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#17747 of 18028 100K Report <<long>>
Jul 10, 2006 (3:32 pm)
Hi: I can't keep up with all the posts in the group, but occasionally stop by and report my ownership experience with my 01 Forester S Premium, purchased new in June of 2000. I now have 102,000 miles on the car, and I am very satisified overall with this car.
I have a found a dealer I like that doesn't charge as much as the other dealers around here (SF Bay Area). I go to Santa Cruz Subaru. They have been maintaining this car since ~30,000, and get it for all 15K increments. Maintance cost on this car (scheduled maintenance) has been high, but not as high as other cars. I'm sure I could have saved money by using an independent, but I really trust this dealer, and it has lead to a very reliable experience.
Since I bought it 102K miles ago, the only unscheduled maintance have been:
(1) Front Axle Joints leaking grease. Fixed under warranty
(2) 75K Check engine light ... replaced O2 and Knock sensor ~$200
(3) 30, 60K warped front rotors. Free the first time, ~$200 the 2nd time. This has been my only disappointment with this car. It seems to me that they have used undersized rotors, as they have warped twice during my ownership
(4) Rear electric window. Failed 3K, fixed under warranty.
Other than that ... no problems.
When I bought the car, I was coming from an Audi, and felt the interior was cheap, and I doubed it would last all that long. I have been stunned that there have been no problems . Even the flimsy plastic cupholders still work! The 6 Disk changer still works fine, and sounds as good as when I bought it. The paint ... still shines up, and several people have told me that the car still looks new. I don't agree with them, but I am very satisified with how the car has aged.
Tires: OEM Geolaners were bald at 37K, replaced with Continenals Conti-Tracks. HATED THEM, noisy and didn't hold the road well. Replaced them at 83K with Yokohama Avid's. Love this tires ... very sticky and make the car much more fun to drive.
Brakes: 30K 60K, (front), 90K (rear). See notes about warped rotors ... seem to be a problem for my car.
Lights: Still original headlights ... tail lights have failed me once
I tend to swap cars out alot, and this is the first car I've elected to keep for 100K miles, and I plan to keep it for at least 20K more. During my ownership of this car, I have put 40K on my other cars, but even my 2005 Accord EX V6 coupe doesn't bring me as much joy as this car.
#17748 of 18028 Re: 100K Report <<long>> [gouldn]
Jul 10, 2006 (3:45 pm)
Great Report... thanks for sharing it with us.
Is it a MT/Auto?
How was the fuel efficiency your car?
#17749 of 18028 Re: 100K Report <<long>> [fxter]
Jul 11, 2006 (6:54 am)
It's an automtaic ... I've been getting a consistent 24 mpg ... considerbly lower for the several thousand miles, then it improved to 24 .. the best I've ever gotten is 27-28 on long trips at a constant 65 mph ... but 24 mpg is consistent for my 70/30 fwy/local use of this car.
#17750 of 18028 Re: 100K Report <<long>> [gouldn]
Jul 11, 2006 (9:08 am)
I got a lot of crap about the "cheap" interior of my '98, but 9 years later it's still in great shape, no wrinkles, cuts, or a lot of wear. They don't look 9 years old, for sure.
And I've had kids and dogs crawling all over the interior the whole time.
#17752 of 18028 Re: 100K Report <<long>> [ateixeira]
Jul 12, 2006 (4:51 am)
My '01 Forester S velour-like interior has worn very well after 5+ years and nearly 140 K miles. The only thing that hasn't is the fabric on the upper part of the driver's door, which is where I rest my left arm most of the time. That area is getting a bit thin. But everything else has held up remarkably well.
#17753 of 18028 Re: 100K Report <<long>> [leo2633]
Jul 12, 2006 (7:19 am)
Ed (lark6) complained about the same thing. The S model had that nicer material, but I guess it proved to be a bit less durable.