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Old 04-28-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
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Hello. I have a 2002 Legacy of which the odor of burning plastic persists after running the engine for even a short time. There is no plastic bag or residue stuck on the exhaust or manifold. I have an appointment with a Subaru dealership tomorrow to which I would rather not go as the initial fee will be $70 for the computer analysis. Can you help?
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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You've just gotta look around, something is burning. Thats the same thing that the dealer is gonna do.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:51 PM   #3
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check were there's plastic and coming into contact with your engine or anything spinning/rotating while the car is on.
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:03 PM   #4
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why the heck did this guy PM me?
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:10 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
why the heck did this guy PM me?
He likes you
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:17 PM   #6
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dont know but hes posted this same question in like 4 different areas of the legacy forum
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:48 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
why the heck did this guy PM me?
Because your so smart, and he seems desparate for an answer.

I know when I had an oil leak, even a small amount of residual oil would really stink, and it sort of smelt like burning plastic. Even fixing the leak and cleaning the engine bay and underside of the car didnt help much. It took some time, but eventually all the residual oil burned off.

As long as your oil level is fine, there are no signs of fire, and you arent leaving a trail of burnt oil behind you, I would assume you should be fine, although it certainly doesn't hurt to have a mechanic put it up on a lift and check things out for you.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:15 AM   #8
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In my opinion, you shouldn't take it to the dealership unless you are covered under warranty. Mine was under warranty up to a couple of months ago and they tried to charge me $95 just to check what's wrong with it. Without warranty, the work they're gonna do is going to be expensive and would be the same work that can be done at any other known or quality local garage in your area.

Here's a story, my friend (works at a mazda dealership) took his honda accord to a Honda dealership (next to his Mazda dealership) in NJ due to his car dying on the highway one day. They left his car untouched with free complimentary car for a week before working on it...3 days after he got his car back, his car caught on fire. The dealership is denying that the fire was caused by their work done.

Not to scare anyone but I guess it depends on the dealerships and going to dealerships do sound better to go to. But when things happen, they're backed with very good corporate lawyers.

Conclusion: I'd get it checked out by your local shops for free or for smaller fees. Ask around couple of places before coming to conclusion, paying a big fee to fix something that you're not sure of. Good luck!
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