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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby JasonH » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:40 pm

Hotoven wrote:Well Its already time for an oil change on my Subaru. I just got it in Oct. and already put 3,000 miles on it. Any suggestions on what oil and or filter to use? I haven't done any research yet, but whatever I use I want it to be consistent. I have a 2007 Subaru Outback.


Why change your oil after 3,000 miles?

http://www1.calrecycle.ca.gov/UsedOil/OilChange/

http://amateurassetallocator.com/2009/12/21/changing-your-oil-every-3000-miles-and-5-other-car-care-myths/
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby MoapaPk » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:15 pm



"...vary with driving conditions."

I can't say I understand what dust has to do with engine oil; but many auto manufacturers recommend more frequent (down to 3000 miles) oil changes in dusty conditions. My soob spends a lot of times on very dusty roads, and the air filter shows it.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby Hotoven » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:49 pm

JasonH wrote:
Hotoven wrote:Well Its already time for an oil change on my Subaru. I just got it in Oct. and already put 3,000 miles on it. Any suggestions on what oil and or filter to use? I haven't done any research yet, but whatever I use I want it to be consistent. I have a 2007 Subaru Outback.


Why change your oil after 3,000 miles?

http://www1.calrecycle.ca.gov/UsedOil/OilChange/

http://amateurassetallocator.com/2009/12/21/changing-your-oil-every-3000-miles-and-5-other-car-care-myths/


Ok ok, but how about when I reach 5,000 miles? Whats a good oil? Full synthetic, half, normal?
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about to pull the trigger....

Postby jvarholak » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:25 am

..... on a used 2001-2500 outback. Most in my price range have between 100K-140K on 'em. Just wanted to ask, based on those model years and mileage, what I should look out for (head gasket, tranny, AC..... whatever)? looking at both 4 and 6 cyl.
Thanks in advance,
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Re: about to pull the trigger....

Postby jvarholak » Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:38 am

jvarholak wrote:..... on a used 2001-2500 outback. Most in my price range have between 100K-140K on 'em. Just wanted to ask, based on those model years and mileage, what I should look out for (head gasket, tranny, AC..... whatever)? looking at both 4 and 6 cyl.
Thanks in advance,
john


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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby mconnell » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:36 pm

I can only comment on mine. I have had very little problem with it. The only recurring problem that I have is that the damn thing eats light bulbs. The tail light enclosures fill up with water every time it rains, so I pop a lot of tail lights. I have been pulled over several times for it, so now I always carry a couple spares.

It also has a small oil leak somewhere (head gasket?), but it's not bad enough that I have looked for it. I guess I'm not surprised since I have over 225,000 miles on it.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby Hotoven » Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:43 pm

I don't know to much about Subarus, but from talking to the dealer where I bought my own, he said that the 2005 and newer are redesigned a lot and are much better. I also know someone with an 2005 and they keep having problems with it, needed a new transmission, and timing belt at only 60,000 miles. In whatever you get, make sure its been taken care of.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:41 am

Which "new" Subarus have room for a full-sized spare? Outback, Forester, Crosstrek? The dealer claimed that the Outback and Forester (at least) had room. Which Subarus will take light truck tires? I think the Forester is standard with Geolander LTT.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby mconnell » Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:37 am

MoapaPk wrote:Which "new" Subarus have room for a full-sized spare? Outback, Forester, Crosstrek? The dealer claimed that the Outback and Forester (at least) had room. Which Subarus will take light truck tires? I think the Forester is standard with Geolander LTT.


All have room for a full sized spare. Depends on where you want to put it. I don't think any of them will take a full size spare in the standard spare storage. All of room in the trunk/back.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby chugach001 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:12 pm

I'm done with Subaru. I've had 4 in a row, the last two required; 2 transmissions, 1 motor, 1 turbo between them.

Finally I called Subaru and said; "hey, lifelong customer here having a really bad experience with your brand, hook me up with the turbo and I'll cover the labor". Their response was some lame-ass discount on a new car with a dealer. Given the choice between keeping a customer and pissing me off, they told me to kiss their ass.

My opinion, go Honda or Toyota.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby MoapaPk » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:47 pm

I'm curious if anyone has looked at the new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk edition? By the new EPA standards, it gets about the same mpg as my 2003 4-cyl outback wagon, and comes with beefier suspension, all skid plates, beefier tires, etc.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:37 am

It happened this winter: 200,000 miles

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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby peninsula » Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:48 pm

MoapaPk wrote:
Scott wrote:Just got a new Outback (with the CVT transmission). We missed our Subaru too much after trading in our Forester back in 2007. Other vehicles we had/had just aren't the same in snow country.


Have you taken it on rough roads yet? Will a full-sized spare fit in the spare compartment?

It's rumored that the "new" transmission has the same sort of problems indicated for the CRV in the link above -- the limited-slip differential is gone.

The higher clearance and tougher shocks are interesting, but the take-off angle still looks annoying.


Took my 2014 Forester down into Baja for 10 days. Tested it on some gnarly desert roads and beach sand dunes... outstanding performance!
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby fatdad » Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:28 pm

Mine (actually my wife's until she got a new car, then it became my "new" car) has about 130K and still doing well. Problem with the headgasket, which seems to be common with other owners, but that's easily treatable by keeping a spare quart in the back. I'd really like to get a new car that better fits my power suit profession--I typically have the crappiest looking car when I park at the courthouse--but the thing still runs fine so I have a hard time justifying a new one. Plus, the thing is great in the mountains, can handle the rough road to the Needles no problem, and I don't care if it gets dirty when I throw my mt. bike in the back. Other than its age and the interior wear, not much to grumble about...as long as the headgasket holds.
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Re: The Subaru Thread

Postby asmrz » Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:39 pm

I own 2002 Outback Wagon purchased new.

We had very little wrong with it in 127,000 miles. We have another vehicle, 4wd Toyota so that gets driven off road which is where we go a lot these days. But the Outback had couple of sensors replaced and that's it in all these years.

For me it has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned and I have owned plenty of them in the 45 years I have been driving.

Where we live (Idyllwild, San Jacinto Mountains, California), we need AWD and some clearance which the Outback has. I have hit the front end many times on rough roads so the vehicle cannot be considered "HIGH" clearance, but it works well in snow, on icy roads and the many unimproved roads in our mountains.
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