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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions



  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Thanks for clearing that up. That makes it even more strange -- I couldn't imagine treadwear in 4 months being the culprit. Did you do any towing with the Forester? If the Subaru dealer is right about the size difference, then I would suspect a quality control problem with the the tires. I would explain to the Sears manager about the needs of AWD vehicles and see if they can verify the problem. Also, check to see if there is a treadwear guarantee for the tires. If they do agree, I would get a different brand.

    My concern is that there might be something else wrong that's causing the "jerkyness" you described. First, however, you need to rule out the possbility of the tires.

    Good luck,

  • I took my car to a glass shop today and they said I won't need to fix it in order to pass state inspection. So I'm just going to leave it - especially since it might get cracked again later this winter. If it does crack again, my new policy has no deductible for windshield repair or replacement. Thanks for all your suggestions!

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Glad we could help. Hopefully others will check their policy to make sure they Zero deductible on the glass coverage!

  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Hi folks,

    I'm back from SC with a couple of questions. First, how have you all dealt with the problem of having your Soob's window glass freeze to the weather-stripping? I left mine parked in an open-air long-term parking lot near the airport while I was gone. It snowed and thawed while I was gone and there was ice between the glass and the strip. I was afraid I would tear up the strip when I pulled the door open.

    Second, have any of you dealt with Hadwin-White Subaru in Conway, SC? They're primarily a Buick-Pontiac-GMC dealership and, if I recall correctly, were taken to task on one of the national news magazine shows (20-20, Dateline, I don't know which) for among other things reselling lemons (the GMs, not the Subarus). Due to my parents' health I have a feeling I'll be spending more of my time down there in the near future. H-W is the closest dealer for many miles; the next closest are in Wilmington, NC (75 mi.), Charleston, SC (100 mi.) or Columbia, SC (120 mi.). If they are as horrific as their reputation I might be better off flying down and renting a car each trip.

    As always, thanks in advance for your thoughts.

  • Ed: Here's a couple potential solutions:
    I've used aerosol silicone spray applied to a cloth, then wiped on the weatherstripping. Not a complete cure, but a big help.

    I'm fortunate that I have a heated garage available at work, so I can leave all the doors open to dry out once in awhile. Not an option for most, but the silicone thing usually works.

  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Thanks, Paul, for the tip. It'll come in handy with the blizzard we expect here in the Northeast.
    My Soob is rarely garaged; although we have an unheated two-car garage at home, my wife's Accord gets one bay while my '63 Studebaker gets the other. I figure the Forester can handle the elements better than the Stude.

    Thanks again,
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    I've also had good results with the silicone spray. I've read to not to spray it directly because the aerosol chemicals are bad for the seal (plus it makes a mess).
    I'm originally from Myrtle Beach and had my '97 OBS serviced and H.W. a couple of years ago while visiting my parents. It was only for an oil change and I didn't have any problems (now I do my own). I liked the way the service area was set up because you drive into the service bay. With any dealer, it's a good idea to check their work thoroughly. Any problems just call SOA.

  • amishraamishra Posts: 367
    Garages are a mixed blessing in winter, especially if the temperature differences between inside and out are high they can cause accelerated corrosion. Quick changes in temperature can also cause cracking in glass or stress fractures in metals.

    As for keeping your windows from sticking, you might want to try a silicon lube on the rubber. Just make sure to wipe up the excess!

    see the following if you're interested in more:
  • Have had my '01 Forester I since late March. Around the Oct time frame noticed the driver's cloth lower seat cushion becoming wrinkled. All of the other cushions are fine and regularly used.

    Will be going in for service in January. Need some advice on how to discuss with dealer. Is this a problem for anyone else and is the cushion replaceable with no cost to me?
    Michael D.
  • Had my 98 Forester in for an oil change yesterday and wanted the technician to check an oil leak from the front of then engine. He told me it was from the front crank seal and would change it at the same time as the oil. No problem right, wrong - after taking the cover off the timing belt area, he noticed the timing belt tensioner was not working properly causing the belt to rub on another part and is now worn out. So, an oil change now becomes a timing belt tensioner and belt replacement. This stuff in addition to changing a wheel bearing, sway bar linkage and clutch in the last seven months is starting to make me thing the certified pre-owned car I bought is a bit of a lemon!
  • One of the options on the forester01 S+ was an air cleaner. Is this available after market? If so where is the best place to buy and what is involved in installation? Has anyone had any experience with after market alarm systems? Dealers in the NY area do not order cars with factory alarms and charge $500 to install.
  • amishraamishra Posts: 367
    why not install the factory alarm yourself? I installed the alarm in my Outback myself - took about 2 hours
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    Hi Michael. The dealer should be able to handle it with no problem. If you run into one, call us (I know you all know the number 1-800-SUBARU3) and tell them that Patti at Edmunds referred you. Ask the Rep. to speak to me about your situation.

    Happy New Year!

  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    FYI - we (Subaru of America) do not "Certify" used cars. However, it sure sounds like you have had your share of problems. The clutch and sway bar may have something to do with the previous owner, but there is no way to say for sure. Is the dealer taking care of everything to your satisfaction? If not, let us know and we can get involved and try to make sure all is made right for you.

    Cheer up - there are not many customer's that we can't help!!

  • Your local Autozone Store now carries K&N airfilters for the nice price of $41.95, part # 33-2075 is listed for the 96-99 Outback model only but works just fine in all the Legacy's for those years.

  • You can buy the air cleaner & the alarm from . The air filter looks like an easy install. The alarm system should be easy also.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I think the original poster was referring to the Air Filtration system for cabin ventilation, not air-filter for engine breathing! :) If it is the Air Filtration system, you need to get it from a subie dealer of which Qsubaru is!

    In the NY area, try Staten Island Subaru/Isuzu, talk to Mark or Ira 718-979-9595 they can and will order anything you want, and do have some with factory alarms.

  • torektorek Posts: 92
    No one ever replied earlier to my question about 15k mile maintenance -- is there really any point to the expensive testing the dealer wants to do, or should I just change the air filter and call it done? :-)

    Also (but perhaps I should put this in "mods"): I looked for the fender flares that Juice mentioned ages ago, in the dealer's "Forester accessories", and did not see them. Where does one get them and how hard are they really to install?

  • nypdaunypdau Posts: 38
    Well, my enthusiasm for Forester snow performance is somewhat dampened :/ Just a day after posting a rave in the "meet the members' discussion I now find that my Forester has a pronounced shimmy at speeds over 60mph. I can only attribute this to having driven in the snow here in nyc yesterday. I did not do doughnuts or any other maneuvers other than powering into and out of parking spots, and even then a minimum of maneuvering was required. So do you all think I just need an alignment? I just had the dealer rotate the tires last week too. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017

    Do you park your Forester outdoors? Or indoors?

    Since you mentioned that you were driving in snow yesterday, you reminded me of an awful wheel imbalance or shimmy that I experienced about fifteen years ago. This was also a day after having driven in slushy snow. The stuff had frozen into a solid block on the lower inside of one of my wheels. When I drove the car it didn't break loose until I brought it into a shop for a wheel balace job. That was when they discovered the ice block, hit it with a hammer to break it free, and sent me on my way. No problems since.
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