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Subaru Forester (up to 2005)



  • Happy New Year everyone!

    I was in an minor accident today. No one hurt, except for car. (Both cars making left turns from opposite shopping centers into center of road). I know I will need a new front bumper, new fog light and new license plate. When I looked for "hidden' damage, I couldn't see any, except for the black plastic part that covers the underside of the right front wheel well came out and it looks like it is off by 1/4" and some minor scratches (in top coat) of paint by the grille. Other than that, what else should I look for? All advice is appreciated.

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    Too bad! You may want to have it put on a lift so someone can eyeball the underneath for any frame damage. But the shop that replaces the bumper should find anything that's not obvious now, and your insurance would still cover it.

    Steve, Host
  • I have just recently begun looking at new cars..I test drove a '03 Forester 2.5xs..seemed like a great car...We (wife & I) thought the 2.5x would be a good choice..Not having tested that model..I am wondering if some of the upgrades on the xs would be apportionment, limited slip diff..rear disks..(both present cars have read drums & they work for us)..Since the weather was cool, I did not use the a/c..I have heard that the climate control units can get on the high speed fan ..if so, can this be over ridden?

    I am 66 and this may be our last new car as we plan to keep it many years..our annual mileage is around 7k..We live in the Hill Country of Texas where there it rarely snows..

    Please comment on any other difference..

    I learned a very long time ago..not to choose a lower optioned car to save a few dollars..just to regret it later..but the differences here are not so easily sorted out...Thanks..
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    I agree that you may(?) regret buying a low-optioned car, in the long run—especially if you plan on keeping it for a long time.

    We have an '01 Forester S Premium (similar to the current XS Premium) with the huge moonroof, and don't regret the purchase one bit. I especially like the heated seats and heated outside mirrors, which don't come with the base model.

  • spudmanspudman Posts: 32
    I was in a similar position when I bought my car at the end of November. As a lifetime cheapskate and pennypincher, it went against my nature to even consider a new car, let alone one of the upper end models. I'm a retired teacher and ,like yourself, don't put a lot of annual mileage on my cars and tend to keep them a long time. I made a list of what one gets extra with the XS Forester and how much these extras would cost.
    Considering how long I plan to keep this car, for me the XS is well worth the money. The past several Maryland winters have been extremely mild and I felt almost silly buying an all wheel drive vehicle. Tonight I drove my daughter home from work because she didn't feel comfortable driving in the snow. Driving the Subaru was a dream. Even if I seldom need the features offered by the Forester, I feel secure knowing I have them and that my vehicle has the capacity to handle extreme weather conditions if necessary.
  • I have a '99 Forester and have taken it to the local dealer for service while I've used my Subaru maintenance coupons (good for first 3 years). Now that my 3 years are up I'd like to see if there is a good independent shop for Subaru service that anyone could recommend in my area (Oakland, California). Thanks!
  • masanmasan Posts: 77
    With the Forester's standard features, I don't consider the X to be "low-optioned." Living in an area where the climate is mild, heated seats and mirrors would be of little use unless the heated seats would help with a sore back!

    As for the moon roof, that's a personal preference kind of thing. Some people like them, some people don't care one way or another.

    What I miss in the X is a cassette player! But I love the unpainted black cladding.
  • i use Kuno's down in Redwood City. It maybe a hike for you. If so, talk to Ray there to see if he knows someone closer to you.
  • Go for the XS. I live in a mild climate (15 miles from Florida but live in S. Georgia) and kind of laughed at the cold weather package but those heated seats are great for the first few minutes when it is cold out and the heat is still getting cranked up. Also, the heated windshield and mirrors-the condensation on your mirrors in the morning is gone within 2 minutes. Really useful. The a/c is set and forget-very easy to use and to override. Plus disc brakes, 6-disk cd changer, makes it worth it. This is the first ever new car we have bought and I figured if I am going to take out a loan for four years on a car, might as well get one that I will enjoy for many years after it is paid off.
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    I used to live in the East Bay, but I didn't own a Forester back then. Based on the sheer number of Subies in the Berkeley area, there has to be a few good mechanics. Try asking/searching in the Bay Area forum at i-club:

    I also have been going to Kunos in Redwood City. Ray was formerly a Subaru mechanic but now runs a shop that specializes in Subarus and Hondas. He's very knowledgable, great to work with and most importantly very fair and upfront.


  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    Couldn't agree with you more. I grew up in SC, went to school in GA, and now live in PA for the foreseeable future. The Cold Weather Package makes dealing with these winter mornings a lot easier. Heated seats are also great if you've been doing yard work or other household chores over the weekend - makes going into work Monday mornings almost tolerable.

  • Hi Ken,
       I remember U did recommand a shop in bay area for alignment. I suspected I have an alignment problem. Let say if I set 36 psi to all tire, 3 days later, only my front driver side tire drops to 32 psi. I am not sure if this is my tire problem. If there is a hole in that tire, the pressure should drops much more than that.

  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Not necessarily. The leak rate depends on the size of the puncture as well as how well the foreign material is sealing the leak. I would have the tire checked for leaks before an alignment.

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    I think Greg is right. It sounds like what you have is a slow leak rather than an alignment problem. A slow leak can be due to a hole in the tire, a faulty valve or a bent rim. The best thing to do is have a tire shop take a look at it.

    The alignment shop I recommend is Custom Alignment in Mountain View. They cost more than your average tire shop, but they'll do the job right.

  • kajkokajko Posts: 70
    Happy New Year to all.

    Yesterday the 2004 Impreza WRX was presented at Detroit. Is it just me, or does the redesigned front take A LOT from our Foresters (except for the fact that the lights are HID, mmmmm)?

    BTW, the STi version comes with a 2.5-liter intercooled and turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine with Active Valve Control System (AVCS) 300-horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, 300 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm. Oh, and a 6 speed MT.

    IMHO: an AWD rocket!

  • Thank a lots for the input, I will have the tire check then.
  • lfdallfdal Posts: 679
    Just a FYI for anyone interested. When I started the last round of how much oil the engine can take, because my dealer always sets it high on the stick there were a lot of interesting responses.

    BTW I do check it cold on a level spot.

    I confirmed this by draining every drop of oil out of it, putting on a new filter, adding exactly 4.2 qts, and then running it just long enough to make sure the filter was full. It was right where it belonged on the stick.

    Anyway, I e-mailed Subaru and received a response that I'm filing with my maintenance records just in case, that said the engine will withstand +/- 1 quart. That's a very tolerant engine. If anyone wants to see the e-mail, let me know.
  • rsay777rsay777 Posts: 100
    While vacuuming the interior I noticed some crumbs inside the cup holder and I put the nozzle of the vacuum to get it all tidy and I ended up sucking the rubber liner out and of course I'm one short now. This was at one of the unattended car washes. Just a little FYI. I think I'll put a bit more substantial adhesive under the remaining one. Bob L
  • Now that the turbo is going to be the top-of-the-line must-have option, anybody think that the moonroof might be available on some of the "lesser" beasties.

    I once posted this haiku:

    Gosh I like the blue,
    But I want the moonroof too.
    What am I to do?

    Responses suggested I get the silver?!?!? Has anybody investigated or had an aftermarket sunroof installed. How did it compare, what sort of pricing, manual vs electric, etc?

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    I hope so. It would be shame to restrict that to just the turbo model.

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