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Old 07-20-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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My mom has a new Outback with about 2300 miles on it. She lives in CO where she bought the car. While on a trip up in Aspen (she lives in Co. Springs) she was going through the mountains and the car just bogged way down. She was litteraly in the lane with the smi trucks creeping up the mountain pass. She stated that other Outbacks with the cars packed full and bags on the roof were just flying by. She has a manual trans and knows how to drive (used to auto x an Miata many years ago) The one thing she pointed out is that she was using 89 grade gas as that is what the dealership told her to use.

When she had a Jeep and had this sort of problem the dealership mentioned that the ecu was probably programmed for a lower altitude location. I never really heard of that but I can say that it sounds possible but never thought factories did that sort of thing.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what could cause this sort of thing? I know she had some luggage in her car but swares it was only two suitcases and the back seat was completely empty.

I suggested that she go ahead and take it to the dealership and complain but I am thinking they are going to give her the line of we could not replicate the situation and do nothing about it.

Please, I need some serious ideas here if you can.

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Old 07-21-2006, 12:51 PM   #2
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check out subaruoutback.org
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Old 07-21-2006, 01:25 PM   #3
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Thats odd... Did the engine just cut out, or was it having power problems? It should do fine with the 5-speed even with a lot of luggage. What gear was she in? Was she using cruise control? How much fuel was in the car?

FYI the octane isnt the issue. I use 89 and go up and down the sierras no problem as does every other subaru up there.
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Old 07-21-2006, 08:01 PM   #4
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Odd!!! It was more of a power issue. She was down shifting just to keep the power going. She was not on cruise, not much luggage and about 3/4 tank of gass at the time.

The bottom line is that I told her to take it in and get it checked out. It should not have bogged down on her and forced her to have to be in the right lane behind the big trucks that have to creep up the mountain at 25-30mph.

Supposedly the 91 seems to be helping some or at least that is what she thinks.

odeezie, I posed up on subaruoutback.org and did not get very far. I know we have alot more technical guru's on here than anywhere else. I just do not know how to get them to check out my thread. Lord knows, I do not want to cross post on here!
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Old 07-21-2006, 08:18 PM   #5
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I don't think its the ecu problem. I bought my car in pa and now live in Avon, CO at about 8,000 feet above sea level. I have never had any problems. I run 85 octane up here and have no problems at all. I have never taken it to a shop up here and havn't got anything changed. It sound like it could be a more serious problem than gas. thats my 2 cents
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Old 07-21-2006, 08:40 PM   #6
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Thanks alot. It just sounded odd to me that a company would have different programs based on location since people move about the country quite a bit. None the less, I told her that she could take it in to them and let them run a scan on it. But there were no cell's thrown so I do not kno what they will find or if they will even spend the time trying to figure it out. If it was me I would drive it to Andrew and let him deal with it but that is quite a distance for her!
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:18 PM   #7
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Check over on legacygt.com and see what they think as well.

Weve rulled out a few things definatly leaving it being something abnormal... Would the car rev over 4000rpms when it was doing that? When was the car last serviced and what was done with it?
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Old 07-22-2006, 09:14 AM   #8
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Have to check on the revs. The car is brand new and only has about 2500 miles on it so it really has not been serviced as of yet.
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Old 07-22-2006, 01:53 PM   #9
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Ok, if its that new then take it in and have it checked under warranty. Have them check for recall services too, but the only one I see is WWY-09 (Engine Cooling System Flush and Refill)
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