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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
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