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Subaru Forester (up to 2005)

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  • after a month of research and test driving, forester is the car I am now waiting for. I went back and forth and back and forth between suvs then added the crv and subie to the list.
    First, my wife is the reason we didn't put the subaru on the list earlier because "I am not owning a wagon". I made her drive the legacy wich is what I was Thinking of and she almost cried... But I loved it. She reluctantly agreed to just look at the forester with me in the show room before we left. THank god! " I can deal with this". We orig, wanted the liberty but for people who just want the four wheel drive, in retro-spect this is a no brainer. Better all around. As long as I agree that "this isn't a wagon"

    I am on a list for the first blue forester L in the lot. I can't wait for it to snow.
    thanks for postings and all the advice, town hall is a god send.
    david
  • scirocco22scirocco22 Posts: 721
    David-- There's actually a waiting list for a blue L?? wow! Where are you? ...in Alabama? So Foresters are that scarce there?

    Yah, I went through a lot of what you went through and am waiting for a Forester too *thumbs up* I also agree that it's a good value for the money. Let's hope that it won't disappoint us!

    btw, it actually snows in Alabama? lol

    Congratulations! --'rocco
  • I live in metro boston. I think that the dealer was pushing the 01 model out prior to bringing in the new. the only 01s left were a s loaded and the L manual tranny. I am only waiting about a week. they already have the list of cars and one is highlighted for me at the end of the week. For the money the crv doesn't come close IMBook. I don't mind waiting a week or so. I actually prefer the week. what I can't wait for is SNOW!!

    although I still have the jeep in the back of my mind, I am never going off road in a 20+K vehicle. I am glad that I waited and did the pain staking research and went to all the dealers to drive so many cars. some cars I even drove more than once or twice.
    david
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    The added beauty of the Forester is that it can go off-road if you need too. Sure it can't do the major stuff that a Wrangler could do, but the light stuff is no problem for the Sube!

    Enjoy you blue Forester and welcome to the club! Come join us in the Subaru Crew topics (link is at the top of the page).

    -Brian
  • scirocco22scirocco22 Posts: 721
    David-- lol, your profile led me to believe that you were located in Alabama! Yah, I guess you get plenty of snow there in Boston! Yep, both of us are in the same situation. I'm also waiting for a car that's on the dealer's list of incoming units for their stock. There are hardly any new '01's left here in the NW or I would have tried to get an '01 S without the premium package.

    I've posted on another board that I wouldn't be participating on the Subaru forums anymore because the "old timers/regulars" seldom address my posts directly. But this is so addicting talking about new cars, lol! Maybe I can at least keep a dialog going with other "newbies."

    Again, congrat's, David and let me know how your situation progresses!

    --'rocco
  • I wasn't saying "like, I live in boston dude, get it right". I live in the western part of metro boston and moving ten miles west is why I am getting the sube. tripple the snow I have been used to over the years.
    And yes, we are in a very simmilar situation, I was just at the dealer and they say maybe thurs-friday type of delivery.
    It is funny how the same people you see with the posts dating back to this time last year talking. it is like they live in the same area and hang out or something. They do talk about the things that made me a believer in the sube.

    THis is very addicting, I find my self checking the new posts every time i go online.

    Later

    david
  • No sooner did I leave a post on the web, did the dealer call to tell me that it was in on the truck today. I just went to sign the papers and I am picking up my 02 forester in blue tues @ 2pm. WOOOOO!!!!! I can't wait. at first waiting a week wasn't bad and now it is coming sooner than orig expected and i can't wait.

    I hope rocco and the rest of you waiting get it soon.

    later david
  • tlimatlima Posts: 124
    David, it is true, you are showing the classic signs of Subaru addiction. It starts with these forums. Then it's the trip to the Dealer and _the_ Test Drive. Then on we go to the anxiety of purchase, the euphoria of pickup, and the depression of the break-in period. After that, you find yourself praying for rainstorms, snowstorms, and any conditions that will put your new Sube to the test - long trips with family/friends, hauling huge amounts of stuff, winding dirt roads in search of that secluded trout stream - you name it.

    Don't worry, we've all been through it. I'm mostly cured now after 10 months and 14k miles. One of my last major symptoms: Getting to work way to early as I can't wait to drive the Sube.

    Welcome [to the support group...hehe].

    -Tony
  • scirocco22scirocco22 Posts: 721
    David-- That's great!! I haven't heard from my dealer in more than a week. It's bad because it's giving me more time to wonder if I'm making the right choice. I recently purchased a new Audi so the Forester is going to be mostly a utility vehicle but I'm still thinking that it's not going to be big enough for my needs.

    Congratulations and let me know your first impressions ...and guys like Tony are way too in love with their cars! *winks* ...glad I don't show those signs of Subaru addiction, lol! :-P

    --'rocco
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Another David - that's why his came in so soon! When SoA heard another guy named "Dave" wanted a Subie, all efforts were redirected at getting him one. The official number of Dave owners now stands at 1,673,435,347. Congratulations!

    You can look forward to some light off roading. I've been on the beach and around an orchard, and it was a hoot. Even took kids around for joy rides - they liked it the most.

    Oh boy, you know we're in trouble when we're talking about snow in July!

    -juice
  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    Hi I'm back and Rufus did very well on the "light off roading" portion. I'll be giving a report and posting some pics in "Meet the Members" once I get a chance to sort through the images. I didn't realize how nasty mudholes could get until this trip (Was that the top of a Ford Escort in that hole?).

    Ross
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Tony - my problem isn't getting to work early, it's finding different ways of getting to work to vary the driving experience. The shortest distance between two points for me is 13 miles on US 1 - posted speed limit 55, average traffic speed 75, even with heavy traffic. Not fun. There's a great 2-lane road with plenty on twisties and hills that adds 5 miles onto the trip. Great to drive in summer but not the other 3 seasons because of school buses around blind curves.

    18 months and 24K miles later, I find that I still want to find new places and conditions in which to drive. What's more, I want to find opportunities to learn to drive it better - I'm thinking driving schools or even rallycross.

    Yes, it's sick. My wife observes that I "can't buy a car without joining a cult."

    Ed
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    My wife says the same thing about my addiction! Always on the computer. Actually, when I ask her which car she wants to drive (Subie or minivan) I am praying that she needs the minivan for the day...so I can have fun driving to and from work....the long way.....on twisty roads.....in the rain!

    Congratulations David!! Love the blue.

    Greg
  • Anyone know if the Forester Sport will be available in the States?
    It is a Canadian model with black mesh grille, mesh wheels, Sport badging, black interior, std. moonroof, std. rear spoiler, auto-dimming compass mirror, etc.
    I want this car!!!
  • The first impression was a good one. It is raining here in MA, and what a day to pick up the new subie. It moves and drives better now that it is mine than it did on the test drive. >>1000 mi break in might kill me though. I put on 45 mi tonight just driving around and taking it slow varying the speeds but the temptation is there to just take it out and go. I had second thoughts about the car on the way to get it because the dealer makes stupid mistakes and that drives me nutts. My problems are with them and they are so small. The car drives great and I can't wait to go to work in the morn. maybe I will have to go to a dunkin donuts a little out of the way just to taste the coffee some place else !! I think i will have to do just that. My wife and I both have new cars this year and she might have to get an outback sedan in the next couple of years I like this so much. 1K mi seems like an eternity right now.
    thanks again
    david
  • tlimatlima Posts: 124
    Sounds great. Really try to follow the break-in rules (I know, it's tough). It will payoff big time in the long run. The big thing is to ensure the rings seat correctly, so vary your engine speeds - never drive at a constant RPM on the freeway for more than few miles and keep it under 4k rpms.

    Also, there is a 12month adjustment period, so pay close attention to any minor things that come up. Mine had an alignment issue and a very touchy throttle - a few trips to the dealer cleared that up quickly.

    Enjoy...

    -Tony
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sorry Bill, but I doubt the Sport will appear in the US given the 2002s are already on the road.

    I prefer the Dynastar edition our lucky friends up north had access to. It was a couple hundred bucks (Canadian!) for a whole bunch of sweet features.

    -juice
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    If you really wanted to, I'm sure you could get the body parts and make a US Premium S look like one. The wheels look like they're from the GT and the grille probably could be ordered from a dealer in Canada. The mirror you can order from a US dealer.

    Ken
  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    did you get the brochure I sent you?

    Ross
  • john385john385 Posts: 8
    check it out, 00 sf owners it starts at $75.

    Brand new, I would bid for it, but I have a 01 sf, it doesn't fit, or does it?
  • I was thinking about getting the Subaru subwoofer/amp combination for my 2002 Forester.

    Some questions:

    1. Is there a significant sound upgrade?
    2. Does the amp only supply power to the subwoofer, or will the regular speakers be improved (I upgraded them to Infinitys)?
    3. Is it an easy installation?

    -Steven-
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The bumpers on 1998-2000 models were the same, but they did change for 2001. I'm not sure if it touches, so it might still fit.

    If you are seriously interested, call your dealer and ask them to look up a part number for yours, and see if it matches the old one.

    Steven: I don't have it, but I do know the amp powers only the woofer, and the wires are all pre-installed, so it should be just plug-n-play. I doubt you even have to access the back of the stereo, but don't quote me on that one.

    -juice
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Steven,

    If the subwoofer is unchanged from the 98-00 Forester models (which I think it is):

    1. Yes, the subwoofer's added bass is quite noticeable
    2. The subwoofer's amp only powers itself
    3. Should be plug and play

    Ken
  • jplasjplas Posts: 2
    After 43,000 miles on my 1998 Forester "S" I need to replace the Yoko tires. Any suggestions.
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    What type of driving do you need the tires for? Regular road driving, off-roading, autocrossing, snow, rain, etc?

    Lots of choices out there.

    Ken
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Judy: were you happy with the Yokos?

    I have Nitto NT460s, and they are availble in the 215/60R16 size. They are H-rated and carry a UTQG of 460AA, which means 460 tread life (very long), A for wet braking traction, A for heat resistance. Basically, those are solid ratings.

    My tires are a touring tire. They are quiet, last long, and handle wet and dry roads well. The achilles' heel is snow traction, which is lousy. If you are in a warm climate, I'd consider them.

    -juice
  • leo2633leo2633 Posts: 589
    Steven,

    I have a Clarion aftermarket subwoofer in my '01 Forester S. Like the Subaru unit, it is self-powered (100 watts) and fits under the driver's seat. It makes a world of difference in the overall sound of the system. It doesn't shake windows all over my street, but it really sounds great in the car and it doesn't take up any cargo space. I'm not good at playing with car electronics, so I had it installed at a stereo shop in my area. Since you've already upgraded speakers, the subwoofer is a logical step to take your system to the next level. Hope this helps.

    Len
  • Thanks, Len! If i can be nosy for a second, how much did the aftermarket subwoofer cost you (with installation)? Did you have an amp put in at the same time?

    -Steven-
  • leo2633leo2633 Posts: 589
    Steven,

    I got a Clarion PSW160 amplified subwoofer. It cost me $255 installed. I also got an Eclipse #36401 4 channel amp. It runs the rest of the speakers, excluding the sub, although it has the capability to run a sub also. I had it installed under the front passenger seat. The rest of my system consists of a Pioneer Premier DEHP430 headunit and MB Quart speakers (components in front and coax in the rear). It sounds really nice. Crisp, clean and powerful sound, at any volume. After changing speakers, the subwoofer is the one component that made the greatest difference in the system.

    Len
  • reefarooreefaroo Posts: 5
    Len,

    When you say you had the amplified subwoofer mounted under the passenger seat, do you mean attached to the seat itself or on the floor?

    -reefaroo
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