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Subaru Legacy/Outback 2005+



  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Then yes, it has the TPMS system. Again, you can use 16" wheels with it, but you either have to ignore the TPMS warning light on the dash or put stems in it. I will have the same issue with the 2010 Forester I am picking up in a couple weeks. I purchased a used set of 16" factory painted steel Subaru rims off a 2007 Forester model (got a screaming deal on them, too!) to use with my studless winter tires, but I will not put TPMS stems in them.
  • yea, i thought i had a 2.5i non-basic. I'm not going to spend any money on a new set of monitors, so i'll just deal with it. i drove around in my passat without the use of windows and other conveniences like that so i think i can deal with a light on.

    I was going to get a 2010 forester or outback because i get a good discount as a ski patroller, but i found an 07 for $12k. that's a big difference in cost, eh? i'm going to drive this one for a while and get a diesel in a couple of years when they come out.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    $12K? That's fantastic! If it was well-maintained during its previous life, you should have a great car and it probably won't lose much value over a couple of years. I am not sure where you are located, but around here one would probably pay close to $6K more than that for an '07 Outback 2.5i.

  • has 78k miles on it...but other than that, it is perfect. a couple of tiny scratches and that's it. the inside, engine and bottom of car all look like the cars right off the showroom floor.

    I'm in asheville NC and my options were 2005 2.5's with 50-60k miles for about 15,900 or 2006-2007's with about the same mileage for $16k-19k. In fact, i found another 2007 like mine with 95k miles for 13,900 and another with 87k miles for 14,500 so i went to a town only about 10 miles away and found mine. The problem here in asheville is that everyone wants a 2005+ but no one wants to get rid of them unless they trade them in on a new one so there are very few used ones around. so the dealers and car salesmen go to auctions Florida and buy as many as they can find.

    my plan is to keep it in great condition and trade up in a couple of years. i will only put about 5,000 miles on it this year. My brother got an 05 with 50k miles on it a year ago and is already at 69k and we joke that even though mine has 78k miles on it, he's going to hit 100k way before me.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Must be all trip miles.

    At your slower pace eventually it'll even out.

    Congrats. Great price indeed.
  • is anyone able to enlighten me as to why my Subaru Outback Wagon 2005 LL Bean would now need a new Body Integrated Unit and Instrument Cluster?My car has less than 90,000miles on it. I am not a very happy camper.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Unless there was an electrical surge or some oddity that shorted the unit, I do not know. It is rare, for sure.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    You aske why this might happen - let me ask you some questions...

    Was your car ever jump-started?
    Was an aftermarket stereo installed? (or any other non-subaru electronic device)
  • fsrphfsrph Posts: 3

    Looking at buying a 2005 Legacy GT wagon as a 2nd car. It has a lot of the features I'm looking for. However, I really dislike the stock 45 profile tires. Too low profile for me. Does anyone know if I can replace the stock 45 profile tires with one with a higher sidewall? Maybe 55 or 60 profile? Thanks.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Not unless you put a smaller rim size on the car so that the overall circumference of the tire remains relatively constant. There is not a lot of space in the wheel wells, so increasing the sidewall height from 45 to 55 or 60 (all other things remaining constant) will increase your tire's diameter by nearly two inches for 55% profile or over 2.5 inches for 60%. I assume this car has what, an 18" rim on it? It should be able to handle 17" rims, though it may have an oversized brake caliper that could preclude smaller sizes such as 16" (which will fit on other '05 Legacy models such as the L, Outback, etc).
  • Hmm- is it the look of the tires? I run Michelin Pilots on mine at a width of 225. It gives a slightly less agressive appearance w/better contact/traction. The ride is also better than the stock BF Goodriches- but more expensive as well.

    If you are looking for a softer ride you may want to skip the GT altogether as it comes with a sport-tuned suspenion (versus non GT models). I wouldn't buy an Outback and throw 45 series performance tires on it, so I am not sure doing the opposite to a GT model makes much sense either...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You may also have clearance issues in the wheel well.

    Make sure the overall diameter stays within 3% of the original. That's the industry standard, and 3% isn't much.
  • Stock Legacy GT is a 215/45R17 IIRC. The Legacy 2.5i is a 205/55/16. I don't know if the brakes are a different size between the two or not. You can always use the tire size calculator or the tire rack one to find the appropriate size.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    24.5 - 24.6" on 215/45-17
    24.9" on 205/55-16
  • ncc4ncc4 Posts: 16
    I have a '07 Outback 4-cyl. with the 4 speed automatic and about 30,000 miles. I just did a "drain and fill" on the transmission and the oil smelt burnt, and was brown. I know that engine oil changes color with use, but I didn't think it happened with auto. trans fluid.
    I don't tow anything, and most of my driving is generally flat land commuting.

    Anyone know if Subaru transmissions tend to "burn" or discolor the oil, or am I headed for a problem!

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Note that 1.2% variance falls within the industry standard 3%. You have a tiny bit of wiggle room, but not much.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    No, that is not normal at all. Are you headed for a problem? Possibly, but I think it depends more on the conditions under which you drive, your driving habits, and how often you change the fluid. If it is brown, the fluid was significantly overheated at least once. Now you have to determine why.....
  • scottinkyscottinky Posts: 194
    this maybe a silly question, but is the rear seat area of this car on the small side? I am considering giving up my Odyssey for one of these, and I have two small kids in carseats. I checked measurements, and it doesn't seem to be much bigger than my wife's Jetta, which is somewhat tight in the back. I want a midsize wagon we wont grow out of in a few years.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    It's a little tight for carseats but much better for children (not in carseats). For a family of four, it is adequate. It is certainly not cavernous like the new model, but it is nothing like, say, a 2+2. Plus, it has generous amount of storage space behind the rear seatback. ;)
  • scottinkyscottinky Posts: 194
    its such a fantastic machine, I really want one, I just think I would miss the space the odyssey provides. Sport wagons are going the way of the dodo. I think I might run down to my subie dealer tomorrow and check out the wagons. I did test drive an outback and really liked it, but i do remember the interior being tight.
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