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  • Hi everyone,
    Have not bought a new car in many years. Researched many cars,decided on the Subaru Forester 2007 Sports edition. I was very excited about finally getting a new car for me since the kids are older.
    First off it starts off very rough in the morning for about 20 secs. Happens again after work. Does not happen in between if driving in less than 8 hrs.So of course it doesnt happen when I bring it in.Thats number 1.
    2. I don t feel the AC gets cold enough. Had a 2002 toyota corolla that got colder.
    3.When I accelerate I can hear a knocking noise. When u take your foot off the gas it goes away. But when u accelerate, it again it happens again.
    I took the car back for the first 2 problems & was told: that is the way the 07 & 08's start up. (why dont they tell u that before u buy it so u can decide if u want to deal with that) haha
    They checked the AC & said nothing was wrong with it. Tues I take it in for the knocking noise. Cant wait to see what they say about that.
    I guess my point is I was hoping for 3 years without problems but I have a funny feeling that is not going to happen.
    Would I buy another Subaru, probably not.
  • My cousin has an 07 xT forester... I think I was originally interested in that before I got the Ford Freestyle I have now. Mind you, I've had the freestyle since start of 06. And am just not sure if I want to go back to a geared vehicle or not, considering the freestyle's CVT. But I feel the Freestyle is a bit too much car for the engine it has.. [4100ish pounds and 3.0v6] Therefore hurting the gas mileage a bit.

    I might need to research more though...
    I do like Subaru a bit, rode in a couple off and on over the years. But I dont know really....
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    First off it starts off very rough in the morning for about 20 secs

    How cold does it get? Suggest you leave it at the dealer overnight so they can observe it running when it's cold. Also, the boxer engine isn't know to be the smoothest idling engine.

    I don t feel the AC gets cold enough

    On a warm sunny day, due to greenhouse effect of all that glass, it can take a while for the Forester to cool down. Tinting the windows helps alot.

    When I accelerate I can hear a knocking noise.

    Try putting in a tank of higher octane to see if that stops the knocking noise but a new Forester shouldn't be doing that (unless you've got really bad gas).

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    What frank said :)

  • Hey Frank & Mike,.
    Took my 2007 Forester to the dealer today with the complaint of knocking noise expecially when accelerating. I made sure I drove with the tech. CV joint was the problem. Noise much better but I think another one has to be replaced. Also they got a report as to why the car starts rough after sitting for a few hours. It has something to do with the gas in Ca. it is different in different states. I have a photocopy o f the report from Subaru.
    thanks for your responses
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    I haven't been on this board for a while. I bought (or rather my husband did) a 2003 Forester, new in June 2003. It made engine noise so I took it to the dealer. They put in a rebuilt engine. My Forester had less than 37,000 kms on it. and more than likely that rebuilt engine has a lot more kms on it. I was planning to keep the Forester for a long time. I had it rustproofed every year and took really good care of it, taking it a long distance to a Subaru dealer for even an oil change. My husband feels we should dump it. Not only that but he will not get another Subaru for me. I've been a Subaru costomer for over 20 years so this is all a very hard pill to swallow. :cry:
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... I had it rustproofed every year..."

    Is not the car rustproofed as made? Galvanized metal body panels, dipped in primers, doors and cavities sprayed with wax compounds, etc?

    Is there any need to rustproof the car every year, and what does that include? Is that just spraying bituminous coating to the underside and wheel wells-- the old undercoating treatment?

    And do Subarus have a rust problem if not undercoated every year?
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    Well, I do it because of past Subarus I've owned. They rusted apart but were mechanically still fine. I didn't use Subaru's own rustproofing, but went instead to a local body shop that does an excellent job with undercoating. I brought the Forester straight there after buying it and did it again every fall since then. So the new owner will have an excellent body but a rebuilt engine! What a switch!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    My Forester had less than 37,000 kms on it.

    If it's your Forester then you should have the final say in whether to trade it in for something else! That's just my humble opinion, for what it's worth. :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • joybelljoybell Posts: 275
    and in my case it's my husband. Besides, he does have a point and I'm beginning to see it.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    he does have a point and I'm beginning to see it

    Glad you can cause I'm not seeing it :P

    FYI, all the car compaines have made great strides in the past few years in preventing rust (hence the long rust warranties) so annual rust-proofing isn't really needed. In fact, when applied incorrectly, it can actually cause rust by trapping moisture between the coating and the body panels.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yup, undercoating these days causes more rust than it prevents due to the moisture trapping issue.

  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... past Subarus I've owned. They rusted apart..."

    Is this a problem with Foresters? Maybe because so many are used in snowbelt states?
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    She was refering to cars built well before the first Forester came out (1998). You really don't hear much about rusting problems any more.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    joybell was referring to 80's and earlier cars, which all rusted out, post 80's cars are relatively rust free these days.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Subaru is pondering a CVT, but it may take a while before we see it.

    They have CVTs in some JDM models, like the tiny Stella.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    It's been hinted at that the next-generation (2010) Legacys and Outbacks will have a CVT.

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  • mb789mb789 Posts: 89
    I am now the proud owner of a 2008 Forester Premium in beautiful Newport Blue! I love the 6-disc player and the sunroof.

    I bought it on Halloween and -- true story -- I was sitting at my desk at work and I thought, "I'm buying a car on Halloween - that's kinda spooky." So then a few minutes later I left work and got in my previous Forester to go home, and when I started it up and turned on the radio, the station was playing. . . spooky little girl like you. . . sooooooo. . . I nicknamed the new car Spooky.

    Anyway, I've had it only a few days, and it's a pleasure to drive. I think Newport Blue is the best color Subaru has had in years.

    What are some of your favorite Subaru colors?
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