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ticking in an 03 OB
Posted 16 February 2004 - 09:37 AM
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Posted 17 February 2004 - 01:36 PM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 11:44 PM
I have to add that when I first got the car from the dealer, I didn't hear that noise at all, it was only about 2-4 months after that it became apparent. I did the recommended break-in even though I remember the dealer telling me specifically that there wasn't any need to do that.
Performed the 3000 mi oil change and filter. I was wondering if it had anything to do with the fact that I used the castrol 5w30. Anyone knows what oil comes with a new OB and if that will make any difference?
Apart from the noise, the car seems to be performing well.
I wish that the brakes were more effective though cause when I'm going fast down a slope, sometime it feels as if the car doesn't want to stop. I've tried engaging the AT to neutral to see if there is a difference and I usually get a shorter braking distance with that. Wonder why that is the case.
Posted 18 February 2004 - 12:36 AM
Posted 20 February 2004 - 10:46 AM
I'm still worried about engine longevity. My wife and I put on a ton of miles every year so every mile counts. Our 99 Outback has 164,000 and our 03 Outback has 42,000. I want every mile I can get out of the motors.
Posted 20 February 2004 - 10:34 PM
Does your 99 outback tick? How reliable is the 99, any issues?
Is it a 2.5L?
Posted 21 February 2004 - 03:34 PM
We have driven our 99 hard, and it has the miles to prove it. It has been an extremely reliable car with a few exceptions:
• We put a new transmission in at 140,000 miles (My fault, A towing mishap from Florida, the front up on a dolly and the rear on the ground, and no I didn’t disconnect the rear driveshaft. I’d like to say I was young and dumb but I was just dumb:>).
• When we got the new tranny we also put in a new clutch which we probably didn’t need but I fell for the service manager’s sales pitch on how our clutch didn’t have much life left. The dealer botched the clutch install and the new clutch was gone after only 8,000 miles (They replaced it).
• The head gasket blew last year at 140,000 miles. I took the thermostat out and continued driving the car for another 6,000 miles before we could find a reputable mechanic (didn’t want to go to the dealer) to fix it. The car never overheated without the thermostat, it just used a cup or so of antifreeze every week. I probably would have gone longer but winter in WNY and not much heat wasn’t fun. Heads were planed with new gaskets and the car has been good since.
Other than that just: new tires at 80k, new brake pads, new wiper blades and the usual maintenance, we haven’t even needed to put a new muffler on yet.
We have gone 4 wheeling all over with the 99 in the Southwest and here in NY. My wife and I loved taking logging roads and four-wheel-drive-only trails when we lived in Colorado. We have some great memories taking the car places that most people wouldn’t even take their trucks. We made some really, really dumb decisions on some muddy and snowy roads and luckily the car always got us through it. I hindsight I wish we had a digital camera to document all the amazing stuff that car went through (thank God for the underguards).
If I had to choose between a new 99 and a new 03, I would take the 99 ten times out of ten. The car just seems to have a little more getup and go and a little more torque. If I let the clutch out on the 99 on flat ground without my foot on the gas the car lugs down and moves forward without stalling. If I do the same thing on the 03 is stalls. Both cars idle at 500 rpm, the new one just doesn’t seem to have the torque.
Incase you haven’t notice I love the 99, my wife drives it now and I miss it… she won’t trade back.
Sorry to make a short story long.
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