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Subaru Crew - Meet The Members II



  • miksmimiksmi Silver Spring, Maryland, USAPosts: 1,246
    mike, Are you using NAT? A firewall doesn't require NAT (Network Address Translation), but it enhances security. With NAT, my computer (and network) isn't directly addressable from the Internet. I only have SMTP and web servers visible to the Internet (as they're the only ones that need it). The configuration is similar to most companies (at least those concerned about security). :)



  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    My router is accessible I would think. but each individual PC can't be hit from the net on any ports.

  • get into the chat again. It is very frustrating.

  • I'm still not at work. I'll have a plan from a surgeon on 10/1. I'm getting a bit grouchy - I just want this fixed.

    I'm in southern New Jersey. Feel free to e-mail me a name if you know of anyone that is good.


  • lilbluewgn02lilbluewgn02 PAPosts: 1,089
    You are correct...saw ELP in NY many years ago from the first row the beginning of the concert, Keith Emerson came down from the ceiling tied to the piano seat, because he, the seat and the piano were upside down; he was playing as the whole contraption came down slowly and revolved in an upright position. Their rendition of O Jersalem is one of my favorites.
  • lilbluewgn02lilbluewgn02 PAPosts: 1,089
    For those of you not watching the news, since last night, there has been a BOLO (Be on the lookout for some cars from Georgia headed to Miami..3 middle-eastern looking men were overheard in a Shoneys to be talking about some terrorist activity.."they will be mourning also on Sept 13th.." The 3 men, in 2 cars, were stopped on Alligator Alley (I-75 between Naples and Ft. Lauderdale) this morning and the TV stations have been showing the bomb-squad slowly taking things out of the cars. These guys actually blew thru the toll plaza at far, they are only being detained and questioned, not yet arrested. Stay tuned.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    4am this morning there was a huge amount of fire-trucks a few blocks from my house and lots of wierd equipment showing up as I left for work...

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Loosh: looks like your feedback about worked! I'm glad it loads more quickly.

    Steve: I fully agree about the L/SE. In fact I bet it'll not only steal away GT sales, but also some base Outback sales.

    Sorry I had to miss the chat - our nanny is a grandma for the first time, and we took her to see her grandson.

    Welcome Brenda. And no, it wasn't me that invited her to join, though I'm glad she did. Wintergreen is a wonderful color!


    '98 Forester Project 2.5RS (inside joke)
    '02 Wintergreen Legacy L "juice Special Edition (*)"

    * we added all the SE options ourselves!
  • Much happier experience test driving today with a great salesman at a different dealership (thanks Jay!). Salesman said the Legacy L/SE will kill GT sales, not that there was much to kill. You surely are right, Juice, that the SE will nibble into OB sales. To my mind, the SE is the best bargain in the Subie lineup.

    I've really narrowed my search down. Now trying to decide between: used 02 Forester, 03 Forester, 03 OBS, 03 Legacy SE wagon or a used 02 WRX wagon. I turned 60 this summer, so I think I'm mature enough to own a WRX; I bet I could keep it down to one speeding ticket a month. Wow, what a beautifully nasty machine. In heaven we'll all get to drive WRXs and the highway cops will be stuck in clapped-out Saturns.

  • jfljfl Posts: 1,388
    Have any of you noticed that on the Subaru site base Outbacks are less expensive than everything else except base Imprezzas?

    Somehow, I always expected Foresters to be less expensive than Outbacks...
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Belated blessings to all. Guess I was reflecting all week.

    Lady - Welcome.

    01 Winestone OB, which picked up a nail in one of my new tires yesterday. arghhh!
  • are you a teacher? if so, whaddaya teach? im a teacher too-


    extremely proud owner of 2003 Forester X manual

    1994 Impreza 2wd sedan (mom)
  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,713
    I have teaching licenses for elementary education, music K-8, supervision, and mid-management K-12 (admin) with master's in elem ed and master's in secondary ed (the admin license) and working on master's in special ed .. lol
    I've taught general ed 1st grade, gifted ed K-6 for 10 years, supervisor of g/t program K-12 while teaching full time, general ed 4th grade, low income, high income, diverse population and 'white bread' (lol) A move to Indiana and the only job available is in the 'shortage' area of special education ... so here I am ... 3rd year in elementary special education on a severe disabilities license. I work a split schedule 1/2 time at one school, then 1/2 time in the other. I've done this the past two years, but this year was transferred to two different schools than the ones where I've worked. It's 'interesting'.
    So what do YOU teach jorge?
  • lucien2lucien2 Posts: 2,984
    the battery in the OB died yesterday. Thing is, the dealer insisted on "cleaning" it a week and a half ago. It came back clean but all wet. I assumed it was solvent that would evaporate, and forgot about it, But the battery was still wet yesterday, which leads me to believe the dealer somehow sprung a leak on the water reservoir while "cleaning" it. It wouldn't hold a charge no how no way. Jumped it, drove it 20 yards, died, jumped, parked it, died again. gotta go retreive it today. I suppose I will get 2 batteries since the GT is also a 1999 and will likely croak soon too. Any battery-buying suggestions out there? Just go to ITB?
  • lilbluewgn02lilbluewgn02 PAPosts: 1,089
    Susan's Legacy makes a gurgling noise for the first few minutes after startups, like some liquid going from one place to another, and then stops. The tech at Subaru couldn't reproduce it. Do any of you folks know what might be causing the noise and is it fixable?
    Any help would be appreciated...thanks
  • Your timing is pretty good! Newest Consumer Reports has a car battery test... NAPA batteries did OK, but I can't remember the rest of the details (CRS disease setting in), but it's there.

  • lucien2lucien2 Posts: 2,984
    i ran out to NTB and picked up somne kind of Die Hard thing- 550CCA and installed it. Now the car has bells and whistles and lights etc. but still no spark. Won't even turn over. Just makes little noises. I must say this is very frustrating coming on the heels of $550 in dealer work. NOT upset with the car mind you, just highly suspicious of the integrity of the dealer's work- remember they chasnged the plugs and performed a "battery service." Hmmmm.......
  • lucien2lucien2 Posts: 2,984
    I got it running. Apparently a "battery service" doesn't include cleaning the bloody leads. The positive lead was corroded and covered in coppery white flakes. I cleaned it and reattached it to the new battery. Voila, purrs like a kitten. Let it run 2 minutes to reset the ECU. Now I gotta get Kirst and head back over to retrieve it.
  • lucien2lucien2 Posts: 2,984
    did you ever plus one your RS? If not, any particular reason?
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    one what? a battery?, no I don't think I did. I did have a terminal get a little crusty though. never reached the point you described.

  • jfljfl Posts: 1,388
    Loosh - In my experience, as long as a battery is maintained (not letting the water level get below the plates - juice?), good ones last five to seven years. You've just learned the other point-of-care: clean the connections (some people coat them with Vaseline AFTER everything is connected and tight).

    I think your problem was induced by the service (probably NOT intentionally). Fluid level and clean connections are all you really need to do to a battery. If those things are good on your GT, at most, ask a trusted mechanic to check the battery but I wouldn't just change it. My $0.02.

  • lucien2lucien2 Posts: 2,984
    Jim- thanks for the peace of mind. I didn't get a new one for the GT, so I will follow that advice.

    Colin- duh, my bad...I meant rims. Rota Subzeros are getting so cheap I am thinking of getting a set of 17"s, but then I don't think you ever bothered, did you?

    heh heh I guess you got 'em now though.... =)
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Sounds like the dealer is suspect. A battery tune-up and the leads all corroded? Anyway, it's good to know you've got everything working now. If you're concerned about future battery lead corrosion, just get some dielectric grease.

  • Brenda- what a wonderful series of accomplishments that you have! just goes to show subie drivers are something else

    my career teaching spans the time you taught gifted ed i believe...this is my third year teaching first grade, a wonderful time of life

    also did straight or combos of second, third and fourth for a few years apiece and some other stuff, categoricals, governance, etc.

    i remember being at nsci a few years ago and hearing about "standards and accountability: texas style" it was actually more like "el paso style" but it seemed pretty harsh, like factory conditions during the 1800's

    do you see education heading anywhere in particular?

    regards, jorge
  • got this last night, i did my 3k oil change "there" with "them" about two weeks ago...

    To protect the value of your Subaru and keep it operating at peak

    performance, it is important that scheduled maintenance be performed in

    a timely manner.

    After reviewing our service records for your 2003 Subaru FORESTER 2.5X,

    we determined that your mileage should be approximately 3,195 and may

    now require the following maintenance:

    3,750 Mile Maintenance

    Please call us at 805.371.5555 to schedule a maintenance

    service appointment that is convenient for you.

    We thank you for choosing Subaru of Thousand Oaks, and we look forward

    to serving you soon.

    We have special offers for you! Click here for details.

    aint that a kick in the pants?

    best to all,


  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Ran it in the STX class. Took 1st in STX. Was running the same times as WRXs on streets. Not bad for an AT heavy car! :)

    Downside was that my exhaust leak finally gave out :(

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    I missed that :(

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Jim: I plead guilty. I let the water level run low and my battery died at about the same interval as Loosh's battery, 4 years or so. So let that be a warning to everyone else - buy some distilled water and top 'em off every year or so.

    But I don't know about petroleum jelly, that stuff will just melt off when hot, won't it? I was at my brother-in-laws in CT when I swapped my battery, he had that spray stuff purpose built for battery terminals, so we used that.

    1st in class? Nice run. Did you win a plaque or anything like that? Pics?

    Base Outbacks run $22,895 at MSRP, plus freight, lots of Subies are cheaper than that: Legacy L, L/SE, Impreza TS, RS, Outback Sport, and Forester X. The GT and the XS are the same price.

    What you might be seeing is steeper discounts on base models (someone mentioned a $1200 incentive to clear the 2002s) and little availability of the cheaper models. But I've seen tons of L/SEs in dealers.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hit the beach this weekend, took the Legacy. Managed 29.11 mpg on mostly highway driving in the rain, with 4 passengers a dog (not a cat) and tons of luggage! That's already close to Sandy's record, and Lucky ain't even broken in yet!

    In fact, her average is creeping up slowly, currently 24.89mpg. Sandy's is 24.95mpg, but I have a feeling the Legacy will beat the Forester eventually.

    More good news - the wife went to court over that speeding ticket and got off with PBJ. Peanut-butter and jelly? No, probation before judgement. No points! :-)

    Saturday we got nice weather so we were even in the water. Sunday it rained so we hit the LL Bean outlet, natch.

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