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#16532 of 18028 Subaru Forster & recent rain ???
Jun 07, 2005 (9:02 am)
We have a 2004 Forester XS, and like the car very much. My only peeve so far is than when the car is wet--i.e., sitting in the driveway after a good, soaking rain--next time I open any of the 4 doors, several collected rain drops fall right on the seat of the door just opened.
I have never noticed this with any of the other 3 cars I've owned nor any of several dozen I've rented. Are Foresters configured such that the top of the door near the window hangs inward moreso than most cars???
#16533 of 18028 Replacement tires
Jun 07, 2005 (9:58 am)
I too have been looking for tires & found mostly negative comments about OEM Yoko tires.
Tire rack will give you a list of 3-4 tires that are most popular for a particular model. When I checked the Kuhmo HP4 716 was amoung the most popular for Foresters.
Here is the bottom line: These Kuhmos are in the top 5 H rated times for tire rack & are only $53 each. They have a great balance of handling, wet & dry traction, are quiet & smooth riding. I know cuz I have them on my '92 Civic Si & '04 A4 1.8T. I cannot see the rational of buying well know branded tires that cost twice as much.(BF Goodrich Traction T/A-H, Goodyear TripleTred, Michelin HydroEdge) for minimal or no improvement in performance.
I don't know about the availability of Kuhmos on the E Coast, but in the Pacific NW you can order them from many stores & even Sears carries them.
#16534 of 18028 Re: Side Window Vents (vent shade vent visor, etc) [vtdog]
Jun 07, 2005 (10:19 am)
In August 2004 my daughter ordered Side Visors, Subaru PN E3610SA000 from a Subaru dealer she found in England using a Google search. She called the dealer and ordered a set for her '04 Forester and a set for my '05 Forester. I'm sure they would also fit an '03 Forester when they made the body style change.
The visors were expensive due to the shipping cost from England to New York. The dealer wrapped both visor sets into one package to save a little on shipping costs. The total cost for both sets came to about $400. Each set cost a little less than $100 and the shipping was a little over $100. I have zero regrets about spending $200 for my set and will get them again when I get my next Forester.
The visor is one piece of translucent dark-gray smoked plastic that extends from the side view mirror to the back edge of the rear door window. It attaches to the black plastic trim piece that runs just above the side windows using 2-way tape and 5 metal clips. It is a very secure attachment. The installation instructions are excellent and the visors are overall pretty easy to install.
The visors are so unobtrusive that you really have to look closely to even know they are there. And, they do a great job of keeping the rain out with the windows cracked open. There is no vision obstruction and I have not noticed any wind noise problems over the past 10 months. This is a Subaru part and the word Subaru is embossed in the visor over the rear window. I am thoroughly impressed with these visors would definitely get them again even considering the $200 price tag.
#16535 of 18028 Good/Fair Price for Extended Warranty & Maintenance Plan?
Jun 07, 2005 (10:48 am)
does anyone know what are good/fair prices to pay for an subaru extended warranty and maintenance plan?
for example, what should i pay for the following:
1. a 6yr/80K, Gold Plus, $0 deductible plan?
2. a 3yr/36K, 7.5K interval maintenance plan?
also, this may sound like a stupid question, but if the orginal and extended warranties only require that maintenance be done at 7.5K intervals, why get the more expensive 3.75K interval maintenance plan? i guess the 7.5K plan covers the "major" maintenance, but you'd still have to pay out of pocket for the oil changes that don't fall on 7.5K intervals.
ps the warranty and maitenance plan i'm look for is for a 2005 Forester XS that i'm getting for $200 below invoice (plus i'm getting the $1500 rebate).
#16536 of 18028 Is this a Good Oil Change Plan?
Jun 07, 2005 (11:26 am)
I know there is some debate about synth vs. dino oil, as well as changing intervals. that said, can anyone say whether the following oil change plan for a new 2005 Forester XS is a good plan:
- After first 3.75K miles/3 Months change oil & filter with dino oil -- from what i've read, i think this allows the engine to break in and the dino oil to fill in gaps etc.
- At 7.5K miles/6 Months change oil & filter with synth oil, and at every 7.5K miles/6 Months thereafter change oil & filter with synth oil.
FYI, the car will get 2/3 of its miles as highway miles; we don't plan on doing any rough driving, only 4 months of weekend winter driving -- from san francisco bay area up to mountains near lake tahoe for skiing; and, we're hoping to keep the car for AT LEAST 6 years/90K miles.
#16538 of 18028 Re: Replacement tires [204meca]
Jun 07, 2005 (11:36 am)
Yep, my local Sears (Kumho) has them for $53. I don't know anything about this company but might be tempted to check them out.
#16539 of 18028 Re: tires continued [roopower2]
Jun 07, 2005 (11:37 am)
My first choice are HydroEdge if you're ok w/price. I have BFG Traction T/A and I really like them. They ride rough when cold, but in few minutes are ok. Ride,comfort,traction are great. A little cheapr than Michelins.
#16540 of 18028 roopower2 Tires
Jun 07, 2005 (12:26 pm)
I you want more info on the Kuhmo, go to tirerack.com, pull up the Kuhmo tire description and the look at the reveiws. The vast majority are very positive!
#16541 of 18028 Re: Good/Fair Price for Extended Warranty & Maintenance Plan? [nswartzb]
Jun 07, 2005 (12:31 pm)
For a new car where you have control over the maintaince, the Advantage Warranty would duplicate most of your new car warranty & be overkill IMHO.
That said, if you want prices, google Subaru Advantage & check out on line deals. Curry Subaru had the best prices I could find & listed all the coverages and option on their site (I cannot recall the site name, but it was not an offical Subaru site. I believe it had the word "products" in it -- was 2nd or 3rd site that came up on Google search).