Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 7:19 AM
You are in the Subaru Forester
What is this discussion about?
Subaru Forester, Wagon
#16035 of 18028 Re: A new sube owner [rhody_marco]
Feb 02, 2005 (1:30 pm)
Funny, I seem to recall the Car Talk guys comparing the original 1998 Forester to the Colt Vista. Click and Clack tend to swing both ways when it comes to Subarus in general; they often recommend them to people on the air but rail on them in print (e.g., the WRX and old 2.5RS as too fast, the reclassification of the Outback as a truck).
Enjoy your X.
#16036 of 18028 Re: New larger muffler on '06 Foresters [gmginsfo]
Feb 02, 2005 (2:28 pm)
I doubt the stock mufflers on the '06 models offer less backpressure than the '03 stock mufflers; in fact, if the muffler is in fact larger, there's a good chance it is providing MORE backpressure. Read this article for more on exhaust and mufflers and backpressure to performance tuning: http://www.sportcompactcarweb.com/tech/9912scc_ssbbpart2/
Feb 02, 2005 (3:00 pm)
My '98 has averaged 25.1 mpg over its life time. Maybe it is a modern Colt Vista.
New models should do a little better, EPA was 21/27 for mine, 23/30 now.
Feb 03, 2005 (7:54 am)
Yeah...reclassifying the outback WAGON as a truck got me torqued-off, too. Was that to avoid passenger-car fuel economy standards ?
*** EDIT: Oops...juice answered that question upthread. ***
Noticed a couple more quirks with the Forester...
The vehicle does a little torque roll at startup. Kinda' cool to watch from the outside. That little kick makes it look like there's a hemi under the hood
The first-to-second shift in the automatic is "too smooth". I'm used to a little kick in the pants. It sounds as if the tranny's slipping, although it's not. There's forward power all the way through the transition.
Are these quirks common to the 2005 X ?
Feb 03, 2005 (11:39 am)
They have a drive-by-wire throttle now, so my guess is the ECU has better throttle control and lifts off the gas during shifts to make them smoother.
Feb 03, 2005 (1:52 pm)
I always thought it was a safety feature if you ever ran out of gas. If the door is on the driver's side, then you would be standing closer to traffic to re-fuel.
#16041 of 18028 Re: Re Fuel door [crichton]
Feb 03, 2005 (5:19 pm)
Actually, just about all cars built in countries where they drive on the left (steering wheel on the right) have their fuel filler doors on the right. That way, the driver doesn't have to go around the car to fill. They just don't bother to move the filler when they put in left-hand drive -- too much cost.
#16042 of 18028 Re: Re Fuel door [veritasusa]
Feb 03, 2005 (7:28 pm)
You know that makes sense. I always wondered why some cars had their gas fillers on the right. Thanks for solving that mystery!
#16043 of 18028 Re: Re Fuel door [crashton6]
Feb 03, 2005 (8:49 pm)
Well, my Dad's Lincoln Continental has the fuel fill on the right and I don't think they make them with RHD.
#16044 of 18028 2006 Forester?
Feb 04, 2005 (7:15 am)
Sorry for my ignorance - but if someone could answer this simple question for me?
When do the 2006 model Foresters begin appearing at the dealer's lots? I live in St Louis if region makes a difference.
I know I want to buy a new Forester, but I don't know if I should wait till the 06's come out or buy an 05. I am also thinking that I might get a really good deal on an 05 once the 06's are here.