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  •  fan-belt diagnostic (4+ / 0-)

    New-ish Subie Boxer engines (2002+) have their fan-belts sealed inside the outer engine block.  This means that changing a fan belt usually means pulling the front bumper off and removing the radiator, or lifting the engine clean out of the engine bay.  Very expensive operation either way.

    Which is why they're rated for 90,000 miles.

    Ford, not too long ago, owned Saab while also owning a good chunk of Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru's parent company).  So they were able to brow-beat Subaru into coughing up the plans for their engine and drive-line in order to put out an AWD Saab (on the fan forums we call these Saabaru's); but Ford also decided to cheap out on parts and production ... which is why my Subie fan forums get bombarded by Saab owners wondering why they have to part with $500 dollars to change a fan belt after only 20,000 miles.

    Point is, there is a lot of clever engineering that you can accomplish if you place reliability at the top of your list ... including holding the outer chassis together with nothing more than bumper-stickers :P

    We haven't met but you're a great fan of mine

    by Great Cthulhu on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:18:15 PM PST

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    •  GM, not Ford n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      WarrenS, US Blues

      Wikipedia trivia: Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster (M45, or "The Seven Sisters"), which in turn inspires the Subaru logo and alludes to the companies that merged to create FHI.

      We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

      by NoMoJoe on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:04:47 PM PST

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