First & main issue: I throttle on, the RPMs jump, speed drops. I think I dealt w/ this before in my old Toyota pickup by replacing the clutch master cylinder. Is that right?
Secondly, I don’t know if the engine of this lil car has been rebuilt, but the smoke from under the hood has been alarming. It smells of oil, and I’ve seen some spots that appear to have leaking oil dropping onto exhaust, but the smoke keeps coming from various spots.
I really enjoy driving this lil car, it’s my first Subaru and my first wagon, but if the trouble is just now starting for me, at over 210,000 miles… I’ve replaced a few things, but I’ve never owned a newer(ish) vehicle (except a Harley), and come to expect to do work every once in awhile. I’m fairly regular w/ preventative maintenance, but not strict about when to change fluids or flush things (i.e. transmission or radiator)… Maybe I should just sell this one and move on.
I also hit a deer the other day going pretty fast and fortunately only busted out the passenger side head light, fog light, and blinker. The other day being over a month ago. I just don’t drive at night and try to avoid right turns. Any thoughts on where to get cheap replacement parts? I can’t seem to find anywhere that’ll sell me those plastic bits for under a few hundred dollars… strange considering a necessary part like a master cylinder is only $40…
Thanks to yall! I’m a new member of this site. I listen to Car Talk regularly and love the show! I’m at once excited to be a part of this and kickin myself in the rear for not doing this sooner!! Had to make many hard mistakes to learn how to work on vehicles… hopefully I can start learning from other’s mistakes instead of still makin my own!!