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Wanted: 2005 3.0L OBW Rear Drive Shaft Pre 5/1/05

I am in need of a rear drive shaft for a 2005 Outback LL Bean Wagon. MUST have good U-Joints. Needs to come from a 3.0 H6 or Legacy GT with 5-speed automatic and car must have build date between June 02-April 30. My U-joints are shot and dealer says they are NOT servicable on that year. Need cost with shipping to NJ 07826.

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re: Rear drive shaft

Thanks. I just called. They do not have one. Leave it to Subaru to make it complicated. Apparently that shaft was only used for 6 months. Very narrow window to work thru.

Try F & S auto salvage in CT
 

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What's different about it? I wonder if it would be easier/cheaper to swap in a later year drive shaft with say, a matching differential? Now obviously if it's the transmission is has to match with, it wouldn't be cheaper.
 

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What's different about it? I wonder if it would be easier/cheaper to swap in a later year drive shaft with say, a matching differential? Now obviously if it's the transmission is has to match with, it wouldn't be cheaper.
I have no idea. Not even sure my dealer does. I just know for 2005 they specify "before 4/30/05" or "after 5/1/05". I have a 9/04 build date. Might just have to cough up the $645 they want for an all new one at dealer. Car has 228,000 miles on it so hoping nothing else goes. Bought it right but that only goes so far.
 

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Driveshaft shops can service or build new for less than that much... also try Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market for a good used.

Just punched in the info, the tool knows about the date of the change, looks to be many available, bet you can find one for under $250 including shipping.

if it is like my '03 beaner driveshaft it is all one piece, no bolt-off rear section aft of the carrier bearing.
 

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Still looking. Local drive shaft places told me they ship to a place in California. I cannot do that--car sitting up on lift at Subaru now.
 

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I would get one from a junkyard via car-part, nothing wrong with a used driveshaft, and there were many I saw that will fit and will cost you less than $300 shipped.

I ordered one from VA for my H6 OBW, myself.
 

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I would get one from a junkyard via car-part, nothing wrong with a used driveshaft, and there were many I saw that will fit and will cost you less than $300 shipped.

I ordered one from VA for my H6 OBW, myself.
That is what I did. Have one coming from Wisconsin. Should be here Thursday. $175 including shipping and off a car with only 49,000 miles. Thanks.
 

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Wisconsin one had bad U-Joints. Go figure, it had only 49,000 miles on it. Back to the drawing board.
 

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Got one from Henderson's auto parts in Scottsdale, PA. It was installed today and WOW, what a difference. Car drives super-quite. Guess the old rear shaft was going bad all the time i had it (since 12/2012). Thanks for everyones comments and advice.
 
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