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Old 04-03-2004, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Just bought a 00 Outback

So we upgraded from the 99 Outback to a 00 Outback. Let me tell you , what a difference! Its a very nice vehicle. Only has 50k km on it, so its pretty much new! Its very quiet, more peppy, and everything in general is much nicer.

There are a few quirks though. It pulls to the right a bit, the fog lights turn off at high bean (out 99 didnt do that, not really a problem though), and the rear windshield wiper makes a weird high pitched squealing sound (most worried about this).

Anyways, great car. Came with the aluminum rims. It was my aunt who drove it since new, so we know whos had the car. its still a very tight car. Im just wondering about some of the common problems with the 00 outbacks (is the headgasket failure still an issue?) Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2004, 10:52 AM   #2
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I have also just purchased a 2000 outback that has 49k. If you call Subaru at 1-800-SUBARU3 you can transfer the rest of the warranty over. They do this for free. They will also tell you if there are any open recalls. We had the open recall on the coolant additive. I think this is part of the head gasket problem you were referring to. It took about 20 minutes for the dealer to do the recall. The only other problem I have seen is the DOJ seals leaking. This is covered under the powertrain warranty. This is my first Subaru and first Japanese car, it is built far better than our 02 explorer.
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Old 04-03-2004, 11:39 PM   #3
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I have a 2000 legacy wagon since new. Essentially the same car as outback.
There was O2 sensor recall in 2001 and rusty suspension recall in 2003 and finaly cooland "conditioner" in 2004. You can get the details after rergistering at my.subaru.com.

Re: "rear windshield wiper makes a weird high pitched squealing sound"
I had it occasionally since new in mine. I guess you can replace the wiper, but I have a roof deflector and rerely use the rear wiper at all.

Re: "It pulls to the right a bit"
Sounds like you need new alignment done. Take my advice and buy a lifetime alignment from your tire shop. I had to have it done 3 times in 45000 miles!

RE: "is the headgasket failure still an issue?"
Unfortunately, yes, even with the "conditioner".
The good news is that the risk should be smaller than the phase I engine (1997-99) and most leaks are external with lesser chance of overheating. Keep you eye on the coolant temp and level!

The only unexpected thing I experienced was a TPS failure ($330 to repair) resulting with poor mileage, oil contaminated by fuel, and drivability problems. Took a year to diagnose by Subaru dealership.

BTW, at the 50000 miles mark or so expect to replace brakes and tires, if not done by a previous owner. Also check if the 30000 miles service was done ($300+ item).

Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2004, 01:27 AM   #4
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BTW, at the 50000 miles mark or so expect to replace brakes and tires, if not done by a previous owner. Also check if the 30000 miles service was done ($300+ item).

Good luck!
Thanks for your replies! And yes, there are brand new tires, so we plan on bringing it in to get alignment checked. We got it from the dealer, so Im pretty sure they did all that stuff before they sold it.

And about the rear wiper, Im pretty certain its the motor, since its making a constant high pitched whistle sound, not the normal rubber against glass sound.

Anyways, great car. It feels weird having such a nice subaru! Especially weird since its my Aunts old car, and she kept it so clean. I dont think the back seat was even used! Maybe the passenger seat was used a bit, lol.

Oh yeah, one more thing. We had a set of winter tires and steelies on our 99. Do you think they will fit on the 00? I beleive they are 14" rims. I know the rotors on the 99 are 10'7" and 10'5" and the rotors on the 00 are 10'7" and 11'3"
Hopefully they should be fine!
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:29 AM   #5
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Regarding the wiper motor. My 1998 makes and "EEE", "EEE" noise as it goes back and forth, but usually only when its cold. Doesn't seem to happen when warm.

Often thought about checking it out, never had the guts. But now that I have the Haynes manual I might give it a try, the only trouble is it's warm right now!

Good luck with the new car!
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Old 04-12-2004, 07:05 PM   #6
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I just picked up a 2000 Outback Wagon this afternoon up here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was pleased to find these forums!

To: unclestonecold - thanks for the info on the double offset joints (DOJ). I will have a close look at those.

The dealer informed me of the coolant additive fix - I will be scheduling that service as soon as I get all details from Subaru Canada.

Does anyone here have service recommendations for the AWD system and the 2000 Outback in general? I haven't had AWD since my 1987 VW Vanagon Camper....and it was a nightmare. I haven't heard too many bad things about the Subaru AWD.

I will be contacting Subaru Canada for open recall info and will troll around the net a bit. Anything I find will be reported back here. Finally, something useful to do on the net
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