Hello everyone. I just bought my first car on my own. I had to take out a loan and I really love this car its amazing especially the pickup; however, I've never owned a subaru car nor know anything about boxer engines. I've looked stuff up online but am not satisfied. I have been experiencing a few things that I don't know if they are normal or not. I got extended warranty that covers everything but Im sure there is some 90 day clause in there. Anyway the first thing that is scaring me is the engine sounds a little bit like a truck engine. Not in loudness. What I mean is when you hear are at a stop next to a semi, you can hear a distinct gugg gugg gugg gugg gugg gugg gugg sound to it. Of course its pretty loud because it has a big engine and so my car seems to make the same noise but at a much lower volume. Its almost as if I can distinctly hear each cylinder fire. I guess I can compare it to how you can clearly hear each cylinder fire on a harley. So far I haven't heard nor felt any mistfires.
When I checked under the hood I noticed a hardly audible ticking sound. On my other cars that has never been a good sign but since this is a different type of engine I am not sure if it is normal or not. You can only hear it if you open the hood.
I turned my car on last night, (so far I have put 200 miles on it) and didn't let it warm up because I was so cold I just wanted to start driving and all of a sudden I started smelling gas inside the car. I made it home from my aunts (2.5 miles) and checked under the hood and smelled the gas around the lower right side of the intercooler. There was nothing else I could do then so I went inside and went to bed. Next morning I smelled it again but as soon as I started driving to work (38miles) and it warmed up I never smelled it again.
I hope these things aren't things to be too scared about. I heard one of my wheel bearings starting to go out too. On the expressway I can hear a slight rhythmic vibration on the right side.
The car is 2005 with 110,000 miles on it.