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My Co-worker also has an Outback, he tells me it is a 2004 LL Bean 3.0 6 cyl..He is having a very rough time with overheating. Here are symptoms: No problems around town, problems at highway speeds. Coolant level is OK, thermostat seems to open as he has heat. Fans come on. Some rust in radiator. His transmission fluid was low and he thought that maybe the fluid was getting too hot and affecting the airflow through radiator because of the proximity of the tranny cooler? Any ideas anyone?
 

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rust is not good. It came from somewhere and now could also be partially clogging the system.

Our 03 has a marginal cooling system so - anything that compromises it even slightly might lead to overheating.

Perhaps start with a flush, refill with Subaru coolant in the proper ratio - and install a thermostat FROM THE DEALER. (most styles of aftermaket will lead to over heating - too small and hotter than 170*)

If the flush shows a lot of debris or the overheating persists, it may be time to replace the radiator.


If you post which city your friend is in, perhaps someone here could recommend a shop to help diagnose/repair the problem if he's not a DIYer.
 

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He lives in MD. Washington, DC suburb
 
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