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2k OB Ltd Cylinder Misfire Issue

2273 Views 14 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  DavidPeab
Well, possible cylinder misfire issue. 200 Outback Limited, 2nd owner, currently has 170k. 1st owner kept up with maintenance very well, we have put about 25k since we bought it. I began noticing a misfire a few months ago. Seemed like it happened mostly at highway speeds when trying to accelerate, say for a pass or after deceleration due to random idiot conditions. CEL was on, was getting a random misfire code so I replaced the plugs, wires and valve cover & plug hole gaskets as they were leaking oil into the plug holes. I used aftermarket wires from the local parts shop. Problem almost went away, definitely improved, but over a few weeks it came back. I just replaced the plug wires again with Subaru parts and again the situation improved but didn't completely go away. However now it seems like it happens at lower speeds/RPMs rather than highway speeds. How robust is the coil in this car? It is the next part on the "Misfire diagnostic" list. Just looking for some feedback on potential/known alternate problems I might be facing.
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My heart breaks for you man. I have the identical model and color as yours, including the modified front right quarter panel my sister-in-law left me as a gift. Too bad the deer didn't hit the other side, I'd a bought the passenger side panel from you. lol Seriously though, you should consider selling it as a parts car or parting it out.

Glad to hear everyone is physically OK. I imagine hitting a deer messes with your head though.
I don't want to be morbid while you are still mourning your loss, but did the power steering pump survive? I just discovered that mine is on its way out. I'd be willing to provide you with the satisfaction that your loss is helping another OB to survive. Oh, and some cash as well. lol
Oh well. I found a few on E-bay that should do the job. Good luck with the rest of the mess.
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