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Old 07-22-2006, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am relatively new to the site, and my latest Subie for that matter. I recently purchased an 01 Outback Wagon to replace my truck. It is my second ob and I am sold on Subaru quality and awd performance.
The only problem I've had with this vehicle so far is what seems to be an inordinant amount of wind noise coming from the front portion of the drivers side door at highway speeds (50 MPH and greater), which is where I do the majority of my driving. Is this common problem to have door seals wear out over time? And, has anybody replaced the weather stripping that may have an estimated cost. Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the same problem when I first got my '03 OB. I read on a forum (it may have been this board or USMB) to press the plastic piece next to the tweeter towards the outside and do the same with the piece just inside the side mirror, but towards the inside. Just use the palms of your hands to press them against each other. That cleared up a lot of the noise I was hearing, so I periodically check those seals to insure that they are tight. Some of the noise is coming from the side mirror, so there is not much you can do about it. Mine always got loud at 45-50 mph, like you said.

I've always wondered if not having frames for the windows lets more noise in.
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Old 07-28-2006, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice, that was an easy fix! I thought it was coming from lower on the door but squeezing those two pieces together stopped it entirely. Thanks again, that probably saved me a few hundred bucks!
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To prevent it from recurring, it is my understanding that you should use the door, not the glass, to close the door. The previous owner probably alway flipped the door closed by tugging on the glass, and that can cause the issue of wind noise.
From what I've heard.
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I had this problem with my 03 sedan. this fixed mine all but a little noise that is probably from the mirror. the silence is golden.
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I bought a 2001 OBW in January of 2006 and the wind noise was unbearable even at 30 MPH, couldn't have a normal conversation or listen to the music. Passengers would ask me if I had a window open somewhere.
Finally in April of 2007 I inquired at my Subaru dealer. The service advisor said " Oh yeah, that's a common problem and Subaru came out with a heavier duty gusset for around the mirrors."

The Subaru part description is Gusset Assembly, part numbers for left and right mirrors are 61158AE00B & 61158AE01B. They list at $51.88 EACH. You have to remove the mirrors to install.

Replacing them did the job and was well worth it. I'm not sure what year it was that the service advisor said that the factory began using this HD gusset.
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so far pinching the channel the window slides in worked for my 2003. thanks for the part numbers, if ever needed I would order those. I think closing the door by the glass may cause a lot of the problem. on my car its the drivers door that was the problem not the other side at all. the drives door usually gets opened and closed most. I have always used the door not the glass even with my old subie to close the door so it must have been the cars last owner(s)
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To stop the wind noise permanently, fashion a thin piece of rubber to fit between the glass the the gusset. I did this on my '03 OBW and never had a recurrence. I bought some new floor mats and there was a section to be cut off with scissors. This worked out to be the exact thickness required. i use contact cement to bond the "filler" to the gusset. Easy fix and still quiet in my cabin after 4 months.

Check the forester owners board. There is extensive info there (including my posts, which start around #62). Also, they describe a way to install some tubing in the weatherstripping. i tried that and it helped, but the filler piece I described above (and more thoroughly in post #65 on the forester board) worked best.

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could you post pic? does the filler piece go where the window "rail" on the gusset is? or on the outside where the mirror bolts on? thanks Jesse
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Temporarily, I stop the wind noise from the drivers-side gusset by slipping a business card in between the glass and inside gusset. it works great until I cycle the window up and down and lose the card. The dramatic difference this produced makes me think that the gusset pinching or gusset replacement will solve the problem completely.
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