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I have a 2001 outback H6 VDC auto. It runs fantastic 99.9% of the time. However, I have had two instances, one today and both in heavy traffic, where the rpm's dropped and the gears seemed to disengage leaving me with no power. When it happened today, as I was coasting across 4 lanes of traffic on the interstate, the engine shut off as well. Fortunately, I made it to the shoulder safely. I took it to the local Subaru mechanic and they said they have no idea why this would happen and have never heard of it. After today, I am not willing to drive the car until it is fixed. Again today, they have no idea. Does anyone have any idea on what it might be???

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A few loud "thunks" from under the car...gears disengage, loss of power, engine shuts off, VDC light comes on...let it sit for 15+ minutes and it starts back up and runs fine. Both times it happened it was warm outside (90 - 100 degrees). I drive in the temp all summer long, so I can't think that would be an issue, but I did not have any issues in the winter. I just bought it in Feb 2012 for a car to put miles on...has 123000 now.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!...Thanks.
 
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