I have a Subaru Outback 2006 with the Turbo engine and Manual Transmission that has had a number of issues since I bought it new with the latest issues supposedly dealing around the Turbo engine.
The car only has 30,000 miles on it now and and about 1,500 miles ago I blew my Power Steering/Alternator belt on 394 and had to have it towed in for service. The Subaru mechanic at that time told me that the Turbo engine wears out belts much faster because of the large amount of heat it produces under the hood compared to a normal engine. It cost me over $300 for the tow to the dealer and the belt repair.
At the same time the belt was fixed the mechanic noted a separate issue with clutch pedal. He said that the clutch pedal was harder than normal to press and that this was caused because Turbo dust from the engine falls into some clutch bearing and causes it to bind over time. He said that to repair it required removal of the clutch and a bearing replacement that would cost over $750 (due to labor involved). The mechanic even joked about all the work involved to get at and change a simple clutch bearing. Since I had not even noticed the clutch pedal issue to that point and the car seemed to be drive fine I postponed any clutch work until my 30,000 checkup at least was reached.
I am scheduled to take the car in for its 30,000 checkup next week and I am unclear if that failed belt would have been normally changed at that time (if they do indeed wear out faster) and if so whether I can get something back off the $775 checkup cost.
Now in the last week I have started to notice the clutch slipping when pressing on the gas in third, fourth, and fifth gear. The RPM gauge jumps as the clutch seems to slip and then grab as the RPMs fall back again. I am not sure if this is caused because the clutch is getting dusty or because it is not holding tight anymore. The dealer says that it could anywhere from $750 - $2400 to repair or replace the clutch.
It is frustrating because obviously there was no sticker on the new car when I bought it that said be aware of extra expensive issues caused by it having a Turbo engine. If I would have know about the additional Turbo belt, clutch, and dust issues I would have not bought the Turbo model to begin with.
My prior car was a 1985 Manual Honda Prelude that I had for over 20 years and 75,000 miles without any problems with the belts or the clutch. I have spent way more in the last five years on my Subaru than I did in 20 years on my Prelude on unscheduled repairs.
It would seem to me that if the Subaru clutch is having problems at 30,000 miles because of Turbo generated dust that there is some kind of design issue with the engine. I do not think the car should be experiencing these Turbo related clutch issues at this mileage level and that the dealer should be covering most or all of the clutch repair costs.
Do these issues supposedly related to Turbo engine dust seem normal and do you think Subaru bears any responsibility towards them?