Hey all. Im on my second Subaru, this one is a 2008 Outback 2.5i 5spd mt with almost 120k on the odo. I had to sell my 32k mile Legacy mt because of a transmission problem and now I'm getting some serious deja vu with the Outback. The problem is it makes a ticking noise only under load and above 25-30 mph. Its doesnt make the noise when coasting but soon as I apply a bit of throttle the noise comes back and it is proportional to engine load. I swapped out the front left CV axle last night to eliminate that and this morning I lifted the car on all 4 points and get under it while I had someone run the car in 5th gear to get the wheels to spin (noise is most obvious in 5th gear) and I discovered something interesting. All 4 wheels spin except for the front left (dont blame it on the CV axle, I've done that job on 3rd gen Subaru at least 5-6 times). My immediate thought was wheel bearing but there is no noise while driving or turning to indicate that. Under the car I determined that the ticking noise was definitely coming from inside the trans. I really like these cars but so far they're just beating me to death, I'm just a broke college kid after all. Thanks for the help guys!