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#15858 of 18028 1999 Forester Engine
Dec 28, 2004 (1:19 pm)
Just curious to know if anyone has had a problem with this year and model engine blowing after the warranty expired. The car was well maintained and had no problems until now. It is not a seized engine due to lack of oil. After doing some investigating a few subaru dealers have had such problems of the engine blowing but Subaru will not acknowledge there was a flaw in the engine. Automotive experts disagree. It has happened to a sizeable number of 1999 Forester Models. Any information on how to proceed with a complaint against Subaru would be appreciated.
#15859 of 18028 Re: 1999 Forester Engine [liz3]
Dec 28, 2004 (3:46 pm)
I have been reading these forums for over four years and have not seen any issues like this. Can you give us more details on the symptoms and effects of the failure in this case??
By the way, the Forester uses the same SOHC 2.5L H4 engine as numerous other Subaru models. So if there were a widespread problem, it would be affecting many other cars as well. The only problem we are really aware of relates to head gaskets, but they cover those past warranty.
#15860 of 18028 Re: Remote Start questions [elleng]
Dec 28, 2004 (10:37 pm)
I installed a remote car starter on my 04 Forester XT (AT). Because I maintain my Forester in a garage at home, I don't use it daily but it's been great when I go visit friends, family, and restaurants. I start the vehicle from inside the house or building and let it run for several minutes.
The starters bypass the key's ignition when they operate, so it uses the same existing wiring as already in your car. As far as I know, every model comes with additional wiring to detect when you press the brake pedal or when you open the hood -- if you do so without turning the key's ignition to run, the remote starter shuts off power and the car's engine dies. So, your car will be safe from anyone driving off with it and you won't have the car time out (and turn itself off) if you forget to put the key in.
The model I installed is two-way, so the car transmits back to the remote that it's running, etc. It's also sophisticated enough that it has additional relays that, properly wired, can turn on the climate control system, rear window defogger, etc. Even without the additional relays, the XS and XT models can start warming up the seats if you remember to leave the switches turned on.
A friend at work says he'll never install a remote starter -- he wants to be able to hear the car in case something is amiss. The remote starter won't detect an abnormal running condition and turn itself off. But for such a relatively new car I wouldn't worry about it. If the time comes that you think the remote starter may be hiding or causing problems, disabling it by removing its fuse is easy.
Somewhere on the boards people don't recommend the remote starters because they waste fuel and potentially harm the engine by allowing the oil to absorb too much air due to the extended idling.
If you have a MT vehicle, I also wouldn't recommend the starter -- it requires the vehicle to be in neutral to start the vehicle which will limit the places you can use it to relatively flat areas (areas where you won't keep the vehicle in gear to help prevent the car from moving).
If starting the engine on cold days is the biggest concern, consider the block heater or battery warmer.
#15861 of 18028 EXTENDED WARRANTY
Dec 29, 2004 (7:13 am)
Are these worth it? $700 for 6/80k or $1150 for 7/100k from my dealer for the Forester, both with a $100 deductible. Any opinions out there? I understand that if you sell the car privately they are fully transferrable. Thanks.
#15862 of 18028 Re: EXTENDED WARRANTY [mpgman]
Dec 29, 2004 (10:18 am)
There are many opinions on extended warranties and some are strong! Check out the Extended Warranties discussion.
#15863 of 18028 Re: EXTENDED WARRANTY [mpgman]
Dec 29, 2004 (11:54 am)
I take it you are talking about a SUBARU backed warranty. That is very close to what i paid on a 7/100 but they started at $1600.00 before we got it down. Just stay away from the aftermarket ones if possible.Good luck... Matt
#15864 of 18028 Re: Continuous vs. Active AWD? [p0926]
Dec 29, 2004 (1:02 pm)
Thanks for the info, went down and bought a 2005 manual Forester today. Looks like it might snow, maybe I can try it out! Jim
#15865 of 18028 EXTENDED WARRANTY
Dec 29, 2004 (1:40 pm)
This is the Subaru backed one. Thanks.
#15866 of 18028 Re: Continuous vs. Active AWD? [agateroad]
Dec 29, 2004 (2:00 pm)
Atta boy Jim, congrats on your new ride! What model, color and options did you get? Hopefully you'll drop back in occasionally and keep us posted on your ownership and driving experiences.
#15867 of 18028 Warm up engine and extended warranty
Dec 29, 2004 (6:07 pm)
I usually park my new Forester in an enclosed garage. Since I live in the East coast, temperature in the morning can be very low, do I need to warm up the engine for a while before driving it away? I have another car (not a Subaru) with fuel injection which the mechanic at the dealership told me it did not really require any warm up.
I am happy to find out about the extended warranty from here because when I was purchasing my car, it was not mentioned by the salesperson.