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Middletown CT mechanic recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for a trustworthy Subaru mechanic in the Middletown/Cromwell CT area. [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on Sep 9, 2014 - 2 answers

I Have Never Thought Of My iPad As A Passenger

My iPad sets off the passenger seat belt alarm on my 2013 Subaru CrossTrek when I put it on the seat. Does anyone know exactly what's going on here and if there is a solution other than disabling the alarm or clicking in the belt when their is no one in the seat? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Reduced highway mpg in a 1-year-old car. What gives?

2013 Subaru Crosstrek XV got 32-33 highway mpg last year. Now it gets 28. [more inside]
posted by nicodine on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Paid for a car repair that failed, but mechanic is gone after surgery

We started having trouble with our car almost a year ago. We paid $1500 for a repair that failed, and the mechanic tried twice more without additional charges. Now, it’s failed again, but the mechanic had heart surgery and closed down the shop, and I haven’t been able to reach him. Is there anything left to do, or do we just have to accept that we’re out the money without a fix, and start over with someone new? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Separate from an independent inspection, what to do/look for in used car

Our car saga continues (1, 2). We took some test drives over the weekend, and it's likely we'll make some moves in the near future to buy an Outback or Forester. As a first time buyer of a used car, what should I ask/look for personally, separate from the inspection to be performed by my independent mechanic? And how much oxidization is too much oxidization under the hood, anyway? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Any tips for getting a used Outback in Massachusetts?

Our mechanic has fixed our car from last week's question, but now I think we'll probably just get another used car. The Boston winters have convinced us we'd like something with good handling in ice and snow. We're not really SUV people. Because of their reputation for reliability (and ubiquity in the region), we're leaning towards a used Outback. Do you have any recommendations or tips 1) about buying a used car in MA generally, and 2) about buying a used Outback in particular? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Care and feeding of a turbo car

We're shopping for a gently-used Subaru Outback, and just spent the weekend looking at the 4-5 options that met our criteria within a 50-mile radius. The one that seemed to be in the best shape (not too many miles, not too old, one previous owner, well-treated, etc.) happens to be the turbo model. I've never owned a turbo car before; what are the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Mar 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Just replace the O2 sensor?

Have an 05 Subaru Legacy. ~70k miles. The check engine light comes on reliably with wide open throttle (and considering I'm in Pittsburgh, the land of bridges and merge points...). The diagnostic code says low voltage on bank 1 sensor 1. Should I just swap the O2 sensor? I ask because I don't really understand why I'd only be getting the low voltage code with WOT.
posted by bfranklin on Mar 5, 2014 - 3 answers

I need new tires for my Subaru, but am overwhelmed by the choices

I need new tires for my Subaru, but am overwhelmed by the choices, help me understand what I am looking for? [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Mar 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for a "car club" (I think?)

I am looking for a Subaru enthusiasts group in the Puget Sound Area or nearby. I have an older Outback wagon, nothing fancy...and would love to find a "general" Subaru club, or more specifically, one that focuses on the off-road capabilities of Subarus of any kind. Most of the Subaru clubs I see are all about the WRXs/ pimped out street car type.
posted by virginia_clemm on Nov 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there an Apple of carmakers?

Which carmakers these days (that sell in the US) have really good build quality? I'm thinking high quality interior materials, excellent fit and finish, as well as well thought out interior components like control layouts, displays, and compartments? Maybe carmakers (or models) that are known for little surprising details? I'm now starting to look for a smaller sedan or maybe hatchback/wagon under $40K. Some of the models I'm looking at so far are the Volvo S60/V60, Subaru Legacy/Impreza, Toyota Prius, Audi A4, maybe BMW X1.
posted by jroybal on Sep 26, 2013 - 25 answers

Buying a Subaru Legacy this weekend

Buying a Subaru Legacy this weekend, need some advice! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 1, 2013 - 17 answers

New car, yay! Hip pain, uh-oh.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new Subaru Impreza, which I drive for 45 minutes twice a day. Now I'm developing pain in my right hip, and I suspect there's a connection, or something I'm doing wrong, posture-wise. [more inside]
posted by dywypi on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Tire chains needed between Sacramento and Spokane?

Should I carry tire chains on a late-February drive from Sacramento to Spokane? [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay on Feb 1, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I replace the power steering pump in my 2000 Outback?

I have a 2000 Subaru Outback. It needs a bit of work, the most costly of which is replacing the leaking power steering pump... shop says $360. Is this a repair that I can do myself? [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Jan 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Subaru Roadside Assistance instead of AAA?

Subaru owners (U.S.): Do you have AAA in addition to Subaru Roadside Assistance? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Jan 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How to trade a vehicle, for a vehicle, for trade in.

Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Subaru shakes

What could be causing the sudden steering wheel vibration/shake and sudden pulling to the right with my 96' AWD Subaru Legacy? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Dec 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Clash of teh humble Cute Utes

Dear Car Shopper, what would You choose? RAV4 or Outback, new base models. [more inside]
posted by methinks on Oct 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Should I go for the really, really new car smell?

I've always heard, "Don't buy a first-run car, wait until the model has been in production for a few years." But, I'm really interested in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Would the fact that it's essentially a jacked-up Impreza offset that rule of thumb? Or should I stay far away from being one of the first US owners of this vehicle? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on Sep 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me decide between a VW Golf Wagon and Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester or VW Golf Wagon? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jul 9, 2012 - 34 answers

Should I be haggling or running away?

Should I buy a Subaru Impreza with a rebuilt title in Michigan? I'm looking at two Impreza hatchbacks, both 2006 models. One of them has about 60,000 miles, and according to the seller he has only replaced the hood and the front bumper. The other has about 50,000 miles, and the seller claims he has just replaced the rear quarter panel and the hatchback door. He's asking $7,900 for either one. Is this a scam? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on Jun 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Oh subaru, oh subaru.

Should we be wary of this rather low-mileage used car? What should we be looking out for? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Jun 21, 2012 - 17 answers

The Mystery of the Always-Backward-Funky-Forward Subaru

Our wagon has a quirky automatic transmission—the same problem with little change for six years: Sometimes it won’t shift into drive, but it will always always engage in reverse. The go-to fix? Drive backward to a slope that enables a rolling start forward, shift into drive and tap-tap the gas until, eventually, *clunk* it engages. Diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Seeking Brooklyn Mechanic

Looking for a Brooklyn car mechanic recommendation for my 1999 Subaru. Check engine light just came on and it's overdue for a tune-up. Much thanks.
posted by JLD on Apr 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Those backpacks ain't gonna haul themselves

With kid #2, and our current car hitting the "out of warranty" mark, I'm looking to move onto another vehicle this late-sprint/summer. So please give your opinions on what brand & model you think I should shoot for given my criteria. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Mar 6, 2012 - 28 answers

What is your opinion on aftermarket cruise control?

What are your experience with aftermarket cruise control? Specifically I'm asking about the 2012 Subaru Impreza hatchback base model, which doesn't include cruise control. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Feb 22, 2012 - 15 answers

Why does my WRX rattle?

MeFites, why is there so much rattling inside my 2011 Subaru WRX? [more inside]
posted by anothermug on Dec 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Have I gotta deal for you

Used car advice. Looking for real world feedback on a couple of models I am considering. And for other suggestions as well. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Aug 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Subaru or Volvo?

Should we buy a Subaru or a Volvo? Outback or Forester / V50 or V70? Requirements: AWD, durability/dependability, fuel efficiency, safety, cargo space in that order. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 16, 2011 - 21 answers

Why does my car smell like gas?

Why does my Subaru Forester smell like gasoline, and how can I make it not smell like gasoline? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on May 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Wow... that's a lot of money.

HALP! Can you suggest an auto mechanic within about 10-15 miles of King of Prussia, PA who might be able to do a better price than the dealership on a full clutch replacement? 2006 Subaru Impreza. Difficulty: I need to call back in about an hour. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jan 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for fuses in all the wrong places

Which fuse for a auto dimming mirror/compass on a 2004 Subaru Outback Sport? [more inside]
posted by Jim T on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

That's not a knife. This is a knife!

Subaru Outback: New or used? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Oct 28, 2010 - 22 answers

Mazda3 vs Impreza

Mazda3 vs Impreza for the long term? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Oct 23, 2010 - 41 answers

It sounds like "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm"

Why did my car start roaring whenever I press the accelerator? Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Roof Rack Reviews

Tell me your experiences with car roof racks. [more inside]
posted by sanka on Aug 28, 2010 - 19 answers

If only they made a Fitrester

Looking for advice on a new-to-me car. Anyone with experience of late-model Subaru Foresters, Honda Fits, and the AWD vs. FWD question? I'll be in central NJ. Loooong-winded "more inside" with a summary. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Aug 10, 2010 - 26 answers

My car is lurching

Why is my car engine surging only on hot (above 90) days? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Is this normal for an AT Subaru?

Looking to buy a Subaru Forester XT. I'm concerned with the transmission, however maybe this is normal for the Subaru auto tranny? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on Jun 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Truckin'

If you know anything about RV's or camper trailers, or Subarus or pickup trucks, I would love to ask you a question. What can I live in for three months at a time that I can buy for the price of a Subaru? What do I haul it with? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny on Apr 29, 2010 - 18 answers

They called him Stinaru Fartester

My 2004 Subaru Forester smells like hot...fumey...something, and periodically releases a little puff of smoke or steam from under the hood. Can the hivemind succeed where multiple mechanics have failed, before my warranty runs out in March? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Feb 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Nobody light a match!

Why do I smell gasoline when I'm in my car? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 16, 2009 - 17 answers

Last thing I need is more car trouble...

Why did my Subaru outback lose power steering on this rainy night? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Oct 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Outback Clock Wrong Twice a Day

How can I get my elapsed time/"journey time" clock working again on my 2006 Outback? [more inside]
posted by icebourg on Oct 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Instant clown car.

Please help me fit three little ones into my car. I need recommendations for some skinny car seats. [more inside]
posted by wg on Aug 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Can anyone diagnose by car problem?

What the heck is wrong with my car? And no, you are not my mechanic. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on May 31, 2009 - 13 answers

What kind of bike rack should I get for my car?

What kind of bike rack should I get for my car? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson on May 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Aftermarket stereo in a 2006 Outback?

Can I install an aftermarket stereo into a 2006 Subaru Outback? [more inside]
posted by squishy on Oct 8, 2008 - 4 answers

Do head gasket sealers in a bottle work?

Do head gasket "repair" liquids work at all? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Aug 24, 2008 - 7 answers

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