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Guest Message by DevFuse

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Front Spring Recall on ALL Legacy platform cars in NE!

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#1 Guest_shortlid_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 10:52 AM

This is the message I sent my Mother in New York City metro area when
she received the recall for the front springs on her '98 Legacy L Wagon.

Yes, I was aware of the recall over a month ago through the Subaru
on-line message boards I belong to. They was not sure it would effect L
wagons or if it extended down south as far as New York.
The problem seems to be that SOA (Subaru of America) spec.ed out a
coating for the front coil springs that was not corrosion resistant
enough. In New England and apparently NY. where road salt can wreck
havoc on the under body of vehicles, they have had concerns that if the
spring rusted enough it could break, resulting in a puncture of a front
tire! This would be a lawsuit ready to happen for Subaru, if someone
lost control while this occurred and crashed!

The problem is this, the recall only entails installing a shield on the
spring. This shield prevents a broken spring from puncturing the tire,
it does NOT prevent or rectify the corrosion problem with the front
springs. Seems GM might be using some of there "dirty" money fingers at
Subaru to boost profits and reduce Quality :( !!!

I did hear that one owner in New Hampshire brought his Subaru in for the
recall in the Tech. and he looked at the springs and they were BADLY
corroded. The dealer agreed to both replace the front springs with the
new improved version AND install the recall shields! This is the
situation I would like to see for you. If there is a known problem with
these springs we don't just want a temporary solution that we will have
to deal with 2 years down the road. We want the problem rectified the
way it was suppose to be from the factory!! Wilton Subaru is a good
dealer they should help you, and concur with you on this one. If they
do not, let me know and I will let the list know about this one.

#2 Guest_remarcable_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 11:12 AM

My springs are rusted and not doing as good a job as they used to, with 33k miles on the outback.

Unfortunatly, I live in the south. So no recall for me.

#3 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 11:57 AM

Marc, it's most likely surface rust and dirt. If it's not, you should definitely have them looked at.

You say this recall only pertains to legacies in the NE area, you say all legacies as well. I don't think it's all years 90 on up is it? Do you have a copy of the recall letter or know where to find a copy of it.

#4 Guest_jsocool_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 12:49 PM

I too would definately be intersted in seeing the recall letter if it can be posted, although i'm In maryland and most likely left out.

#5 Guest_97SubaruGT_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 01:35 PM

I got a letter from Subaru yesterday, talking about hte recall. I think it applied to 95-99 cars in NE area, there's a list of states covered. I don't have a scanner but can fax teh letter so anyone who wants it on Wednesday. Drop off your fax number if you want it faxed to you.

#6 Guest_shortlid_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 03:16 PM

If anyone has a scanner and the recall notice would they please post it for the NG , thanks!!! I want to know how I can get my dealer to put NEW improved front springs in the car.

#7 Guest_MKIVSupra_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 06:15 PM

I just got the recall yesterday. I live in the Chicago, Illinois area. It lists a bunch of states, mostly those that get a lot of snow during the winter and thus have to deal with all the salt on the roads. This sux cause I was just at the dealer for the alternator recall a week ago, now I need to go make another appointment and go back. The service dept told me they heard about it, but I need to wait to get a letter from Subaru... figures it would come a week later. One thing I was surprised at is why are they only putting on spring guards and not replacing the springs.

#8 Guest_PaganQWA_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 06:21 PM

Does this also extend to the first gen Legacys ? My wife drives a '90 Legacy L wagon and we live in MN where they use salt like its going out of style.

#9 Guest_Legacy777_*

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Posted 02 October 2001 - 08:38 PM

That's what I was trying to find out for sure, but I really doubt it. The first gen (90) really didn't have any recalls. It had an undercoating thing, and I think one other thing, don't remember I can lookup the paperwork when I get home, and the tranny filter add-on thingy.

#10 Guest_meep424_*

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Posted 03 October 2001 - 06:45 AM


My brother owns a new OB that's registered in TN. He just received the recall too, so I don't think that all Southern states are out of the picture.


#11 Guest_shortlid_*

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Posted 03 October 2001 - 01:14 PM

I took a better look at the letter and it states that Subaru IS willing to replace the springs BUT only if they are corroded! They are however willing to replace them down the line if they do develop bad corrosion. You will never see a domestic giving you such complete coverage!!

#12 Guest_oquipah_*

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Posted 10 October 2001 - 03:48 PM

I got my letter a week ago and was also wondering why they aren't just replacing the springs now? I'd rather have the sense of security that my spring isn't going to just snap one day. I'm sure that'll be a fun drive to the dealer!

Sounds like treating a symptom rather than the cause.

I guess I'll talk to my dealer about options when I take it in.

If anything develops I'll post it.

#13 Guest_2001GT_*

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Posted 15 October 2001 - 03:31 PM

If you want to check recalls for your particular vehicle, just go to the NHTSA site (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) at:


Good luck.


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