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Old 11-12-2000, 11:08 AM   #1
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Post Clutch feels different on '01 and 98

My friend has a 98 scooby, and we were just test driving both cars, mine and his (mine is 01) and found out that the clutch on my 01 feels MUCH different than his 98. I can't really explain the difference, but it is there and you can really tell. Could it be that my car has LSD? Or maybe theres something wrong with it , it seems to drive fine.
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Old 11-12-2000, 11:25 AM   #2
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It often times has to do with how the clutch was broken in or many other factors. I work at a Dealership and have driven subaru's of all differant makes and models. MY MY98 RS feels the exact same as a MY00-1 but I have drive others that don't feel the same and yet again others that do. Same with other models. I sold one MY98 RS that took so much effort to push in the clutch that my leg hurt just driving it around. I had service check it out and the said everthing checked out and it was the origional clutch.
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Old 11-12-2000, 11:39 AM   #3
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the 98 has a cable clutch
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Old 11-13-2000, 01:03 AM   #4
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No, the '98 Impreza RS does NOT have a cable clutch. Subaru did away with the cable clutch a while ago (hence the lack of a hill holder).

The clutch on a '98 feels much heavier. This is a fact. It might have to do with the master cylinder or one of the springs in the pedal itself. I really don't think it has anything to do with the way the clutch was 'broken in' unless the person driving the car has been doing so improperly and there is heavy clutch wear.

[edit] Your limited slip differential won't have and affect on clutch engagement.


[This message has been edited by Greg I (edited November 12, 2000).]
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Old 11-13-2000, 01:04 AM   #5
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My MY98 clutch pedal is very hard and consistant along the entire travel. '00's I have driven have a very different feel, lighter and seems to have no resistance at all after the engagement point...kinda like on/off switch.

Anyways, mine has been checked out 3 times, and have gotten very different reponses. I don't have too much faith in dealer mechanics.

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Old 11-13-2000, 01:13 AM   #6
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Actually Greg, the RS does have a hydraulic clutch but that is why it does not have a hill holder. Subaru had problems with the hill holder and hydraulic clutch. The 2.2L has the hill holder.

Now that I think of it ALL NEW Subarus have the 2.5L. Hopefully the turbo will have the hill holder it is kinda cool! But it probably wont.
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Old 11-13-2000, 01:33 AM   #7
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I read a few posts on newsgroups that said the reason Subaru go rid of the hill-holder was due to the change to the hydraulic clutch system they now have. Of course, after doing some reading, this is obviously not true... especially when Sube's in other parts of the world are still offered with the hill-holder (although not 2.0l Turbo variants).

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