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  • andmoonandmoon Posts: 320
    I want to remove the crossbars when I am not using them but my wrx came with the rubber strips (4 parallel to the rails) that make the wagon look funny without the crossbars. I was going to do the hair dryer/floss removal but a tech at the dealer said the strips are glued on using an adhesive that is much stronger than the one used to glue on the 'subaru' lettering. He warned that the paint would come off with the strips. Has anyone removed these strips?
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    any codes where stored when it wouldn't start? I'll see what I can find out for you. FWIW - my test vehicle wouldn't start last Friday. I waited a bit and it did start up (it wasn't very cold). Our internal shop has been running test on it and they are coming up with everything being fine. So, I can relate to your frustration. I'll see if we can find out anything. Thanks for your patience!

  • You pressed the unlock button for over 3 seconds while the door was open, and the system is now in valet mode. Press unlock again for 3 seconds while the door is open - see owner's manual.
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    Rep., Deloria, today. She'll have a few questions for you. I'm sorry to have to bug you, but we'll need some more information for us to be able to thoroughly check this out for you. Please hang in there! We'll do our best. And, once again, I'm really sorry. I know it has to be frustrating for you.


  • jedzjedz Posts: 5
    Thanks Patti

    I'll wait for her call. And fill her in further.

  • stevekstevek Posts: 362
    looking ot get these for my '01 Legacy GT,

    any comments?
  • stevekstevek Posts: 362
    Continental ContiExtremeContact tires, they are 20 bucks cheaper?
  • leo2633leo2633 Posts: 589
    I have the ContiExtremeContacts on my '01 Forester. After 22 K miles, I am still happy with them. They grip well, wet and dry. They're good in the snow, and they are wearing well. I'd buy them again. BTW, Tire Rack was selling them for only $66 each (215-60-16) last spring when I bought mine. Last I checked they were up to $81.

  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775

    I followed your advise and ordered the Philips Vision Plus H1 bulbs from the site in England ( $32.20, included shipping. They arrived last night - within 10 days. Not bad considering overseas handling. They provided 3 for the price of two, making the per piece cost very reasonable. I view them one at a time, and they looked quite impressive on the garage wall, much brighter than the stock bulb. Tonight will be the formal road test.

    I was quite surprised by the condition of the OEM bulbs. The glass was still clear, but it looks like there has been tremendous tungsten displacement on the filament itself. High spots, thin spots, lumps. I guess that the gas filling is doing its job (redirecting evaporated tungsten back to the filament), but they didn't look long for the world.

  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    Tell me more about these Phillips Vision Plus H1 bulbs. Are these compatible with the headlamp bulbs on a '98 OBW?

    Just curious......

    MNSteve - another day, another few inches of snow, 33 degrees
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Sorry to hear that Steve, I think. Today it must have hit 45 or even 50F. Got out the hose and gave the cars a nice bath. Spent mucho time rinsing the undercarriage. As I have mentioned before, anyone with an OB should pay particular attention flushing under the rear bumper cover and the front quarter panel (from the front doors).

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Glad to hear that the bulbs got to you okay. I'm interested in hearing your review of their performance.

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    how did you make the temp. to get to 50F? What's your secret? ;-)
    Sure didn't feel like it in NYC yesterday :p

  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    to check out the new bulbs. Had to go help my folks this weekend, and we took the Ody.

    Steve - The current OB and Legacy GT use a 4 bulb system (Legacy L is 2 bulb), with the low beams using the H1 bulb. This is not a common bulb for headlights in the USA, but is a bit more common in Europe. European standards also allow a higher output for the low beam than our DOT. The Philips Vision Plus falls into that category. While it is still a 55w draw, differences in the tungsten filament promote a higher emission temperature. The light on my garage wall was distinctly brighter and more blue/white. How this will translate to real world illumination on the road is yet to be seen.

    I am afraid that I do not know what bulbs your older series OB use.

  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,552
    '95 to '97 = single H4 (9003)

    '98 to '99 = single 9007

    '00 to '04 = H1 low / 9005 hi

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    All 3 cars, boy the water was black by the time it dripped off the cars. Especially the wheel wells. I pressure washed the undercarriage to get all that salt off.

    Now Sandy is merely "dirty", I swear she needs a 2nd wash.

  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Don't know. Maybe it was me wishing for spring and desperately trying to rid the OB of all the salt from this winter. I didn't really know what the temp was, it just felt warm. Of course, after this winter any temp >20F is warm. :)

  • andmoonandmoon Posts: 320
    When my 03 wrx wagon turns sharp right while accelerating, I hear a clicking from the rear.
    Sounds like a trooper rear end without the limited slip additive. Going to dealer wednesday to have it looked at.
    Anyone know what type of limited slip the wrx has in the rear?
  • K9LeaderK9Leader Posts: 112
    The paint on the front bumper of my 2000 OBW Ltd. has started peeling over the past few months. It is doing it in several places, particularly along the indented line along the upper half, but in other places as well.

    The flakes that are coming off are the metallic titanium. Underneath is paint that is almost the same color, but not quite, and seems to have a "grainier" metallic flake to it.

    Does anyone know if that "grainier" paint is some sort of underlayer, perhaps a paint layer between primer and the titanium color layer? Or, perhaps, it is the primer?

    If the flakes are just the clearcoat flaking off, would the flakes look like I have described or would they actually be clear?

    I bought this car in March 2003 from the original owner -- the paperwork and a Carfax confirm that he was the only owner. But is it possible this is a replacement bumper (or the original that was repainted) and the new paint is now flaking off? He didn't tell me anything like that was done, and did not mention any accidents, and Carfax would not note any accidents that did not result in a title change (i.e., car was totalled by insurance). And, no other parts of the car show even the slightest indication of any accident, although it is possible something happened just to the front bumper.

    The rest of the car is in excellent condition. There are some chips in the rear bumper, but those are chips due to getting nicked or hit (teenage son and his Scout buddies loading and unloading gear into or out of the car) or along the edge of the unpainted black ribbed section, and not the same type of flaking as on the front.

    If the front bumper flaking continues, it will soon look pretty bad and will need repainting or replacement. But the entire layer of flaking paint would have to come off or be taken off or else repainting would not work. As for replacement, do the replacement bumper covers come already painted? Unlikely, but since all OBs have the titanium painted bumpers (before going to the monochrome look this year), I thought they might come painted.

    Any ideas or words of wisdom?

  • bkaiser1bkaiser1 Posts: 464
    that certainly sounds like a repainted bumper to me...the bumper on my old 93 626 is peeling just like you describe and it was repainted in 1997. It seems that body shop paint jobs aren't nearly as durable (on plastic anyway) as factory paint over time. Maybe your OB was involved in a minor fender bender that required a refinished bumper?

  • rob_mrob_m Somewhere North of BostonPosts: 813
    I lost the front bumper cover/air dam on my 99 GT to a tire tread on 95 a couple years ago. I paid to have it replaced. The replacement was almost exact. The paint literally peeled off on the first really hot day in the sun about 6 months after. Something to do with a prep step that was missed, the plastic degaussing and the paint letting go. Had to have it stripped and repainted. Sounds like a replacement to me.
  • lfdallfdal Posts: 679
    The newer plastic bumpers require both special prep and the right paint with additives to make for a lasting job, else you'll see exactly what you're describing. One of the complaints I had with my Forester is that the bumper paint was too soft.

    In this area, for R&R the bumper plus prep plus repaint is around 300.00, give or take.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Don: make sure the tires pressures match. Sorry if that seems obvious. You could just drain and replace the gear oil in the rear diffy, it's 75w90 IIRC. About one quart.

    K9Leader: very, very likely a re-paint. If you know the original owner, many body shops do offer a lifetime guarantee, so they might re-do it for you.

    My '91 Escort re-paint peeled like crazy, even my '93 Miata has a couple of small spots that are peeling so I have to take it back to the body shop.

  • I can't believe that people are still screwing this up- are they trying to cut corners by not doing decent prep work? Are they cheaping out and not using the necessary paint additives?

    It's not like this type of bumper appeared yesterday; I had a 1972 Firebird with a rubber bumper- I used an additive when I repainted it. The paint never peeled off.

    These bumpers have been around for over 30 years now; why can't people seem to be able to paint them properly?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    In the case of my Miata I think it was poor surface prep. The stuff is peeling off at the base of the doors, where water drains.

    With my Escort, it was just the clear coat peeling off.

  • zman3zman3 Posts: 857
    I thought I heard somewhere, totally unsubstantiated however, that the issue with paint nowadays is the EPA not allowing certain components due to pollution issues. Makes the painting process more difficult.
  • K9LeaderK9Leader Posts: 112
    Thinking about it some more, and taking confirmation from the posted comments, I concur that the front bumper is probably a repaint. Probably a replacement bumper taken from another OB where the titanium paint was just different enough (slightly different color and "grainier" or larger metallic flakes -- perhaps from an '01/02/03?) to need a repaint, and the repaint was not done properly.

    If the original owner will now admit to the replacement/repaint (and, therefore, acknowledging that he lied to me by withholding that info during the sale), I may be able to go to the shop that did the work, and maybe they will honor a guarantee. More likely, they will say there was no guarantee, or that it did not transfer when I bought the car, or that it was only good for X period of time (and, of course, it is now X+). Even beyond that, though, is that the original owner lives an hour away, so my dealing with whatever shop he used would be an almost long-distance affair. I'm not sure it is worth that headache.

    I have a shop locally that I trust, so I may take it there to see what they think, and see what it would cost to re-repaint this one (with appropriate prepping and stripping) as well as to paint a new one. Ah, another thing to add to the ever-expanding "To Do" list!

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Glad to know that the OB switched off the 9007s. My wife has them on her Jetta and they're horrid bulbs. The output and beam pattern are quite poor.

  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,970
    Is the time of year I hate the most, the weather is warming up so the salt laden snow at the side of the road is melting, so every time you take the car out every nook and cranny is hit with salt laden spray.

    Add to this above freezing is when salt does its most deadly work on the car, you might just as well drive it in the sea for about a month each year.

      Cheers Pat.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What we need is a good rain to rinse this stuff off.

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