Hello everyone, this is my first post on your forums. I have been browsing through these forums for the last couple of days as I am now a proud first-time owner of a Subaru Outback. A little backstory; I bought this car with a friend, we are both students living in Montreal and we just wanted some additional mobility to go camping and whatever. The car is a 1998 ob, it is fully loaded so I guess its just the fanciest one they made at the time. It has 373,000km! I bought it 5 days ago off a used car lot. The guy told me it had been sitting for about 3 months.
Ok so the technical stuff.
-The (a-t oil) light flashes while the car is turning on but turns off when the car is driving
-the Check Engine light is always on
We put about 100km on it in the 5 days since purchasing. Today we checked the oil and couldn't get a reading off the dipstick, this was alarming, we topped it up with 3 litres of 5w30. We then started smelling burning oil whenever stopped in traffic, also alarming. I think it is leaking out of the oil-pan plug and getting splashed onto the exhaust.
A little later, during the same drive, two dashboard lights came on at the same time. The (!) indicator and the (Battery) indicator. We didn't notice any change in performance so we kept going and were able to turn the car off and then on again but when I finally got home I parked and turned the car off and then tried to turn it on again
HERE IS THE PECULIAR PART
So the car would not turn back on, the starter didn't even try. No clicking sound. All the lights still worked as with the power locks and windows but the radio wouldn't turn on. I tried again 4 hours later and this time the engine cranked several times but wouldn't start. The power accessories became very sluggish and the lights became dimmer.
This is where I am now.
fyi, I am pretty sure the battery is good because it still had the right time on the clock after sitting on the car lot for 3 months and needed a boost to get started the first time.