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  1. I appreciate why you feel the need to do that. No one likes to feel vulnerable and potentially stuck with a 'dead' car, especially if away from home. But it's annoying to have to go to those lengths. Is the car still under warranty? It can't be right that a modern car has such a chronically persistent issue - if that's what it is. Rather undermines Subaru's boasts of reliability if it can't be solved.
  2. I should have added, I turned all of my internal lights off, and have left them off, weeks ago. There's also an interesting thread currently on this issue here currently (no pun intended 🙂 ) subaruoutback.org
  3. I'd also read about this being a problem with Subarus too. I've just been car camping for a few nights and had the boot open for extended periods and the doors too. Fortunately no issues. Same on a previous trip away in June - boot open to provide shade. I have been following the advice of the dealership I bought the car from, who (when I mentioned the battery issue) told me to drive with the side-lights on, even on short trips. Apparently, this forces the alternator to recharge the battery. I've no idea if that's a load of codswallop (and I can't see why it wouldn't charge it anyway just like in all the other cars I've owned and never had to replace a battery for years in), but so far I've no issues with a flat battery (that'll jinx it!!). Let us know how you get on, as with winter approaching, and the nights drawing in ( 🙂 ) I want ALL the electrics to work as and when needed.
  4. There's also this link http://jdmfsm.info/Auto/Japan/Subaru/Legacy_Outback/ which comes from this site http://jdmfsm.info/Auto/Japan/Subaru/ Although like all things you can download for 'free' on t'internet some caution is needed!
  5. Following reading a thread about this on the US subaruoutback.org website, and the need to have Eyesight re-calibrated, I checked Autoglass' website to see what they had to say about it. Autoglass have an ADAS calibration video on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXmZbeDLPWc&t=88s explaining how they go about it. I was interested to note that they recommend a full tank of fuel and removing items from the boot when they do the re-calibration. To keep the vehicle level presumably. Elsewhere on the sight there was reference to having the system re-calibrated every time a tyre is changed or the suspension altered (££££££££££££!!). Like that's going to happen! Got me thinking. I've put a OE alloy spare wheel and tyre in my boot, and it's also stocked with emergency kit (spare outdoor clothes, tools for simple car maintenance, etc.) as I spend a lot of time out in the 'wilds'. I also drive with a fair bit of equestrian tack - saddles, reins and equine food stuff - which also can be weighty. This extra weight must already impact upon the car's Eyesight system. So, I wonder how much 'leeway' Subaru would have programmed into their Eyesight system to account for this (it is an estate, afterall). If there's a fair bit of leeway, then presumably Eyesight re-calibration can't be too precise? Anyone have any experience of windscreen replacement on a vehicle with Eyesight?
  6. I guessed Subaru UK would not sell the Wilderness version of the OB over here, which is also a turbo, or the Touring turbo version. We're such a small market for Subaru, with very low sales columns I assume they calculated it was too expensive. Shame, I'd have really fancied a Wilderness version. There's no turbo for the new 2022 BRZ either - it looks a load-a-fun. This bloke has a theory as to why it's not needed - look away with you dislike Maths! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcp76132_SY There's also the extra cost too. Not just of the turbo itself, but all the other mods the car requires due to the extra turbo power (gearbox, brakes, etc.), further limiting the market share due to the expenditure. I'm actually finding the power output of the OB fine for my needs. It's clearly way too heavy to be a sports model anyway. I rarely use the 'Sport' option, but I guess we all have different driving needs.
  7. That's good to know. So, if Subaru will change the CVT oil for a vehicle that tows, I can't see why they wouldn't simply in good faith change the oil, on demand, for any owner who just diligently wants to ensure (and have the reassurance of) the longevity of their vehicle's transmission. Nothing lasts forever and the notion of 'sealed for life' raises issues of what 'life' actually means, and to whom. We do own the vehicles afterall 😄 !
  8. That sounds as if Subaru UK are being very contradictory. TomGr7, of this parish, reported that Subaru UK / dealerships are refusing to do a CVT oil change, because the CVT is 'sealed for life' https://uk.subaruownersclub.com/forums/topic/27183-advice-needed-on-cvt/?tab=comments#comment-176531 But, if Andy's manual says a CVT oil change is needed for his Levorg for towing!!!! How best to sort this? Anyone from Subaru UK reading this? We'd appreciate some clarity, please.
  9. Looks like you're well on the case. Good one, and handy to know too. Thanks.
  10. Just checked P91 of the Owner's Manual supplement for Eyesight system and it reads ... "The ON/OFF status of the Lane Departure Warning is restored when you restart the engine." To me, that reads as if it's off, it stays off, and vice versa. Sorry, just seen your last post re the default of the 2015. That's a pain. Have you tried lookign for advice on the SubaruOutback.Org site?
  11. Interesting, I've a 2020 OB and if I switch the Lane Departure Warning off, it stays off even on the next start-up and beyond, unless i deliberately switch it on. However, when switched off the dash light does blare away in the instrument cluster. I wonder if staying off on start-up is a more recent 'tweak' with the later Gen5 OBs. Does your Lane Departure warning on/off switch work the same way? That is, you have to press and hold the switch, which is positioned to the right and below the steering wheel, next to the A auto stop/start switch, and keep it pressed for a few seconds before it bleeps (both for on or off)? Also, as with my last two vehicles (Skodas), with the OB I've trained myself to unconsciously and automatically press the auto stop/start off every time I get into the car, as this does not stay off on start-up, sadly. That seems t obe the same for all makes of vehicle.
  12. I can see where you're coming from with that thought. But Subaru do advertise the towing ability of their cars, and I've not read any small print caveats suggesting that towing within their specified weight limits requires any special/different treatments. I always think it's best to email Subaru UK directly with these queries (isn't that what they're there for?) or if you contact a local dealer to put your query in writing too. That way you always have a record of their answer/advice. And, if they fail to reply in a reasonable period of time then that becomes a valid customer service issue to take up. That always makes them sit-up and take you seriously (like all companies out there) as if its in black-and-white print you've got evidence 😉 . To be fair, I'm new to Subaru and so far they've always got back to me, eventually, and I believe they are really trying to be No. 1 with customer care in the UK - or so they say in their car industry briefings!
  13. Yeap, that would be correct (10K miles/12 months ) for a newer (2018+) turbocharged Subaru model according to the pages in my Service and Warranties Booklet and also for 3.0 and 3.6 litre models (see page 13 and 14, if you also have the booklet). It's the 'normally aspirated' 1.6, 2.0 and 2.5 engines that are 12K miles (in the UK, at least).
  14. My 2020 Outback's in-car nav system doesn't have live traffic info either. I think that's the limitation of the Subaru system compared to some stand alone sat nav systems (e.g Garmin) or maybe a nav app run through a smart phone. The Subaru in car sat nav generally seems very basic. For example, despite the car linking to my home broadband allowing me to load the most recent nav/maps updates, it still fails to detect the 50 mph speed zone that's been on the A66 between Brough and Warcop for at least 8 years!
  15. Thanks for the update Andy. 12,000 miles keeps Subarus inline with most other car manufacturers in the UK, albeit that until recently most cars were 10K miles, like my older Skoda Yetis and Octavias (has the notion of variable service intervals been ditched nowadays? You don't see it being advertised much anymore). It does make me wonder though, if in the US/Canada the service intervals are much shorter, and in Europe too (at just over 9k miles), and I suppose that'll include the Republic of Ireland (?), why there is such variability, on the same vehicles. It can't all be down to climate differences, with such closely neighbouring countries having such service mileage differences. Something doesn't seem right. I'd read somewhere (I think it was on subaruoutback.org) that the oil viscosity regulations for servicing cars in the US require less viscose oils than the UK, and that explains the difference, but I can't fully believe that accounts for it. Still, I'm very happy its 12K here - helps to save some pennies 🙂 .
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