Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 7:19 AM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#14382 of 18028 Re: Reliability, or stand-by-your product-ability? [ateixeira #14378]
Apr 19, 2004 (1:26 pm)
""engine" is pretty vague.
My guess is they are referring to the head gasket failures we've seen, and keep in mind Subaru is now covering those for 8 years or 100k miles."
As far as I know that extended warranty is only for 1999-2002 vehicles, not the newer ones that have the same engine (like my 2003 Forester). You may argue that Subaru made modifications but to the normal consumer, including me, it is still the same engine sold in NA today, without any other choices except the more expensive H6. If Subaru is so confident about the 2003 and up 2.5L then why don't we get that warranty for our vehicles too?
Apr 19, 2004 (1:47 pm)
a reasonable synopsis of the world and its imperfection: "a good auto mechanic will always find something wrong with your car".
Second corrolary: "and, it will usually be something different than what you brought it in for".
Apr 19, 2004 (1:48 pm)
Simple, there hasn't been the demand for it. If it turns out it's needed, I'm sure they will. Don't you think?
Continuous improvement plus the fact that they employ the coolant conditioner from the factory should put folks at ease.
FWIW, we've had 5 of the 2.5l Subie engines in my family and none of the 10 head gaskets ever leaked. I'm not worried, and my '98 falls outside of that range also.
#14385 of 18028 Re: [ateixeira #14384]
Apr 19, 2004 (1:59 pm)
Not many 2003s have hit 50,000 miles yet. One internet user's 2003 Forester has had a leaking HG, and that was at 43,000 miles. So it looks like it is still an issue. Time will tell.
#14386 of 18028 Sheesh talk about contrasting viewpoints...
Apr 19, 2004 (2:08 pm)
Juice the optimist - the glass is half-full
Joybell the pessimist - the glass is half-empty
Personally I believe in giving the benefit of the doubt until given adequate cause to think otherwise.
#14387 of 18028 My Wife's 2001 Forester
Apr 19, 2004 (2:10 pm)
Has just turned 95,000 miles and other than a couple of lazy O2 sensors causing MIL lights it has had no problems. Head Gaskets have not leaked as of yet.
Apr 19, 2004 (3:08 pm)
The main wish had been for a more powerful engine for the Forester.
Done with the turbo.
What are your subsequent nominations?
Apr 19, 2004 (5:41 pm)
Well, I said it already, but I owned several Hondas that were perfect (kept them 70-80,000 miles). I'm as OCD as the rest of you lunatics, so perfect means perfect! My WRX has been perfect so far, but it only has 6000 miles on the clock. Our other Subarus have had assorted problems and are definitely a notch below my experience with Honda. But I am still happy with them. I'm a loyal Subaru customer, but that will not cloud my vision of perfect!
Apr 19, 2004 (7:10 pm)
Hmm no vehicle sold in the US is perfect, at least not in my eyes. I always do minor mods on any car I own.
SS Brake Lines
Brake Pads, Rotors, Fluid
And that's just a start!
Apr 20, 2004 (8:18 am)
here is the list of Suby's I've owned
79 Wagon, no major mech failures, did rust badly at 5 years was junked at 130k miles
82 GL, 1 front cv joint at 100k miles, leaky water pump.
91 Legacy wagon, 1 front cv joint 85k miles. Had both replaced. Traded in at 125k miles
03 Forester X. No problems 17k miles.