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Subaru Forester



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm sort of in the same boat. I like the current one, I'm just curious to see how much they stretch the wheelbase.

    Here's the catch, if the new one looks fantastic, the price will be a lot higher, less incentives plus a higher asking price to begin with. So we're stuck. If it's a hit, we'll end up paying $3000 more, probably.

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,349
    If the rumored diesel engine really does become available in '09, my next car is a done deal :)
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Ha! If the redesign has a significantly stretched wheelbase, I'd be tempted to get one of the last of the current models since tossability means more to me than rear seat room :P

  • gm--

    RE the MP3, if you have a cassette in the car a "cassette adapter" will probably work fine, typically $20 or so. I just bought a 2006 Forester really a shame they don't put an input jack on the front (or a CD MP3 decoder in the unit.)

    BUT I should have a fix tomorrow. I ordered a Lexar LDP-600 MP3 player. They have a built in FM transmitter to talk straight to your radio without needing multiple gadgets as with an iPod. Also the player takes an SD memory card. So a 1 gig card can be treated roughly like a "cassette" tape that hold 1000 minutes of music.

    Ordered mine on Ebay for $60 plus $15 S+H, just google up LDP-600 if you want to read about it.
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    amen, I will grab a diesel Forester in a second. But only if I can't get a restyled Baja diesel.

    Diesel cheaper than regular now in central CA.

  • lservelserve Posts: 50
    Has anyone heard if an automatic sportshift may be included in 2007?
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    The redesign of the Forester is a sure thing for 08?
    Maybe it'll end up looking like a squat Tribeca.
  • lservelserve Posts: 50
    It could be, they seem to like the new grille.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not really, the Tribeca did not meet expectations, though the tamed-down Impreza exceeded them. So the milder version worked.

    Any how, rumor has it the Legacy face lift did not go in that direction. We'll have to wait and see.

    Diesel - I have mixed feelings. A while back, around here diesel was costing 30-40 cents more than regular fuel. Now it's only a few pennies more, and the range would more than make up for it. Also keep in mind that when they go to low-sulfur diesel the prices will go up slightly, some predictions about another 7 cents per.

    So the higher gas prices go, the more diesel presents an advantage.

    I would consider one, but probably not a first-year model. Subaru has no experience with their own diesels.

  • jsrjsr Posts: 2
    I have a new (600 miles) Forester XT 5 speed, and I've noticed something that MAY be related to the electronic throttle. Trying to maintain a constant but low speed in 1st or 2nd -- say, in a parking lot, driving around in a shopping center with speed bumps and traffic, or approaching a red light from a ways back -- the car tends to buck a bit, as though the engine is being lugged. That's not happening, however, since the rpm's when this happens are too high for that, 1500 to 3000. It happens when I'm applying VERY light pressure on the accelerator, or just after releasing that pressure.

    To check on this, I went in to my dealer's service dept. this AM and one of the techs drove around with me for a while. He wasn't sure about it, but thought there was a chance it was a result of a new fancier flywheel Subaru introduced in the 2006, to combat, he said, shudder in acceleration that had been noted on earlier models. If it keeps up, he said to bring it back when the Sub tech rep is at the dealer, which I will do. Anyone else noticed this?

    I've had a good deal of experience driving a 2004 FXT and a 2005 Legacy GT (both 5MT), and this problem (if in fact it is a problem) did not occur on either one.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have noticed a less-linear throttle reponse, ever since the Phase II engines came out, in 1999-2000. But they went to throttle-by-wire since then so it may have changed yet again.

  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640

    Are you sure? Who sources the diesels in FHI heavy equipment? I would be astounded if the big garbage trucks didn't have Fuji diesels in them.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    Diesel fuel is now cheaper than gas where I live.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They may have really big and really small diesels, but where's the 2.0-3.0l ones that would be able to sell here? It'll end up being a clean-sheet design I bet.

  • dstew1dstew1 Posts: 275
    Diesel or not, the rest of 'em need bigger fuel tanks, especially the XT. The range is absurd.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The redesign should address that.

    For its class, the tank is actually not the smallest, not by a long shot.

  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    yep, on the same page now. But I submit that they DO have experience with diesel engine engineering and fabrication.

    But I also bet they bring in some current diesel engine gurus to make something quite modern and efficient. It won't be a cast iron boxer engine.

  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    John, I've read that the new diesels will be boxers, likely aluminum blocks with iron sleeves. Not sure about the heads, though. Obviously any engine configuration other than a boxer would be difficult to integrate into existing Subaru platforms.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    Where did you read that? I'm interested in diesels myself and with the intro of low sulphur fuel, it would be more of an enticement. What model year are we talking here?
    And how about the extra cost of the diesel engine?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Diesels have high compression so I hope they bring in a gasket specialist. I'd hate to see that problems creep up again.

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