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Forester Interior & Passenger Comfort Questions



  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    As gas prices go up, the premium for premium as a % of your total fuel costs actually gets smaller

    Hey, that's my argument too...or is that three now.

    Wow, those 40 cent differences between the two kind of shoot down the argument, but here in Kansas it is like they can't sell the premium as I have seen it (last Sun) at my local BP only 16 cents higher and silver only 8 cents.

    I have a plain old X manual, but I tow an 1800 lb pop up trailer in the mountains occasionally. People say I am nuts, but I know that premium at 8,000 feet works better than regular (87 in the mountains) while pulling. My observations are subjective, but I did utilize some rigor in my tests. I have done the same climb with both and was eyeing 2nd gear at one point with regular and didn't worry about it with premium. It was subtle, but distinct.
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    So far as I know, the Octane need actually decreases the higher you go.....that is why regular unleaded will be dispensed as 85 Octane in higher elevations, and in NYC or LA, regular unleaded will be 87. ;)
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 366
    After spending 3 weeks in two rentals, it was good to get back to my 03 Forester XS. However, after riding a couple of cars with rather plush seats I fully realized how hard the fabric seat surfaces on my Forester. So I am considering something softer to sit on and 1" sheepskins sound like the ticket. Any suggestions for an economical source of good ones? Thanks
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    I bought mine @ the Subaru dealership, fit fine, made with the side airbags in mind, and high quality. I believe it was less than $100 for the pair.....
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 366
    Thanks for the suggestion. However, the Subie dealers in Bellingham & Seattle don't carry em. Any other suggestions?
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    I did a Web search on google for the brand I was sold by Lithia Subaru in Reno, Miss Sideless, Click here for that link.

    They are made by the New Zealand Australian Companies, Inc. And if you click this link it gives a list of dealers in Washington State, for that company, unknown if they sell the Miss Sideless sheepskins, or just some other products by that company...

    Some of the search results were Amazon links, so they migh carry them there as well. I think the first link, and numbers will be the most help in locating what you need. I hope this helps you. :)
  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    There apparently is something that says Do NOT Tint the sunroof as it will crack. Why I don't know, but there are reports to that effect on these boards somewhere and pretty recently.
  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    I have the tan interior and was in Sam's club and ran across Australian ones that perfectly matched the interior for 39 bucks apiece and they are sideless and say specifically they will NOT interfere with the airbags there. I love them. It was an impulse buy but well worth it...particularly on those really cold mornings when the seats are hard and cold...

    This was about a year ago and I don't remember seeing them since, but I haven't been looking.
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    I enjoy them for the comfort in Summer actually, and have always regretted not getting the LL Bean edition for the leather seats.

    As for cold, my model includes those nifty seat warmers, and I always recommend that people get them, as they are well worth the small amount you pay. ;)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,021
    I just searched through 100 "sunroof tint" posts here and didn't see any cautions about tinting a sunroof. "Do not tint sun roof" got no net search hits, although there is one Honda guy saying that sunroof glass is somehow different and will expand/contract differently with tint on it and explode.

    Sounds a bit urban legendish - anyone have any info from a tinting company or manufacturer?
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Steve, like I posted earlier, Lithia Subaru had to call Subaru of America, because of the cost, but they approved my replacement. The "Limousine" tint film was still on it.

    The AAA didn't balk or say they didn't cover the tint film, however they did tell me it was a manufacturing defect, not an outside object, that caused the problem. This would lead most of us to know the insurance companies data base must have already picked up on replacements of the sunroof glass, thus them labeling it a "defect".

    They use the same type of mylar film on windows in my home near Palm Springs, and if heat, which there is plenty of there, caused windows to crack, it would have already been excluded from coverage by the insurers, I assume.

    BTW, the crack appeared in the Winter, after it had already gotten to below freezing every night. At the time it happened, to judge if I should remove the film (all it takes is a spray bottle of water) before taking it into the insurance company, I did a WEB search of broken windows due to tinted film, and found only the same "Urban Legends" and speculation in enthusiasts forums, from self-appointed "experts". ;)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,021
    I missed your earlier post - the sunroof post of Kavoom's happened to catch my eye because a friend of mine was quoted ~$700 to replace his tiny SUV sunroof glass a few years back. He was worried until he talked to his insurance agent and found out it was covered.

    His sunroof wasn't tinted though - he had actually removed the glass in a spurt of detailing and forgot to screw it back in place when the fishing bug bit him. The glass flew off at 70 mph landing neatly in the middle of the highway behind him. :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yikes! :surprise:

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,021
    Hey, when your buddy calls and says the silvers are running, you do what you gotta do. :shades:
  • terry92270terry92270 Posts: 1,247
    Seems as if they changed the unlocking deal with at least the 2006's. :)
  • I know this is an old post but I am having the same problem with my 2008 Forester and would love to know if you solved this and if so how?
  • No, haven't solved it. I just avoid very long trips in this car, as I have another car. I will probably be replacing the Forester next year with something more civilized and comfortable.
  • Well I guess I got lucky. The sales manager accepted the Forester back, rescinded the deal and refunded all of my money. He and the salesman will each be getting personal checks from me to say THANK YOU!

    Did you write or e-mail Subaru headquarters in NJ about this problem? I think they need to know.

    Good luck on finding your next vehicle. I probably don't need to tell you this but, take it for a lo-o-ong test drive. You should be able to get a good resale on the Forester.
  • lionel2lionel2 Posts: 2
    Okay, I was happy to find this used 2006 Forester on the lot. It only has about 10,600 miles on it. I drove it and I liked it and I bought it. Now that I have been driving it more I'm beginning to wonder if the previous owner was a bit overweight and maybe sunk the front seat cushion? Is this possible in 10,600 miles? I hope not BUT I am really uncomfortable when just sitting in the driver's seat. I can feel this hard band sort of circulating around my lower back. It appears to me that if my entire rear was raised up a bit things would be better. Has anyone else out there heard of this? Of course my previous car was an Olds 88 and was as about as comfortable as could be. I've looked on line for cushions and there are a multitude to pick from. I really don't think I need more lumbar, massages, and heat treatments............ help!!


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