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Old 10-02-2001, 01:08 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 10297
Join Date: Sep 2001
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Nashua, NH
2003 Legacy GT Sedan
Silver, 4EAT, 42k

Default Front Spring Recall on all Legacy Platform cars

This is the meassage I sent my Mother in New York City metro area whan
she recived the recall for the front springs on her '98 Legacy L Wagon.

Yes, I was aware of the recall over a month ago through the Subaru
on-line message boards I belong to. They was not sure it would effect L
wagons or if it extended down south as far as New York.
The problem seems to be that SOA (Subaru of America) spec.ed out a
coating for the front coil springs that was not corrosion resistant
enough. In New England and apparently NY. where road salt can wreck
havoc on the under body of vehicles, they have had concerns that if the
spring rusted enough it could break, resulting in a puncture of a front
tire! This would be a lawsuit ready to happen for Subaru, if someone
lost control while this occurred and crashed!

The problem is this, the recall only entails installing a shield on the
spring. This shield prevents a broken spring from puncturing the tire,
it does NOT prevent or rectify the corrosion problem with the front
springs. Seems GM might be using some of there "dirty" money fingers at
Subaru to boost profits and reduce Quality !!!

I did hear that one owner in New Hampshire brought his Subaru in for the
recall in the Tech. and he looked at the springs and they were BADLY
corroded. The dealer agreed to both replace the front springs with the
new improved version AND install the recall shields! This is the
situation I would like to see for you. If there is a known problem with
these springs we don't just want a temporary solution that we will have
to deal with 2 years down the road. We want the problem rectified the
way it was suppose to be from the factory!! Wilton Subaru is a good
dealer they should help you, and concur with you on this one. If they
do not, let me know and I will let the list know about this one.
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