Okay, I'm a somewhat new Outback (wagon) owner with some questions. One of the questions is specific to residents of Central Ohio, which I see there are several of here. In October 2004 I bought a used 2000 Subaru Legacy Outback Limited with about 46,800 miles on it. Automatic transmission. It was a lease return originally from Hatfield Subaru. I bought it at the Ricart "Used Car Factory" (I always feel stupid saying that because it's such a cheesy name) down off Route 33. Ricart bought it at auction according to the Carfax report. After driving it for about four months, I have some concerns and questions about it, which I'm hoping you guys can give me some help with.
- I got an oil change last week at a Valvoline Instant Oil Change place. I would have done it myself, but I wimped out because it was so cold outside. I will never go back to that place again, but that's a tale for another thread. (Short version: They broke the tray that is supposed to be removed to get to the oil filter. Best I can tell, they didn't remove it at all, and just tried to get their **** filter wrench in behind it.) Anyway, I had them put in 5W 30 Durablend oil, which replaced the 10W 30 that Ricart used. would the change to a lighter weight oil cause a noticeable increase in engine noise? I ask because the engine just seems to run louder than before. No knocks or anything like that; just louder.
- Sometime in the last week -- I noticed it after the oil change, but it could have been happening before -- I noticed the engine is VERY loud at 3,000 RPM or higher, and seems to have very little pep to it. When I got the car, I could accelerate to 80-90 MPH without much difficultly, but now the car seems to be very sluggish. I would compare the sound to a car with a glass pack exhaust. A very loud, very deep sound inside the cabin, and even if I floor the pedal, there's just no "jump" as I would expect. When running at normal highway speeds with RPMs between 2,000 and 2,5000, the car runs very quiet. Does this seem abnormal to anyone? If so, any ideas what might be the cause? I use medium grade gasoline, fluid levels appear to be normal. If the Valvoline morons put something in the transmission or dif, could that cause something like this? (I'm very paranoid now after my experience there.)
- Sometimes -- not always -- I notice a burning oil smell when stopped at traffic lights or after pulling into my driveway. I've checked on and around the CV boots, checked for obvious signs of fluid leakage onto the exhaust, and haven't noticed anything which would cause this. The smell goes away once I start moving, and isn't always present when I'm stopped. I hate intermittent problems.
- My self-dimming rear-view mirror no longer dims. It worked great for about a month and a half, then slowly started to give out. For a while it would dim, but would not get dark around the edges. Throughout December, it got worse and worse until just an oval in the center of the mirror would dim, and now it doesn't dim at all. The wire in the back is plugged in securely, the compass works fine, and the light indicating that the dimming feature is enabled is lit; it just doesn't dim. Anyone know if this is repairable, or would I just have to replace it if I want a dimming mirror again?
- Ticking noise when the engine is cold. I guess this is "a Subaru thing" that I've come to accept. The tick goes away once then engine/transmission gets up to temp. Many forum posts on various sites would seem to indicate this is a common occurrence and nothing to be concerned about. Correct?
- Finally, the question for central Ohio residents... is there one dealer you're recommend over others for service? All the recalls and service programs are still pending for this vehicle, and I want to get them addressed this week or next, if possible. Geographically, I'm closer to Byers Dublin on Sawmill/Billingsly, but don't object to driving elsewhere if service is better at another dealer.[/list=1]