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02 OUtback H6 sedan engine squeek

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#1 Farid


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Posted 10 September 2003 - 10:02 PM

I was about to purchase an 02 H6 Outback Sedan but upon test driving it noticed a low freq squeeking noise from around the fan belt area. Car has only 15K miles on it. I dont think its the belt and salesman or dealer mechanic dont hear it (surprise):brolleye: The car still has a year and 20K miles left on basic warranty but getting a dealer to fix this is probably like pulling teeth. BTW car is currently at a honda dealer ship and they're asking 19K for the car. Any thoughts?


98 Legacy Outback Wagon 120K mi and counting

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Posted 10 September 2003 - 10:43 PM

If you're othherwise interested in the car you have some ways to proceed - is there any warranty left that transfers to you? Would the dealership give you a warranty that would specifically cover whatever you think IS the cause of the noise. Would the dealership allow you to take the vehicle to a Soob mechanic for a thorough exam? (recommended anyway)

You don't mention why you think it isn't a belt as they say. You could perhaps show up on their lot with a can of Belt Ease and say "Show me"..

Be a 'grinder'. Make them put so much time in with you that they will do anything to close the deal. BUT you MUST be willing to walk away from the deal. Multiple test drives. repeat questions already answered. Get the VIN from them on the phone 2-3 times - claim you lost it. Bring a friend to drive it. If possible, call the previous owner and ask them if there's any reason you shouldn't buy the car. It's not theirs anymore, they're usually honest. Try EVERY accessory. Make note of tire,battery and other 'consumables' that you will nedd to spend money on. PLAN on spending 200-300 bucks on it (hopefully less) after you buy it. Fluid changes, diagnostics, brakes, tires(?), etc.

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