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submom
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Check Engine Light With Flashing Cruise Control Light

Checked codes at Auto Zone: catalyst efficiency low-bank 1 probably cause: CC failure possibly due to: (1) engine misfire or running condition (2) large vacuum leak (3) engine oil leakage into exhaus...

36,277 views with 69 answers (last answer 3 hours ago)
jackharter
0

Oil Usage/burning On New Subaru

I have a 2014 Subaru Outback. It has 8000 miles and is ready for its first oil change. However, a week or two ago the oil light came on and it needed a quart of oil. I have a 1988 Mercedes and it do...

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ccorreia
35

Plastic Len Cover Repair

What is the best way to repair a red brake light lens cover? The hole is very small all the way through. I don't want water to get into the fixture.

9 views with 3 answers (last answer 5 hours ago)
PeggySueMN
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Has Anybody Had Problems With Excessive Oil Consumption In The 2015 Subaru ...

I would like to buy a 2015 Subaru Forester in the next few months, but I'm concerned about the excessive oil consumption I keep reading about in older models and I know a class action lawsuit was file...

5,160 views with 30 answers (last answer 10 hours ago)
ccorreia
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Repair Or Replacement For Console Pocket Box Cover On A 2008 Subaru Outback...

The cover on the small pocket box in the dash in front of the shift will not latch closed. I would like to repair or replace it, but have no idea how to go about removing it. Has anyone ever taken one...

12 views with 2 answers (last answer about a day ago)

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Subaru History

The Pleiades constellation, a cluster of seven stars (seven sisters), only six of which are visible to the naked eye, is where Subaru derives its six-star cluster.  But it also refers to the formation of Fuji Heavy Industries out of the merger of five Japanese companies in 1953.  The name Subaru means unity.  Originally an aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturer, the Japanese company produced its first Minicar in 1953.  Its debut in the U.S. came in 1969 with the 360 Van.  
Subaru has been producing high performance, durable wagons ever since, and though it's thrown in a few sedans and coupes along the way, it is most associated with its high-end, yet affordable all-wheel drive wagons.  Subaru was actually the first automaker to put four-wheel drive in a passenger car, back in 1972.  By the 1980s, all Subaru vehicles came with part-time or on-demand four-wheel drive, and by 1998, all-wheel drive was standard.  Its unique horizontal box or flat engine was also an innovation, and the Subaru Justy featured the first electronically continuous variable transmission.  Today, Subarus are known for high performance, with their turbo engines.
The model lineup is not extensive, but it is durable.  The BRAT was an all-terrain vehicle with an open bed, designed for a young, outdoorsy market.  It boasted the highest gas mileage at the time.  It has since been rebranded as today's Baja, a modern take on the dune buggy.  The Legacy wagon was introduced in 1990 and is still the best-selling wagon in the U.S.  The Outback version became its own standalone model in 1996, and was marketed as a more rugged version of the Legacy.  This was followed by the small Forester SUV, popular for its car-like feel, but storage versatility.  
Departing from its staid and conservative image, Subaru produced two performance or rally cars in the early 1990s, the Impreza WRX and the SVX coupe.  Both featured turbocharged engines and were entries in the rally car circuit.  The non-turbo Impreza sedan debuted in 1993 as a solid, economical compact.  In 2006, the B9 Tribeca was Subaru's first large SUV, with optional seating for seven passengers, a first for any Subaru vehicle.