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In North Carolina. Just purchased a 2013 Outback 2.5i Premium w/ All-Weather & Popular Package #1A plus two small items (also about $150). Paid $24,696 + TTL (out the door under $26k). Used Edmunds to get internet quotes. Then called up the best quotes, asked some questions, they offered an additional discount over the phone. No other dealers could match it. Went in, test drove, did the paperwork - incredibly easy. ... Read More
Get a new mechanic? Head gaskets are typical for the 2000- 2003? Subaru models. I jsut had ours done on a 2001 Outback. Some of the rest, might just be due to age? However I'm at least wondering about the mechanic's ability. Seems a bit curious it all went bad right after the head gasket job. Time for a new Subie. New ones won't have the head gasket issue due to ... Read More
Iíve driven a 1997 legacy outback for 7 years and loved it, barely no issues, but recently lost it to flood. In the market to buy a new Outback, but have gotten stuck on whether I should buy a $6000 2001 model @123,000 miles, or if itís worth paying $12,000 for a newer 2007 model @ 104,000 miles. I can afford the 2007 model only if it will save me repair ... Read More
Here in Minnesota we run 10% ethanol year round. Both of my Subarus run just fine and get great MPG. (2001 Outback and 2012 Impreza) Winter blend gas changes many additives and not just ethanol. There is a winter blend gas here in MN too, but the ethanol amount stays the same.
That's exactly what I'm getting at. Nearly all manufactures show a GCWR and have some tow rating (example 3000lbs). Most also have a small footnote hidden somewhere that the max tow rating is caluculated with only the driver and no cargo, additional passangers and cargo will reduce towing capacity. Subaru tends to just give a number and nothing more. It is noted as a maximum. I'm making the assumption the max ... Read More
Hi Juice!! Hope you and your family are well. You may not remember me, but I'll give it a try. I bought a new black 2001 LLBean Outback over 11 years ago... called it my black tank... I contributed to Edmunds' forum early on, but haven't in quite some time. Well, the car reached 162K miles this past April, but was totalled in an accident. Minor collision - my wife and ... Read More
I'm wondering the same thing. For me, I'd need to save at least $2000 to get me to buy a 2012 instead of waiting for a 2013. So far, I don't see that in my area. I don't think that Subaru has offered rebates in the past few years. In past purchases (a 2005, and a 2001 model year Outback and a 2007 Forester), I saved a lot by buying the ... Read More
your 2001 is susceptible to head gasket failure as well but sounds like with those miles that you've dodged the bullet. Usually it shows up on the 2.5L Subaru at around 110K-130K. You had to mention it didn't you. 3 weeks later and its in the shop. Oil and coolant leak from headgasket. So i didn't dodge it, but just avoided it a bit longer than some. 200K miles on the ... Read More
Well, they lasted langer than most 2001 Subaru headgaskets do. Oil had been leaking a bit coolant seems just a touch low. Shop says $1500 to fix both gaskets and machine heads. He said something about doing some value work too, just because the engine is out of it, but I can't remember much beyond the $1500. They thought its an external leak at this point but haven't confirmed it fully. ... Read More
your 2001 is susceptible to head gasket failure as well but sounds like with those miles that you've dodged the bullet. Usually it shows up on the 2.5L Subaru at around 110K-130K. And if you were REALLY lucky, your driver's window switch didn't break, either. :P
Head gasket is a thing of the past as far as I know. It was most common in the 2000-2002?? models. I have a 2001 with 200K miles and zero issues with head gaskets or transmission. I just bought my second Subaru (Impreza). If I recall the only must fix issues I've had beyond normal maintenance, was a sensor and alternator.
I'd guess the oil would be coming from the cam shaft area (near timing belt). Mine is starting to do that the past few weeks. Quoted just under $700 for the fix, including new timing belt, and water pump. FYI I have a 2001 with 195K on it. $4150 does seem a bit high however.
The '02 Limited certainly sounds like the best choice. Of course, you're taking the risk of having head gasket issues present or soon cropping up. If other maintenance is current, including the struts (and possibly half shafts) having been replaced in the not-so-distant past, the price you'd pay for it is enough lower than the LL Bean that you could have a shop replace the head gaskets and still not be ... Read More
Hi, I would love some advice regarding my choices in buying a used Subaru Outback. I live in Florida so don't necessarily need one, but when I lived in California I had a 96 Legacy and put more than 125 k on it after it already had 100k when bought. I loved the car, but didn't realize how much until now - while looking for a new/used car to purchase (so ... Read More
Thanks for all the comments. Ireally appreciate it I really wish my 2001 didn't need new air, a new cv boot, etc. I really liked that car. I will miss her. I sold my 2001 Subaru Outback for 3k plus to Trade In Solutions in So. Cal., which was over 1000 more than the dealer offered. I recommend Trade In Solutions, as I had a very good experience, they explain everything, ... Read More
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
Hello again...just went my 2001 Outback (144,000 miles) was up and running again, the Check Engine Light comes on. As you probably remember, I had the Radiator, Water Pump, and Head Gaskets replaced about 2 months ago. They notified me at Subaru that the P0420 code is that the catalytic efficiency is below the threshold. Estimate for repair $1,055. So, my questions: 1.) Can I get this cheaper anywhere else? 2.) ... Read More
I will have a bunch of updates to report in the coming days. But, I tried to have my radiator flushed and the leak still existed. I called 800-SUBARU3 as I replaced the head gaskets at 106,000 miles and now with 144,000 miles they need to be replaced AGAIN. So, Subaru has been INCREDIBLE about helping me and I will detail for everyone soon. Just wanted to give you all big ... Read More
Hi--just saw this. My husband had a similar problem with his 2001 OB Ltd with the same mileage. Turned out he had a failing fuel pump, a bad O2 sensor, and a fried temperature sensor. He took it in 3 times for diagnosis, including to a dealer. No-one could replicate the problem for months. We took it back to our trusted independent guy, he kept it for a week, and finally ... Read More
Thanks ponytrekker for you response. I called the repair shop today and asked them how much would it cost to fix both the cat and head gaskets. I intend to bargain--beg--do both at once, give me a discount, pretty please. Hopefully they will call me back tomorrow. The Cat is about 600 on the web, so add the labor and 1K sounds about right. The head gasket kits on the web ... Read More
re my catalytic converter and head gasket problem on my 2001 Outback. 1. I called Subaru, they said I had the special coolant done some years ago. 2. Mr. Shiftright, you are correct, Subaru wouldn't do anything for me on repairs. They did offer to rebate to me $500 after any purchase of a new Subaru, after I send them the paperwork. 3. I take my Subaru regularly to Lancer Automotive, ... Read More
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
Hey there everyone! It has been a while since I posted last... which is actually a good thing :) Here are the details and specs. ... 2001 Outback Limited Wagon. 144,000 miles Timing belt replaced at 100,000 Head Gaskets replaced at 106,000 The long and short of it..I do WHATEVER my Subaru dealer says to replace at all the intervals. They love me: ;) I went in for an oil change/state ... Read More
Head gasket issues did not affect the H6. It's a find, but deal down the price.
L.L. BEAN subaru outback 2001, 13W miles on it. The seller wants $7250 for it. Edmunds private party value is around $6700. I think the price is ridiculous for a 10 year old car with such high mileage. Is it normal that Subaru outback tends to have high resale value? Also I read somewhere 2000-2004 outback models tend to have head gasket problem and it's costly to repair. I am still ... Read More
You are supposed to use a special coolant to prevent head gasket deterioration so if that got neglected at some point, that might be part of the problem. But the 2.5L engines are notorious for this issue, and Subaru isn't going to do anything about it at that mileage. If you really love the car, it pays to fix it. I wouldn't wait until the engine self-destructs, no. If you are ... Read More
I have a 2001 Outback Wagon 5 Speed Manual Transmission with 114K miles. I live in Los Angeles. My engine light came on and will not go out. My car is also losing oil, a quart every 5K or so. I take my Outback for repairs for years to a reputable independent repair shop in LA. I was told today that I need a new catalytic converter, and that I have ... Read More
I agree with wes. Check out what we do on our 60k services, that's a minimum I would do on a car with unknown history. http://azpinstalls.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=80- -mike Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
Subaru Outback 2001. I had just replaced the drive shaft, rear differential bushings and the power steering rack. After I drove home from the dealership repair shop the problem occurred with my left turn. When I was making wide left turn the skidding yellow light came up and my car was stopping and going during the turn. When I returned my car back to the dealership, they were not sure what ... 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
After reading other posts it sounds like it could be a torque converter issue. Anyway this is just a little more info on the car. It has 78000 miles on it, and the car is jerking up until 30 mph. When going faster the car sounds and feels fine.
My 2001 Subaru has been having a lot of issues as of late. Every time I try to accelerate while in reverse or making a turn with the car the rpms go through the roof. It then lurches thereafter making it quite dangerous to be driving out on the road. I took it to a transmission place after a mechanic recommended I take it there since they couldn't figure it out. ... Read More
I've perused the posts with similar symptoms and found a few suggestions (modulator, crank shaft sensor, fuel and vacuum systems, oxygen sensor, poor electrical grounding) to my problem, but would like to run the full symptoms past this forum before going visiting another garage. Vehicle was recently purchased with about 110,000 miles. This intermittent problem can either come on at low speeds (won't shift out of first until 3500+ rpms, then ... Read More
I started looking for a new 2010 Outback Limited for my wife in November 2009. Her getting the Subaru was a compromise. She really wanted a Honda Pilot. Eventually after testing driving the new Outback several times and explaining my opinion that the AWD system in the Subaru was superior to the Honda system she finally gave in. Her only demand was the color: Graphite Gray. ( On a side note, ... Read More
All things considered both issues are resolved and you spent a lot less than I expected, so call it good.
The OEM Oxygen Sensor is around $100 for the front, $135 for the rear. Add in an hour or so for reading the code and scoping the sensor output. Good diagnostics include making sure that this is really the cause, and not something that is simply fingering it as the cause! Change the sensor, rescope to be sure it works, then test drive and read the codes again to be sure ... Read More
Thank you for the responses. I took the car to the dealer, and it was an oxygen sensor that was causing the CEL. They replaced it and its now off. Paid ~230 parts/labor The wiper issue was plain stupid me. Ran out. I thought I had just filled it - I will check for cracks.
If it's below freezing, you may have old fluid in there that no longer has its antifreeze capability. That's happened to me before.
I'm afraid not. OBD-II is for monitoring engine performance that impacts emissions compliance. Anything that would push the emissions to 1.5X or so of the EPA certification will log a code & trigger the light. While the manufacturer does play a role in selecting sensors and the test methodology, you can be sure that windshield washer performance was not part of the monitoring plan! I'm constantly getting car wax into the ... Read More
I'm reading through the thread, but can't find anyone with my same issue. The CEL light has been coming on most of the time over the past week. The only problem I noticed prior to this development was that my winshield wash pump no longer seems to be working well - the liquid doesn't shoot out much at all (and yes - the resevoir is full!) Any chance these are related? ... Read More
For the fourth time in the last 8 months, my wife's 2001 Subaru had to be towed. Dashboard lights flickering on and off, engine sputtering. We've run out of things to replace on this vehicle. Dealership mechanics are either clueless or criminal (or both) as once again I've gotten the deer-in-the-headlight looks. I will be ridding myself of the vehicle now and never buying another one.
Have a 2001 Outback, Manual with about 120K miles - mostly local short trips for the past couple of years. Got it used and replaced clutch (bad slippage problem) about 3 years ago. Clutch just went again (bad slippage again - after about 30K miles on it). Took it back to same mechanic who was surprised and concerned about early failure (he had put heavy duty Subaru parts in first time). ... Read More
Well, I braked pretty hard for the deer in middle of the road. Did not hit him. But the brake, abs and battery lights came on. Also, the temp oil light blinked off and on. While driving back home the headlights slowly dimmed and the steering became difficult. Just made it before the car died. So, there is one, lucky deer and one dead Subaru. The pads and rotors were worked ... Read More
I'd consider myself a pretty regular user of the roof racks on all of my cars over the years -- my garage looks like a Yakima warehouse sometimes. Anyways, carrying bikes, tandem kayaks, cargo boxes, etc. has always been priority with my car purchases, and from the looks of it, the 2010 Outback rack is just pathetic. Not only is there WAY too much plastic up there, the [non-adjustable] crossbar spread ... Read More
I put 5 bikes on my 2001 OB. And in doing so, exceeded the roof rack weight limit, I'm sure. Keep in mind you have to include the weight of the bikes and the mounting hardware. The '01 Outback had a roof rack weight limit of 100 pounds. I'm sure the total weight of 5 bikes and hardware exceeded that. As you said, it could be done, but Subaru doesn't recommend ... Read More
I've recently put a ton of $ into my I have a 2001 Subaru outback wagon (4cyl, 5spd) and have some re-occurring problems that Iím trying to determine whether are tire related. At present, I have tires that have uneven tread wear but still have 4-5.5 32índs left on them. My tire tread depths are as follows (measured outer/inner depth in 32índs of an inch): | 4.0/4.5 | 4.5/5.0 | 4.5/5.0 ... Read More
I have a 2001 Subaru outback wagon (4cyl, 5spd). I've had two 4-wheel alignments done in the last 10,000 and both have shown my left-rear camber is at -0.9 or -1.0 degrees. My tires are wearing so uneven that I "may" need a new set after only 50K on a 70K tire (see related post No. 8137). Is there a way to adjust the rear camber and if so, how can ... 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 have a 2001 6-cyl LL Bean outback and the awd doesn't seem to work. I owned the car since 2002 7 years already. It got 75k miles on it. I started realizing the problems last year, the front wheels would start slipping, but after a second it would engage in 4WD with this jerking. I know this car very well, and i know this is not a typical Subaru operation. ... Read More
I am in need of a advice... I am in the market for a Subaru Outback. As of now, I have two options available. Option 1: 2000 Outback 2.5 100K Miles $5,600 w/ 3 months warranty Option 2: 2001 Outback H6 3.0 LL Bean Edition 142K Miles $5,600 (warranty at additional cost) Both vehicles are very clean and don't seem to have any problems. Both have a clean history w/ no ... Read More
I recently got the Check Engine light in my 2001 Subaru Outback. I read the code and got two of them: P0328 - Knock sensor circuit high input P0420 - Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold I'm not familiar with a Knock circuit but know it has something to do with ignition. I also know that the cat converter codes can go on an ignition problem. I'm weary to take this to ... Read More
Nope, the H6 has been great. I would still inspect any car that age, compression test, check for signs of oil leaks, test drive with radio off and windows open and listen for drivetrain noise, etc. It'll cost more to own than a FWD Camry V6, but probably less than an AWD Highlander V6. Fair enough, if you think about it. Do what we did - get a Chase Subaru credit ... Read More
New to the forum and subaru. Thinking of buying a 2000-2001 outback H6. Are there any major items/problems (like the 2.5 HG) that I should be watching for? In general what are the cost of ownership compared with the likes of accord/camry? I would expect to be higher but how much? Appreciate your feedback.
New to the forum and subaru. Thinking of buying a 2000-2001 outback H6. Are there any major items/problems (like the 2.5 HG) that I should be watching for? In general what are the cost of ownership compared with the likes of accord/camry? I would expect to be higher but how much? Appreciate your feedback.
Its the black plastic under the painted part of the rear bumper that is gouged from the front plate of the hitting vehicle (their lot is very, very congested, so it was a lot guy squeezing cars around). Painting that part wouldn't do anything as the damage is a scrape and two screw gouges from the hitting car's front plate. Its not gouged completely through the plastic as there was not ... Read More
I'm having a problem with the window on the driver's side of my 2001 Outback Wagon. Does anybody know how to remove the inside door panel to access the window?
I have a 2001 Outback Limited with 158,750 miles on it that I bought new. It has always had an intermittent "sluggishness" on acceleration from a stop or slow speed that Subaru service checked out more than once and told me it was the way the computer picked up on the way I drove the car. After clearing the computer 2 or 3 times to no avail, and since it was ... 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
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
I want to drain and refill 2001 outback automatic transmission. The dealer said a drain and refill would only result in a 4 quart replacement, since approx. 5 quarts left in the torque converter will not drain out. Subaru dealer wants $9 per quart. The manual calls for Dexron III. I can get this locally (Valvoline) for about $3 per quart. Any one know if mixing two types of ATF would ... Read More
i just google 2001 Subaru outback reliability search engine and read the reviews in edmunds and MSN reviews there seems to be alot of people who has complaints of head gaskets....do you think there is a way to test it? i called my mechanic he told me pressure test is not accurate....just trying to be safe thats all....thanks Mr Shiftright
Yes - sunday sales here and the dealership was packed (really, not kidding). Bought a silver Outback SE with floor mats($55), popular equipment group 2a - armrest extension + cargo net ($214) and wheel locks ($42). The total MSRP, including the destination of $695 was 25,901. I bought at 20,999 then got 8700 in trade for my 2001 Chevy Pickup (admittedly showroom condition without a scratch and loaded). Financed the balance ... Read More
Hello, I just want to let you know that I have an 02' Subaru Impreza WRX that has been having problem with fuel leak/strong fuel smell coming out from under the intake manifold when the temp dips into freezing. I've taken my car to a Subaru dealership about 8 months ago and all the dealership did is tighten the clamp for the hose or pipe involved with the leak without any ... Read More
The oil on the spark plug boots is from the round rubber o-rings that seal around the spark plug holes in the valve covers. My mechanic had had to replace these every other tune-up, or about 60K miles. This has been consistent on my 2001 Forester, which currently has around 190K and my wife's '03 Outback, now at around 97K. He replaces the valve cover gaskets at the same time he ... Read More
I think that I posted this in the past, and I have reviewed other posts about this topic as well. I first had a gas smell 2 years ago, had my local dealer check everything out and found nothing wrong. Now, that gas smell is back again. Here are the current specs: 2001 Outback Limited (4EAT), 125,000 miles Have replaced (within the last 2 years): Water pump, timing belt, fuel pump, ... Read More
The catalytic converter I purchased (for less than $300) and the official part I was quoted the $950 installed price was both the front and the back combined (with the short piece of pipe connecting the two). I checked and both the 2001 and the 2003 aftermarket part has the same part number, so I still think that $2,500 seems way to steep, unless the official (Subaru) parts are actually different ... Read More
I have a 2001 Forester and my wife has a 2003 Outback. Both have the 5 speed manual trans and the limited slip rear differential. I have a set of Blizzak WS50s on steel wheels for both cars, and usually mount them around mid-end December and run them until around mid-late March. We've gone through some pretty good snow storms with both cars with the Blizzaks. I am extremely impressed with ... Read More
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
Still using Nitti's Subaru in Hamilton, NJ. As usual, they're awesome. I just picked up a set of strut tops from them. Took them forever to get them but they finally came in. That is THE SMALLEST Subaru dealer I've ever seen! -mike Motorsports and Modifications Host
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
Help my 2001 Subaru Outback is having electrical problems. In one year I have replaced three alternators and three batteries and now I cannot trust my vehicle A year ago I left the car sitting in my driveway for three weeks. After that while driving the ABS light came on and the gauges fluttered. Then the car suddenly stopped running. I brought it to an independent garage. They told me the ... Read More
I just had to replace the alternator in my 2001 Outback. In mine the battery wasn't completely dead, and the alternator was working fine off and on. It failed to charge when the car got completely warmed up, but would charge fine up to the point the engine bay got hot, which might be why yours charged the battery on the way to pick up the new battery. In any event, ... Read More
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
Hi Juice and crew, Hope all is well with you. Been a long time. The 2001 Black Beaner is still running great at 117K miles - still tight, smooth and reliable. Had a fogging problem last month and noticed the air conditioning seemed weak. Brought it to my Subaru shop and they cleaned out debris in the fan air path for $200. The fan was more powerful, but it was too ... Read More
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
My 2001 Outback is also leaking oil from the head gaskets. It's at the dealer now. Is there any way the faulty design of the box head gaskets could cause these problems? My dealer failed to mention the possiblity of problems with the gaskets and had never heard of the recall until I googled it and freaked out. This is a $2000.00 problem and there is some evidence Subaru has paid ... Read More
I had my 2001 subaru outback vdc in for service at my local subaru dealer yesterday. The tires were rotated and I began hearing a thumping noise this morning. I checked the tires and the lugs on the left front tire could be tightened by hand, so i tightened them with my tire iron and went to a tire place. They told me all my tires needed tightening which they did, ... Read More
I just had to replace a right-rear wheel bearing in a 2006 Outback 2.5 XT wagon at 15,300 miles!!! I found a bunch of posts on premature wheel bearing failures on older models -- 1998 to 2001. Is this a chronic problem with Subarus or is an old problem resurfacing? Is there anything to be done to make sure that if the problem continues past the warranty coverage that the costs ... Read More
The EZ30 engine is pretty solid and never had the gasket issues from the EJ25. Turn off the radio, open the windows, and drive in a figure 8. Listen for any unusual drive line noises, feel for binding, grinding, anything like that. It's a good model without a known problem area, and any flaws should make themselves fairly obvious. Inspect the gaskets anyway, the front and rear seals, the wheel bearings, ... Read More
I had the same experience on my 2000 Outback Ltd. - I hope my findings are not yours....water sloshing when I first startup and drive was ultimately an internally leaking head gasket, please let me explain.... Coolant leaks through head gasket (primarily at cyl. 4) Air from cylinder exchanges and becomes trapped at highest point in heater core. When you first drive the vehicle T-stat opens and forces coolant through the ... Read More
Congratulations on your purchase! Did you get the Auto or the Manual? I have been looking at the White because I really want the beige interior. It is just me- no kids or anything and I have kept my beige interior almost factory new for 5 years now. I currently have a 2001 Outback Limited Wagon auto with 115k. This was my commuter car for 120+ miles a day for almost ... Read More
Greetings, it has been a long time since I been on the board. But hopefully the board can help withthe following questions: 1. When should the timing chain on the 3.0L Outbacks get changed? My outback has 102K on it now. 2. This is a problem that I encountered tonight> Son was parking the car in the garage and he accidently turn the car off in drive. After putting the car ... Read More
I recently purchased a 2001 Subaru Outback 2.5 Liter with 76000 miles. It is from out of state and I wasn't able to personally test drive it. A friend test drove it for me. While test driving he shut the vehicle off and then was unable to get it to even turn over. The passenger was a mechanic and thought to tap the gear shift and it started and ran fine. ... Read More
Thank you for your help. Ben
Yup, they don't change the milage, just issue the statement. It's some federal law not to change the milage. -mike
That is typical of a modern car. They have designed them to be tamper resistant, so a replaced instrument cluster, if done by an authorized agent, will include a "statement" to adjust the displayed mileage with the previous mileage.
I am in the process of buying a 2001 Subaru outback. During the discover process it was said that when the second owner recieved the car from the dealer. The dash had to be replaced and the milege was set back to zero. The dealer said there was no way for them to reprogram the dash to account for the 53000 miles originally present. So a statement was issued with the ... Read More
I have a 2001 Subaru Outback that has the Firestone Wilderness Tire but no one has them. They have to be ordered. Is it the best tire for this car or can I go for another brand tire?
More than likely this is not piston slap as the pistons of the 2.5 engine no longer have the shorter skirts. What you are hearing is most likely valve train noise caused by lack of oil at startup. Try switching to a lower xW viscosity oil like a 5w-x or 0w-x or a synthetic. If you want to stick with conventional oil, try Havoline Deposit Shield 5w-30, it is a thinner ... Read More
Hi everyone, I'm writing this post to help my mother who is having problems with her 2001 Outback which she bought new back in 2000. She only has 30,000 miles on it and it's in perfect shape, and all the oil changes and any minor repairs have always been done at a Subaru dealership. Over the past few years, she's had an intermittent problem with her car stalling, usually at intersections ... Read More
I can't comment on the newest models, but we have a 2001 Forester S (163K miles) with a very soft, velour-like cloth upholstery and a 2003 Outback (80K miles) with cloth. Except for a small grease stain on one of the OB seats, the upholstery itself has held up incredibly well, as has the seat padding. The driver's seats on both don't give any indication that they have nearly a quarter ... Read More
Greetings First time poster I have had problems (transmission) towing my homemade teardrop trailer that weights about 1300# in the mountains with my current 2000 2.5L outback. I want to get a different Suby, like maybe a 2001 VDC 3.0 6 which is rated at a higher towing capacity. The engines are different. What about the transmission?Thanks
I just took our 2001 Outback in for its 90,000 mile service. When I brought it to the dealer yesterday, they said the major service would cost $550. OK, it is what it is. There were a few other items I wanted them to look at (converter heat shield rattling, valve(s) tapping), so I expected the final bill to be somewhat more. Mid-day today, I got a call from the dealer ... Read More
Was just told by the dealership that we needed to replace the entire transmission in our 2001 Outback AWD because the center differential is shot. Says that Subaru requires them to replace the entire transmission instead of fixing the differential. Doesn't sound right to me. Anyone know about that?