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Subaru Forester (up to 2005)

meredithmeredith Posts: 578
edited March 20 in Subaru
This topic is a continuation of Topic 2195....

Subaru Forrester - Continued II. Please continue
these discussions here. Thanks!

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  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    we could get the name right the third time around?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    OK, let's hurry up and post 1000 items so we can try the spelling again ;)

    On the carrier - you have several options. My soft carrier was $50, and I've been happy. No excessive wind noise, it proved water proof in 5 hours of rain, and no scratches. It folds away and takes up no space, too.

    You can also get hard carriers. The Subaru one is expensive, but Sears has several options, and they're bargains. These lock, but they are rigid so odd shaped items may not fit well.

    A Forester should easily make it through dental school for you. In fact, it would be under warranty the whole time, while most competitors would not.

    As for parts, I buy from Qsubaru, a wholesaler whose prices are extremely competitive. They're OE parts at good prices, and shipping is free, plus there is no sales tax outside of TN.

  • kate5000kate5000 Posts: 1,264
    I took my new baby Forester S+ on a long weekend trip. At the end of the trip it felt like front seats are too short, that is, I did not feel my legs supported in the way they were in my old Loyale. I did not measure the seat length, but I wonder if you guys ever felt the seats are too short?


  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Did you try the seat height adjusters? There are two knobs, for front and rear height.

    I like the front all the way up, for thigh support, and the rear a bit lower. That tends to hug me a bit better, like a bucket seat should.

    On longer trips I usually adjust the lumbar setting every few hours, too.

  • kate5000kate5000 Posts: 1,264
    yes, I did adjust the seat; I also like front up high and rear at the lowest...
  • joelbjoelb Posts: 16
    I have a '99 S with a single CD player. Unfortunately, I find a lot of static while listening to some of my CD's.

    These same CD's sound fine in 4 other CD players I own. Some of my CD's always make this noise, while others will do it only on rare occasions during long 2+ hour trips.

    Does anyone else have this problem?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd have a dealer check it out. I wonder is there is a loose connection somewhere.

  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    the posts on how to affect a long-term treatment of the Forester hatch rattle (marble noise). Help, please. Not too bad yet, but I want Rufus to be a happy ride.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think the latch can be adjusted, but I haven't looked at it closely.

    On a different note, here are instructions to install the rear diffy protector and the trailer hitch.

    I did both myself and took pictures to share with you guys. Both peices impressed me, they're sturdy and offer a nice, custom fit.

    The skid plate can be done in an hour or two, the hitch takes longer. I did manage both by myself, though I skinned a knuckle or two.

    The skid plate was $55 from
    Darlene. The hitch was close to $190, and the bike carrier was $156 or so. It costs more than the roof carrier, but it's more versatile since I can now haul a trailer.

    I'm happy as a clam because I'm heading to the OBX this fall and now I can take my mountain bikes and all the gear can still go on the roof.

  • flotflot Posts: 3
    I just bought a Forester L with the standard radio/cassete. I would like to add a CD player. Does anyone have any recomendation ? Do I have to go with the dealer option ? Is there anything compatible in the market ? Will I have to go with the RF solution ?
    Thanks for any info,
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The OE CD player is a bit expensive. It invoices for around $250.

    You can get an entire head unit for that much in the aftermarket, or even invest only a tad more in a CD changer.

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    The best solution would be to go to a professional installer and have them take a look at your Forester. I'm sure they could give you advice on which models will fit. RF solutions usually aren't great. You probably could find a unit that fits under the passenger seat or goes directly into the OE stereo space.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check out crutchfield. They'll even tell you what head units fit in the stock location, and offer kits so you don't have to splice any wires.

    If you're more comfortable with a professional install, a lot of place offer if for free if you're buying higher end audio equipment.

    Whatever you do, please share it with us.

  • flotflot Posts: 3
    I don't know how many of you guys know about that, but there is a computer standard format called MP3 where you can store music in CD quality in a CD. I have dozens of CDs in this format, and a friend of mine has a personal CD player that plays standard CDs and Mp3 CDs. That would be the dream for my car. So far I haven't found any car solution - besided the tape that you can connect to a portable CD player. If I cannot find a in-dash solution, probably I'm gonna stick with the tape adapter.
    I'll keep you guys posted.
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    Anyone put a lift kit on a forrester?
    Good, bad experiences?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Plenty of guys on the Yahoo Forester Club have, and swear by them. Springs give about a 2" lift by themselves, though there are kits than add another 2" or so. That's a whopping 11.5" of ground clearance, more with bigger tires.

    Check out ISR's site. They went to the extremes, 4" lift, huge tires, spacers for the wheels to clear the spring base, you name it.

    Problems? Well, lifts will deteriorate the sporty on-road handling and create a higher center of gravity. In extreme cases (4" or more), the driveshaft angles are affected, but people seem to have home-made fixes for that.

    I'm considering the springs alone myself. The full lift is too much.

  • flotflot Posts: 3
    I found a MP3 CD car player: Aiwa CDC-MP3, but there are others:
  • bobs5bobs5 Posts: 557
    Thanks for the response.

    I was concerned about the drive shaft angles and premature wear.

    11" of ground clearance, now thats the ticket!

    My worst case scenario is getting to a favorite camping area which requires going across a small creek bed (the old small bridge has been washed away) with slippery rocks, etc.

    Of course, if it has been raining really hard the water level would be too deep to cross (for me anyway).
    There is a "pool" near this spot so one needs to be careful not to drive in the wrong spot. A friend of mine, drowned a full size '85 Blazer with 33" wheels and 4 inch lift. oops

    Sporty on road handling doesn't really concern me too much. I don't zig-zag around in traffic.

    I think this car will pretty much fit the bill for my needs.
    I'll check out that website...thanks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check out the Yahoo Forester club for the photo album. Even the Outback Sports make it across streams, and they're an inch closer to the ground vs. the stock Forester.

    Go for a the taller springs. They'll give you 9.5" and still reasonable on-road handling.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661

    Your trailer hitch, is that the small Class II receiver (1.75"??) or the larger 2" receiver? The unit on my Explorer is the larger Class III 2" unit. Do you have a (actual) trailer hitch w/ball, or just the hitch receiver?

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