • Cool, what controller were you using? It seems like there are some that are like $50-70 and then some right around $100.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have the tekonisha (sp?) in my Armada, that plugged in directly to the wiring harness. I had a cheaper one in my Trooper that didn't have the builtin wiring harness (like the Subies) but that one was not an inursure unit, the Tekonisha was inursure activated and it's much better than the other one.

  • Cool, thats what I was thinking of too. Its kind of silly, the trailer is light enough and the terrain is flat enough so that I don't really need it to have brakes at all, but it already does so I might as well us 'em.
    The other guy tows it with a Focus wagon...
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Personally? on an 1800lb trailer I wouldn't bother with the hassle of hookin them up, it's a royal PITA to run the wires front to back, etc.

  • I was playing a DVD from a portable player in my '07 Legacy the other day and had an idea to plug it into the aux. port and play the sound through the car speakers. My player has a mini plug output, but when I plug it up, I cannot get any sound out of the car speakers. If I turn the volume up all the way, I can barely hear the audio track from the DVD player. Is there an adaptor required to play anything other than an IPOD using the aux. port? (I have no signal specs from the DVD player.)

    Anybody tried to do this?
  • When my son plays his ipod through the aux port, he has to turn the volume way up on the ipod so he can hear it through the car's speakers. You may just need to turn up the volume on your DVD player.

    You also need to "turn on" the aux in the car by pressing the aux botton.

  • I'll try that with the volume. I forgot to mention, but I was switching on AUX from the car stereo.


  • smittynycsmittynyc Posts: 291

    Almost guarantee it is the evaporator drain line for the AC. A known issue with the 2005+ Legacy model, multiple folks have had the trouble, usually after a fall/spring cycle of parking outdoors. How close are trees/shrubs to the car where you park? Debris builds up in the line and clogs, letting water overflow and drip into the passenger footwell.

    Water should be coming from the top left corner of the passenger footwell. If you look you can see the black drain line in that corner, which runs through the firewall and dumps out the water near the front suspension lower arm/exhaust.

    No real solution, all the dealer does is run compressed air through the line to clean it out.

    Why a Subaru, which portrays an outdoor image, can flood the passenger footwell from parking outside is beyond me.

    It could be as others have suggested as well, but I'd say they are far less common than the evap drain line issue. Let us know what it was!


    I know this was posted a year and a half ago, but I wanted to thank beanboy for his diagnosis and recommendation. My 07 Legacy wagon has the exact same leak, and my dealer's service department is very familiar with the problem. They say it's a quick ten-minute fix, so I'm bringing it in on Saturday.

  • I was making this harder than it needed to be. I was trying to use the "coaxial" output from the DVD player. All I needed to do was use the headphone output, turn the volume up and switch to AUX and the signal matches beautifully. BTW, the kids think it is great to have the audio through the car speakers. It doesn't bother me much for shorter trips to listen to Scooby, Dora, Shrek, Nemo, etc. since I know all of the dialogue from memory. :)

    Mike F.
  • feilofeilo Posts: 128

    Finally, after lurking on this board since 2000, I am formally an OB noobie - got a white 08 2.5i with 5MT over the weekend, ending a very happy (almost) 5 years with a chipped and lowered 1.8T Passat wagon. Its got the mats (they all seem to do), Conv Grp 2B, dimmer/compass/HL and short shifter (dealer install - still waiting got parts to show up).

    Been enjoying "real" motoring again with the 5MT after nearly 10 years with slush boxes and it takes a bit of getting used to especially here in the Chicagoland area. I have to say I'm really glad I got the 5MT as I have driven rental OBs with the 4ATs and frankly, I wouldn't pay $1k+ for a lesser driving experience.

    Well, I am looking for my 2nd mod (1st being a Momo knob I have from my Passat) which may well be a stiffer rear sway bar to cut the roll down.

    Be "seeing" you all here some more!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats! :shades:
  • stantontstantont Posts: 148
    Well, I've been lusting after a LGT since they came out in '05. I was about ready to buy something, but since the 08 wagons are all Outbacks, I wasn't very interested. Finally test drove an '08 OB XT 5MT last week, and fell in love. I expected it to handle pretty sloppy since it is jacked up about 2.5 inches over the LGT, but not so. Rather an amazing balance of ride, handling, road clearance; and big dips at speed are just gobbled up. Highway noise is in the Camry/Lexus range; you really NEED a cruise control to avoid tickets: 80 mph feels and sounds like 55.

    The driveline in my '02 Legacy L 5MT had a fair bit of rubber-banding, making it hard to drive smoothly at creeping traffic-jam speeds, but this thing must have hydraulic dampers in the motor mounts. Clutch takeup and off-idle are smooth as silk. My passengers would think I had an automatic.

    The car has just 550 miles, so no hard runs to redline yet; and mileage seems to be much better second tankful than the first. Though I don't expect to see credible numbers until maybe 5,000-10,000 miles.

    Question 1: the '08 car has 243 hp; I recall the '05's had 250. Anyone know when/why/how it was downrated? Maybe a smaller turbo to reduce lag? Maybe it's the new SI-drive system, but in Sport-sharp mode there seems to be no lag at all.

    Question 2: I assume the XT has its own suspension, different from the 2.5i or the H6 3.0. Is that so?

    If these questions have been addressed before, I apologize.

    Absolutely awesome car!!!!!
  • stantontstantont Posts: 148
    Correction: Q2 meant to ask whether the XT had different suspension tuning (springs, shocks, sway bars) than the 2.5i or H6 3.0.
  • feilofeilo Posts: 128
    The SS was installed yesterday at the dealer and its definitely a better shifting feel with it. Tranny still feels a little "spongy" but I am sure this will get better once I put more miles on the clock. Up to 200 miles since Saturday and am really enjoying the 5MT experience :)
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