Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 6:19 AM
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#18023 of 18028 Re: Forums reorganization [pf_flyer]
Oct 23, 2006 (11:27 am)
I can't tell you how much I dislke this splitting. Edmunds will lose out, as will the owners. We often have several issues that need answers and this will create posting and response inefficiencies.
I was hoping that what happened in the Mazda board would not happen in Subie land. This is NOT improving the Forums.
#18024 of 18028 Re: Forums reorganization [once_for_all]
Oct 23, 2006 (11:29 am)
I agree. Just when I had everything that interests me set up, I have to go and re-do it all.
#18025 of 18028 Re: Thoughts on 2007 Forester Premium Package
Oct 31, 2006 (4:25 am)
Interesting... I traded in my 04X manual for an 07X Premium Package. All the goodies are nice but I'm noticing after one day the differences in performance.
I personally liked the 04 gray plastic sides, OK performance... They have retuned the suspension. To go along with the more "refined" looks, it is subtly not as stiff as the 04. In no way is it loose, but there is definitely a very slight lean in the turns I didn't have and is perhaps just a tad softer in the ride but not soft.
It does seem a little more responsive on the throttle, I assume that is the fly by wire throttle and perhaps the extra 8 horsepower. Over all, it appears to be as I noted abover, just a bit more "refined." Now the goodies on the Premium Package are definitely more that way, but the looks and handling are...different also.
As I look at the body panel and front end differences and then the slight performance differences, my first thought is that they were trying to appeal more to the "soccer mom" market. This is not a good thing or a bad thing (although I personally liked the 04 handling better) just different.
With the deal I got, I can live with it...heh heh heh...
Oh and for those waiting on the new re-design, it appears that the Impreza gets a whole new design in 08, but they are now going to wait till 09 for the Forester. Apparently it is still moving well enough to stretch it out and not overload their design and engineering staff???
#18026 of 18028 One-year report
Nov 01, 2006 (9:00 am)
How time has flown. I bought my 2006 Forester X one year ago. In that time I've driven it 14,536 miles, oddly enough I've never taken it more than about 40 miles from home.
Mileage: 22 mpg, slightly disappointing as I have the 5-speed manual (but keep in mind most of my driving is non-highway).
Maintenance costs: less than $100, for a few oil changes.
Problems: all minor stuff. The right front door sometimes doesn't open when I use the remote unlock on the key fob; the beige cloth upholstery stains easily; the carpet in front of the pedals is showing some wear.
All in all, except for the mileage issue I'm highly satisfied.
#18027 of 18028 Re: Thoughts on 2007 Forester Premium Package [kavoom]
Nov 01, 2006 (12:10 pm)
>I'm noticing after one day the differences in performance
I normally can notice difference even between 2 almost identical cars (the same model, the same trim, the same year).
In case of slightly different handling between 04X and 07Premium, my prime suspects will be rims (alloy on 07 vs steel on 04) and tires. Check the tire pressure on 07. My dealer recommends running Foresters with a bit more PSI than recommended in the manual (but definitely not to exceed max indicated on the tire wall). It does give it a bit sportier feel and handling plus improves mileage.
Nov 02, 2006 (6:19 am)
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