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I am having a problem adjusting the kickdown cable after it was removed. Going up hill the car lose power and does not change right. On Flat roads runs fine. Is there a way to adjust the kickdown cable? Because before it was removed going up hills were fine.
95 Subarus use OBD2 scan tool. Why do people answer things with wrong answers? Some 1995 Fords use OBD2 scanners as well. Every Subaru owner knows this. Telling the owner of a 95 that they need an OBD1 reader is nuts. If ya dont know an answer why do ya say ya do?
The 2001 is the second generation of the Outback, but still very similar in those mechanics, but your problem sounds different. Mine makes clicking sounds when in gear with clutch depressed but in neutral does not even click. The reason for this is there being an interlock on the clutch, meaning you cannot start the car without the clutch being depressed. In that respect, the car is behaving "normally." as I ... Read More
Is the info the same in a 2001 outback? Mine makes clicking sounds when in gear with clutch depressed but in neutral does not even click. I can hear a very faint noise that sounds like a switch activating apparently near the passenger back seat as i perform the first part of the ignition turn, then as I turn to the part that should crank the starter I get the continous ... Read More
All car manufacturers switched to OBD II in '96. Any vehicle made before '96 is OBD I. off the top of my head I don't know where you can pick up an OBD I scanner
You didn't mention what year your car was, but I assume it is an early decade model also? Early Outbacks of this body series (2000, 2001 & very early 2002) had undersized brakes given the weight of the vehicle, and didn't stop as well as later cars. I drove a 2003 back to back with my 'first build 2002', and the difference was night & day. After that I upgrades with ... Read More
I can't remember exactly what caused the problem, but a significant number of Subaru Flat-4s suffered "catastrophic failure" on the 2001-2004 models! The 2005-present Flat-4 is rock solid reliable...the problem was definitely addressed and doesn't affect any models after 2004! Consumer Reports reliability ratings (based on data collected from owners) fully supports this- the 2001-2004 4-cyl Legacy/Outback are rated "Much Worse Than Average" in the 'Engine- Major' reliability category. The 2005-present ... Read More
This is NOT an unknown problem. There is a Subaru Technical Bulletin #03-52-03R That refers to this. Our 2001 Legacy Outback has had this problem intermittently for years. The pedal first stuck to the floor up at Tahoe, just like Ueyn described. It also gets worse at sea level when it is hot. Hydraulic clutches are nothing new but Subaru is the worst I' ve experienced. We had the clutch replaced ... Read More
I checked that light and it isn't burned out. I asked about fuel system cleaners at an auto parts store and got one to try. The man there said that many Subarus call for premium octane gas, so he suggested that I let it get really low, then add the cleaner with a full tank of premium and see what happens. I figured it couldn't hurt and buying one can of ... Read More
Help! I have a 2001 Subaru Outback. When I drive at highway speeds, my car will begin to shake. I can hear the engine working harder and it just rides rough in general. It comes on slowly and goes away slowly on its own. It seems to do this more frequently when I use regular as opposed to mid grade gas. In the last year, I have had my head gaskets ... Read More
..just like in the title: when i start my 2001 legacy in the morning, the power steering is quiet and smooth. after driving for a while i get a significant whining and some vibration in the wheel. any thoughts?
This is a long shot, but look for a loose or missing ground wire between the engine and the chassis. I forgot to put an engine block ground wire on a car many years ago and it intermittently ran very badly. A lot was removed in the process of replacing gaskets. Go over the engine and check every single wiring harness connector for a snug fit.
2001 Subaru Legacy L Since I had the infamous head gasket replacement, my wagon has had an intermittent problem where the car loses power momentarily and then comes up to original RPM. Feels like "missing" or stumbling. Tends to happen under load, I think. Quite scary on the freeway, sometimes misses several times a second, sometimes just once. I took the car in to the non-dealer shop that did my gasket ... Read More
hey, i have a problem with my car...i went to the auto shop to get a diagnostic for my 2001 Subaru legacy gt limited, and they said i needed to change my fuel pump, thus i did. when i changed my fuel pump, the car starts, but when i try to put it in drive it dies on me..After a few days, the auto store decided to rediagnose my car and ... Read More
First off hi to the Crew. Long time... My 2001 Legacy ran rather hot recently. Driving up a long grade with a full load of camping gear and 2 adults the temp gauge began to rise above "normal". Almost got up to the red area but not all the way to "hot". I was in 4th and turning 4+k and the outside air temp was 90. Never had this happen before ... Read More
I had same thing on my 2001 Outback 6 cyl. The AWD didnt' engage properly, at times not at all. On dry pavements it wasn't noticeable, but when snow came around, the car was horrible because it was Fwd instead of all 4. Had no lights on, no Transmission codes on, nothing at all. Well i did the research and made a guess about faulty solenoid, then decided to change Transfer ... Read More
I know this thread is ancient, but I had to make a comment. The 1995 Subaru IS OBD-II compliant. Obviously the Person at Advance isnt aware that some cars made prior to 1996 (the official year ALL manufactures had to be OBD-II compliant) were OBD-II compliant before that mandatory year. Seeings how I myself own a 95 Subaru Legacy, and own a OBD-II reader, I can vouch that it indeed is ... Read More
An additional question regarding the tumble sensor: Is there anything I can do to insure that after I replace these sensors they won't be damaged again. For instance, should I replace my air filter, spark plugs etc.? Thanks again, Bob Woods
Brilliant - dupe the next owner. We certainly need more folks with your mindset in our communities.
right on dswiss
As you probably know, it could be a whole lot of things (last but not least one of the many oxygen sensors). Here is a little tip of what you can do to sell or trade it in: Reset the CEL by disconnecting the positive cable from the battery and shorting it for a few seconds to the chassis ground. Then reconnect it. That way the computer is reset and the ... Read More
Have the oxygen sensors been replaced? If not, I suspect one or both may be giving a "false positive" on the catalytic converter. I assume you are getting the P0420 code, "cat below threshold." That code is generated when the oxygen differential between the fore and aft sensors is not great enough. As a result, the problem could be due to an inefficient cat, or it could be due to the ... Read More
First I'd try to reset just the light, see how long it stays off. If that fails I'd reset the ECU completely, see if that lasts longer. Then just trade it while the light is off. ;)
my 2002 Subaru Legacy Outback 149k has been giving me cel errors since 102k. Always passes emissions...have put in 3 cat converters...last one was "customized with a bigger biskit" Drove 149 miles turned it off for 5 days. started it up and light back on. car runs perfect and always passes emissions. Muffler shop is working with me but we can't tell what it is...last time it was suggested that it ... Read More
Do you recall the error code? P0400 something like that? These codes are merely reporting symptoms of a problem, not the actual problem itself. For instance, you may get a catalyst operating below an efficiency treshold error, but it could be a bad spark plug that doesn't burn all the fuel, so downstream the catalyst notes the presence of too much oxygen in the exhaust stream. The code does not mean ... Read More
I got rid of my 1996 in January because of the same problem and the propensity of garages to charge for things cars don't need. The dealership looked at mine under warranty way back when and could never find anything wrong with it. Several people on this forum have advocated to buy a scanner and then just clear the codes and the light goes out. But mine went back on after ... Read More
i have a 1995 lagacy L station wagon, my check engine light stays on all the time. I had it scanned and was told it was the air flow senser which is connected to the air filter box. I replaced it and still have the same problem. Anyone got any suggestions??? I'm at a loss. Thanks.
Last night the lights on my 97 Subaru Legacy GT were changing from dim when I was idling to normal when I accelerated. I could hear the speed of the heater fan varying, too. I checked the alternator output at idle and found it to be at approx 14.25 volts. When I turned on the headlights and heater at the same time however, the voltage dropped to approx 13.8 volts and ... Read More
Did you have engine overheating? Cracked blocks are rare. Gaskets fail and then overheat, and some times the heads end up warped. That's more common. I wonder if that's what your mechanic meant? Warped heads?
Have not heard of any cracked blocks in those generation engines. Head Gaskets, are a fairly common issue however. -mike Motorsports and Modifications Host
Has anyone had problems with cracked engine blocks? My husband and I have BOTH had to replace our engines due to this. We've maintained our vehicles very well, and have not abused our cars in any way. Both engines were replaced at about 60,000 miles, my husband's last December, and mine this month, when it hit, ironically, about 60,000 miles.
I posted last week that my wonderful 2001 Outback was totalled in an accident. :( RIP Little Subie. After looking at everything on the market and test driving a lot of vehicles, including the new Forester, I bought an 05 Legacy tonight. Leather, moonroof, 41K miles, loaded and just off lease. Family approved during the test drive. Hoping this will last until my son is ready to drive it (if I ... Read More
RIP indeed, the car gave up its life to save yours. We have an 09 Forester and love it so far. Our previous car was a 2002 Legacy, so yours would be a similar upgrade. I will say this - my wife prefers the Forester by a *wide* margin. To be fair it was a Legacy L, and this is a Forester Limited, but still, she likes sitting up high, visibility ... Read More
This forum was a huge help to me when I was car shopping in 2005. Read up on all the models and bought the 01 Outback. Over the years, it hauled my handicapped dad, his wheelchair, my arthritic German Shepherd, countless tents & Scouts and years of memories. On Monday I was in a 4 car pileup at rush hour. Front and back damage. Would be too much to fix, so ... Read More
Not to mention that the late 90's and on Subarus tend to run 180,000 -200,000 miles with no major problems - besides the funky external head gasket issue but in my case Subaru fixed it even with the car 40,000 miles past its warrenty. VW would never do such a thing. 150,000 miles on my 2001 legacy which has towed boats all over CA and seen plenty of nasty off road ... Read More
Unfortunately, my failure occurred on 2001 subaru legacy so I had to pay out of my pocket. I suspect the 2001-2006 all had similar problems with wheel bearings so please report to subaru and NHTSA. Hopefully, with enough complaints subaru will recall more models. Thanks.....
If you have had a wheel bearing failure on a Subaru. Please report it to the National Safety and Traffic Administration at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/index.cfm I suspect Subaru has a manufacturer defect that is causing the bearings to fail prematurely. My 2001 legacy bearings failed at 68,000 miles
I have a '95 Subaru Legacy Wagon that we bought new that has 160k miles on it. Had to replace the clutch under warranty within a few months of purchasing the car. Not wure why...maybe it was built on a Monday. :P We have replaced the clutch two additional times at about 70k miles each time, but apparently Subaru changed the clutch style in 2001 and the newer models are better. ... Read More
I have a compression gage and noticed the # 1 and #2 cylinders are not hitting at the same time. The #2 is compressing 180 degrees out as we manualy rotated the crankshaft. The firing order is 1,3,2,4 so the #1 and #2 should be compressing at the same time, right? If this is true then how do I make it so?
I replaced the timing belt and the LH and RH camshafts were turned. I want to be sure all is in order prior to cranking. Any ideas?
Hahahaha, now how is that for some confusion?! I actually wrote my question in response to a different poster (calimari). But, your problem does sound similar. My 1996 Outback used to have startup issues similar to these. For four years, actually. It was quite troubling at first, but once I figured out the triggers and the resolution, I could live with it. Let me recount the issue in my usual excess ... Read More
Well, let's see, I have this model, pictured here: http://www.obd-codes.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/25 It is an OBDII reader. There was OBD version I. Does anyone know when Subaru switched, and if an OBDII scanner will read codes from earlier models? I know that my Miata, for instance, is OBD v1, but it's a 1993. Maybe check to see if the port is the same on your 95 Legacy? Let me know. It's under the ... Read More
Hello there. I happened across your post and you just might be the only person who can help. I have a 1995 Subaru Legacy and the Check Engine Light has come on. I've gone to Advance Auto and have been told they can only read 1997 to current and the best price I received to have a mechanic read the code is $80. I really do not want to pay $80 ... Read More
It was common in 1998-2002 Foresters, and on some Imprezas, up to 2001 I think. Ironically the fix was to upgrade to the Legacy's design, so we even had the part numbers handy for Forester/Impreza owners. I haven't seen too many post 2003 Subarus with the problem, so let's hope it's an anomaly.
The head gaskets on my 2001 Legacy were changed in Feb 2006 at ~110k miles. It's been fine since. I still liked the car and it's cheaper to repair than to pay 10x more for a new car. Even though I've had more problems with my Subie than other cars, Subaru would still be high on my list when replacement time comes. My $0.02. Jim
Just changed this sensor ($60) on my mother's 2001 Legacy. Very easy to do. Haynes manual has good a description. Make sure to note the orientation of it. I put a long socket extension between the two throttle cables to get to the bolt directly below on the engine block. You'll need a new cable tie unless you figure out how to unlock it. Her car runs better now.
I doubt it would have issues with all codes generated by the car's computer, but some of them are manufacturer-specific. I would not think the knock sensor to be one of those. In fact, it seems to me that a knock sensor problem would cause more of an issue while the car is cold than warm! Maybe I am just not thinking it through well enough though. How about airflow sensor? ... Read More
Thanks for the feedback guys. The scanner is a fairly cheap one (~$100), but I've never run into a car it couldn't scan yet...there's always a first. I get so many requests to scan cars from folks at work that I always carry it in my backpack. Wierd how it will clear the code....but it comes back once the car has been driven about 5-10 miles. Another garage told the owner ... Read More
Yup Wes beat me to it, it's the scanner not having all the Subaru OBDII codes. Often times this happens with cheaper OBDII scanners. -mike
Well, what I am wondering is whether the scanner has some hardware limitations that make it not 100% compatible with the Subaru OBDII system. It may be an OBDII scanner, but that does not mean it has all the code compatibility.
I have an Actron one, pretty simple, but if anyone's in the DC/MD/NoVA area and needs one they're welcome to come by.
Makes me wonder if it is simply a problem with the scanner reading the code properly.
No, and I'm really surprised there would even be such a code. I wonder if paisan has seen it before, paging paisan...
Hi, I'm working on an '01 Legacy (140K miles) for a friend. The check engine light is lit, but the code reads "N/A?" I can clear the code, but it comes back after a few minutes. The car runs fine cold, but is a little sluggish just off-idle when warm...once you get it rolling at speed, it feels fine. I've checked the plugs, air cleaner, cleaned the throttle body, battery connects ... Read More
If you have time, wait for the all new 08 Impreza WRX, to be on sale this summer. The outgoing 07 model is a good car, but has been around since the spring of 2001 and is getting dated (though it did get fairly significant refreshes along the way). My feeling is that the reliability of all the cars are more or less the same. We have owned Outbacks, a Forester, ... Read More
I just got a Legacy Wagon 2.5i SE for invoice -$2000 Rebate from Subaru and 4.9%apr. Salesmen said that they sell 10 times as many Outbacks as just standard Legacy Wagons so they seem ready to deal on them. Invoice for my car said they purchased it in Nov '05 so it was sitting on the lot for a long time. They also gave me a fair price for my 2001 ... Read More
Where can you find diagnostic procedures for a Subaru 2001 EJ25 2.5L SOHC? On a home page for a Glasair experimental (home built) aircraft, of course! Andy Plunkett's Glasair Project Library Should the link break, search for part of:: 2001, 2.5L, SOHC engine EFI diagnostic trouble codes Our 2000 Legacy GT wagon with 58,000 miles had a P0325 Knock sensor circuit malfunction. The knock sensor failed and cost about $97. Easy ... Read More
I've owned my car since 2000. Love it. It has 147,000 miles on it. I've fixed an oil leak back in 2002 and no problems since. In 2001 on a road trip I had to have the alternator replaced when it went out in the middle of BFE Illinois. 2 weeks ago, the alternator went out again! The mechanic said he saw that there had been a recall on the original ... Read More
I've never replaced my coils except on my 98 when it got to 120K (all my other previous Subes were traded in before 100). Its not on the maintenance schedule of the owners manual. My mechanic who was (still is) the only Subaru Senior Master Tech in my area recommended the replacement at 120K.
Where is the PVC valve in a 2001 4-cyl. Subaru Legacy? I recently bought the vehicle and the manual isn't clear. I took it in for an oil change, and the guys there didn't find it, either.
To ensure long clutch life, it is important to keep the clutch properly adjusted. Two of our Subaru's (95 Impreza and 98 Legacy) have manual transmissions; the Impreza had its clutch replaced at 110,000 miles and the Legacy at 140,000 miles. I've noticed for both of them that the clutch fork adjustment needs to be checked frequently. It is easy to check, even if you are not mechanically inclined. If the ... Read More
i've got two things i need help with in regards to my newly acquired 1998 subaru legacy outback. i want get a cd player. i currently have the factory tape/am-fm-weatherband radio made by panasonic installed. there is a 13 prong connector on the back of it. will that unit support a cd changer. if so, how can i figure out what CD changers it will support? will it support the clarion ... Read More
i've got three things i need help with in regards to my newly acquired 1998 subaru legacy outback. i want get a cd player. i currently have the factory tape/am-fm-weatherband radio made by panasonic installed. there is a 13 prong connector on the back of it. will that unit support a cd changer. if so, how can i figure out what CD changers it will support? will it support the clarion ... Read More
Personally, I would shy away from a car that had this problem, although it sounds like it was an external leak, which would be less serious as long as no overheting occurred. Coolant leaking internally can cause engine damage very quickly. Also, I believe there are two head gaskets (front and rear), although I could be wrong. I'd check to see if both were replaced. I would also check into whether ... Read More
If you had told me in 1996 that in 2005 I’d be able to buy almost any vehicle I wanted, yet still chose an Outback, I’d have thought you were crazy. Here’s why. I bought my first Subaru, a 1996 Legacy wagon, primarily for economy and utility. It was reliable, but after a few years I wanted something with more power, more refinement, a nicer interior, and overall greater performance and ... Read More
Subaru brakes have not been a problem as far as I know, and in my experience they are anything but weak. My 2002 Legacy has been stopped HARD in traffic when folks cut in front of us and jammed on their brakes. My biggest concern was watching my mirror in case the guy behind us couldn't stop in time and I had to dive for the shoulder to get out of ... Read More
my check engine light has been coming on and off - mechanic says it is the knock sensor and a dealership can reset it. Anyone have an idea of what it costs and how long it takes? it is a subaru 2001 legacy sedan with 38K miles ps: do they have to replace the actual part or can the code just be reset to fix the problem? Dealership says it is ... Read More
I have a couple of questions on the 2006 GT. Does anyone know if they recalibrated the auto tranny as more than a few reviewers mentioned in the 2005 it sapped a lot of the engine's power. Or have people felt that it mated well to the engine to begin with? Also, has Subaru added retained power to the 2006s? As an aside on the bent valve topic a few posts ... Read More
I had the same problem in my 1993 Legacy & in my 2001 OB & now in 2005 OB. Change the direction of air flow (from within to outside air or vice versa). problem solved. Subaru is great is some things & pathetic in others. this is one of the pathetic things that they can't fix.
Hello, I was hoping someone could help me out. You see, about a year ago I purchased a 2001 Legacy. The car drives very well but there seems to be "ticking" sound coming from the engine, especially at start up. I did some searches on this site, and from what I can conclude, it is probably lifter noise that I am hearing which looks to me as a fairly common issue ... Read More
"Characteristic of the car...which is underpowered and has all-wheel drive." Ha, ha, ha, ha. That's classic. He was just trying to blow you off. The service manager is right in one aspect, though, when he said the problem was characteristic of manual Subie trannies for that age. But it has nothing to do with power or AWD. It has to do with crappy clutch material. The TSB is 03-51-02R, and applies ... Read More
Webought a new Legacy wagon from our local dealer in 2001. My wife complained from the beginning about the clutch shuddering at the point of engagement. I took the car to the dealer concerning an unrelated problem and asked them to check the clutch. They had one of their mechanics drive it and, after a short trip around the lot, he reported "no shudder when releasing the clutch...at this time vehicle ... Read More
I have also owned an Audi A4 1.8T. I will say it was a nice car to drive, but if you check out the problems with Audis, you would not want to keep the car past the warranty or Audi Advantage period. That is around 4 years or 50K miles. My wife and I drove the '05 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Ltd model ands were impressed with the fit and finish, especially ... Read More
I feel like I've discovered a parallel universe. I have almost the same situation (2001 H6 Outback, cold weather start and rotor issues, and most importantly, a wife who has a 97 Honda Accord which runs rings around the Subie in all weather). I am VERY hard pressed to ever recommend or buy another Outback. I wish I had checked a lot more forums before buying it. I hope you're ... Read More
4563 Re:05'LegacyGT 5EAT WagonWon'tStart jsun: Our '05 Outback also won't start by sms2 Jan 20, 2005 (7:41 am) Reply Your messages describe exactly what happened with our new Outback this week. So, apparently, your car's failure (and ours) is not an isolated incident. We bought our 2005 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5 XT Ltd. (5-speed manual) on Dec. 30, 2004 and less than 3 weeks later on Jan. 18, 2005, ... Read More
Your messages describe exactly what happened with our new Outback this week. So, apparently, your car's failure (and ours) is not an isolated incident. We bought our 2005 Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5 XT Ltd. (5-speed manual) on Dec. 30, 2004 and less than 3 weeks later on Jan. 18, 2005, when the temperatures had fallen to the teens, the car would not start (same problem that you described). As the first ... Read More
Sweet, tires, didn't even think of that... 2001/2002 models, let's see. The 2.5l was standard on all models except the VDC and the LL Bean, which had the H6. By the the 2.5l was the Phase II EJ25. When you shop, look for head gaskets leaks and check the front and rear main seals. An oil leak should be obvious, check for stains on the bottom of the block. Subaru is ... Read More
Hi, Looking to trade in my Saab for a Subaru legacy outback wagon. Are their any particular mechanical issues to look for? Reliability? Durability? Etc? Thanks! Rick
In reply to David about the original equipment tires (RE92's): Shortly after buying my new Legacy SE wagon, I checked the RE92's out on Tirerack's web site. Most owner reports were quite negative, especially concerning their wet/snow traction. So, for the first time in my car-buying life, I replaced the tires immediately, as we drive frequently in northern Michigan's snow country. (The replacements were Continental Extreme Contacts.) I am very happy ... Read More
2005 Subies are selling well, they had a record July. It'll be hard to predict rebates. The market is hyper-competitive, and that increases their likelihood. But...Subaru had no rebates at all on the Forester from 1998 until around 2001. That model was popular and never needed them. All 2004 Subies had them, though, and I would not be surprised if they had small ones on the 2005 Legacy, but only near ... Read More
A huge 'thanks' to all the excellent info shared on this board (Juice et al...you know who you are). My fiancee & I drove an '05 Legacy GT Ltd last weekend. Man, now that's a driver's car. And this is coming from a long-time fanatic of older BMWs. Well balanced, excellent power, no noticeable turbo-lag w/ the MT and a nice broad power band. Decent room, nice fit and finish. The ... Read More
I have a 2001 Legacy Wagon that I bought brand new. It has clearcoat damage and cracked paint on the hood, which appeared after I had the car for a year and a half. I was told that it wasn't covered under warranty, and I couldn't afford to repair it privately, so I didn't pursue repair then. I recently visited 2 body shops and was told by both that the area ... Read More
If this is indeed correct, then it's a real setback for an otherwise excellent car (OBXT). According to Consumer Reports for 2004, this would put the '05 Subaru Outback, in terms of braking distance, in the same categories as such heavy cars as Ford Expedition (154), Dodge Ram (155), Dodge Durango (155), Chevrolet Trailblazer (154), etc.. On the other hand, Subaru's main competitors scored much better (according to same report). VW ... Read More
HI. I am a new owner of a 2001 Legacy GT Limited. I am really enjoying my new car but I am very confused about the air control features. My question is regarding the constant flow of air from the vents. On my dash, I have an air conditioner button a recirculating button and a Heater button. I have all the buttons pushed to the off position and the Fan speed ... Read More
It's been rather busy! I've been listening more than posting, but here's a quick synopsis of the recent past... I'm now in B/300, attached to the eData team. After more than 20 years as a programmer I'm finally an engineer (my degree is in EE). Test data is a foundry contract deliverable, just like wafers, and reviewing/straightening out the problems keeps me on my toes. I laughed about you getting an ... Read More
Why does it seem that most on the Subaru boards think every new Subaru should be cheap in price. I am not saying I want them to be expensive, but 30-35K is pretty average for a nice sports sedan/wagon. Once the price touches 30K on a Subaru you read people say "Oh if it's over 28K I am gonna look for something else, Audi, BMW, Volvo." Go ahead. I must be ... Read More
K9Leader - thank you for the very well thought-out response. I used to work at a domestic-brand dealership many years ago, & again at a VW dealership. You are correct - the "population" of vehicles in the shop, or those posting here, are going to represent only the problems & must be viewed as the true percentage they represent. There are the other Subaru internet forums; but on those too I ... Read More
Yes, it's totally unique. It's laid out longitudinally, compared to your transverse mounted VQ. The VQ has better access, the engine sits higher, above the tranny and diffy. Plus the V shape put the spark plus up where you can access them. BUt a lot of weight sits very high up, look at the position of the engine block and how it affects the center of gravity. Subaru puts the boxer ... Read More
According to the 2005 glossy brochure I got from SOA last week, there will be no H6 in the Legacy lineup. Still waiting for the Outback brochure... :-) subah6... As Subaru attempts to go after European nameplates - they even refer to the Leagcy as more European - has the handling of the Outback become tighter/crisper = more European (like VW, BMW, Audi, etc.)? That is my biggest wish for the ... Read More
I have a 2001 Legacy GT with 74K miles on it. The clutch has never been a strong point in the car but now starting to chatter and slip more easily than before. I never had a clutch replaced in my vehicles usually they last me the life of the car. I also have an extended warranty from the dealer (not sure if it is a Subaru or third party). Two ... Read More
After owning 6 Accords and two Civics, I bought a Subaru Legacy GT Wagon in 2001, and I wouldn't go back, my next car will be Subaru although that is a considerable timespan away. I actually came to Subaru by default following the demise of the Accord wagon, whilst I loved my Accords and I generally found them to be bulletproof, I find that the GT is more refined in terms ... Read More
Stuart: keep in regular touch with 800-SUBARU3, keep updating the case info. The dealer seems a little clumsy, so work with SoA. That's what I would do. 3 strikes, they're out. That's the lemon law. If they try to fix it twice, and it still fails a 3rd time (within the first year), it's a lemon. If you must, have a lawyer call them, but hopefully you'll be able to work ... Read More
It would be a grave mistake for Subaru not to put curtain bags in every 2005 Legacy/Outback trim level - and socially irresponsible. Two nights ago in my town a 16 yr. old girl, driving too fast, smashed into a large oak sideways - right into the driver's door. Wrapped the car right around the tree - penetration into the cabin looked like it was close to 2 feet in. Emergency ... Read More
My mom has a 2001 Legacy 2.5L I4 and unfortunately I've had to get involved do to a "piston slap" problem that is not getting resolved. Her Subaru has(I believe) under 30k miles on it and so far has spent entirely to much time in the shop. The short block was replaced but this piston slap continues. From what I've read piston slap is the piston skirt making contact with the ... Read More
Well, I have problems with cold-clutch-shudder ever since I got the 2001 sub forester new, somehow the dealer never put it on record (I brought the car in a couple of times, they also fail to record replacing my O2 sensor, talking about lousy bookkeeping), so when I start parking the car outside(instead of parking in my garage), the cold-clutch-shudder came back, but too late, Patti said the dealer has no ... Read More
If you have any insights to offer on a used 2001-2 LL Bean Outback vs a used Saab 9-5 wagon, we'd appreciate your feedback in our Help me select a Wagons discussion, Post #376. Perhaps you can help snmat (Stephanie) make a decision. Thanks. And now, back to the subject of the Subaru Legacy/Outback. ;-) Revka Host Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
We own 2 of the 4 cars you mention, so I'll offer up my 2 cents' worth. You can get a 2003 Forester X dirt cheap right now. Fitzmall.com has a new 5 speed for $18,555 last time I looked. And resale is strong, keep in mind ownership costs are what you pay minus resale. My '98 still appraises for $10,500, so $8000 over 5 years is excellent. My sister just ... Read More
I have a MY '00 Legacy GT. My mileage improved 1.5 to 2 MPG as the engine became more broken in. Congratulations on your second Subie! Nice to see folks buying Legacies (your 2001 model) and not just Outbacks; Subaru is pinning a lot on the success of the next iteration of that model. Cheers, -wdb
I've been lurking in the Subaru discussions for a couple of years since we purchased a 2001 Legacy L sedan for my wife. I live in Louisiana and we really make use of the all-wheel drive with all of the rain we get. I just purchased a 2003 Outback wagon (automatic transmission) for myself with the all-weather package using Subaru's VIP Partner's program through IMBA. The options I purchased are the ... Read More