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Old 12-04-2008, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here at 13,000 miles, I had the car up to rotate tires. Saw a residue/wetness at the base of the boot that covers the strut piston, so I lifted it up...OIL!!!!! Left strut is apparently leaking, and the right one, while not AS bad, is wet with an oily residue too. Tell me that my brand new car does NOT already have bad struts!!!
Would some of you guys with 2008 model Outbacks be willing to check this on your cars too? I'm thinking it could simply MAYBE be some kind of residual something, and not necessarily a leak....at least I hope not cause I will be totally pissed at this car if that's the case.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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im nothing more than a home mechanic, but it seems to me that this is not necessarily a problem...the piston does need to be lubricated and on something with so much pressure on it, i cant imagine that the tolerances on the seals etc. are THAT tight. i would go with your residual theory
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I would like to think that's it, like maybe it's just some kind of residual assembly lube or something. I think maybe I'll wipe it off and see what happens, if it comes back or not. But I would like some others to look at their cars if they can...
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mine went fairly early ~50k
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mine went fairly early ~50k
I would call 50K a little early, I would call 13K a defect.


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I just had my '08 Outback in for the minor 22.5k service at a local independent Subaru shop and was informed that both front struts were leaking. Like your struts, the left was leaking like a sieve and the right wasn't as bad, but leaking nonetheless.

The shop owner said they have seen this often on the '07-'08s. I immediately called the dealership to schedule an appointment to get the ball rolling with this warranty repair thinking they would need to inspect it and then order the parts. Turns out the service manager I spoke with said that there is no need to order replacement struts as they have them in stock! Apparently this dealership is replacing strut inserts so often on these models that they keep them in stock. He even stated that there appears to be a problem with them as this shouldn't be happening on such a new vehicle.

I asked if they will be replacing the inserts with the same parts and he proudly proclaimed, "absolutely, we will replace them with the same type of strut." My retort was, "great, installing the same part that has a known defect. What happens when I am out of warranty." No response from him and I envisioned the smug grin fading from his face.

Anyway, next week I will bring the car in for this repair. IMHO, the suspension is marginal at best on the plain-jane Outbacks. I haven't driven the XTs, so I cannot comment on their handling. Once the replacement struts die I plan on spending the money and installing at all corners some of the aftermarket struts recommended on this site. I'll also upgrade the rear sway bar to one that is slightly larger (19mm). I'm not expecting sports car handling out of this pig of a wagon, but the wallow-y, nautical factory suspension is a disappointment. /rant off
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I would like some others to look at their cars if they can...
fwiw, my 2001 has no strut leaks on any corner at 95K miles.

The rear suspension is less damped than I would like when I hit a bump on a very fast curve. It works great on gnarly fire roads though. I am not a suspension expert, but I suspect that is the tradeoff...good on very fast bumps, or good on lots of slow bumps, pick one.

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Three dampers started leaking on my '09 within the first 10,000 miles, and one of them (right-rear shock) was totally leaked out by the time I had a chance to replace it.
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Does anyone know who the OEM manufacturer is for struts that Subaru is putting on these cars?
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Does anyone know who the OEM manufacturer is for struts that Subaru is putting on these cars?
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