I posted that right after I found these forums and signed up right away and it was really late at night for me. Sorry.
I'll post about the main issue I'm currently having.
NOTE: As stated in my topic, 99 Legacy Outback, 195k-ish miles, manual.
The speedometer is dead. I am just trying to find out if there's a common diagnosis/fix for this, like is there some manufacturing flaw that causes the speedometer to stop working. I saw one video where a guy took a screw to the back of his cluster near a connector (I'm guessing to hold a certain connection in place) and it supposedly fixed his speedometer issue. I'm wondering if this is a common occurrence or should I actually be looking more directly at the VSS and its circuit.
I know there are some other things I need to find out and fix but I won't bother with them until I know I can't find the solution myself.