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Old 06-11-2019, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default What is the best repair manual for 4th Gen Outbacks

I recently bought a 2012 Outback 2.5i Premium and have been looking for the best repair manual for the 4th generation Outbacks. I always used the Haynes manuals for all of my other cars but neither Haynes or Chiltons offer a manual for those years of Outbacks. I really want a super comprehensive detailed complete tear-down/rebuild type of service manual like the Haynes or Chiltons but even better. I find some online as I GOOGLE but they are PDF downloads. I DON'T want a PDF download I want a 300+ page paper tomb that I can actually thumb through, write down notes in and stick my sticky note book marks in and keep it on the coffee table!!! Anybody got any suggestions and where to obtain such a thing???
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
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the best/most complete are the Subaru OEM manuals. I downloaded them from the techinfo site back when I got my car - the downloaded manuals total almost 6400 pages... a 300 page "tome" isn't nearly as complete. You can always print out what you need and write on, etc. that.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:50 PM   #3
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Thanks DrD!!! I was kind of wondering about the OEM service manuals but was worried more about the price tag. I still would like the physical manual if possible. I will check those OEM's out. I'm old school and still like to read books and feel what it's like to turn a page and the smell of the print!!! LOL
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:22 AM   #4
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I have a Haynes for my 1998 LGT for quick basic stuff. It's only 1" thick.
I also have the full OEM set.....something like 14 3 ring binders. I had to get the 1996, then the addons for 97 & 98.
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:41 AM   #5
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Charlie-III Haynes doesn't make manuals for the 4th Gen Outbacks and the motors and transmissions are completely different.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:28 PM   #6
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Manual or CVT? The manuals are a cable shift but they're still a split case design like the prior gen. You're not apt to do anything inside the CVT though. The early Leg/OB tr690s had a bad torque converter design, and as the thrust bearing wears, the bleed off drain path for lockup fluid gets smaller and smaller, causing it to unlock slowly, eventually it might stall coming to a stop. Other than that, the "lifetime" fluid gets pretty gnarly looking, and I'd recommend swapping it out at like 90k intervals or so.

The engine is more or less the same, it's still an EJ25. There are some notable differences of course, but general maintenance stuff shouldn't be much different.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:31 PM   #7
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Charlie-III Haynes doesn't make manuals for the 4th Gen Outbacks and the motors and transmissions are completely different.
Ermmmm......I kinda got that from your first post.......I was stating what I had for my 98..,,,the full OEM manual is ginormous.....

That aside, I am willing to bet many engine specs still follow as well as a bunch of suspension...but....to be safe, a full set of manuals from SoA is in your future....yes, I like paper as well....but Frikkin 14 binders is a wee bit much.....
Most other cars I can order a full set of manuals (body, chassis, mechanical & electrical) and maybe it's a 8" thick run....
Not sure if SoA does for your year like it did for mine....
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:43 AM   #8
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I don't believe Subaru still offers paper manuals, and I don't think they have for a while. I know they stopped even making the PDFs back in like 2015 or so, and anything newer required going through the HTML side. They wanted to get away from PDFs and go to the HTML so they could easily update stuff and create hyperlinks easier. Oh well, progress is progress.

The 2010 Forester manual is about 3600 pages, 140mb or so for the PDF. You could subscribe to STIS and download the appropriate manual for your vehicle, and then print it out and stick it in binders, if you were so inclined. Duplex it and that's only 1800 pages to hole punch and stick in a binder.
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