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Subaru Forester



  • I think if you follow the manual you will be in good shape. The oil and filter changes are the most important, as in any vehicle. I always use the Subaru filter as it is of high quality. I also use Mobil 1 in all my vehicles... as well as the tractor, tiller, and snowblower. Whatever oil you use choose a good one like Penzoil or Castrol. I change oil and filter about every 5K and at that time I put a bottle of fuel injection cleaner in the gas tank. I use the black bottle of STP. I time that with the oil change to make it easy to remember.

    I have always been a tire pressure fanatic, and with the AWD it is probably even more important for proper balance and performance. I use 35 psi all around. I find less than 35 hurts fuel mileage.

    Good luck with your Forester! I am sure you will love it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good year, IMO.

    Pre 03 had wheel bearing issues.

    Pre 02 had head gasket issues.

    03 was v1.0, even though it turned out ok.

    2005 was the 3rd year for that design. 06 was a refresh.

    It's about as reliable a year as you could pick, basically.

    Caveat: 62k means no powertrain warranty at all.
  • I am considering selling my 2001 Subaru. It is almost at 100K miles, is needing more and more repairs, and I'd like to get something with better fuel economy since I recently moved to L.A.

    At the same time, it's a great car and I wouldn't want to let go of it "too soon." When have other people given up their Foresters (i.e. after how many miles)?

    Thanks! :confuse:
  • leo2633leo2633 Posts: 589
    I have a 2001 Forester S, purchased new, which currently has 188,000 miles. I have no plans on getting rid of it anytime soon.

  • Thanks, Len. Have you had to do any major repairs recently, if I may ask?
  • leo2633leo2633 Posts: 589
    Nothing other than normal maintenance (most recently a set of tires).

  • phil2000phil2000 New JerseyPosts: 195
    I have a 2000 with 284,032 miles on it. The only engine problem I have was due to the timing belt pulley going and taking the belt with it.
  • TJ162TJ162 Posts: 7
    I have a 05 forester 2.5x. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to pull a jumping jack trailer with their forester. They weigh about 1500 lbs so I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to try and go up canyons with that much weight.
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 221
    It's been a long time since I posted and I see some familiar faces. My '06 is coming off 3 yr. warranty. What do you advise?

  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    I tow a 800 lbs teardrop trailer with my 05. No problems. Auto is rated at 2400 lbs, 1000 lbs w/o trailer brakes. IIRC, the manual is rated at 2000 lbs. Braking will be the issue. I'd probably add electric brakes with that kind of dry weight. Won't be a rocket ship, but the Subie will go up the canyons.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's been a long time since I posted and I see some familiar faces. My '06 is coming off 3 yr. warranty. What do you advise?

    Subaru Added Security is the only way to go! I have this on my LGT and I actually own a place that modifies and works on Subarus. I had to have some major work done on my Subaru and it was covered w/o a problem.

    Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
  • I’d venture to say if the car has been reliable this long then it’s likely to stay that way without the need of an additional extended warranty. Just keep up with all scheduled maintenance. That way In the unlikely event there is a major problem then it's quite possible Subaru would help to some degree anyway. Either way youze payz you moniez and takes you chancez.

    Given the tough economic times we all face now it’s probably best to maintain an ownership position in your 06 if it still suites your needs.

    My 03 X just turned 90K miles and I believe still runs good as new with no problems. Next stop 190K. All scheduled maintenance is tended to with little out of pocket expense to me as I use Subaru Bucks from our Chase Subaru Master Card to cover the bigger 30K incremental major services.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm with mike on this one, if you get a warranty at all get it from Subaru. It includes roadside assistance for the duration, and it's a true warranty, rather than an insurance policy from a 3rd party.

    I sold my 98 Forester in 2007 because I needed a large vehicle (minivan), but we missed it enough that we just bought a 2009. Some times I wish I'd kept it, but resale was strong and we like the new one just as much.

    Towing - I've hauled a 700 lb trailer with 2 yards of pea gravel, which is super-heavy. My guess is it was 1500 lbs, but it may have been more. To be honest I'd be more concerned about stopping, not climbing hills. You may want to consider trailer brakes of some kind.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    Two yards? I would be shocked if a 700# trailer could even hold two yards. Pea gravel weighs probably a ton or more per yard. I have filled the bed of my truck (3/4 ton w/ overloads) with pea gravel before, which equates to 1.75 yards (8'x4'x18"), and that thing was LOADED. The frame hits the axle bump-stops at about 4500#, and it was *almost* there.

    Juice, I am not saying you did not or could not do it, but whew. That sure makes me feel better about some of the things I did with my Outback. :D :P
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yup, it was two yards. They brought in a small front loader and gave me two scoops.

    I usually get 3 yards, but that's wood chips or mulch.

    This was the first time I hauled pea gravel. It sure was HEAVY. I had to do half wheelbarrow loads to be able to transport it properly.

    At least the stuff lasts a lot longer than mulch does. Still looks good 3 years later, all over my back yard landscaping.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Juice borrowed my 5x8 utility trailer to do that. It weighs just under 700 lb. empty, and is rated for 3000 lb.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    Well, okay then. I stand corrected. Apparently the Forester is good for hauling trailers that are grossly over-weighted, for short distances at least. I bet that trailer weighed close to 5000#, if not more, loaded with two yards of pea gravel!

    Then again, I towed a few different vehicles, including a 1985 Chevy conversion van, with my '96 Outback. I bet that van was well over 4000#. I only towed it about 8 miles though, and only up a couple of slight grades. I think the car probably only had around 150,000 miles on it during that haul. And, even at 220,000 miles, it had no transmission problems whatsoever.

    I know what you mean, AJ, regarding the weight of the gravel. I had ten yards of gravel delivered to a site once when I did landscaping in Anchorage. For the first day, I shoveled and hauled the rock with a wheelbarrow. After a day and, maybe, three yards moved, I brought my three-wheeler with a trailer. Same amount of shoveling, but no more hauling the wheelbarrow! It sure is a good workout for the forearms, though. ;)
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wow, I had no idea it was that heavy. I think I would have done 2 loads each just one yard if I'd known.

    It did feel very heavy, and my Forester was a clutch so I did have to slip the clutch a bit. Still, 5000# would nearly triple the weight that powertrain was dragging. I also felt it in stopping, but fortunately I had no emergency stops to test it.

    After that I could barely even tell when I had just mulch or wood chips behind me.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    For reference...the level of pea gravel was more than half of this amount.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    I had the trailer weighed empty at the county landfill, using their scale. I think they said 675, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. Those wooden sides that I added could be 150 pounds, if not more.

  • erikwierikwi Posts: 71
    I have a 2006 Forester X that I'd like to put a catback stainless exhaust on. Now that I live in the salt belt, I need something that will last for a while. The OE rear muffler has been painted with 1200 degree stove paint 3 times now but the salt just eats it off. I'd like a new system with a mellow sound, not obnoxious. I'm too old to be running around in a car that sounds like a teenager's.

    Any ideas on a source?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The aftermarket caters to the Impreza, and I don't think they're quite the same. It won't be easy to find what you want, especially since the type of people that usually buy aftermarket exhausts want more noise.
  • done37done37 Posts: 64
    Non-turbo Subaru models don't have great support when it comes to performance aftermarket exhaust. I have a SS catback and downpipe exhaust for my Forester XT thru , but I don't think they will have one for a normally aspirated model like yours.

  • erikwierikwi Posts: 71
    Guess they don't expect nonturbo owners to want to modify their cars. Oh, well, that's life.
  • erikwierikwi Posts: 71
    Is the XT pipe size the same as the nonturbo? If it is, it might work. I'll have to check out Cobb Tuning and see.

    Thanks for the info.
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 221
    I went for the subie xtended warranty. Thanks to all for your recommendations.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats. Remember now you get roadside assistance for the entire duration of the warranty.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Well I took the Forester in for an oil change and thorough checkup prior to driving it across the country and got told that I needed new brakes. ARGH! The $30 oil change cost just rocketed up to $450 :cry: In case you're interested, front and rear brake jobs cost $220 each for an XT (requires ceramic brake pads). Oh well, they'd told me a year and 10k miles ago that they were close to needing replacing. Plus they were the original brakes and they lasted over 70k so I guess I can't complain too much. In addition, I'll be towing a U-Haul trailer 2,500 miles so good brakes are a definite necessity.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    Ouch. That's when you take it home and replace the brakes yourself! Hehe. It is a really quick job.

    A friend of mine was driving his 2000 Nissan Frontier to Iowa last summer (from Fairbanks, AK) and was pulling a well-loaded trailer. He took it to a shop for estimated repairs prior to the trip, and they recommended front brake replacement, as well as replacement of his front half-shafts (both outer CV boots were split and one axle was making some noise). They quoted him $1200.

    I had been talking with him somewhat casually about buying his car, for which he was looking to get $1500. He told me that he needed to do the work, but hoped to sell his car first so he did not have to foot the bill out of pocket. I told him if he had a Saturday free, I could help him do the work himself, and all he needed was to buy the parts!

    So, he did. It was about $280 for the parts and the work took us an annoyingly long eight hours as a result of some stubbornness on the part of the vehicle and unfamiliarity on the part of the "mechanics." But, we got it put back together and saved him over $900. As he as driving me home, I offered him $800 for the car and we both ended up with a pretty good deal. :D

    The amazing part, however, were the brake pads! Those things were so worn down that I could barely perceive a difference between the surface of the pads and the backers. It was mind-blowing. They were not scraping, mind you, but were literally within miles of doing so. He had only owned the truck for about 10,000 miles, so I suspect what happened was that the pads were around 10% when he bought it, so rather than replace the pads, the dealership simply broke off the squealers and hoped the buyer wouldn't check. It paid off for them, but could have cost my friend some serious bucks if he had not moved out-of-state with such impeccable timing!

    I kept one set of the pads as a souvenir.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I guess we'll be welcoming you to DC soon.

    Have a good road trip, Frank!
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