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  1. 2.7 twin turbo, Diesel PSA engine which also found its way into Jaguars if my memory serves?, linked to a standard RWD vehicle of much more modern design with a very slippery shape, Diesels are much more efficient than petrol engines, hence why almost all vans and trucks are Diesel powered. Somehow i doubt that V6 will be running as well as your Scooby when its 21 years old. It might be worth servicing your brakes properly, ie all pads out exercise the pistons in their bores, remove the stainless anti rattle clips that sit at the top and bottom of the caliper, wire brish the calipers
  2. You're doing mid twenties mpg, depending on the type of driving you do that's about right, you might get early to mid thirties if you drove open roads at steady constant speeds, but for general running about mid twenties is par, this is the downside of full time 4WD. Those with turbocharged Scoobies have seen figures of 15/17mphg when driven hard or in stop start traffic.
  3. Job went well, glad of the impact rattle gun mind because the caliper carrier bolts were in tight, didn't want one snapping off, rears just needed cleaning lubing and the pistons exercising, might slip new pads and discs on the back next year. Knees giving me some gyp now so didn't get round to swapping the gearbox oil out. Used Delphi parts which were really well priced, usually use Brembo, be interesting to see if i notice a difference. Noticed quite a difference driving on the summer tyres/wheels which are 17" 55 aspect whilst the winters are 16" 60 aspect, soon get used to
  4. Changed the engine oil earlier in the week, so easy and clean witha Fumoto drain valve, whilst underneath noticed the front inner brake discs were developing a bit of a wear ridge, removed calipers and discs after work today i think those discs were originals, painted the unswept parts of the new discs (hate seeing rusty discs) re-assembly tomorrow. Will service the rear brakes too, and may change a sumpful of autogearbox oil whilst in me overalls. Swapping over to the summer wheel/tyre set at the same time.
  5. Same as any car if you want it to last, here's my suggestion this is what i do to all my vehicles. Service it as if its never been serviced properly before, it's my experience that most vehicles never get serviced as they should, it may not have seen a gearbox oil change and who knows if the diff oils were all changed, then full strip clean and lube up with the correct grease of the brakes, brake fluid flush and coolant renewal. If we ever get global warming (the warm bit that is not the green tax scam) and this winter finally ends, once the salt has been washed away by the late spri
  6. Wasn't an easy fix, never ever failed to proceed in N, so left it.
  7. Had this with the previous Outback, would once in a while not want to engage the starter motor in P, shift to N and it would start every time, suspect the switch gets worn/pitted/dirty whilst in the P segment.
  8. Mine on the Foz was worse because the ball joints within that headlight level sensor had seized solid, so as well as the bracket had to replace the link, for the link i bought and altered slightly an adjustable suspension level link from a Toyota Landcruiser to fit (found on ebay i think), for the bracket i used a corner bracket from a diy shop designed to repair chipboard so a matter of 50p or so, but any piece of fairly sturdy angled steel would be fine with the right holes drilled through. In theory the genuine bracket should be cheap even at Subaru dealers, but wouldn't surprise me i
  9. Don't blame you for the solution Duffsaw, but not the ideal solution for the UK because MOT inspectors are hot on DPF removal (even if the now gutted canister remains in place) and i'm sure there's insurance implications too. You won't get any stick from me because DPF is a pita in cars and domestic 4x4s, in lorries they've got it pretty well sorted unless the vehicle is on short haul multi drop work, even then the latest vehicles are fitted with switching so the driver can regen on command whilst stationary if the vehicle needs it and the type of running won't allow a normal regen on the
  10. This is one of the best tyre review sites out there. https://www.tyrereviews.com/Tyre/Vredestein/Quatrac-Pro.htm he also posts some decent vids on youtube. My own thoughts about Vred Quatracs, at one time they were one of very few tyre makers offering snowflake stamped proper all season rubber, daughter's cars were both shod with Quatracs (2 and 3) in the past and whilst not a tyre test they kept both of them out of trouble, but haven't tried the later variants. I've run other Vredestein tyres in the past too and no cause for complaint. However, there are lots more tyre makers in t
  11. This is farcical but without the humour. So these eco miracles are dependent on your driving further than intended in order to keep them healthy and even then it's a toss up if its going to work, well done, as insane as having to drive a modern Diesel further than intended to allow the DPF to regenerate, which sounds OK in theory but seeing as the car itself decides if now is the moment to start regen you might drive nowhere 50 miles only for the regen to start just as you pull onto your drive, course something as simple as a message/warning light that regen is about to start would be to
  12. Top rate road tax for one, anyone's guess what the future holds in store on that account. Thirsty too. Other than that you'll have to be more specific in what you want to know, what sort of mileage price and auto/manual choice.
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    The dreaded Covid

    This is really interesting the responses so far. Subaru owners are proving to be individuals with minds of their own and not falling for the mainstream narrative, this is not the usual case out there among most people who have fallen for the hysteria hook line and sinker, i wonder if this is the same on other make specific forums, somehow i doubt it, individuality can be found here. I'm a lot older than most here, it's rather refereshing knowing not everyone has been taken in by the state broadcaster and mainstream, in other places and on other forums those not 100% in agreement with
  14. Both our Outback H6 and Forester 2.5XT have done around 22/23mpg general running about with a mix of town and other roads, doubt any of the older models 4 pots with a turbo will be much better other than on a longish run. LPG is the answer if it suits you, having a spare wheel well toroidal tank i refill the Foz at around 150 miles for £20ish with fuel @ 56ppl, if that was petrol it would be more like £44, though on petrol alone it would probably be 10% better on fuel and have slightly more oomph. As said Subaru driving isn't about fuel saving, what makes Subarus unique is the way th
  15. Yes to Volvo brake issues, son had an S60 and when we stripped the brakes found one of the park brake shoes had delaminated the friction material, apparently a regular issue which in extreme circs can lock the rear wheel solid. Like you most of my maintenance is DIY, and i always overservice my cars because i've found it pays in the long run. Brake issues are a serious problem on cars, with good reason, because as far as i know (and this might have changed since we sold the Hilux, the only new vehicle i've ever or will ever own) apart from Toyota not one of the maker's servicing requ
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