definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,743 miles

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1998 Subaru Outback clutch problems

clutch problem

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1998 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 312004

Outback 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 91,486 miles


Have a 1998 Subaru Outback. Bought it new in 1998. Has roughly 90000 miles. In the first year after purchase clutch went. Dealer replaced clutch free of charge (didn't want to, though). Read on the internet that there was a known clutch problem with the Outback and a lot of people had similar problems. Clutch was never, and has never been "right". the clutch has been looked at on several different occasions by different mechanics. None have been able to determine what the problem was. The clutch pedal will fade and drop to the floor (requies bare foot to grab the pedal w/toes to pull back up) sometimes eventually failing completely, other times, miraculously, returning to working order. We are out of warranty range, so we don't expect much from Subaru, however we would like to register a complaint. We would never buy another one. I am putting down the date of the most recent failure event, which was yesterday.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 302002


  • miles
In hot weather, especially in slow-moving traffic, the clutch pedal will not return after being depressed. The first incident happened in May 2001, but the dealer could find nothing wrong. After the second incident a month later, they replaced the clutch master cylinder. The clutch recently started to feel "sticky" again, and failed on June 30 while in a traffic jam. After letting it cool for about an hour, the car was driveable again. The clutch fluid was replaced, but the problem returned about 30 minutes after I left the dealer. I returned to the dealer, where they informed me that the latest theory from Subaru of America is that there is a pocket in the casting of the master cylinder that traps air which can't be released by pressure bleeding the system and it must be "gravity bled". they did this and the problem has gone away (at least for now). No reason was given for the return of the failure after a year.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

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