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#10185 of 18028 Anyone need a woodgrain kit?
Apr 06, 2003 (9:27 pm)
Got a 1998 - 2002 Subaru Forester? Is it a manual transmission? Want a woodgrain kit but were too cheap to pay a couple hundred? No problem! Take a gander at http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item- =2409266258&category=33695 They are selling the Subaru OEM woodgrain kits for $13 apiece and there are plenty to go around. Auction ends in about 24 hours.
Now, before anyone gets any ideas, I'm NOT running that auction and I'm a real person, who has posted here before. The only reason I'm posting this info is that I bought one of them from a previous auction, it is now installed in my car, I'm happy and I paid almost nothing for it. My interest is solely in other Forester owners getting a good deal. Have fun!
Apr 07, 2003 (4:00 am)
Have you contemplated a career in sales?
#10189 of 18028 ? for "chicagofats"
Apr 07, 2003 (8:01 am)
Nice ride! I just purchased one myself w/o sunroof. Did you purchase an extended warranty? If you don't mind, why or why not?
Apr 07, 2003 (8:47 am)
Dealers in the midwest (where Subies aren't as popular as the Rockies or New England), seem to be willing to go below invoice. This seems particularly true if you approach the dealer via the internet and mention that you have been shopping around. I dealt with 3 dealers this way and the first number they quoted me was the one they stuck with, and all were pretty good. I managed to grab an 5 speed XS with sunroof (love that sunroof!) for about $500 below invoice.
Apr 07, 2003 (9:24 am)
I drive a 5-speed Forester and find that it has enough power when I'm driving up to Lake Tahoe here in California. The Forester gearing is such that in 5th and at 70-75mph you'll be around 3000RPM -- right at the 1st half of the torque band. On long uphill grades of I-80 at altitudes of 5000+ ft with passengers and cargo, I've found the Forester has enough oomph to keep it going. If I need a little more passing power, a drop to 4th takes care of it.
However, Forester XT might be worth waiting for if you're going to be driving at altitude all the time. Not only is it turbocharged, but it produces quite a bit more torque and hp than the NA engine. While there are attractive financing deals for Subarus right now, keep in mind that Subarus usually sell for a few percent over invoice. I would expect even a new model like the XT would settle to that level a few months after it's introduction.
Apr 07, 2003 (9:37 am)
I've never needed more power, though I always want more power. The Phase II engine is tuned for torque, so no need to rev the daylights out of it like some small displacement engines. It's more than adequate even in our heavier Legacy L.
Will Shiftronic fit? I doubt it. I think the Impreza parts are interchangeable, but not the Legacy tranny. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I bet the parts would cost several grand and I have no idea how you'd get the ECU to work with it.
Jeff: maybe the X gets deeper discounts? Looks like it, at least at fitzmall.com.
Nice find on the plood, though it's $25 shipped. If it weren't purely cosmetic I'd consider it.
It's funny you bring it up because I installed plood on my wife's car this past weekend. I got the stuff from a 2000 Legacy that had the cup holder in the dash, so I got a 3rd cup holder out of the deal. Took about an hour or so, not hard. The Forester's dash is actually easier to take apart.
#10193 of 18028 parking rod recall work
Apr 07, 2003 (10:36 am)
I'll probably pass on getting this recall work done. Service manager at my dealership said the problem only affects less than 100 cars out of thousands and thousands being recalled. I haven't had any hint of a problem with my 2003X in park, so why risk trouble?
#10194 of 18028 parking rod recall update
Apr 07, 2003 (6:45 pm)
The saga continues -
When we last left our story:
The valve body had been replaced.
The lurching came back after a week or two. It's not as bad as it was before the replacement, but is still quite annoying. We asked for a new transmission. It came in today, so we dropped the car off to get worked on tomorrow.
Stay tuned for the next episode!