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Subaru Forester (up to 2005)



  • Just checked out the teaser site for Japan's 2003 Forester. I can't wait for February 5th!

    Anyone notice on the "Wednesday" page that the steering wheel looks suspiciously like the Momo wheel found in the WRX? This along with the white-faced gauges makes me think the new Forester might be packing some extra juice.

    Or is this just wishful thinking on my part...:)
  • pal086pal086 Posts: 33
    I haven't tried this since, but when we got our car from the dealer, she showed us that while the alarm is activated, if you try to open the door with your keys through the door handle, the alarm goes off.
    (actually she was demonstarting what to do if the batteries on our remote entry fob dies or is lost and we need to open the door manually)

    I think you can check up what the alrm system can do by looking in to the Owner's manual -- there will probably be a section on the alarm system even if you did not buy the car with one.

    Juice -- I had noticed the Forester in that movie too (probably even wrote about it on this board). But how did you figure it was a L ? The S also comes in green with cladding.....
  • Cyberpirate:
    The shock sensor on my wife's Viper system works as follows. If you bang on a part of the car as though you were trying to break a window or punch out the key hole with a screwdriver, it activates. A nice feature considering that it may stop someone before they get in,
    grab whatever, and are gone. As far as stopping a pro from actually stealing your car probably not much help. I do like the fact that most complete car alarms today seem to have an ignition kill feature. If the alarm is not disarmed you cannot start the car.

    Kens: Yes and thanks. The other dealer in my area quoted me a price $200 bucks higher!

    Does anyone know if the Subaru Security system comes with shock sensor and/or ignition kill?
    If so I'll probably have the dealer do it, even though they always seem very fuzzy about any Subaru questions I have.. they're also a Chevy dealer which I think accounts for about 97% of their business.

    Thanks to all!

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Yes, I noticed the interior too. I'm not suprised considering that the Forester is, and looks like it will continue to be, based on the Impreza. The interior trim on the current Forester and the previous generation (GC8) Impreza have lots of common parts.

    I do have a feeling that the Momo steering wheel might be reserved for the the top of the line model.

  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    The cladding on the L is black rather than the titanium of the S.

  • Donn: I got the upgraded security on my '00 forester S and it does have a shock sensor and a "kill" switch. The shock sensor is adjustable, although Subaru has preset it in the middle of the Min. & Max. range. This shock sensor is nice b/c it will not go off in thunderstorms, like my other car did.

  • rictomrictom Posts: 89
    I'm looking for a seat cover for the back 60/40 split seat for our Forester L. Hitting the local auto store didn't give much choice, only 60/40 for trucks. Tried Walmart, Kmart not much better. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • If you have access to Mexican/Southwestern stuff, here's what we did: Saddleblankets! They are about 60"x30" and come in all kinds of colors and styles. We got basic saddleblankets -- "hogan rugs" is another name -- for $10.00 here (Las Cruces, NM). They are pretty thick and substantial and come with thick horizontal stripes and some interesting details in the corners. It's tough to get any two to match exactly, but you can get them almost identical. My wife did that for her Justy years ago and carried it over to her Mustang. We covered our Forester's front seats with a gray and aqua stripped set, just a fold and tuck job, and they look fantastic, like they were made to go with the gray interior. I bet that two blankets could be fitted to the 60/40 split too -- and I'm seriously considering trying it. There might have to be some cutting and sewing of holes for the headrests, or just cover them like we did on the front seats.

    And if you want to spend more, there are the blankets we could have gotten for $20.00 a piece, they have really nice patterns on them, interesting and colorful,very Southwestern, in wool. A rather tight, hard weave. I'm not selling anything, and certainly not offering a buying service -- just describing what we've seen and considered. ---Actually, anything about 60"x30" that is substantial and visually interesting will do it. And you can go to more trouble than we did to fit it. My wife had an elastic set-up with fasteners and so-forth when she put the saddleblankets in her Justy. She abandoned that in the Mustang. And we carried that care-free feeling with the Forester.

    Anyway, twenty or fourty bucks beats the seatcovers at Pep-Boys or Wally-World all black and blue.

    The other tip is for the cargo area. We bought a laundry basket at Wally-World (Wal-Mart to the general public)and used bungy cords that are about twenty-four inches long to fasten it down to the cargo loops provided. It works great: no more stuff sliding around in the back. The basket holds stuff and the bungy cords create quandrants that keep things from sliding around.

    For what is worth to you...
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059

    Wonderful idea!

  • rictomrictom Posts: 89
    that's a great idea and we'll check it out. We're in Oregon so no problem finding saddleblankets, and even if I did, there's always the 'Net!

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm not certain, actually. The cladding looked like black plastic, unpainted, like mine. But then the alloys sort of did look big, probably 16" and not 15". Strange.

    It had the front nudge bar, which was usually put on S models (loaded up). Anyone going to see it again, check it out closely, OK?

  • Some of the changes I see in the wire diagram are a more slanted, longer windshield and A-pillar, and a sturdier C pillar with more room aft of the third window.

    I interpret this as more space front to back, which may have been accomplished simply using the new Impreza platform or a stretched Impreza platform. The width could easily be 1" to 1 ½ " more than in the previous model without going to the Legacy platform. It also looks to me as if the wheel wells are intruding less into the cargo area, and there is a longer (deeper) cargo area.

    The wider C-pillar is reminiscent of the new Impreza and is most likely necessary for improved structural rigidity. It also gives the car a more modern, less bus-like appearance (although it will create a blind spot).

    Just a few more days…

    - D.
  • I'm considering buying a used 98 Forester w/45m
    S-model. Automatic w/leather. Are there any common problems with this model? Have never owned an Subaru? Thanks in advance
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    Sorry - I won't be in the office on Monday, but I can check on Tuesday. If you want, call the 800 number again and ask the Rep. to e-mail me the case information (I'll be checking e-mail). Please advise them that I requested for you to do this via Edmunds.

    Otherwise, I'll try to find your file on Monday to see what I can do. For the most part, Reps. visit dealers on a monthly basis, but they have been attending a lot of meetings related to new product information, corporate direction for 2K2, etc.

    I'll be in touch!

  • Quirks: Subaru's reliablity has been above average all across their line up.
    However, you might want to make sure that the vehicle has been maintained, and serviced regularly. Some folks who lease vehicles, don't maintain it well. While some of them don't want to shell out money on the vehicle that do not own, others are too innocent to understand technicalities.
    A friend of mine was shopping for a used accord. One owner had never rotated her tires since she bought it (three yr. old car). My office admin's VW has 'Change Oil' light on for nearly over 6 mos now. She has been postponing it forever. I keep bugging her that the car may break down some day soon;) Simple things like this could cost more in long run.

    Make sure you talk to the owner, and get the service history before you make a decision.

    My 0.02$...

    Good luck!!!
  • Looking at the Saturday picture, I think the back hatch entrance is bigger. The intrusions in to the sides for the back lights are smaller -- therefore, different/narrower lights -- and a bigger opening. But I got the impression that the whole cargo box is bigger. Of course, they could be using small people as models: Micky Mantle comes to mind in that regard.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    The Mag-X article mentioned that the rear license plate has been moved up onto the hatch, from the rear bumper. Their sketch shows that too. Judging by the "Sat." page, I think they're right. Even though there is little of the rear bumper unveiled, I think there is enough shown to make that assumption.

    As to size, I think the car is probably "marginally" larger than the current one. I'm hoping, that with some clever engineering, that will translate in to at least "moderate" gains in terms of interior space, especially for rear seat passengers. I'm hoping that we may again see some sort of reclining rear seat—but better executed than that found on the '98-'00 North American models. Also, a sliding rear seat, like that found on the new CRV and RAV4 would be much appreciated too.

  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    anyone translate what each of those pages says (mon-sun)?



  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    That new B-4 is gorgeous!

    I think Ken is the only "regular" here who can translate Japanese. My guess is the copy, like the images, is written to "tease," not inform...

  • From the picture alone, I'm ready to buy one! Beautiful blue and the right size/power. Where do I sign up Patti?

  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    also was a black wagon somewhere there too that caught my eye, but that blue B4 as Bob said is GORGEOUS.

  • jbeckrjbeckr Posts: 21
    I test drove a Forester S last weekend and was impressed. Does anybody know when the new Forester will be available for sale?
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Yes, the copy on the teaser site for the new Forester has absolutely no useful information on it. It's a lot of fluff -- for example "Monday" goes something like "I drive into work directly from the ski resort. The borderless nature of the Forester energizes me...". I think you get the idea.

    As with all new Subaru models, the earliest you can expect to see them at dealers is the end of the summer.

  • So, does the license plate (Stuttgart/Germany) indicate the next manufacturer Subaru is taking on?

    - D.
  • canadatwocanadatwo Posts: 198
    maybe for the Forester.

    but last year, the 2002 Impreza was on the delaer lots in May.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    If we are lucky. Most likely in Sept.

  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Where were all you end of summer predictors back in July/August when I was the sole voice saying summer 02 while everyone else was espousing early spring?

    -Frank P.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    But no product updates from subaru ever come out in spring with the exception of the re-modeled forester, and the WRX.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Less wheel well intrusion? Does that mean we get the multilink rear suspension? Hope so.

    James: I have a '98, but it's an L. 43k miles on mine.

    No major quirks, just make sure it rides quietly and smoothly. If the wheel bearings are bad, you'll hear it, no doubt. Same for any pinging or axle/gear whine (not common, but issues to check out). If it operates smoothly, you ought to be fine. 45k miles means you still have some powertrain warranty left over, too.

    Ask for maintenance records. By 45k the only major service would be the 30k service, so ask for receipts. Check the tires to see if they are evenly worn (if not, alignment may be bad or even the frame may have been damaged).

    Other than that, I love my '98 and don't regret buying it for a second.

  • adanneadanne Posts: 6
    Does anyone know if there are any other style grilles that could be ordered for the 2000 Forester. I like the vehicle very much, expect the look of the grille. Are they any after market products that anyone knows of?
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