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Re: Working on your car « Reply #60 on: November 24, 2017, 02:09:06 PM » Author: CEB1993
I must say CEB1993 that your VW has served you well indeed. One thing to keep an eye on with Subaru is their wheel bearings aren't very good I've had a few replaced in my time and the headgaskets as takemorepills said. Fortunately my head gasket hasn't blown thank goodness as my Outback is my daily driver. Also beware that many Subaru engines use a timing belt as opposed to a timing chain so every 80,000 miles or so they need to be replaced during a routine service so you may want to factor that cost.

I'm familiar with timing belt work.  Had to have that replaced a year after getting the car, 6 years ago.  At the time I had the timing belt and the water pump replaced.  I remember your wheel bearing problems from another thread.  I thought I could have had a wheel bearing problem myself due to a "scrape" noise coming from the rear axle during braking at high speeds.  Turned out to be a worn break pad. 
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #61 on: December 25, 2017, 10:31:33 PM » Author: CEB1993
Today, I got two WeatherTech floor mats for the front floor boards in my car.  They are excellent quality, and custom made to my 2004 VW Jetta, so they fit perfectly.  I was able to remove the manky old fabric floor mats that had holes and stains  :)  These WeatherTech floor mats are easy to clean and protect the fabric flooring from stains and wear.  They give my car's interior a clean and refreshed feel  ;D
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #62 on: December 26, 2017, 12:17:35 AM » Author: RyanF40T12
I'm glad you like yours.  I had gotten weathertechs for my truck and after a few months they started to give me trouble and warp.  Common issue it appears as others who have trucks like mine had the same issue.  Husky was what everyone said was best for my application, however- I got my mother some Weathertechs for her POS Hyundai Santa Fe and so far after 3 years they are still doing ok. 
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #63 on: December 26, 2017, 01:20:03 AM » Author: Mercurylamps
I have Michelin floor mats for my car purchased at Costco here in Australia a number of months ago. They have held up pretty well in my Nissan X-Trail and the Goodyear floor mats purchased from Costco a couple of years back have held up well in my Subaru Outback as well.

I replaced the kangaroo damaged headlight about a week ago on my X-Trail and the front has improved significantly now. I just need to repair the superficial damage on the front now.
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #64 on: December 26, 2017, 08:57:33 AM » Author: CEB1993
I have Michelin floor mats for my car purchased at Costco here in Australia a number of months ago. They have held up pretty well in my Nissan X-Trail and the Goodyear floor mats purchased from Costco a couple of years back have held up well in my Subaru Outback as well.

I replaced the kangaroo damaged headlight about a week ago on my X-Trail and the front has improved significantly now. I just need to repair the superficial damage on the front now.

Those floor mats make a difference, especially if you live in a rainy climate.  They're easy to clean and don't soak up water, mud, or spilled drinks.

I'm glad to hear you got the X-Trail fixed up!  I'm on high alert for animals on the road now that my parents have a lake house in a more rural area, that I drive to.  Lots of deer out there, and I drive past farms with large animals like horses and goats that could get loose and run into the road.  I'm extra careful, especially after seeing two large female deer run in front of me on the road a few weeks ago.
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #65 on: January 07, 2018, 10:16:07 PM » Author: CEB1993
It’s so cold here in SC that my windshield cleaner froze solid  :o I wanted to spray it on the windshield with the wipers on to clear the frost, but nothing came out. I could tell it was frozen because later in the day after driving the car and making the engine hot, it sprayed out normally.  The outside temperature had also risen from 18 degrees to about 38 degrees. It’s too cold for us Southerners right now! I guess I’ll have to invest in the cold weather rated windshield washer fluid.
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #66 on: January 08, 2018, 04:53:32 AM » Author: suzukir122
Not as cold as it *was* in Ohio... at times we hit -14 degrees for lows.
Thing is, it looks as if the "Arctic Blast" is over. Hopefully, for good.
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #67 on: January 12, 2018, 12:53:19 PM » Author: Mandolin Girl
It’s so cold here in SC that my windshield cleaner froze solid  :o I wanted to spray it on the windshield with the wipers on to clear the frost, but nothing came out. I could tell it was frozen because later in the day after driving the car and making the engine hot, it sprayed out normally.  The outside temperature had also risen from 18 degrees to about 38 degrees. It’s too cold for us Southerners right now! I guess I’ll have to invest in the cold weather rated windshield washer fluid.
What you can do in colder weather is to keep a spray bottle of screenwash inside your car, so that if everything does get clogged up you can use that before setting off.
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #68 on: January 12, 2018, 07:50:14 PM » Author: Lodge
What you can do in colder weather is to keep a spray bottle of screenwash inside your car, so that if everything does get clogged up you can use that before setting off.

Or just use stuff rated to -50 all year round, you buy it in the end of spring when it gets to the give away prices and stock up, it works in summer as well, and if you spray rainx stuff on the windows every couple of months in summer the bugs don't stick..
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #69 on: January 14, 2018, 04:53:10 PM » Author: Mandolin Girl
Or just use stuff rated to -50 all year round, you buy it in the end of spring when it gets to the give away prices and stock up, it works in summer as well, and if you spray rainx stuff on the windows every couple of months in summer the bugs don't stick..

You can't buy that this side of the pond unfortunately.  :(
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #70 on: January 14, 2018, 07:31:51 PM » Author: HomeBrewLamps
You can't buy that this side of the pond unfortunately.  :(
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #71 on: January 14, 2018, 08:28:37 PM » Author: Mercurylamps
I use RainX to great results on the windscreens on both my cars. You don't even need to use the wipers on the motorways since the rain just rolls off. They are sold in most automotive stores here in Australia.

I'm going to changed the headlight bulbs in my X-Trail in the next few weeks with Philips XtremeVisions.
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #72 on: January 14, 2018, 08:42:55 PM » Author: CEB1993
I am doing some research on another SUV that I'm interested in trading for some time this year, the Mazda CX-9.  Now that I think about it, lots of people in my area drive Subaru Outbacks, and I don't want to copy my good friend who has a Subaru Outback.

The Mazda has all the features that I want:

All Wheel Drive
Heated Seats and Heated Steering Wheel
Japanese Rosewood Trim
Premium Bose Stereo
Navigation
Tons of Cargo Space

The CX-9 is a little sportier to drive than any Subaru and it has some cool mood lighting in the interior, too ;D  Excellent reliability, which makes it a less expensive car to own.  I plan on figuring out how to work on it myself for small repairs like I've done with my current Jetta :)

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Re: Working on your car « Reply #73 on: January 14, 2018, 09:16:32 PM » Author: Lodge
You can't buy that this side of the pond unfortunately.  :(

Just add some Meths to it, basically the stuff I get is about 60 % meths, it will actually burn if you set it alight, but if it freezes then it's time to stay home because that is stupid cold and if anything happens at that temp people can die from exposure in a fairly short time, and I even have a coleman M-1950 stove in the car a gallon of fuel for it and a sleeping bag and some more clothing and stuff to eat but if the meths freezes then it's time to enjoy cooking something at home. 
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Re: Working on your car « Reply #74 on: January 17, 2018, 04:41:33 AM » Author: Mercurylamps
I am doing some research on another SUV that I'm interested in trading for some time this year, the Mazda CX-9.  Now that I think about it, lots of people in my area drive Subaru Outbacks, and I don't want to copy my good friend who has a Subaru Outback.

The Mazda has all the features that I want:

All Wheel Drive
Heated Seats and Heated Steering Wheel
Japanese Rosewood Trim
Premium Bose Stereo
Navigation
Tons of Cargo Space

The CX-9 is a little sportier to drive than any Subaru and it has some cool mood lighting in the interior, too ;D  Excellent reliability, which makes it a less expensive car to own.  I plan on figuring out how to work on it myself for small repairs like I've done with my current Jetta :)



My sister owns a 2009 Mazda 3 which she purchased second hand in 2012 and it has been faultless and perfect for her. I'd say go for it. Subarus are great though their wheel bearings are a huge letdown with my experience which is why I'm passing my Outback to my father and getting a pickup to compliment my X-Trail. The X-Trail is going to become my daily driver and the pickup will be perfect for holidays and road trips. ;)

I will be getting new tyres in the next few weeks for my X-Trail and most likely get the original ones fitted to the car which are Toyo Open Country highway terrain. I've also had the check engine light come on occasionally since I hit the kangaroo and it comes up with the dreaded P0420 error code. >:(
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