2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback

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2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Problems

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Knock Sensor

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.

Clutch may "chatter" if car is driven without warming up

A noise in the clutch called "clutch chatter" is common if the car is driven without allowing it to warm up.

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2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Questions

My second Subaru has leaking head gaskets at around 90K. (1 answer)

Dealer says it is because the independent mechanic I get service at does not add the Subaru additive during a flush and fill and encouraged me to use dealer for service. I can't afford the dealer. Is there a secret additive they add during a flush and fill that a regular mechanic would not ...

I was told by clay Subaru "center pipe is rotted and has small leaks by the rear (2 answers)

hanger and the baffle. Will need a new center pipe and muffler/flang Cost $1082.

Can I get it done with Subaru parts at none Subaru shop?
Is Meineke Car Care Center in Norwood Good? Or is better to pay more and use Subaru?
How much do you think they will charge?

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