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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
Well, I think it depends on the details. Did the timing belt itself cause the failure (due to defect) or was it something else, such as a seized pulley, that failed, causing the belt to snap? Also, was it an OEM unit that failed? In other words, was it a Subaru branded belt, or another manufacturer? Your default warranties are long since gone, but then the maintenance schedule is 105K on ... Read More
I have had a lot of repairs in the past year and a half on my 2003 outback (well over $5,000). The timing belt just went and I was told I need a new engine by the shop AAA towed to. Looking back at my records I see that Subaru replaced the timing belt in May of 2011. I only put 12,000 miles on the car since then. Is there a ... Read More
I have had a lot of repairs in the past year and a half on my 2003 outback (well over $5,000). The timing belt just went and I was told I need a new engine by the shop AAA towed to. Looking back at my records I see that Subaru replaced the timing belt in May of 2011. I only put 12,000 miles on the car since then. Is there a ... Read More
Hello. My name is Marc, and I'm a Subaru addict. This is my first post, but will be my 3rd Subaru. I began my addiction in 2003 with a WRX Wagon, then an '07 STI. After the untimely death of my STI I'm now looking at a '13 Outback 2.5i Limited with Moonroof. Are there any "must have" options I should get on this car? Anything that "sounded good" but wasn't ... Read More
Not only would it be difficult to find chains, but Subaru is not recomending them! You are correct, an Outback with "real" winter tires on is hardly stoppable! We live here in winter wonderland (Minnesonwta), and winter tires on my 2003 Outback were all it was needed to get us through!
My 2003 Outback was clearly a station wagon, and it was smaller and quite a bit lower than the 2013, but did not handle as well! My 2005 6 cylinder Outback with VDC had very bad manners if I tried any sporty driving.......unlike my 2010 Forester XT which by comparison is a drifter! Subaru handling is getting close to my old 4000S Quatro and at a better price point.
Have you checked it with a multimeter just to see what is going on prior to starting (is the voltage low) and while the vehicle is running (is the voltage at ~14.5)? Those things could give you a clue as to where the problem might lie. Also, I used to have a grounding issue on my '96 Outback that would make it seem like the battery was low (clicking, but no ... Read More
I also wanted to add to my "dead battery issue my car now has 112,881 miles. Thanks!
2 things, first is to ask if the alternator is charging the battery properly. 2nd would be to trace to see if there is a short somewhere that is slowly draining the battery. I don't think either would require a Subaru specialist, FWIW.
I purchased a Subaru Outback 2003 LL Bean edition used in 2006 with 44,000 miles. This car was highly recommended as a best buy used car. When we did research online and spoke with friends and family. It has had nothing but problems and has been in and out of the shop since we owned it. I have a long list of things that have been replaced and repaired. I feel ... Read More
I am currently also truing to convince Subaru to do something for me. I, too, have the head gasket problem on my 2003 Outback. Additionally I have the typical rust development on the rear drivers side fender. I plan to trade my 2003 in for a new 2012 and am asking them for a little extra help with the trade in price. If they don't do something for me, I will ... Read More
I want SOA to pay for replacing defective head gaskets on subaru outback limited wagon 2003 manufacturedl before March 2003 which is whenI purchased the wagon new. It is outrageous that SOA turns a blind eye to their known head gasket problem in their 2.5 boxer engines. I believe Subaru of America should be forced to do a recall on this known problem
I finally bought the Outback from White Bear Subaru: 2011 Outback Premium+AWP+moonroof+All weather mat+splash guard+rear bumper cover, Car: $26532 +TTL Trade In: $8332 for 2003 Acura RSX with 49600 miles. Basically I got the new car for dealer invoice and the trade in for KBB good price. Not a great deal but I think it is an easy and good deal. Thanks for all the replies.
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 purchased a 2003 Saturn L200 while I replaced the engine on the Forester. But the Saturn is not good in adverse weather(nothing like driving a Subaru). So I want to trade it in for an Outback and use the Forester as an everyday car.
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
I have a thought on your 'self arming' system. I have an '02 Outback Wagon and installed the Subaru OEM Security System kit myself. In '03 it was changed slightly when it became a standard feature, but it is probably overall quite similar in layout and operation. There actually is a passive arming mode that can be activated by plugging in a connector located down by the fuse box on the ... Read More
I just bought a 2003 LL Bean Outback with 105,000 miles. My Subaru clan of friends told me, "It's just getting warmed up". However, no one can relate to my alarm system experience: If I get out of the car, shut the door - and don't lock it - and wait about 20 seconds or so, the car's lights will flash and it's armed itself on its own. Now, I can ... Read More
I purchased a 2011 Subaru Outback two months ago without seeing the specific vehicle (I had test driven the exact same model for ~45 minutes in all different driving conditions) and I've been experiencing some very hard / mealy shifting into first and second (and sometimes third) gear while downshifting. It was very frequent/evident for the first couple hundred miles (I picked it up when it had ~ 230 miles on ... Read More
I don't know. I paid 24,000 for my Impala in 1996 and paid 20,000 for my Outback sport in 2003. Can't say price is that much different. Age, yes, I'm talking about a 14 year old car verses a 7 year old car and the Impala wins hands down, in the normal wear and tear department. And the Impala was been driven a whole lot harder in it's early years, compared ... Read More
I have a 2003 Outback with 134,000 miles on it and I have been having the same problem off and on for about 6 months; I have taken it to the local authorized Subaru mechanic (the closest dealership is 100 miles away) and he can't find anything. The check engine light goes off and on, and the shuddering is periodic. Today, I noticed that the shuddering happens when the defogger is ... Read More
Outstanding handling in the snow. But my 2004 Impreza Outback Sport (bought new) developed piston slap at 11,000 miles. Dealer said they all do that. I was told that problem was corrected in 2003. Have seen postings about piston slap in models as late as 2005. Had a rebuild on the motor ar 29,000, which then lead to a short block at 32,000 miles, all covered under warrenty. Has been fine ... Read More
Hello, Danuta I also have a 2003 Subaru Outback and the gas pedal seemed to have gotten stuck a few days ago. I was driving slowly and turning into a parking space in the parking lot of a small shopping center. As I put on the brake, the car suddenly lurched forward, hit the curb and then jumped up onto a bank of dirt and hit a small tree, scraping off ... Read More
My 2003 Baja (manual trans), at approx 85,000 miles, sustained a failure of the viscous clutch (at the center diff)...transmission was fine...NOT wheel bearings, but was told nevertheless that this should not happen with so few miles on vehicle. Symptoms were chunking noise when turning steering wheel hard (as in parking), particularly after vehicle had warmed up thoroughly.
Subaru completed HG repair on my 2003 Outback with 53,000 miles today. The Invoice states the cause as: "Improper Seating". Split for 50/50 labor and parts for HG only. Timing belt, water pump, thermostat were not covered. Total cost to me for Subaru's improper seating was $976.06 and three days loss of vehicle. My advise is have your Outback checked before the warranty expires or consider this additional cost when you ... Read More
I was speaking with a friend today who had owned a 1998 Outback that required a HG. She traded it in for a 2008 outback. She also thought that the problem ended with the 2003 model. Her ex owns a 2005 that now requires a new HG. I told her my story of the 2003 needing a HG. She is now throwing in the towel on the 2008 and will be ... Read More
Fibber2, Thank you for your insightful and sympathetic response. I did call corporate back and nicely asked for more consideration. However, they would not budge. They said my Outback was manufactured in March 2003 and it falls outside the extended warranty period for this problem. No further explanation. Some 2003 Outbacks are apparently covered. I love the car, but I feel mislead. I don't think I would buy another. I plan ... Read More
Doubtful. Look at Consumer Reports. Some Subarus show dramatic improvements for 2003, others for 2004/5. By '05 all are rated highly. Our family has been lucky, I guess. Dad has an '01 Outback, sis has an '03 Forester, bro has an '04 Legacy. Cousin had a 99 Outback for a while. We had a 98 Forester for 9 years, and an 02 Legacy for 7 years, plus our new 09 Forester. ... Read More
I have a 2003 Outback, 2.5L with 53,000 miles. Dealer just confirmed external coolant leak from both heads. I changed the anti-feeze and used Subaru's special conditioner at 25,000 and 50,000 miles. All maintenance exceeded Subaru specifications. Subaru corporate offered to pay for half of the repair. I was told by the dealer when I purchased my Outback that Subaru "fixed" the head gasket problem with the 2003 model year. Researching ... Read More
I have a 2003 Outback with the 2.5L engine with 90k miles. At 75k the head gasket blew and based on other posts this issue is not uncommon. Now at 90k the engine keeps overheating when I go above 45 mph. I've had the radiator, water pump and thermostat changed based on my mechanics advice. Even after changing all these parts the engine is still overheating. The mechanic was stumped and ... Read More
if it's cat/con before 100,000 Subaru should replace it. Mine blew at 102,000 and they wouldn't touch it. My closest Subaru dealer is a snake so that's the last place I'll ever take it or buy from.
I owned a 2003 Subaru Outback. My gas pedal stuck which resulted in an accident that totaled my car. Is this a problem with Subaru cars or was this an isolated event?
I have a 2003 Subaru Outback with 60K miles. Last January I had to replace the clutch and brakes. This last summer I had to replace the catalytic converter. Now as I am driving along in 5th gear or sometimes when I first shift into 3rd or 4th the RPMs suddenly rev from 3K to 5K until I shift down or decelerate. I'm taking it in tomorrow but I don't really ... Read More
Is there anybody else out there who thinks it's regrettable that Subaru has essentially abandoned station wagons? I love my 2003 Legacy wagon and chose Subaru specifically because it was a station wagon and had AWD. Wagons have always seemed like one of the backbones of Subaru's success -- similar to Volvo. I had a 2009 Outback recently while my car was being serviced, and it just didn't seem to have ... Read More
Thanks Mr. Shiftright. I got the car back last night, and the service advisor at Bloomington Subaru told me they had replaced that viscous coupler (differential?) and that my Subaru Gold warranty had paid for everything and saved me $1300 or so, meaning it almost paid for itself. It was just slightly less than your estimate, so thank you again for the good information. Much appreciated. I'll have to give them ... Read More
Basically it sounds like your viscous coupling in the differential might be the problem. When a car turns, the two front wheels enter the turn at different speeds, so the coupling has to slip to allow this. If it holds both axles tight, you'll get this binding, since the two front wheels cannot possibly turn at the same speed and be "locked" while in a turn. Subaru AWD systems are something ... Read More
I took my car in Saturday for an oil change and also because I was noticing that the front wheels were "binding up" when I had the steering wheel at full lock for maneuvers like parking. The service people noticed it too and said they'd have to tear down the (manual) transmission ($690 but 98% sure it's covered by the last month of my Subaru Gold extended warranty) to get at ... Read More
I have a 2003 outback wagon with 120,000 miles. The engine was replaced 2 months ago due to a failed connecting rod bearing. Now 2 months later the transmission has failed. Does anyone have experience with trans failures as a result of engine replacement? I will see the disassembled trans tomorrow so I will have a better feel for what failed. I was only told a shaft by the dealer.
First of all, let me state that we just bought our fifth Subaru. We only still have four of the five, because the 2003 Outback was lost in an underground garage flood.(We now have two Outbacks and two Impreza Sports). All have run exceptionally well, in my humble opinion. They have been safe cars for my children. I have owned two Toyotas and two Hondas in my 38 years of driving ... Read More
Any suggestions on where to get my 2003 Outback serviced in Seattle ? Check engine light on - P0030 code (bank one upstream A/F ratio sensor heater circuit)
What model year was the donor car for that engine? Both are pre-2002, when Subaru finally sorted out the gaskets. I think I'd search for a higher mileage 2002 Outback Sport, or a 2003+ Legacy/Outback. 2003 and later Imprezas have the sturdier wheel bearings as well.
I wouldn't worry about the antenna as much as head gaskets. 2.2 on the Legacy through 99 has less problems than the DOHC 2.5 on the 97+ Outback. If you don't need ground clearance, my favorite 90's Subaru is the 99 Legacy 30th Anniversary Wagon. It has sunroof and some extras. Last year for the 2.2 in the Legacy. The last year for the 2.2 in the Outback was 97, with ... Read More
I'm confused. From reading this forum, I'd come to understand that this head gasket problem had been remedied beginning with the 2003 model year. Now, it sounds as though it persists beyond 2003. I'm concerned, because I have a 2003 Legacy wagon with 46K-47K miles. Can't decide if I should keep it beyond the expiration of my Subaru Gold 7 year extended warranty later this year or replace the car before ... Read More
We have a 2004 Outback and just discovered the same problem. Head gasket leak on drivers side. Had an appointment at the local Subaru dealership this morning. Over the phone they said it would be covered under warranty because we only have 58k miles on it. When they ran the vin this morning and discovered original owner purchased the car in 2003 they said we were not covered. They gave us ... Read More
I thought I had read somewhere (pre-senility keeps me from remembering where) that the next generation Legacy/Outback would be larger. However, now that I've seen some photos and perused other information, it doesn't seem accurate. The car doesn't look a whole bunch different in size or overall design. I also didn't think current generation didn't look remarkably different from the previous generation which includes my 2003 Legacy wagon. It's evolving, yes, ... Read More
No, not with a cat. I have used many other non-subaru parts (including a solenoid for a starter) and never had any issues at all.
I was told by the local exhaust shop that no generic cat. converters would fit on the Subaru. I was told by another mechanic, after I kept having the same problems with the check engine light coming on (P0420 - Cat inefficiency) after putting the aftermarket part on that (on the forums used by mechanics) they have found that Subaru's seem to not play well with others (i.e., they only seem ... 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 had the same thing happen to my '01 Outback last fall (with 120,000 miles). My local dealer told me the price was $950 installed so I looked for other options. I found some aftermarket catalytic converters online, but once installed it still had the same problem. I have since learned that Subaru's don't like parts made by anyone but Subaru and that I should have put an official part on ... 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
We just picked up our 2003 Subaru Outback H6 VDC and while we're at 85K, we might as well do the 90K servicing. Mechanic says we're good for now but that a few fluids are showing the dirt from all the mileage and could use replacement. What should we make sure is done in the 90K servicing? Should we use synthetic or regular oil?
Hi guys, finally getting settled in on W Coast and just wanted to say thanks again for all your help in finding our Subaru. The 2003 Subaru Outback H6 VDC we bought in N California before moving our here from the E Coast a) drove very smoothly b) has been a huge help in picking up all the light office furniture and supplies we had to buy for our office and ... Read More
Hi all, finally getting settled in on W Coast and just wanted to say thanks again for all your help in finding our Subaru. The 2003 Subaru Outback H6 VDC we bought in N California before moving our here from the E Coast a) drove very smoothly b) has been a huge help in picking up all the light office furniture and supplies we had to buy for our office and ... Read More
We have a 2007 Outback and we don't have the cross-bars on the roof rack. How far back can I go to find a used set? 2005? 2003? 2000? Just curious as I would know in a second if it were a Jeep, but not so much with Subarus. To put it simply, if I see a used set on eBay or something, what years could the crossbars come off of ... Read More
I have an 1996 Australian Outback with @ 120,000 miles (192,000K) on it and no bearing problems (touch wood!!!). But my 2003 Impreza had a RHR bearing fail at 57,000 miles. It was replaced under 2nd hand warranty by a Subaru trained mechanic at a Mazda dealer. It lasted about 2,500 miles before it failed. It was replaced and failed before it even left the workshop and then they found the ... Read More
Charliebob, I have a 2003. Bought it new. I think this knock you describe is inherient to the engine. Mine sounds like a diesel in the winter when cold. Once the engine warms, it goes away. Now, after its warm, if I run 87 octane in it, the valves ping when the auto tranny is lugging the engine. If I run 91 or 93 octane, I don't get the valve ping. ... Read More
Any suggestions for a good place to get my 2003 Outback serviced in Seattle ?
The new head gaskets came as a running change in MY2002. So a late 2002 model should be OK. 2003 and later also, of course. The VDC model was the H6 so it has more power (212hp vs. 165hp) and stability/traction control. I'm sure it will cost more and premium fuel is recommended for the H6. 2005 the new model arrived. For those the prices will be higher, of course. A ... Read More
>> My credible link is Mike the host. What credible link are you using? A 2003 NYT article Post by Mike or Joe or whoever on some message board is not an evidence. I already posted many links from credible publications. Mike said that 80/20 split was only on 1998-2000 4-speed auto Subaru. So I offered total 6 credible sources, covering 2000 models of 4EAT Forester and Outback (read previous posts), ... Read More
I almost bought a used 2000 Outback a couple years back, but didn't because the seller backed out. However, my iwfe has a 2003 Legacy wagon, and I now have a 2005 Outback wagon. As I vaguely recall while doing my research there were headgasket issues and there was some type recall for something minor on the back end on the 2000 Outbacks.. The standard Outback is based on the Legacy ... Read More
2003 Subaru Outback power steering keep getting tight to a point my wife cant drive it. we previously replaced hoses which was frayed on the inside. we just flushed out system again
FYI... I just had to replace BOTH rear wheel bearings on my 2005 Outback wagon @ 32,000 miles. This is a little bit disconcerting for the mileage. Also, our family has had 3, 1998-2003 subaru's all over 80,000 miles and with no previous wheel bearing problems. :) My cousin has a legacy also without wheel bearing problems. I am really glad it was covered under warranty. I'm chalking it up to ... Read More
That does work. Keep in mind that two identical mountain bikes most likely don't fit between the rails of a Outback. I have a Yakima bars and bike attachments. Width of handle bars + bike attachments will be wider than the subaru rack. This forces one bike to be mounted backwards. In our case my wifes bike is much smaller frame size and the bike handle bars can overlap. Hint to ... Read More
Listen for piston slap as well. Apparently it is not a longevity issue (though I have my doubts about that), but it sure is noisy and embarrassing. If it is present, you will not be able to miss it on start up, especially if the engine is cold.
By 03 the head gasket issue was resolved, for the most part, but check these items anyway: * inspect both head gaskets for oil stains * inspect both valve cover gaskets * inspect the front and rear main seals Drive it, and listen for any drivetrain noises, turn off the radio and open the windows. Listen for noises from the differentials or the wheel bearings, common problem areas in past Subies. ... Read More
Ok. I'm new to Subaru but am looking at purchasing a used 2003 Subaru Outback from a local dealership in Salt Lake City, UT. Car has had two owners and according to a VIN number check (Carfax) it looks OK. Mileage is just under 79k. Asking mid $12k range. Any thoughts on this car? Anything to look for when I test drive in next few days? Thanks. Edward
Ok, I'm a long time driver/owner of Subaru products, and I've been anxiously awaiting the R Limited after seeing pictures on the Japanese Subaru site for a few years. So, I took my 2003 Legacy in for its first brake job, rear pads at 53k miles, and the dealer had a black one on the lot. That is a great looking car. So, as I continued to stare at it while ... Read More
I just performed my first fill-up and while the trip computer estimated my tank mileage at 28.2 mpg, my actual calculated mileage was in fact 27.3 mpg. This is decent accuracy. However this brought something else to my attention. I revisited the mileage records for my 2003 Outback and discovered that over the 196 times I refilled it, I never achieved anything better than 26.9 mpg. Wow. I AM babying my ... Read More
Yesterday, I traded-in my 2003 Outback for an 2008. I'm taken back by the improvement in refinement and smoothness of my new car; it is very different! Whereas the 03 had a mechanical and tactile feel, the 08 drives more like a luxury car. The engine spools up so smoothly, it's hard to believe it's the "same" 2.5 liter. The clutch pedal is feather-lite and engagement is smooth, almost silky. And, ... Read More
Yesterday, I took delivery on a quartz silver wagon from Becker Subaru in Allentown, PA. This is the 5th new car I've bought in my lifetime and without a doubt my sales experience with Becker was superior to any other. Pricing was very fair and the whole transaction was committed smoothly and quickly. It was certainly worth the 40 mile drive up to Allentown (I live closer to Philly). Becker sold ... Read More
i've noted that other folks have had their problems with the 2.5l engine, and the obonoxious loud ticking noise which seems to appear without any prior cause... however, my car was in the subaru dealership in january '07, after the garage which takes care of basic maintenance noticed an oil leak from one of the manifolds, and they told me that they were aware of gasket failures in certain subarus, and ... 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
You can find some detailed instructions & diagrams for air filter replacement for your model here: http://www.cars101.com/subaru/airfiltration.html#00-04legacy
:) I've owned a 1996 Outback Wagon, a 1999 SUS Outback and currently own a 2003 H-6 VDC Wagon. I think they were all exceptional cars and would recommend them. The only problem I had was with the SUS at 12000 miles. There was a hairline crack in the engine block. SOA replaced the short block and gave me a loaner during the repair. The first two cars were totaled in ... Read More
I've changed the backlight and indicator bulbs on several switches on my 2001 Forester and my wife's 2003 Outback, both of which were the same. The part number for these bulbs is 83426AA040. I don't know if you can get these aftermarket or not, but I bought them from my Subaru dealer. Anyway, to remove the switch, insert a small, thin bladed screwdriver along the bottom edge of the switch. This ... Read More
My 2003 Outback with the 225/60 16's that were never rotated is a manual tranny which gives a 50 - 50 front to rear traction drive. I understand this is a different system than the auto which is like 90 front to 10 back. That may explain the mostly even tire wear. Most of my driving is around town which may explain the 50,000 miles. I wrote subaru about putting on ... Read More
My 2003 outback's stock tires are 225/60 16 Potenza's, 50,000 and still havge some good tread left, also never rotated. However soon I will need new tires. Question - has anyone put larger tires than the stock 225/60 16's on an Outback? I am thinking 225/65 16 which would be about 1" larger diameter or about 1/2" larger profile. Does anyone know if this can be done without any rubbing issues? ... Read More
My 2003 outback's stock tires are 225/60 16 Potenza's, 50,000 and still OK never rotated. Soon I will need new tires. Question - has anyone put larger tires on an Outback? I am thinking 225/65 16 which would be about 1" larger diameter or about 1/2" at each point. Does anyone know if this can be done without any rubbing issues? I occasionally drive on the beach and the clearance is ... Read More
The Outback/Legacy head gasket problem appears to be far more widespread than Subaru is willing to admit. My former 2003 Outback needed a gasket replacement at 28K miles. She had Subaru approved coolant from the start, therefore, it was not a coolant problem as Subaru often states. Even after a gasket was replaced, I could hear a sound of gushing coolant upon engine start-up. Obviously, the new gasket was also leaking ... Read More
I just went through the same thing - two sensors were replaced (one in the intake and one in the exhaust manifold)and neither helped the problem, then a vacuum thingy and fuel injector cleaners etc etc. Last week I stalled when decelerating to avoid a deer and of course, things did not go well, especially for the deer. I freaked and finally the dealership got on the ball and contacted Subaru. ... Read More
So my parents have a 2000 Subaru Legacy Outback Station Wagon. They liked it quite a bit, but had big problems starting around 2002. Lots of oil leaks, blown head gaskets. There was a recall involving some coolant additive to keep the coolant from degrading engine seals I think. Looks like this recall was administered too late to save our carís engine, or our vehicle was a lemon. We're actually going ... Read More
ok thank you i'll try that
It doesn't throw any codes at all? If the plugs and wires are more than 30k miles old, I'd try that first. Otherwise my guess is it's the ignition coil (only about $80 and there's just one). -juice
Hi there I have a a problem with my Subaru 2.5 engine it stumbles and stalls after it warms up I took it to the dealership and they diagnosied at as a o2 sensor and it still does the same thing even after replacing it with a new one any suggestions?
Hi there I have a 2003 subaru outback wagon two weeks ago after the engine is warmed up it stumbles and stalls,I brought it to the dealer and they diagnosited it to the o2sensor they replaced it and it still stumbles and stalls any suggestions?
Perhaps this is it... With most Subarus with automatic transmission, there is no button to push in order to release the gear switch. (Normally, you push in the button, then move the handle to the desired gear- park, reverse, neutral, etc.) The clicking noise you hear is the release/lock for the gear box. So, if you're in drive and going 20mph, you can't hit the handle to put the car in ... Read More
Every manual transmission Subaru produced since 2003 except for the STi (oh, and I guess the '07 spec.B) has a clutch force limiting device. Basically it is a valve on the clutch cylinder that prevents you from dumping the clutch. To get around that, you have to launch perfectly. It sounds like you're describing two kinds of slowness to your launch, the first one is unquestionably the force limiter and the ... Read More
My 2004 Outback Sport started with piston slap at 11,000 miles. (At that time, the dealer said "they all make that noise>") At 29,000 miles they replaced # 2 and # 4 piston and put in oversized rings. 1200 miles later the noise was back. At 32,000 miles Subaru put a new short block in, too much damage to the interior of the motor, from the piston slap. Now we wait ... Read More
I just installed a Subaru hitch on my 2003 LL Bean Outback wagon; that was easy. I am having trouble finding the wiring harness inside the vehicle into which the trailer wiring plugs. It is supposed to be on the passenger side coming down from the wheel well. There are some wires there but I cannot grasp any loose connector. I have already pulled a tube loose when I was feeling ... Read More
Thanks for the reply. My Impreza Outback Sport just had the #2 & #4 pistons replaced and the Subaru mechanic told me that the diameter of the updated piston is a bit larger and also that the skirt is moly. It even said oversized on the W/O. I was also talking to a customer service rep and was told the skirt is longer. This to me doesn't make any sense unless ... Read More
Hopefully the 2003 isn't included as I haven't received any recalls about a coolant additive. I think I read elsewhere that this only covered the 2000-2002 models.
Here in US, the 2000-2003? subarus have extended warranty on this (8 years/100000 miles) as it's a known problem. Did you do the coolant additive recall? This is the only condition of the extended warranty. Talk to your dealer.
One more chance to get information if this has happened to anyone who has a 2003 Subaru Outback. this has happened twice causeing me to be in accidents.
I have a 2003 Outback that surged forward into a post while I had my foot firmly on the brake. It surged almost 10 feet. Subaru claims this is impossible. I am looking for anyone who has had a similar experience. The first time this happened was at 1600 miles and the second time at 14,000 miles - in between it ran o.k.
There is alot bad information regarding the piston slap problem. Here are the facts of my experience. My 2003 Legacy developed the piston slap when the weather started turning cold (below 30 degrees F). If the ambient temperature was above 30 degrees, no slap. Under 30 degrees, it took at least 10 minutes before the noise went away. I brought the car in to my local Subaru Service shop along with ... Read More
Hey Carman! I used your insight a few years back with my Subaru Legacy L 2003 sedan, and got a tremendous deal. Now that lease is ending in 2 months, and I am anxious to lean on you once again. Subaru is offering me PREFERRED LEASE LOYALTY, thus waiving my first monthly lease payment, as well as a waiver of the security deposit requirment if I lease another car through them. ... Read More
Is anyone else here unhappy with Subaru ABS ? I sure am!!! I just drove the 2003 Murano 50 miles today on snow and ice. Original tires with 34,000 miles. The ABS rarely kicked in... and the Murano stopped nice and short. When I got home I drove the Outback around the block. Just as I thought. As soon as I hit the brake, the damn ABS kicked in and I ... Read More
I just wanted to clear up the confusion regarding why my 99 Outback wasn't repaired under warranty. The dealer could not make the trannie problem happen, as it was intermittent at that time(at 72000kms). By the time the trannie problem became solid, my Outback was out of warranty. I am aware that things do fail, if I were the only person to have had trannie problems with my Subaru Outback, I ... Read More
I'm currently driving a 2003 Audi A4 Avant 1.8T manual. I've never had a car that was so much fun to drive, or one that's had to spend so much time in the shop. So now I'm looking at the car I probably should have bought in '03--the Outback wagon, but I want something similar in handling and pickup to my Audi. I'm leaning to the XT, but the poorer mileage ... Read More