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Old 09-12-2003, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default 2.5RS owners: tell me about ALL your problems

I'm going to be buying a 98 or 99 2.5RS coupe this winter. I've heard absolutely nothing about their reliability. My mom owned a 98 Outback for 3 years and has been driving a 01 Legacy GT for the past 3. Both of those cars were pretty solid in terms of the engine and almost everything else (the transmission was replaced under warranty on the Outback but I've heard Subaru automatic transmissions were junk anyway).

What are the issues that have come up on your guys' 2.5RS's? I'm talking about everything. From tiny broken parts to your transmission falling out. I want to know about it all! Mileages would be useful too.

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Old 09-12-2003, 08:23 AM   #2
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Mine is a 2002 RS... not a GC body style, but I'll give it a go

Replaced transmission case @ 30K miles due to a hairline fracture. I had it in @ 10K miles for a trans leak... resealed case, no replacement, still leaked. Noticed trans leaking during first oil change @ 1K miles. What can I say, took until 10K miles before got it in... I'm lazy I think it was a casting flaw, as the problem was on my car when I picked it up (or within 1000 miles at least). I am the only person I have ever heard with this problem. Otherwise the trans is great... no synchro crunch or grinding on shift.

The only other problem was a leaking left rear strut. This was replace at 30K miles with the trans case.
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Old 09-12-2003, 12:01 PM   #3
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2001 RS.

Received free clutch for cold clutch shudder.
Received free rear diff case seal. Had little leakage there.

I find body gets dented very easy on those cars... Also engine consumes oil. I tried syn, it even consumed more with it. Also trannsmissions are very stiff. You need good precision to shift, else you will look like novice stick driver. Well, so far so good. I didn't spend money on that car. It was covered by the dealer.
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Old 09-12-2003, 12:56 PM   #4
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In general: ( '+' are personally i've dealt with)
- MY98 have weak head gaskets (at least get a MY99)
+ MAF recall on some RS's (not a big deal IMO)
- Some wheel bearing problems (not a big deal IMO)
- Power hesitation @3-4k rpm (not a big deal IMO)
- Morning clutch shudder (this one sorta does suck)

Personally i've:
- Had no problems under warranty period, except replaced short block with crack.
- After warranty / 4yrs replaced clutch master & slave cylinders

These are just negatives, but if you look at it overall I would have still bought my car since I love it so much.
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Old 09-12-2003, 01:16 PM   #5
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I have also a 99RS... I'm about to turn 89k kms with it.....

While I don't drive my car daily, clutch shudder is very minimal on my car... It happens once every other month...

I track my car all the time (going again tomorrow)... and I changed the following so far (since April 1999)...

- clutch pedal squeek... they replaced the spring (I can't remember what the name is)
- MAF was replaced under Recall WD-99
- Changed front brakes pads at 83k kms and just did the rears at 88k kms...

I'm pretty sure I'll need to change the clutch within 2 years, replace some bushings...

I run all synthetic in my car (Motul for brakes, tranny and rear diff) and Mobil 1 for the engine...

There's also the regular maintenance items to be changed.....

I wouldn't recommend the 98's... since they came with DOHC engines... and they typilcally have head gasket issues... Some of our Ottawa members with higher mileage 98RS, have blown the headgaskets on a couple occasions..... both I know, the first time was around 120-130k kms and the 2nd around 160-170k kms....

This is at least a $1500 job.....

The biggest issues on the RS, is the clutches shudder (resolved if going aftermarket or if Subaru uses a new Forester clutch and flywheel).. For the rear wheel bearings, it's another issue... I think the service bulletins (http://www.endwrench.com/current/Cur...s/03-50-02.pdf) recommends in changing the axle... since this is cause of the bearings failure...

Procedures in changing rear wheel bearings:
http://www.endwrench.com/current/Cur.../WhBearRep.pdf

The other issue on Subarus are Check Engine Lights... Invest in a cheap code reader which can clear it also....

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Old 09-12-2003, 01:45 PM   #6
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I have a 2000 RS with an automatic tranny. It has 34k miles on it and I have not had a single problem, never been in the shop for anything but oil changes. No clutch shudder either
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Old 09-15-2003, 02:48 PM   #7
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I have a '99 RS. Bought it new.

The clutch slave cylinder became defective after about 20k miles, causing the clutch pedal to get soft and sometimes not return after being depressed, in hot weather/stop and go driving. Clutch still functioned though.

The side view mirrors whistled at speeds between 30 and 80 mph. Fixed w/ silcone.

Creaking sunroof.

Thin paint chips easily.

Never had a problem w/ the MAF which was made out to be a real problem for the '99's. But it was replaced anyway under a recall from Subaru.

Clutch replaced once under warranty for shuddering problem.

Otherwise the car has been extremely reliable.

Since I've owned the car, I've replaced the tires twice and the brake pads twice.

The battery lasted four and a half years before having to be replaced.

Still love the car more than any car I've owned. Even better now w/ the WRX engine.
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Old 09-16-2003, 11:20 AM   #8
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Saw your post. I also have a 2002 RS

I had the same problem with my tranny as you did. It would leak due to a hairline fracture, caused by a casting flaw.

I thought I was the only person with this problem, until I saw that you've posted it.

I had it replaced underwarranty and no problems now.

Quote:
Originally posted by MrHorspwer
Mine is a 2002 RS... not a GC body style, but I'll give it a go

Replaced transmission case @ 30K miles due to a hairline fracture. I had it in @ 10K miles for a trans leak... resealed case, no replacement, still leaked. Noticed trans leaking during first oil change @ 1K miles. What can I say, took until 10K miles before got it in... I'm lazy I think it was a casting flaw, as the problem was on my car when I picked it up (or within 1000 miles at least). I am the only person I have ever heard with this problem. Otherwise the trans is great... no synchro crunch or grinding on shift.

The only other problem was a leaking left rear strut. This was replace at 30K miles with the trans case.
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Old 09-17-2003, 12:26 PM   #9
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Old 09-17-2003, 12:28 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by Craig W

The side view mirrors whistled at speeds between 30 and 80 mph. Fixed w/ silcone.

How did you do that?
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:29 PM   #11
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Robin,

I too have a 98RS, which I bought it used at 96,000km and now it have around 112,233km on it ...now I am scare is my rs going to blow anyday??

Let me ask you this, $1,500 for the reapir or just the parts and not labor? And does all your friends race their 98RS? I heard that the main reason a 98RS with blow head gasket is people who race them. Which I never did, (always driving it 4,000RPM below.....yes, I don't drive fast) and my 98RS have zero oil leak on it and it is automatic.

So, if anybody know anything about this please reply....really
concern

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Old 09-17-2003, 01:29 PM   #12
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How did I fix the whistling mirrors?

I folded the mirror in, squirted a line of clear silicone along the center of the part of the mirror that meshes against the mount, then folded the mirror back out and let it dry.

Next time the mirror got folded in, there was resistance but the silicone gave way. But it still kept the mirror from whistling on the road.
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Old 09-17-2003, 04:55 PM   #13
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2001 model with about 35k miles. Auto transmission, no problems yet. Knock on wood.


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Old 09-17-2003, 08:30 PM   #14
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No problems. Have 62000 miles on it. It just developed this one:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=421813

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Old 09-17-2003, 10:39 PM   #15
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JOHN16V,

It actually doesn't matter... the DOHC 2.5L goes no matter if it's in a RS or an Outback...

The first time when it happened to our club co-founder, it was around 130k kms... and he never raced it... his RS was a daily driver (for work) and that was it.... Another guy bought/imported a California RS and it went around 140k kms but he was hard on the car....

Do a search on this forum for head gasket and DOHC in all 97-99 Legacy and Outback and 98 Impreza/Forester have this problem....

His cost was around $1500 (CDN $$)... about 65% of his bill were parts.... I couldn't believe the amount of O-rings required.... multiple 200+ o-rings at $1.50... it adds up quickly...

Keep monitoring it... if it happens, don't warp the head.... this will be more $$...

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Old 09-18-2003, 06:40 AM   #16
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I have a 1999 2.5 RS automatic with 119,800 miles and going strong.

I have not had one problem (knock on wood) with this car minus some self induced stuff. I still have the original battery in it as well as all the original bulbs (interior and exterior).

I did turn the car in for the MAF recall but I don't consider that a major concern.

At 119,800 miles on the odo I average 29mpg. That is 100 miles to work every day for 5 days at 80mph. Not to shabby. This has been a very reliable car and fun to drive.
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Old 09-18-2003, 05:05 PM   #17
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2001 RS.
51000km. Only major problem if you call it that is the water pump which was replaced under warranty.
I autoX my car occasionally. No problems whatsoever. Clutch shudder is very very minor for me.
Lately I have this CEL that keeps coming up. But car drives fine. It's moderately modded like most enthusiast's car of course.
If you can shell the dough, get a 2000 or 2001 model cus they have the rear LSD.
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Old 09-18-2003, 07:11 PM   #18
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2000RS sedan now pushing 93k

Never let me down as far as being stranded.

rear driver wheel bearing replaced under warrenty at 45k
rear main shaft nut in trans loose. Cause 5th gear to fit too loose and fall out of gear. Fixed at the same time as the wheel bearing.
driverside window regulator, never fixed it yet, as of this week, it will not roll down.

Cant say I'd want another car, I love my RS
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Old 09-22-2003, 01:58 AM   #19
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I have a 99' 2.5 with the follwing problem...http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=424920

i have a 22b front relica..could the body differance have affected it?


along with that i have just replaced the OE battery wich went actully completly dead..evan charging it..no revivalll..i dont havea stereo or anything....hmmm....other than that..my engine has been rubuilt and modifyed...so not problems yet...great car..buy yours!
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Old 09-22-2003, 04:14 PM   #20
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2000 RS bone stock
auto trans
50k miles

Only major problem was a punctured radiator and a shopping cart dent, but stuff like that happens.

A couple minor things. Occasional hesitation off idle (may have something to do with the k&n filter). Rotors are warped, but I have Meineke's el cheapo parts to thank for that Side windows are scratched from debris in the felt. If I knew it would be covered by warranty I may have had it taken care of before mine ran out. Oh, and the paint does suck. My front end is peppered.
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Old 09-23-2003, 06:41 PM   #21
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No problems except for a little cold clutch shudder. Been auto-xing is for the last 3 yrs.
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Old 09-24-2003, 01:17 AM   #22
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2000 rs. 92,000 miles. Had the cat replaced twice under warranty because of a check engine light. The light is on again for the same code. Has been on for 10k miles. I will probably put new o2 sensors in it soon to hopefully fix it.

still the stock clutch shudders. At 60k the tranny started to grind and of course the warranty was up so I switched to a different fluid which cured it.
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Old 09-25-2003, 02:57 AM   #23
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I've had my '00 2.5RS Sedan for about a month now and it's been running pretty well. Just need to get over the gas mileage increase since i owned a honda before that. Problems that I've noticed:
- Creeking sunrook
- Rattling windows
- Body panels are weak so its easy to get dings and dents.
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Old 09-25-2003, 01:47 PM   #24
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MY01 RS coupe

-whistling noise from front windows, once windows were rolled down, rolling it back up doesn't seal tight against the weather strips, at freeway speed air whistles through. Not fixed, don't know how.

-rear window weather-strips(the black frame thing that covers the rear side window in the shape of the letter C part does not stick to the window, it has a gap between the glass and itself creating a scoop like feature at high speed generating noises. Fixed at dealership under warranty.

-factory battery died after 20K miles. lasted only 2+ years.
replaced at dealership under warranty.
-O2 sensor recall.
-rear of car sags on driver side, not suspension related, I've been told it's the 'design', not fixed, car sits funky, as if I'm 300lb.
-steering column not perpendicular, tilted towards driverside window. This also, have been told is the 'design' of the car. hold the steering wheel at 9 and 3, or 10 and 2, left arm has to stretched a bit futher than right arm. I advice you to check the steering columb from a top view if that is bothering you.
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Old 09-25-2003, 01:56 PM   #25
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Yes yes yes, paint, the paint really sucks. If you check the bottom portion of all the GC8 style impreza doors (exterior of course), the paint aren't smooth. It's bumpy. Since the bottom design of the door curves back in, the bumpiness seemed to be caused by air brush spraying at only 1 angle and let the paint dripped and accumulate at that concaved area and let dry causing the paint to look like the job is half done. I think the versions we got in USDM really get cheap parts and treatments. In JDM version have automatic retractable antenna as an option. My 1990 honda accord has better paint job than that!
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