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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,000 miles

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2003 Subaru Baja drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Subaru Baja Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 162010


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Baja. The contact stated after changing a flat tire with the spare tire the rear end of the vehicle started smoking. The smoke was cause by the spare tire due to the different tread and size caused the differential to malfunction. The contact drove the vehicle to a local mechanic and the local mechanic notice the entire rear end had blown. The contact towed the vehicle to a dealer because the manufacturer offered to pay for the repairs. The contact stated this is a safety issue because the spare tire could have caused a hugh fire to the rear of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Williams, OR, USA

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