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Old 05-24-2005, 03:45 PM   #1
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anyone else having/had problems with their a/c? i heard that it was a real problem for subaru... my a/c just died on thursday, she's going to the shop on wednesday hopefully. it actually gets hotter when i hit the a/c button!
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Old 05-24-2005, 05:05 PM   #2
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I asked the Subaru rep about the A/C today , nothing unusual he said , also the brakes , should last 40k, acted like the he never heard the A/C was a problem....

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Old 05-24-2005, 05:30 PM   #3
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only problem I had was after removing the whole DIN and disconnecting the cable for the A/C I didnt reposition it correctly so even though I set it for cold, it was more or less in the middle.

Fault was on me.
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Old 05-24-2005, 05:35 PM   #4
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Only problem here in New England is that we haven't had a chance to find out whether there is anything wrong with the A/C. Man, the weather has sucked since last November...
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Old 05-24-2005, 06:46 PM   #5
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Only problem here in New England is that we haven't had a chance to find out whether there is anything wrong with the A/C. Man, the weather has sucked since last November...
?The New England Bajas came with AC?



getting pretty sick of this cold rain. Can't remember when I saw the sun.
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Old 05-24-2005, 07:56 PM   #6
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only problem I had was after removing the whole DIN and disconnecting the cable for the A/C I didnt reposition it correctly so even though I set it for cold, it was more or less in the middle.

Fault was on me.
i removed the din too, guess ill check that first and hope it was my fault! thx!
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Old 05-24-2005, 10:17 PM   #7
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I haven't had any probs yet. But it has been cooler out here in cheeseland, so I have not tried to use it yet. Should be ok though, since it has not given me any prob yet. Mike
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:23 AM   #8
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Any way to make the A/C colder?!?!?! Living in the desert southwest, I use my A/C 10 months out of the year
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Old 05-26-2005, 06:08 AM   #9
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Any way to make the A/C colder?!?!?! Living in the desert southwest, I use my A/C 10 months out of the year
The AC system relys on a delicate balance of R-134a (refigerant). If theres too much or too little it wont be as warm as it should be. But, R-134a isn't as effective as R-12 (old refrigerant that eats the ozone) so freezing cold temps can't be achieved like the old days.


Stick a digital thermometer in your center vent and put the blower on 3rd speed with the AC on. Usually vent out put temps will drop to aprox. 45 degrees. If you think its not cold enough bring it to your dealer and let them know. I don't know what Subaru's minimum requirement is but Saturn's is 45 degrees after 5 minutes of driving, and usually most systems get down around 40 degrees.
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:54 PM   #10
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Just got mine back late this afternoon,blew out 2 seals. Last month I had the dealer install the sub, they messed up the controls, had full heat for the weekend.

05 Baja just over 5000 miles.
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Old 05-25-2005, 10:16 PM   #11
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i got 27000 miles on mine but the only thing i noticed is that it takes about 10 min. to cool down after it has been sitting in the sun here in houston
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:38 AM   #12
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I think I use my AC almost year round. haven't had a problem with my '03 AC since I got it.
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:49 PM   #13
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Mine is still working fine. 2003 with 30,000 miles.
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:10 PM   #14
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Mine never really felt too cool from the factory to begin and after 40K it has completely crapped out. No mods done to the DIN or anything. I have no clue what's wrong with it. Fans just blow hot vented air into the cabin. Very annoying. Is A/C still under warranty at 40K?
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:18 PM   #15
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Mine had a condenser replaced under warranty. For some reason they just couldn't get the o-ring to seal. Works fine now.
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:48 PM   #16
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I've had a problem with my AC refridgerant leaking out of the system. Not sure where exactly it's leaking yet but I'm keeping an eye on it. You can re-charge the AC with one of those R134a recharge kits at autozone or advanced auto parts - $20. Real easy. The low side service port of your Baja's AC is up close to the firewall - real easy to see and get to; it's got a blue cap on it.

The trick is to pull back on those AC 134A recharge kits and push it on the line good and hard. When seating it on mine, I pushed the aluminum line back at least an inch for it to seat in properly.

In my experience, the most common place for an automotive AC system to leak will be around the compressor - usually a gasket that's leaking either on the high or low side. You can buy a UV-light dye kit or clean the lines and areas around the compressor real real clean and check every now and then for an oily dirty buildup somewhere. If you see a spot that looks like dirt accumulated around oil - your leak is very close to that spot. It's refridgerant oil leaking out with your refridgerant. Don't worry if you've lost some oil though - it's usually not that big of a deal.
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:54 PM   #17
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Knock on wood... but I never had a problem with my AC (127000 miles) still blows cold and strong.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:56 PM   #18
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Knock on wood... but I never had a problem with my AC (127000 miles) still blows cold and strong.
127K and you've never even needed to fill it up? Holy shhhit is Collegeville Pa anywhere near Antarctica?
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:33 AM   #19
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127K and you've never even needed to fill it up? Holy shhhit is Collegeville Pa anywhere near Antarctica?
That's right, no problem. I'm close to Philly. Maybe I'll ask about having it serviced next time I take her in for an oil change. If it makes you feel better I've put 3 grand into the car from Feb to April. And last time I was in to have the check engine light looked at they said the computer was indicating a bad catilitic converter. I had a new converter put in at 90000 miles. So now it looks like I need that... again! I'm learning to live with the pleasant amber glow of a check engine light! So if the AC is the one thing that is working and hasn't given me a problem....GOD BLESS ME!!!
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:48 AM   #20
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I did have two probs with it early 2K miles 1. the vents wouldn't stay in place and the other was not cold enough. It was overcharged from the factory. They let some out and has been good ever since now have 40K miles. Today its 108 degrees here and mine is working fine as well as my wrx although the wrx seems to be much cooler faster
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:44 AM   #21
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My wifes has an 05 Baja and she always says her a/c never seems to get cold, or takes 10 minutes before it does. I hooked it upto a set of gauges and the high / low pressure seemed at the correct ratio and pressure for the temp it was ( dont remember the #s now) but wasnt overly low or high. Ill have to check it out more in a month maybe when it gets hotter. I have a big selection of 134 rated o rings, might have to leak check it and re seal whatever it is. Usually its only fords that leak when new. My 03 wrx was much colder and came on in seconds, even at 98,000 miles.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:03 PM   #22
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trip # 6 resulted in the problem being fixed!!!! Well, it was fixed for about 12 hours. Trip #7 resulted in the tech "finding" that it was now either the evaporator box or some O rings. Don't know the new cost yet, their computers are down.....
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:37 PM   #23
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Dude.. why are you still taking your car to this dealer?...
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Old 07-03-2007, 03:49 PM   #24
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Dude.. why are you still taking your car to this dealer?...
An excellent question. Well, have you ever felt like you've gotten yourself invested in the process? I figured that since they kept replacing the same parts, all of that would not incur additional costs, which of course has been true. It is the closest dealership (under 10 minutes), my favorite is down in Annapolis, about 35 minutes away. The part that really sucks is I'm just trying to get this car ready to sell, and the damn thing is going to put me in the poor house. I just bought a new one before this problem has cropped up.

I'll update this thread when I have more.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:57 PM   #25
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Subaru A/C sucks. I just bought a Fusion and it gets nice and cold. I have to even turn it down in 100 days (60 to usually 70 or more).


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