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Legacy and Outback Wagon AccessoriesWagon-Style StorageThe Right Way to WashCustomer/Dealer Service Question & Answer

Square cross bars should be removed when not in use.
Cross bars serve as the foundation for all Subaru Legacy and Outback accessory rack systems. While Outback Wagons have standard aerodynamic cross bars, accessory cross bars are required by the Legacy Wagon. The accessory bars are square and should be removed when not in use to prevent wind noise, with care taken to retain all parts.

Two racks that require the cross bars are the Cargo Basket and the Bike Carrier.

The heavy-duty Load Warrior basket is made of weather-resistant steel construction. It measures 44" x 39" x 6.5" and has a 100-lb. cargo capacity. Included are a black cargo net with hooks and a custom fairing to help deflect wind and noise. (A smaller accessory cargo basket is also available.)

Cautions included with the basket’s installation instructions apply to other carriers as well:

Do not exceed the recommended weight limit for your vehicle
The distance between the cross bars helps to determine what may be carried in the basket – a spread of 30" or more is recommended for a canoe
Be sure to retighten your cross bars if you loosen them
Cargo baskets should be centered over the cross bars
Regularly confirm the tightness of all bolts and knobs
Distribute the weight of the cargo evenly
inside the basket
Always tie down long loads at the
front and rear
Remove cargo baskets before entering car washes

Fork-mounted and roof-mounted bike carriers are available. The fork-mounted carrier securely holds one bike with a front locking 9 mm stainless steel skewer and rear-wheel hold-down strap. A front wheel holder is sold separately.

Cautions included with the carrier’s installation instructions also apply to others:

When attaching bike forks, keep them vertical to help prevent damage
Before driving away, verify that the carrier attachment points and the wheels are secure
Recheck attachment security at stops
Off-road driving is not recommended and could result in damage to your vehicle or bike
Do not transport bicycles with attached baby seats, baskets, wheel covers or full bike covers


The 2005 Legacy and Outback Wagons provide a variety of options for hauling cargo. When carrying large parcels in the rear, the rolled-up cargo cover and close-out panel may have to be removed and stored under the cargo floor lid. Instructions for storage can be found in the Owner’s Manual.


There are probably as many opinions as to how to wash a car as there are people who have opinions. Here are tips from the American Automobile Association:

Wash your car at least once every two weeks
Use designated car-wash soap
Use nonabrasive rags or mitts
Wash in a shady location
Work from top to bottom, front to back
Refill the water bucket when halfway finished
Keep the entire car wet throughout the process
Use new rags on top, old rags on the bottom
Use a separate bucket and set of rags for the wheels
Rinse with a stream of water, not spray
Use a natural or synthetic chamois or cloth towel to dry


In your spring Drive magazine, you say a Subaru AWD with automatic transmission can be towed only with all four wheels off the ground. So if I have to be towed, do they have to use a flat-bed tow truck? Why is this?

Yes, you have to use a flat-bed truck.

Towing a vehicle with an automatic transmission rotates the gearing through the transfer clutch. However, since the engine isn’t running, there are no fluids lubricating the transmission or carrying away the heat generated through friction within the transmission. This can result in permanent TRANSMISSION damage.