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Foreword

Congratulations on choosing a SUBARU vehicle. This Owner’s Man- ual has all the information necessary to keep your SUBARU in excel- lent condition and to properly maintain the emission control system for minimizing emission pollutants. We urge you to read this manual carefully so that you may understand your vehicle and its operation. For information not found in this Owner’s Manual, such as details concerning repairs or adjustments, please contact the dealer from whom you purchased your SUBARU or the nearest SUBARU dealer. The information, specifications and illustrations found in this manual are those in effect at the time of printing. FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD. reserves the right to change specifications and designs at any time without prior notice and without incurring any obligation to make the same or similar changes on vehicles previously sold. This Owner’s Manual applies to all models and covers all equipment, in- cluding factory installed options. Some explanations, therefore may be for equipment not installed in your vehicle. Please leave this manual in the vehicle at the time of resale. The next owner will need the information found herein.

FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD., TOKYO, JAPAN

is a registered trademark of FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD.

© copyright 2004 FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD.

This manual describes the following vehicle types.

Sedan

Wagon and OUTBACK SPORT

UGF053AA

UGF055AA

Warranties (cid:132) Warranties for U.S.A. All SUBARU vehicles distributed by Subaru of Ameri- ca, Inc. and sold at retail by an authorized SUBARU dealer in the United States come with the following warranties: (cid:121) SUBARU Limited Warranty (cid:121) Emission Control Systems Warranty (cid:121) Emissions Performance Warranty All warranty information, including details of coverage and exclusions, is in the “Warranty and Maintenance Booklet”. Please read these warranties carefully.

(cid:132) Warranties for Canada All SUBARU vehicles distributed by Subaru Canada, Inc. and sold at retail by an authorized SUBARU deal- er in Canada come with the following warranties: (cid:121) SUBARU Limited Warranty (cid:121) Anti-Corrosion Warranty (cid:121) Emission Control Warranty All warranty information, including details of coverage and exclusions, is in the Warranty and Service Book- let. Please read these warranties carefully.

(cid:84) WRX-STi (U.S. model only)

WRX-STi models are equipped with High Inten- sity Discharge (HID) headlights that contain mercury. For that reason, it is necessary to re- move HID headlights before vehicle disposal. Once removed, please reuse, recycle or dis- pose of the HID headlights as hazardous waste.

(cid:84) All models except U.S. model WRX-STi

This vehicle does not contain mercury devices or parts.

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How to use this owner’s manual (cid:132) Using your Owner’s manual Before you operate your vehicle, carefully read this manual. To protect yourself and extend the service life of your vehicle, follow the instructions in this manual. Failure to observe these instructions may result in se- rious injury and damage to your vehicle. This manual is composed of fourteen chapters. Each chapter begins with a brief table of contents, so you can usually tell at a glance if that chapter contains the information you want. Chapter 1: Seat, seatbelt and SRS airbags This chapter informs you how to use the seat and seat- belt and contains precautions for the SRS airbags. Chapter 2: Keys and doors This chapter informs you how to operate the keys, locks and windows. Chapter 3: Instruments and controls This chapter informs you about the operation of instru- ment panel indicators and how to use the instruments and other switches. Chapter 4: Climate Control This chapter informs you how to operate the climate control. Chapter 5: Audio

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This chapter informs you how to operate your audio system. Chapter 6: Interior equipment This chapter informs you how to operate interior equipment. Chapter 7: Starting and operating This chapter informs you how to start and operate your SUBARU. Chapter 8: Driving tips This chapter informs you how to drive your SUBARU in various conditions and explains some safety tips on driving. Chapter 9: In case of emergency This chapter informs you what to do if you have a prob- lem while driving, such as a flat tire or engine over- heating. Chapter 10: Appearance care This chapter informs you how to keep your SUBARU looking good. Chapter 11: Maintenance and service This chapter informs you when you need to take your SUBARU to the dealer for scheduled maintenance and informs you how to keep your SUBARU running properly. Chapter 12: Specifications This chapter informs you about dimension and capac- ities of your SUBARU.

Chapter 13: Consumer information and Reporting safety defects This chapter informs you about Uniform tire quality grading standards and Reporting safety defects. Chapter 14: Index This is an alphabetical listing of all that’s in this manu- al. You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.

(cid:132) Safety warnings You will find a number of WARNINGs, CAUTIONs and NOTEs in this manual. These safety warnings alert you to potential hazards that could result in injury to you or others. Please read these safety warnings as well as all other portions of this manual carefully in order to gain a bet- ter understanding of how to use your SUBARU vehicle safely.

A WARNING indicates a situation in which seri- ous injury or death could result if the warning is ignored.

A CAUTION indicates a situation in which injury or damage to your vehicle, or both, could result if the caution is ignored.

NOTE A NOTE gives information or suggestions how to make better use of your vehicle.

(cid:132) Safety symbol

HSF019AA

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ual. This symbol means “Do not”, “Do not do this”, or “Do not let this happen”, depending upon the context.

Vehicle symbols There are some of the symbols you may see on your vehicle.

Mark

Name

CAUTION

Power door lock and unlock

Passenger’s windows lock and un- lock

Fuel

Front fog lights

Parking lights

Hazard warning flasher

Cigarette lighter

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Mark

Name

Mark

Name

Engine hood

Trunk lid (Sedan)

Seat heater

Rear window wiper and washer

Lights

Parking lights, tail lights, license plate light and instrument panel illumination

Child restraint top tether anchorages

Head lights

Child restraint lower anchorages

Illumination brightness

Horn

Windshield wiper deicer

Wiper intermittent

Windshield wiper and washer

Fan speed

Instrument panel outlets

Instrument panel outlets and foot out- lets

Foot outlets

Windshield defroster and foot outlets

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Mark

Name

Windshield defroster

Rear window defogger/Outside mirror defogger

Air recirculation

Outside air

Engine oil

Washer

Safety precautions when driving (cid:132) Seatbelt and SRS airbag

(cid:121) All persons in the vehicle should fasten their seatbelts BEFORE the vehicle starts to move. Otherwise, the possibility of serious injury be- comes greater in the event of a sudden stop or accident. (cid:121) To obtain maximum protection in the event of an accident, the driver and all passengers in the vehicle should always wear seatbelts when the vehicle is moving. The SRS (Supplemental Re- straint System) airbag does not do away with the need to fasten seatbelts. In combination with the seatbelts, it offers the best combined protection in case of a serious accident. Not wearing a seatbelt increases the chance of severe injury or death in a crash even when the vehicle has the SRS airbag. (cid:121) The SRS airbags deploy with considerable speed and force. Occupants who are out of proper position when the SRS airbag deploys could suffer very serious injuries. Because the SRS airbag needs enough space for deploy-

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ment, the driver should always sit upright and well back in the seat as far from the steering wheel as practical while still maintaining full ve- hicle control and the front passenger should move the seat as far back as possible and sit upright and well back in the seat.

Carefully read the sections “Seatbelts” and “*SRS air- bag (Supplemental Restraint System airbag)” in chap- ter 1 of this owner’s manual for instructions and pre- cautions concerning the seatbelt system and SRS air- bag system.

(cid:132) Child safety

(cid:121) Never hold a child on your lap or in your arms while the vehicle is moving. The passenger cannot protect the child from injury in a colli- sion, because the child will be caught between the passenger and objects inside the vehicle. (cid:121) While riding in the vehicle, infants and small children should always be placed in the REAR seat in an infant or child restraint system which is appropriate for the child’s age, height and

weight. If a child is too big for a child restraint system, the child should sit in the REAR seat and be restrained using the seatbelts. Accord- ing to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seating po- sitions than in the front seating positions. Nev- er allow a child to stand up or kneel on the seat. (cid:121) Put children aged 12 and under in the REAR seat properly restrained at all times in a child restraint device or in a seatbelt. The SRS airbag deploys with considerable speed and force and can injure or even kill children, especially if they are 12 years of age and under and are not restrained or improperly restrained. Because children are lighter and weaker than adults, their risk being injured from deployment is greater. (cid:121) NEVER INSTALL A REARWARD FACING CHILD SEAT IN THE FRONT SEAT. DOING SO RISKS SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO THE CHILD BY PLACING THE CHILD’S HEAD TOO CLOSE TO THE SRS AIRBAG. (cid:121) Always use the child safety locks whenever a child rides in the rear seat. Serious injury could result if a child accidentally opened the door and fell out. Refer to the “Child safety locks” section in chapter 2.

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(cid:121) Always lock the passenger’s windows using the lock switch when children are riding in the vehicle. Failure to follow this procedure could result in injury to a child operating the power window. Refer to the “Windows” section in chapter 2. (cid:121) Never leave unattended children in the vehi- cle. They could accidentally injure themselves or others through inadvertent operation of the vehicle. Also, on hot or sunny days, tempera- ture in a closed vehicle could quickly become high enough to cause severe or possibly fatal injuries to them. (cid:121) Help prevent young children from locking themselves in the trunk. When leaving the vehi- cle, either close all windows and lock all doors or cancel the inside trunk lid release. Also make certain that the trunk is closed. On hot or sunny days, the temperature in a trunk could quickly become high enough to cause death or serious heat-related injuries including brain damage, particularly for small children.

Carefully read the sections “Child restraint systems”, “*SRS airbag (Supplemental Restraint System air- bag)”, and “Seatbelts” in chapter 1 of this owner’s manual for instructions and precautions concerning

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the child restraint system, seatbelt system and SRS airbag system.

(cid:132) Engine exhaust gas (Carbon monox-

ide)

(cid:121) Never inhale engine exhaust gas. Engine ex- haust gas contains carbon monoxide, a color- less and odorless gas which is dangerous, or even lethal, if inhaled. (cid:121) Always properly maintain the engine exhaust system to prevent engine exhaust gas from en- tering the vehicle. (cid:121) Never run the engine in a closed space, such as a garage, except for the brief time needed to drive the vehicle in or out of it. (cid:121) Avoid remaining in a parked vehicle for a lengthy time while the engine is running. If that is unavoidable, then use the ventilation fan to force fresh air into the vehicle. (cid:121) Always keep the front ventilator inlet grille free from snow, leaves or other obstructions to ensure that the ventilation system always works properly. (cid:121) If at any time you suspect that exhaust fumes

are entering the vehicle, have the problem checked and corrected as soon as possible. If you must drive under these conditions, drive only with all windows fully open. (cid:121) Keep the trunk lid or rear gate closed while driving to prevent exhaust gas from entering the vehicle.

accidents. Since alcohol affects all people differently, you may have consumed too much alcohol to drive safely even if the level of alcohol in your blood is below the legal limit. The safest thing you can do is never drink and drive. However if you have no choice but to drive, stop drinking and sober up completely before getting behind the wheel.

(cid:132) Drinking and driving

(cid:132) Drugs and driving

Drinking and then driving is very dangerous. Alcohol in the bloodstream delays your reac- tion and impairs your perception, judgment and attentiveness. If you drive after drinking – even if you drink just a little – it will increase the risk of being involved in a serious or fatal accident, injuring or killing yourself, your passengers and others. In addition, if you are injured in the accident, alcohol may increase the severity of that injury. Please don’t drink and drive.

Drunken driving is one of the most frequent causes of

There are some drugs (over the counter and prescription) that can delay your reaction time and impair your perception, judgment and at- tentiveness. If you drive after taking them, it may increase your, your passengers’ and other persons’ risk of being involved in a serious or fatal accident.

If you are taking any drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist or read the literature that accompanies the medication to determine if the drug you are taking can impair your driving ability. Do not drive after taking any medications that can make you drowsy or otherwise affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. If

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you have a medical condition that requires you to take drugs, please consult with your doctor. Never drive if you are under the influence of any illicit mind-altering drugs. For your own health and well-be- ing, we urge you not to take illegal drugs in the first place and to seek treatment if you are addicted to those drugs.

(cid:132) Driving when tired or sleepy

When you are tired or sleepy, your reaction will be delayed and your perception, judgment and attentiveness will be impaired. If you drive when tired or sleepy, your, your passengers’ and other persons’ chances of being involved in a serious accident may increase.

Please do not continue to drive but instead find a safe place to rest if you are tired or sleepy. On long trips, you should make periodic rest stops to refresh your- self before continuing on your journey. When possible, you should share the driving with others.

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(cid:132) Modification of your vehicle

Your vehicle should not be modified. Modifica- tion could affect its performance, safety or du- rability, and may even violate governmental regulations. In addition, damage or perfor- mance problems resulting from modification may not be covered under warranties.

(cid:132) Mobile phones and driving

Do not use a hand-held phone while driving; it

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