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Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
edited August 17 in Subaru
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  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    New 2003 Forester 2.5X Silver Manual arrived today at dealers and we have instructions that it will be ready to pick up on Monday afternoon. AND we have to pick it up then and not later (June 30) because the special financing of 3.8% (in the USA it is 2.9%) ends June 30. Does that mean the clearance of 2003 Foresters is over?
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Monica-
    No, there should still be '03 Foresters waiting to be bought up. It's only the 'special' financing offer that ends, barring any 'special' extension or new offers.

    -Dave
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    I have an appointment to get the new Forester rustproofed immediately at a local body shop. He suggested having it done again in the fall. I know Canadian Tire does this as well. I don't like to use the same rust-proofer twice in a row (one will get the spots the other one doesn't), so I would like to try Canadian Tire in the fall. Does anyone here have personal experience having rustproofing done at Canadian Tire? Are there any Canadians here at all (except me?)?
  • b10609b10609 Posts: 37
    All right all you other backroad canucks, did you bother to put in a radiator screen ? - no, not one of those homely outside plastic grill covers. I mean the hidden one behind the grill - all of $4 and needing a skilled assistant with smaller hands (my daughter)to slide it through ? Sure beats an expensive rad job later on when you travel into the woods as often as we do. Her 1995 Legacy was a breeze compared to the newer closed and cramped rads. To Joybell: I'm sorry I didn't see your posting earlier - don't waste the money - just put it through the carwash regularly. Our 1995 above has NO RUST, gets polished once a year ( Turtle Wax ) and that's it. You can buy a lot of washes for the price of those fancy sprays and coatings. - Waterloo
  • b10609b10609 Posts: 37
    Allright all you other backroad canucks, did you bother to put in a radiator screen ? - no, not one of those homely outside plastic grill covers. I mean the hidden one behind the grill - all of $4 and needing a skilled assistant with smaller hands (my daughter)to slide it through ? Sure beats an expensive rad job later on when you travel into the woods as often as we do. Her 1995 Legacy was a breeze compared to the newer closed and cramped rads. To Joybell: I'm sorry I didn't see your posting earlier - don't waste the money - just put it through the carwash regularly. Our 1995 above has NO RUST, gets polished once a year ( Turtle Wax ) and that's it. You can buy a lot of washes for the price of those fancy sprays and coatings. - Waterloo
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    I guess the rust situation all depends on where you live. I'm right on the main highway to Montreal, where the salt trucks come out as soon as we get a few flakes of snow. We have had too many cars (and trucks) rust out before wearing out mechanically. My brother, who lives in the Laurentians (where they use sand more than salt), had his car for over 10 years with not a speck of rust and he never rustproofed it. Another cause of rusting is humidity. He has a garage for his car, we don't. Our sheds are reserved for the more expense equipment (tractors, combine, other farm equipment). As for radiators, the one on my old Loyale (bought in 1992) is still good.
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    Hey lookee here....a "trusty Justy with no rusty" I couldn't believe that a 1989 Subaru with no rust could exist! I guess the owners didn't use it much. What a bargain!
    http://www.hebdo.net/v5/result/affich.asp?sid=23WOZNC10307110&amp- ;rubno=4000&pa=9&pr=2&cregion=1011
  • subkidsubkid Posts: 94
    Hi,

    time to get "accessorized". What would be places to look for stuff like bug shields, mud flaps etc. in Canada, other than Subaru dealers?

    thks,

    kid
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    has a lot of stuff. Check it out first. Other than that I don't know. You asked on another board how long the 3.8% financing will last. Well, our dealer told us that we had to sign June 30th for our new Forester because the financing package was going to end in June. We did, and the 3.8% is still on. Of course neither Subaru or the dealers are going to tell you how long it will continue. They want to sell as many as fast as possible. Also, another dealer called me last week and offered a Forester 2.5x $400 lower, but we alreay had ours. So there must be some additional incentive there for July that didn't exist in June. Of course if you wait to long you may not have a choice, or there may be none left at all.
  • subkidsubkid Posts: 94
    Hi, anybody ever used Johnson Inc. for insurance in Canada? Got a good quote from them and seriously considering taking it, just doing my homework.

    Anybodu knows of a reliable window tinting shop in Alberta, that they would care to suggest?

    Joybell, thanks for the info, I'm close to finalizing my deal, will let you know how it went.

    Kid
  • ironsides1ironsides1 Posts: 30
    Hi-Tech Tinting in Edmonton has done an excellent job tinting two of our Subarus.

    Ironsides
  • just for your info (and to get this thread going again)

    Besides roadside assistance, Subaru Care entitles you to other small goodies that your provincial branch of CAA offers to its members. In Alberta with AMA, that includes free maps and discounted hotel rates (those can be substantial in my experience).

    K
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    Is it like having a full CAA membership?
  • looks like. One of these days I'm going to get my international driver's permit, so I'll be able to tell if I get a break; it used to be around 50% - free photos

    K
  • The only service that I found wasn't included with the Subaru Care vs regular CAA (AMA in Alberta) was free registration for license plate renewal or registration for a new vehicle. This service would be a charge if you only had Subaru Care.

    I've continued my AMA membership for the free registration as well as roadside assistance for our other two vehicles that are not covered by Subaru Care (unless I trade in our old subies and buy two new subies!!)
  • subkid, I know you are here in Kleinland... who did your 3M hood protection (I'm pretty sure you were posting about this before). SoC is quoting $300-ish for the job, but that seems high (unless they are doing mirrors/rear bumper as well).
  • frying - I got both tint and clear shield from Supertint (so you get some kind of discount for both - around $320). I have X, so no bumpers and mirrors, just hud and the small mustaches on fenders.

    K
  • Although I know they send it out. $450 for everything; tinting + 3M on hood, lights, mirrors and fenders. Decided against the security upgrade. I'll try "The Club" for awhile and see how much it annoys me. Only other option (the XS is pretty well loaded anyway) was the extended armrest. I pick 'er up on Tuesday night. Went with white exterior because I thought the tinting would look better with it, and there was no silver easily available for comparison.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    Surfer Joe in Edmonton has done 3 of my vehicles so far. He does a good job. His main income is from putting "decoration" on cars for dealers (stripes, fancy swirles etc.). He has his own material cutter driven from a computer, so he can replicate your own design or come up with his own, as well as designs he gets from specialists.
  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    Hi guys. N00b here. Check out my inaugural post over in Meet The Members. We just took delivery of a '04 Impreza TS wagon, and need some accessories; Cargo tray, cargo cover, splash guards, etc. I would prefer not to have to pay the stealer's prices, have any of you had any luck finding Canadian online accessory retailers, or used any of the ones from South of the 49th?
      I am also thinking about the Clear guard stuff, any comments on the various types, that is, is 3M the best? Any comments on Calgary installers would be appreciated, too. Has anyone tried to do this themselves? Also, what is the consensus on the hood deflector for the Impreza, is it worth it?
      I'm dreading the winter months and the,'ahem', sand that the City uses on the streets is more like pea gravel. Anything that could help protect our new car's paint would be considered.
    Regards, Owen
  • rblelandrbleland Posts: 312
    Call me slow but I just found this Cdn. Subie site. I have been a lurker/occasional poster on Edmunds Subie and Toyota Solara sites for about 18 months now. I have an '02 Impreza 2.5 TS wagon, midnight black met. (really is a very dark blue) with standard shift. Got it in March 02 as a replacement for '00 Toyota 4Runner that was too expensive to drive and no fun on ice/snow (SUVs totally over-rated as winter vehicles). Live in Kelowna, B.C. and run 4 winter snows on extra steel wheels. Combo. of AWD, standard shift and 4 snows make it the best winter car ever. Added cargo cover, cargo net, rear bumper rubber strip (for dog scratches) and front deflector (which someone asked about above and I think actually does work to deflect stones, etc). Also ran a silver pin-stripe down both sides of TS which really sharpens up the appearance (cost me only $35). My wife owns a '99 Toyota Solara SLE V6 which we just bot out of the lease. Car is suberb with only 47,000 on it. It's an auto. and we run 4 snows on it in winter too. Glad to see this sub-site for Cdn. Subie owners. :>))
  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    Frying Bologna on his new Forester!! We also recently dealt with Sub of Calgary, they seemed really easy to work with, and low pressure. Tell us more about the 3M protection. Is it very noticeable? Does it seem to form around tight curves well? Did you find out where the dealer has it done?
      You mentioned some noise on another discussion, maybe from the crossbars (if you have them)? If you don't use them regularly, may as well take them off. They go off and on pretty easily when required. Also, if you choose to keep them on, maybe check the orientation of them, I think they're direction specific. Can someone with a newer 'F' verify that?
      Anyway, enjoy your car, my '98 L is still running fine at 120K km, and I'm sure the clever gentlemen at FHI have made many improvements since then (even if you ignore the powerplant in the XT!).
    Cheers, Owen
  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,925
    Fit like an aircraft wing, round edge toward the front of vehicle, sharp edge facing rear.

      Cheers Pat.
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Owen-
    the 3M protection, aka ClearBra, aka StonGard,...
    it will form around tight curves, dependent on the finese and experience of installer.
    Noticeable? Applied on White and Silver, it is virtually invisible. On darker colours, its presence is detectable.

    -Dave
  • We have the 3M on our dark grey Accord and on my white Forester. Both look great, but it is a bit more noticeable on the Accord. After a year and 30K KM, I was looking at the Accord tonight and looking at the deep gouges in the 3M along the hood. Money well spent!

    The Forester was farmed out to Shadow Tinting in Calgary, who also did the (so far) flawless tint on the windows.

    I really like the Forester after a week, and my wife might even like it more than me - and she drives a new Accord EX!! Road trip up to Edmonton this weekend, so it will face its first real test. Cross bars came off as soon as I got in the garage; I think those Geolanders might be responsible for the howl. I am going to get the factory security system installed next week. The Club is back at Canadian Tire.
  • subkidsubkid Posts: 94
    hi,

    I'm back after a vacation. Had a chance to test drive a couple of European vehicles, some significantly cheaper than Forester, and "wishful thinking" forum will have to hear from me :)

    frying, how do you like it so far? I was wondering why you switched from club to the security upgrade - I was thinking of going other direction :)

    K
  • Great drive! Very good highway gas mileage, average in the city (but great considering AWD). The snow we got blasted with, along with the icy streets, have been a dream! I have never driven a better ice-vehicle than this. Especially at glazed intersections, it cannot be beat.

    I think the club would drive me nuts, in that (a) it is a pain to install, and (b) I would be doubting myself all the time when I should and should not throw it on. While the Subaru security system is not the greatest, I know I can arm it every time, and my insurance company will be happier because of it!

    I also had the armrest extension installed - oh, man, what a joke! Waste of cash there - it is so cheap, flimsy and useless, but I needed more storage somewhere. Can you let me know if your drivers-side door handle (where I rest my left arm as I drive) feels/sounds "cheap" when you lean on it? It gives a bit when I lean, and when I shift my weight on or off of it, or "groans" like a cheap piece of particle board would.
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    I have a 2003 2.5x Forester. Yesterday it was extremely cold. I started my Forester and then went back to the house while it warmed up. When I came back out 3-5 minutes later, there was a coolant smell and the temperature gauge was way up past the halfway point. I drove it anyway (had no choice), and the gauge dropped back down to normal again after 5 minutes of driving. Today it is even colder and I don't dare start it. With all the posts on 2.5L engine head gasket failures all over the internet (even on later model engines), I'm biting my nails. After almost 20 years of Subaru ownership, this is the first time I have had to worry about anything like this. I thought the problem was finally fixed on the 2003/04 models. I fell stupid calling the dealer if it is only a minor thing (not the head gasket).
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just watch the gauge the next couple of times you start it up. You really don't want to let it overheat.

    I think I would call the dealer, only to have the incident registered. Or call 800-SUBARU3 to simply open a case file on it.

    They're covering them under the powertrain warranty, so you're OK for a long time, plus we have Patti to ensure that.

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,679
    but joybell is in Canada. She would need to contact SOC people, not SOA people.

    Bob
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