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#17980 of 18028 2000 Subaru Forester rear end noise and maintenance issues
Oct 02, 2006 (1:08 pm)
I have a 2000 Forester automatic that my wife used to drive. It has about 83000 miles on it. When I slow almost to a stop and then accelerate, and sometimes when I stop completely and then accelerate, I get a rattling sound from the back. This seems to happen more frequently when going uphill. Any thoughts on what might cause this? I have never gotten stuck with the car and am debating whether I should invest in maintenance like fixing this noise, flushing A/T, brake fluid and coolant, replacing brake pads and turning rotors, or should just sell it in the spring. What can I expect to go wrong in the next 20K miles? I dislike the car because of the A/T, but this is just my preference as there is nothing objective to dislike about it. Thanks in advance.
#17981 of 18028 Re: xtended warranty [jeqq]
Oct 02, 2006 (1:27 pm)
Always look for extended warranties that list the exclusions, not what is covered.
warrantydirect.com has good coverage, deductables and prices, and they advertise on Edmunds. Compare Subaru's with theirs, and the price.
#17982 of 18028 Re: 2000 Subaru Forester rear end noise and maintenance issues [paulotterstedt]
Oct 03, 2006 (4:17 am)
When I slow almost to a stop and then accelerate, and sometimes when I stop completely and then accelerate, I get a rattling sound from the back
Have you checked the exhaust heat shield.....a common rattle problem!
#17983 of 18028 Re: 2000 Subaru Forester rear end noise and maintenance issues [paulotterstedt]
Oct 03, 2006 (9:03 am)
I'd definintely keep up the maintenance on a Subaru with only 83k miles! Odds are it will easily go three times that distance and even if you do sell it in the spring, you'll get more for it if you maintain it properly.
#17984 of 18028 Re: xtended warranty [jeqq]
Oct 03, 2006 (1:19 pm)
List prices are marked up about 40%, IIRC.
I have a Subaru Gold, because they guarantee OE parts and also include roadside assistance. So you are towed to a dealer and get good parts, not cheap knock-offs. Plus they're not gonna go out of business like Warranty Gold did.
#17985 of 18028 Re: Rented one on Kauai [k2rm]
Oct 03, 2006 (4:39 pm)
Thanks a million for all those posters telling the idiots (like me) that you have to reach to the top of the column in order to turn off your parking lamps after going through a full service car wash. I almost had to make an embarrasing trip to the dealer on this. One other question... Does anyone know on an '04 Foreseter X why the right stick on the column when you pull it, the mist won't work? I can push the end button for full spray, so the motor for the washer sprayer is working.. any suggestions?
#17986 of 18028 Re: Rented one on Kauai [admendel]
Oct 03, 2006 (5:01 pm)
The pulling "mist" deal isn't for fluid, but to clear the window of "mist", such as in fog. Pushing in on the end button, that activates fluid when held in, and five of six passes of the wipers.
For the read window, one needs to twist and hold the actuator for that.
Remember, the only stupid questions are the ones not asked!
#17987 of 18028 Re: Rented one on Kauai [admendel]
by steve_ HOST
Oct 03, 2006 (5:16 pm)
reach to the top of the column in order to turn off your parking lamps
My '97 Outback is the same way. Guess how I know.
#17988 of 18028 Re: Rented one on Kauai [steve_]
Oct 03, 2006 (7:04 pm)
That is a safety feature. If one is parked on a hill, or its broken down, and you have to leave the car, you can switch only the tail and parking lights on, without having to leave the car "on".
#17989 of 18028 Re: xtended warranty [ateixeira]
Oct 03, 2006 (7:37 pm)
In 10 months of ownership my wife has only put on 2,200 miles. What would be a good strategy if we purchase xtended warranty? Do I wait right before our three years are up? We do plan on keeping the car for a long long time.