Originally posted by JDenver
Our 2004 LL Bean with the V-6 has 53,000 miles on it. So far we have had a drive axle replaced, the sunroof won't work and we won't get it fixed for $1,600.00, the AC stopped working and they said it was not covered under extended warranty because the hoses cracked and caused all of the damage and since the hoses aren't covered under warranty, blah, blah, blah.
Now we are told the other CV boot is cracked ($250.00), and that the pulleys are going bad. I was told by two dealerships that this is a somewhat common problem on the V-6 because it has so much torque that the pulleys go bad.
I have 25 years experience working on cars, mostly fords and Nissans. We bought the subaru because of their reputation for reliability, now my wife is afraid to drive our two little kids around in it.
Are these common problems for an outback with 53,000 miles? I have driven in ones with over 200,000 that have had just the basic maintenance. We do all of our service through Subaru, my wife drives normally since she is usually driving with the kids, and half of the mileage is highway.
The only reason we have not traded it for something else is because it is paid off. I am I going to run into more of this?
Sorry, just stunned and frustrated that we have had so many problems in such a low mileage vehicle.
Not common in my opinion.
I did have a small AC part replaced soon after I bought the car with 50k on it, but it was not a hose.
I'm in central NY so it's not all that hot all that often, but I'm at 120K now and still on (exempting consumables) original everything except plugs, 1 wheel bearing, and the bearings for the serpentine belt tensioner and idler.
The crankshaft pulley does not have a problem as far as I know, and having any problems with any pulleys from 'engine torque' is BS.
The pulley bearings are easy to change at cheap at napa- 6203-2rsj.
I wonder if this thing really has 53Kmiles.
If you are hearing consistent BS from the dealers, it's time to find a decent shop that knows subarus.
Was the 1st axle replaced due to the boot or wear?
What does the sunroof not do?