Originally Posted by pdiz
Well I don't know how much was already in the system, so I really need to buy a gauge, but it blows pretty cold for now so I'm not going to worry about it just yet. But anyway, doesn't it seem odd to anyone else that we have to recharge it at all? Obviously it has a leak somewhere, or was undercharged from the factory. I guess time will tell since I just recharged mine.
I had a Miata I bought new in '93 and when I sold it two years ago, the A/C was still working great. Same with my girlfriend's '01 Kia Rio. I just don't know about Subaru quality. Don't mean to troll, I really like my Baja, but there's been several other common issues (driver's door weatherstrip, lower radiator hose leak, etc.) and when I try to take it to the dealer (when it was under warranty), there was always some lame excuse (the weatherstrip is the "turbo warning system" warning you to slow down as the turbo's breaking in, that's why it buzzes at speed). Lame!
Eh, it doesn't surprise me. Seeing how many other folks now that seem to have the problem I'm somewhat cynical now of the A/C system on Subarus. More than likely you've got a leak somewhere and you're not the only one.
I checked with advanced auto parts and they can order Subaru Baja specific AC gasket kits (ALL gaskets) for $18.
I noticed a spot that I suspect might possibly be leaking refridgerant on the driver side of the radiator. Cleaned it. Will keep an eye on it.