2003 Subaru Outback 6 cylinder from North America
This is a great little car. It is very reliable, runs smooth, is quite and there's plenty of room.
I'm really sensitive to noise. It seems there is an air leak around the front windows. I have also thought that the rear view mirrors may be the culprit for this annoying whistle. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Also, there seems to be an exhaust leak as I've noticed a little clatter when pulling hills.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th November, 2004
7th Mar 2005, 01:23
I have a 2003 Subaru Outback, I asked about the noise when having other concerns checked out and the dealership replaced a gusset on each of the mirrors that has helped tremendously. My concern with my Subaru (an automatic) is that when the tires slip on ice sometimes when they engage the "clunk" sound it makes on the rear axle is very alarming. Is this of concern?
4th Nov 2007, 07:24
I found that the wind noise in the Outback front windows comes from the triangular seal where the mirror is attached. I roll the window down completely and then 'pinch' the outer and inner gaskets. They are stiff and if I pinch hard enough I can bend then towards each other slightly. This usually solves the problem for a few months. Over time, the action of the window and door open/close eventually bends these back to the point where you hear wind noise. You can test this very simply. While driving, put your finger on the inner mirror seal and gently press on it towards the window. You should notice that the wind noise decreases or completely vanishes. It seems that a stiffer backing by Subaru would fix this all together.