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#17384 of 18028 1999 Subaru Forester Reliability
Jan 12, 2006 (2:14 pm)
I have an opportunity to receive a 1999 Subaru Forester with only 24,000 miles. It has been meticulously maintened and always garaged. If I take this car, I will sell my 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe with 63,000 miles. This seems like a no brainer, but I have read numerous reviews that state problems with the head gasket and wheel bearings which concerns me. I don't want this to become a money pit. This car has never had any problems mechanically to date and my goal is to get 2 problem-free years out of it. If I don't take it, I will sell it and keep my Sante Fe. Please help!
#17385 of 18028 Re: Do Subaru's last long? [sammva]
Jan 12, 2006 (2:37 pm)
I bought my 2001 used and now have close to 120K. I replaced the belts last summer because they were due to be changed. Nothing else has broken and Subaru has no record of work done under warranty.
I travelled extensively last year, about 8000 miles in the Forester. The 01 also has a real spare tire.
#17386 of 18028 Re: 1999 Subaru Forester Reliability [taramaz1]
Jan 12, 2006 (3:39 pm)
I can't personally speak to the reliability of the 99 Forester, but 24,000 miles in 6 (or possibly 7) years of ownership seems extremely low; low to the point where it may have been sitting too much and driving too little. You're looking at a range of 3-4k miles per year. Do you know if it was just driven for short distances most every day, or if it may have sat in the garage for days or weeks at a time?
#17387 of 18028 Re: 1999 Subaru Forester Reliability [taramaz1]
Jan 12, 2006 (9:46 pm)
What state are you in? If you don't buy that 1999 Forester, maybe I will!! LOL No, seriously, is it in California? I found a 2002 Forester with only 17,000 miles that I can buy for $13,000, but I'd have to drive it down from north of Sacramento and I'm in Los Angeles.
Jan 13, 2006 (6:43 am)
Bob - the lights comes on with 2.3 gallons left, but those gallons slosh around. If the fuel pump starts sucking air, you'll stall. I doubt it can actually use up every last drop of gas in the tank, plus I wouldn't want to anyway!
I've run out with my Miata, same situation, luckily I could actually SEE the gas station. A good samaritan helped me push it in, and left before I could thank him.
Wherever you are, I was about to hand you a $20, buddy! Good Karma to you!
Normally, I'd rate Subaru > Hyundai, but you're talking 4 years' difference in age. Plus the wheel bearings and gaskets were resolved a little later, 2002 or so.
Get an 02-03 Forester used, sure, but I would not get a vehicle 4 years older and expect it to be better.
#17389 of 18028 Re: E is for eejit [drwales]
Jan 13, 2006 (8:49 am)
When I bought my XS in Nov 2004, I did a bit of checking on the point at which the low-fuel light comes on. I'd re-fill the tank as soon as the light came on.
During the first few tanks of gas, fillup consistently took about 14 to 14.2 gallons. When warm weather came, fill-ups took less gas, about 13.5 gallons more or less. I suspect temperature is a factor (this is in Pennsylvania).
I'll have to check again now that the cold weather is back. I wouldn't be surprised if the magic number is back up to 14 gallons or so again.
For peace of mind (and to satisfy your OCD quotient) you may want to do the same calibration. Fill up 5 or 6 times when the light comes on and average the number of gallons. Then you can figure out your own comfort factor. Mine is 40 miles to go after the light comes on before I absolutely have to pull over and fill up.
"Does the fuel pump run dry at a half gallon?" Since you're already off to a good start, we'll let you research that topic for us!
Jan 13, 2006 (10:13 am)
You get even riskier when you have NAV, because you know how close all the gas stations are.
#17391 of 18028 Re: 1999 Subaru Forester Reliability [dstew1]
Jan 13, 2006 (11:49 am)
It was driven almost daily, but for short distances. It was a family member's and she was retired and only drove it to the store, to the hair salon, etc. I know that the 24K miles are not highway miles for the most part.
#17392 of 18028 Re: 1999 Subaru Forester Reliability [kumari]
Jan 13, 2006 (11:55 am)
I am in Missouri. Sorry! If I don't take it, we already have two other buyers lined up to buy it. But price wise, we will sell this one for $8000 if I don't take it. $13,000 seems like a good deal for only 17,000 miles.