2000 Subaru Legacy Outback (or is it Outback Legacy…I’ve never known)
I have this chronic and intermittent problem with my Subaru. It’s been going on for years. I had it to the dealership a few time as well as other mechanics, but of course it never misbehaves then.
Here’s the problem. The car always will start when cold. Occasionally when you go somewhere, primarily short errands etc. the first stop is no problem but when you stop at the next place and come back a short while later (5-15 minutes) it will not start. It does not make a sound. Lights work. Battery is just fine. Stopping on long trips is especially problematic.
At first it would cure itself after opening the hood, scratching your head, etc. and closing the hood. Or maybe it was slamming the door but you could depend on it starting after some hocus pocus like that. Now it seems to be getting worse. However there is one thing that so far never fails… you can jump it and it will fire right up. Remember, the battery is not low, but jumping works.
Actually the battery is just about a year old. One time it died and when I couldn’t get it to start after a long time I thought it was finally my chance to get a mechanic to trouble shoot it. So after towing and about $300 between troubleshooting fees and the diagnosis that the battery was shot they were confident they had solved the problem. No such luck
I can say confidently that the battery terminal connections are clean and tight. I’ve checked the wire and mount on the starter too.
So just throwing this out here to see if there is a common issue or something that I could check to resolve this problem. Replacing the car is not a current option.