I have a 1997 Subaru Outback (or Legacy Limited Outback, Sydney Blue), however you want to call it. It has around 236400 miles on it and has been well taken care of. In the past year, I have got new tires, brakes, front axles, etc. Lately however, I have been having a problem that has been progressively getting worse.
When starting to move from a standstill, accelerating in first, There is a considerable shuddering from the drivetrain (feels like its right under me, maybe a little bit behind). The faster or harder I Try to accelerate, the harder the shuddering is (no not trying to make it worse), and almost shakes the entire car now. The only way I can smoothly accelerate from a standstill is to do it VERY slowly. This used to be just a slight problem only with hard acceleration, but now is becoming disturbingly worse and really concerns me. It ONLY happens when starting acceleration from a standstill....highway driving, it runs smooth as can be.
I would have had it taken care of right away, but kinda been playing financial catch up.
I'm guessing its something with getting power through the drivetrain to the back wheels, but not quite certain which part would be causing it. From the symptoms described, does it sound like something big is getting ready to quit, or is it just a moderate repair?
Thanks for the help!