Join Date: Nov 2005
Car: '06 OBW 5MT Ltd 2.5i
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non-turbo with same problem
Hi, I've got a 06 Outback 2.5i (not a turbo) and it does the same thing. Cold Start: Start car, drive 50 feet. Stop. With car in gear and clutch in, idle races to 2000 rpm, sometimes 2500 rpm. Idle drops to 500 rpm if I shift to neutral. As soon as I put the car back into gear, the idle races again. After 3-5 minutes, the car idles at the normal range (~500 rpm).
My dealer claims this is "normal operation." Has anyone had any luck getting a dealer to admit it is a problem and/or find a way to fix it. It can't be good for a cold engine to rev at such a high speed, can it?