Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 7:19 AM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#17540 of 18028 Re: interested in 2002 Forester Model S....need advice [bigjohngo]
Mar 28, 2006 (5:33 am)
I am assuming that this is a private party deal. Try to get records for the following:
* There was a recall to avoid head gasket problem. It involved adding Subaru coolant additive. Make sure that this has been taken care of.
* Oil changes (every 7500miles).
* Tire rotations (every 7500miles).
* air filter replacement (every 15000 miles).
* Spark plugs replacement, coolant flush and fill with special additive from Subaru at 60K.
* When you get car inspected, pay special attention to
- Timing belt (recommended replacement - 105000miles)
- Wheel bearings
- Cat converter (I don't know if it is possible to get this tested)
#17541 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [ateixeira]
Mar 28, 2006 (8:44 am)
We seem to get a lot of ex-VW owners.
Now that you mention it, I did own a VW in the past - a VW Dasher. The Forester reminds me a lot of the Dasher (a hatchback) with the ability to haul a lot of stuff in the back.
The wife remembers the Dasher differently. When I brought up the idea of comparison-shopping the Passat wagon against the Forester, she nixed it right away. The memories of frequent vi$it$ to the local VW dealer'$ $ervice $hop still haunts her.
#17542 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [growler5]
Mar 28, 2006 (10:31 am)
The nail-in-the-coffin for a lot of ex-VW owners is the poor dealer service. A lot of people had to wait for ignition coils to come in, VW finally recalled them but could not get production to meet demand for the replacements.
#17543 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [growler5]
Mar 28, 2006 (10:54 am)
All my problems have been under warranty so far though the day is coming where it'll be out of warranty. The only expense is taking a day off of work and driving 45 min. to the dealer. My previous GTI was rock solid reliable with only a couple of glitches. It was the previous experience with the brand (and getting one heck of a deal) that made me stick with them. Not any more though!
Every time I turn around I think of another question to ask you folks. How does the Forester do on windy days? Does it get knocked around or is it like a rock in the road?
#17544 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [erikwi]
Mar 28, 2006 (11:04 am)
it is much better in the wind than high profile SUVs, and anything with a solid rear axle (John stating the obvious). We had a Trooper that really was scary on a mountain pass with cross winds. The Forester is much better, but it isn't a Legacy or Impreza either.
#17545 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [erikwi]
Mar 28, 2006 (11:12 am)
It's tall and boxy, so you'll feel the wind more than you would in your GTI, but not as much as in a taller RAV4 or CR-V, for instance.
#17546 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [ateixeira]
Mar 28, 2006 (3:35 pm)
I've been hit before with a cross wind and changed lanes in that GTI so any improvement would be good.
I have all but convinced myself to go with the Forester with the premium package (I miss my sunroof) but I'm waiting to see if I'll have enough monthly income to afford it. I'm calling the dealer tomorrow and checking on what I want.
#17547 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [erikwi]
Mar 28, 2006 (3:58 pm)
you might look at the lease if you are cash strapped, I think it was $199 or low $200 (less than half compared to my payments on a 4 year loan).
#17548 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [once_for_all]
Mar 28, 2006 (4:03 pm)
hmmm no more Forester leases in central California anyway.
But 2006 X is at $18,995.
#17549 of 18028 Re: Is a Subaru really worth it? [once_for_all]
Mar 28, 2006 (4:12 pm)
Fitzmall has X MTs at about $18.5, Autos at $19, PP MT at $22.1, PP Auto at $22.7.
Man great time to buy a Forester.