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Subaru Forester (up to 2005)



  • judythjudyth Posts: 3
    Is the security light on the dashboard supposed to blink all the time when the car is turned off and locked and the keyless entry system is armed? I got my 2001 Forester eight months ago, and the light never blinked when the car was off, but started doing it all of a sudden.
    At the same time, the headlights stopped turning on when I used the system to unlock the car. I had the dealer reprogram the system, and they said the dash light is supposed to blink all the time.
    The information about this system in the manual is so confusing. (I love my car and never had any other problems with it.)
  • ray70ray70 Posts: 18
    Eric you remember what a 55 Pontiac looks like, much less own one, your dating yourself.

    It is obvious that we all have different images when we say SUV, truck, station wagon, etc.

    My wife generally has every day use of the family car (01 Forester) and I get to drive it on family outings. For thirty-years I have driven a pick-up truck to work and I equate a truck with a pickup (and cringe when I hear Paison call his Trooper a truck). I also think of a SUV as a a Wagoneer type vehicle (higher suspension, off-road capability). When we bought or Forester we needed a vehicle that could haul several passengers and on our Montana mountain logging roads. We also wanted something that would do well in snow and ice. We bought a Forester and it is exactly what we need. It is the best all-around vehicle we ever owned. However, we would not have looked at the Forester if had not been classified as a mini-SUV. I would never consider buying or driving COMPACT, AWD STATION WAGON for our mountain roads. Pure and simple we would not have looked at the Forester with the current Edwards classification. There are a lot of Foresters in town, and everyone that I know bought them because of their off-road capability.

    I have truly enjoyed Ross's pictures and the roads he has taken Rufus. I have also enjoyed the everyones offroad pictures. It strikes me that we all like to take our Forester's off-road, so I am surprised at your not wanting to call it a SUV.

    I truly hope that you don't hurt sales to other off-road enthusiasts.

  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    Thank you. :-) I must admit I did look at some of the mini-SUV types (CRV, RAV4, Grand Viagra, etc) but the more I saw of them, the more I wanted a compact station wagon. I love my Forester. Once or twice a year an extra 1" clearance and/or improved approach/departure angles would be nice. Most days an inch less clearance would be better. Overall, a great compromise between on and off road capability.

  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Ross: Was "Grand Viagra" a Freudian slip? ;-)

    Ray: My parents had a '56 Pontiac - that must count for something. Not much visual difference between the two IIRC.

  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    Nuh, I'm more of a Jungian these days. ;~)

  • I have a 2002 Forester L and have approximately 4200 miles on it. My problem is that from day one I have felt that the alignment is off. When driving down the highway on a day with no wind if I release the steering wheel the vehicle drifts to the left. I have to drive with the steering wheel tilted to the right to point the vehicle straight.

    I have brought it back twice to the dealer. The first time they told me it was the tire pressure. But the problem remained. The second time they said they aligned it but it's still the same and is annoying. Does anyone have any suggestions. Could it be something else?

    Thanks in advance for any info.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    To the left? Alignment is off, then. It usually pulls to the right, with the crown of the road.

    To SUV or not to SUV? That is the question. Who cares? I love my Forester. I chose it because it was better than the SUV alternatives, yet does those SUV duties just fine.

    Sandy has been on the beach, farms & orchards, and on sand/dirt trails and never even lost her breath. Her 1000+ lb payload is hard to match, even for truck-based competitors. 150 lbs on the roof? Beat that!

    Oh, and put it all in a nice handling, user friendly package with full time AWD. Add a little Subie quirkiness, and fun bunch of co-owners, great support from SoA here and in our events, and gimme some Rally Bread on the side, please.

  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    So, Juice, just to be clear: are you happy with your Forester?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd be happier with a 250hp STi model...

    The wife could drive Sandy. Ain't life grand?

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    I had this similar problem with my '98 OB, veering left. Took 3 tries to get it straight. On the last try, the Tech said he'll zero out everything. What he meant I don't really know, but it worked.

  • jeijei Posts: 143
    My '99 S was misaligned from the word go, and wore its rear tires unevenly (thereby noisily) before I found out. The dealer said they checked alignement and it was OK. When I rotated tires, the wear noise showed up again. That time I took it to my local independent tire & suspension shop, who found it was off and aligned both ends properly. 25,000 miles later the new alignment was still OK. I'm well out of warranty and now go to my independent mechanics.

    Subaru and its dealers should take alignment issues more seriously, starting at the factory. I've seen quite a few posts about alignment problems and related dealer inattention. This is a known quality issue that could be easily taken care of.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I agree. Alignment is tricky to get right, but who is better prepped to deal with this than dealers?

  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Why not pass the Forester to your wife and then you can get the GT sedan for yourself? ;-)

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  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Hey, does anyone know why Edmund's didn't include the Forester in their 2001 Mini SUV test? It was there in the previous test and make no mention as to why it wasn't in the latest one.


  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,956
    Good question Kens. The editors lumped it in with the Escape/Tribute in the recent Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Trucks article.

    Too many cars, too little time?

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I don't know if I'd have the heart to give up Sandy. She's been a loyal friend, you know?

    I'd take a WRX over a GT. For me, any how.

    Edmunds didn't like the Forester nearly as much as C&D, CR, Motorweek or just about anybody else. Until the new one arrives, I doubt they will retest it.

  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Ken, same reason why they didn't test the CR-V, I suppose. These press vehicles also have to be booked in advance, so that may be another contributing factor?

    juice, you'll be loaning her, not giving her up :-). Besides, you've had her for a while now too, heh heh. Any word on the tranny?

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  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Ken- The article mentioned that they were only testing new or significantly updated (I.e. RAV4)mini-SUVs. However, I'm not sure that the next Forester will be included in future comparisons since it appears that Edmunds has changed its mind and decided to classify the Forester as a wagon. A mistake IMHO since it's frequently crossed shopped with other mini-SUVs and meets the needs of the vast majority of shoppers in this category. I.e. light off-roading, all-weather capability and cargo carrying utility.

    -Frank P.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Forester finished 3rd last time Edmunds compared them and has not been redesigned since. At least it took 2nd in terms of Editors' choice. They mentioned only the winner and new models were invited.

    Maybe they'll test the new Forester against the Protoge5 and Matrix? I dunno, the OBS seems like a more natural competitor.

    The wife drove it yesterday, against my recommendations, and the light didn't come on. Tomorrow I have the day off, so I'm doing the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience in the AM, and then the tranny fluid change in the PM. I'm hoping that solves the problem, given there are no other symptoms.

    If not, I don't feel like investing $2 grand in a vehicle worth about $6 grand. I'll have to wait and see.

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