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Old 09-12-2004, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default 04 baja t dies and leaves me stranded!

On the way back from wal-mart today, going on the entrance ramp to 81, suddenly the baja loses power. I pull over, engine stalls out at some point. I try and start it, startup sounds good but rpm drops right to zero and it stalls out again. No amount of gas made any difference, its like the car wasnt getting fuel -- I thought it might be electrical, but after checking all the connections I couldnt figure out what could be wrong and I nearly got hit a couple of times on the side of the road so ended calling a tow truck. At least it should be covered under warranty, 14k miles on it, an 04. But the dealership is closed so we had to bum a ride from relatives to get us home...subaru roadside offered to get me a taxi at my expense..gee thanks. The dealership was closed so I couldnt contact them for a loaner. Not very happy right now.
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Old 09-12-2004, 10:09 PM   #2
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sorry to hear that. It sounds like something that should be covered under warranty.

Keep us updated as to what happens with this.
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Old 09-13-2004, 02:16 AM   #3
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There might be something that got sucked into your fuel line from the tank/pump. About 8 years ago i had a 900S that had a leaking fuel pump. I had it replaced and drove directly to a Sears nearby to get a new battery. They were taking forever so i finally asked for a manager and it turned out they couldn't get it started. So i had to have them push it out of the bay area at Sears, and call AAA to have it towed back over to the shop i had just install the new fuel pump. The guy spent another 4 hours of labor to find a piece of plastic was blocking the fuel line. I was driving cross country a week later and everything was fine, thankfully.
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Old 09-14-2004, 03:34 PM   #4
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Well end of day 2, and they just called me and the tech has been working on it since monday morning and has been on the phone with subaru engineering, and they still have no idea whats wrong with the car.

I've been driving my newley acquired 1989 red camaro rs, which I am really glad I have now because only now did they offer me a rental car for wednesday, and our 2 other vehicles are also not available to me (she has the 2003 rav-4, and my 2000 camaro SS is still down getting a new motor)
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Old 09-14-2004, 06:24 PM   #5
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Stuff happens. Thats what warranty is for.
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Old 09-14-2004, 06:38 PM   #6
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...subaru roadside offered to get me a taxi at my expense..
great roadside assistance program

I wonder what AAA would have done. I'm thinking about signing up with them.

Glad to hear the car is in the shop though. Hopefully everything will be covered under warranty.
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Old 09-14-2004, 10:36 PM   #7
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great roadside assistance program

I wonder what AAA would have done. I'm thinking about signing up with them.

Glad to hear the car is in the shop though. Hopefully everything will be covered under warranty.
Same roadside assistance program that Toyota and Land Rover among other car companies use as a service provider. AAA does not offer any alternate transportation either. It would be the manufacturer (Subaru in this case) that would be providing that. If its after business hours you can always rent a car and Subaru will reimburse you if its a warranty repair.

Why do people insist on being spoon fed all the time? Would you like Subaru to hold your hand too? Geez take some ownership of your car! Its not like it wont be covered...
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Old 09-14-2004, 11:10 PM   #8
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When i first got into the rental industry we used to get quite a few calls a week from people who broke down with their own vehicles and wanted us to rent them a car at the place it broke down or at the place it was towed to etc.

But if you have your own fleet of cars, i don't know why you'd worry about the semantics of renting a car in this instance. I'd be glad you had family nearby to pick you up and then a driveway full of cars to choose from. It sounds like you aren't having to pay a dime out of your pocket, sounds like as close to a best case scenario as you're going to get.
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Old 09-15-2004, 04:03 PM   #9
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First off -- they still cant figure out whats wrong with the car, so they are overnighting an entire new pcm and wiring harness.

Second -- I was specifically told I would have to pay for a taxi or any other transportion I needed myself by roadside assistance. She made a deliberate point of saying several times it was at my expense. What happens if I broke down out of state or something? I was not pleased with how the initial call was handled, because my concern was handled with a pretty much tough ***** attitude and its on you.

Anyhow I found out through the dealership that if the car is under warranty for warranty repair, for future reference, I can submit the bills and be reimbursed from the dealership. Good to know, since I never had anything like this happen to me before. Its what I would have suspected, its just that I was told on the phone that that was not the case, which compounded my an already sh8tty situation.

Finally -- the subaru was the only car I had available to me to drive. We had to incovenience relatives to drive 35 minutes each way to come get us, and I had to drive a 1989 car with bald tires, bad brakes, and no inspection to work because they ignored my request for several days to get a rental car. It turned out ok because I spent several hundred dollars to get the 89 car back on the road and drove that.

what kind of hand holding is that? I was rebuffed so i came up with another way because I needed to get to work.
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Old 09-15-2004, 11:38 PM   #10
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Everything's relative. Maybe this same thing has happened to Samirr once or twice in his past and he didn't feel it necessary to post on a messageboard hence the "hand holding" comment.

The thread title and expectations you brought into the mishap is where i think we differ, but so what. As you said, its your first experience. When i had mine, if the internet and messageboards in particular were part of my day to day activities maybe i would have posted it as well.

But as i said, you could have rented a car yourself instead of risking driving an unsafe vehicle that isn't inspected. Dealers are always reserved when it comes to loaners/rentals at their loss. They operate on the correct assumption that most people are ignorant of what they can get and therefore aren't assertive about putting customers into free vehicles. It suits them much better to spend the money on advertising that they're the best in customer service in the region to get people in the door, and then know that most customers haven't a clue.
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Old 09-16-2004, 10:15 AM   #11
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great roadside assistance program

I wonder what AAA would have done. I'm thinking about signing up with them.

Glad to hear the car is in the shop though. Hopefully everything will be covered under warranty.
AAA is the $h!t The last two times they took me home after dropping the car off to the dealers. The 500 free miles program cost a bit more a year but its worth it!
Remember AAA is with you and any car you are in as long as you are the card holder.
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Old 09-16-2004, 10:28 AM   #12
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Yeah I have AAA+ also. Of course I expect to come up with my own provisions if a car not under warranty breaks. One of the reasons I got a the new subaru is so I wouldnt have to deal with that.

I was just venting, Im sure I could have pressed the issue and gotten a rental sooner, but at the time I was angry that the car broke in the first place and the message that I got from roadside assistance, so I just went off and did my own thing. Ive had many cars break on me, just not a new car still under warranty. But as they say "it is what it is". Im sure I'll survive.
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Old 09-17-2004, 01:08 AM   #13
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Yeah I have AAA+ also. Of course I expect to come up with my own provisions if a car not under warranty breaks. One of the reasons I got a the new subaru is so I wouldnt have to deal with that.

I was just venting, Im sure I could have pressed the issue and gotten a rental sooner, but at the time I was angry that the car broke in the first place and the message that I got from roadside assistance, so I just went off and did my own thing. Ive had many cars break on me, just not a new car still under warranty. But as they say "it is what it is". Im sure I'll survive.
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Old 09-17-2004, 02:29 PM   #14
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Ezb you shoulda called me!!! I woulda picked u up...and been there well b4 the tow truck!! hehe
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Old 09-17-2004, 03:07 PM   #15
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Ezb you shoulda called me!!! I woulda picked u up...and been there well b4 the tow truck!! hehe

From the time of the call, it took 1 and half hours for the tow truck to get there, so you are probably right!

Anyhow, I just got back now from getting the baja back from the dealership.
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Old 09-19-2004, 02:50 PM   #16
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From the time of the call, it took 1 and half hours for the tow truck to get there, so you are probably right!

Anyhow, I just got back now from getting the baja back from the dealership.
What was the final outcome of the problem? ECM?
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:44 PM   #17
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They were never sure, they just replaced the ecm and wiring harness.
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Old 10-08-2004, 11:48 PM   #18
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my 2000 Audi S4 had a similar problem. The dealer spent a week going through the wiring harness and found one pin in the security system portion of the wiring harness that caused the vehicle to think it was trying to be stolen so it cut power.

time vs cost - it may be cheaper to replace the harness instead of troubleshooting -- not sure that is the best way to resolve a problem though.
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