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At my last scheduled service, my Suby dealer told me my left rear shock absorber strut is leaking and will require replacement. He also said this was a common problem with the 2nd generation Outback.

Has anyone else had the same problem ? It will cost around A$350 to replace, but I plan to replace both rear shocks as a pair to maintain proper ride/handling.

My Outback has 79,000km (approx. 49,000 miles) on the clock.
 

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AFAIK, KYB has the only aftermarket product for the Outback.
 

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I just had my rear struts for my Impreza RX redone for exactly the same problem (leaking) except it was noticed on my Safety Certificate (required when selling the car - hence the Outback purchase). It cost me A$400 to do both (as in your case) to keep the handling the same. I also read somewhere that around 120,000klm they require replacing depending how you have been taking corners. In the case of my Impreza earlier.
 

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Thanks Chris.

My shock has started leaking more and more, to the point where it's leaking oil onto the garage floor :( I have to get it changed soon.
 

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Hi all
new to the chat style of comms
regarding rear struts I had to have my rear replaced as i hit a rock on a beach
showing off to my boys in the back 4 & 3
well that was my excuse to the wife who was telling me to slow down
the spring retaining ring pushed straight off the bottom
the extra pressure from my after market heavy duty springs probably didnt help
No after market struts are available that I know of
I have the same car as Yours
fitted with Subaxtreme Offroad bar lights and skid pan
195K with new motor @ 126k warrenty by subaru Australia
 

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never recived a statement from Subaru
but the local dealer who did the work mentioned "piston slap"
I wasnt to concerned what the actual fault was as they were replacing the motor under warrenty which was a huge sigh of relief
They told me that it was a "engine fault" and that I get 20K warrenty on the motor
So in a nut shell I was very happy :) :)
Only other problem recently has been the starter motor
Starter spins but dosnt engage motor
bought spare parts through Subaru to replace "Bendix"(not sure of exact Term) about $90
WARNING be careful of planetary gearing when dismantling starter motor
 
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