Summer 2007 Forward to a Friend




Five Ways to Preserve a High-Mileage Subaru and Keep it Running  • Parking Light Switch  • Seasonal Filter Change Reminder
New Battery Replacement Warranty  • Legacy and Outback Daytime Running Lights (DRL)  • Cruise Control Reminder • 2008 Subaru Model Names


FIVE WAYS TO PRESERVE A HIGH-MILEAGE SUBARU AND KEEP IT RUNNING
  1. Maintain the vehicle as recommended by Subaru
    1. Change oil at recommended intervals using oil recommended by Subaru
    2. Maintain the recommended service and tune-up schedule
    3. Use Subaru brand coolant, specially formulated for our unique alloy engines
  2. Perform underhood fluid checks on a regular basis
  3. Perform regular tire maintenance
    1. Once a month, check tires for wear and pressure
    2. Rotate tires and check alignment on a regular schedule
  4. Keep an eye on your vehicle
    1. Check out warning signs, such as unusual noises and vibrations
    2. Watch for signs of leaks and repair their causes
  5. Perform preventative maintenance
    1. Check all safety features on a regular basis
    2. Prepare the vehicle for seasonal changes
    3. Garage the vehicle or store in a dry location
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parking lights

PARKING LIGHT SWITCH

The parking light switch on the steering column can be inadvertently turned on by car wash or service personnel or by drivers when resetting the odometer or cleaning the vehicle. Turning on the switch illuminates the parking lights and taillights after the vehicle is turned off. If your parking lights remain on after removing your key from the ignition, check the switch. It could prevent a dead battery!

See your Owner’s Manual for more information.

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Filter

SEASONAL FILTER CHANGE REMINDER

For Subaru vehicles that have cabin air filters, replacing the filters for summertime driving can improve the comfort level of passengers with allergies. Clean filters clean the air of particles better than ones clogged with dirt and debris.

A sticker on the side of the dash (visible when the front doors are open) tells you that you have a cabin air filter. If in doubt, contact your Subaru retailer.

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Battery

NEW BATTERY REPLACEMENT WARRANTY

Genuine Subaru Replacement Batteries are now covered under a new 30-Month Free Replacement, 85-Month Prorated Warranty. This is one of the best battery warranties in the industry and applies to all Subaru vehicles.

For complete details on the new Genuine Subaru Replacement Battery Warranty, contact your Subaru retailer.

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LEGACY AND OUTBACK DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS

LEGACY AND OUTBACK DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS (DRL)

In response to owner comments, Subaru has revised the DRL operation in Subaru Legacy and Outback models. DRL are illuminated as a safety feature when vehicle is running and the headlights are turned off.

In 2007 models, the level of brightness is less than that of normal headlights and not appropriate for driving at night. Illumination is from the low-beam bulb, with parking lights and taillights on. A “DRL” symbol in the instrument panel illuminates when the DRL system is on.

In 2008 models, the level of brightness is reduced from 2007 to help drivers determine that headlights should be turned on. Illumination is from the high-beam bulb, without parking lights. Taillights are off.

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CRUISE CONTROL REMINDER

CRUISE CONTROL REMINDER

In response to recurring questions concerning cruise control, we reprint this reminder about the safe use of cruise control on slippery roads.

QUESTION FROM READER LETTERS: I heard that I shouldn’t use cruise control on ice and snow. Is that true?

ANSWER: Cruise control is a convenience feature not intended for every driving situation. It allows you to maintain vehicle speed without having to hold your foot on the accelerator.

However, cruise control should never be used on slippery or wet roads, or when:

  • Driving on winding roads
  • Driving up or down steep grades
  • Driving in heavy traffic

Remember to turn off the main cruise-control switch when not in use to avoid accidental activation.

See your Owner’s Manual for more information.

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2008 SUBARU MODEL NAMES

Per readers’ requests, here is the Subaru model lineup for 2008.
Tribeca (built in Lafayette, Indiana)

  • Tribeca (3rd row seating optional)
  • Tribeca Limited (3rd row seating optional)
Outback (built in Lafayette, Indiana)
  • Outback
  • Outback 2.5i
  • Outback 2.5i L.L.Bean® Edition
  • Outback 2.5i Limited
  • Outback 2.5i Limited L.L.Bean® Edition
  • Outback 2.5 XT Limited
  • Outback 3.0R L.L.Bean® Edition

Legacy (built in Lafayette, Indiana)

  • Legacy 2.5i
  • Legacy 2.5i Special Edition
  • Legacy 2.5i Limited
  • Legacy 2.5 GT Limited
  • Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B
  • Legacy 3.0 Limited

Forester (built in Gunma Yajima Plant, Japan)

  • Forester 2.5 X
  • Forester Sports 2.5 X
  • Forester 2.5 X L.L.Bean® Edition
  • Forester Sports 2.5 XT
  • Forester 2.5 XT Limited

Impreza* (built in Gunma Yajima Plant, Japan)

  • Impreza 2.5i (4D and 5D)
  • Impreza WRX (4D and 5D)
  • Outback Sport

*Note: 2008 Impreza WRX STI models not available until January 2008

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