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#1941 of 18028 1999 Forester S Ignition Switch failure
Jul 09, 2001 (1:33 pm)
Last Thursday July 5th, the ignition switch failed on my forester. I was out doing errands and upon coming back to my car from completing an errand I could not start it. I had it towed to Pep Boys in the German town,MD area where they discovered that no voltage was getting to the coil pack and the fuse for the ignition inside the dash was dead on both ends. They were not sure why this was happening. I was told that I should deal with Subaru or I would have to pay them 70.00 to find where the problem was. So I called a Subaru dealership close to me and told them I would be towing the car to them. They determined that I needed a new ignition switch which is a 500.00 repair.
My car is just slightly over two years old and has 65,000 miles on it (yes I do drive alot). It seems very strange that an ignition switch should fail so soon into the life of the car. Before this time I have had no major problems and have been very happy with the forester. I am now fighting with Subaru to try to get them to absorb some of this cost. I am also having to spend 28.00 a day to rent a car so I can get around. Has anyone else had this problem so soon into the life of their vehicle. I was going to by another Subaru in about a year or so but now am not so sure.
Jul 09, 2001 (1:50 pm)
Wow! $500 for an ignition switch. I would be upset too... in fact that really seems extreme.
#1943 of 18028 Uneven Tire Wear - How to Prevent it from getting too bad
Jul 09, 2001 (2:01 pm)
I suggest that those worried about uneven tire wear purchase a tread depth gauge. They csot only a few dollars and they will allow you to measure uneven wear before it becomes visible, giving you time to correct alignment problems before they destroy the tires. I have one now, but wish I had it when I bought my Forester.
One thing to note, however: don't panic if the gauge shows that your tires are wearing quite rapidly at first, as long as the wear is even across the tread and from one side of the vehicle to the other. Accelerated early wear is a result of the greater flexing when the tread is new and deep. Wear decelerates as the tread depth decreases and the compund hardens a bit.
Jul 09, 2001 (2:30 pm)
I'd worry about those tellytubbies. They have an insidious brain drain effect on the owner's parents. After only days of exposure, the mothers run screaming from the house under the strain.
Well, thats what my wife says...
Kids look cute but i have to admit that three seats across the back seat of my Outback was a bit hard for me.
Jul 09, 2001 (3:27 pm)
Nice pics, juice! They make the Forester's rear seat look so roomy.
Jul 09, 2001 (5:42 pm)
Juice, I love what you do but your memory has slipped a bit. I am a culprit in the Yahoo who persists in running the oversize Cooper A/Ts on my subie. Yes, the 215/75/R15 guy. I have about 15K on these puppies and still have no complaints. I smile every time I take my clearance-enhanced forester over some back-road obstacle without a scrape. No, I won't race you 16" wheel guys on pavement, and I don't drag trailers, but I sure appreciate what these tires can do off-road!
Jul 09, 2001 (5:51 pm)
Well, so far we've only had 2 in back of our Outback - my wife and Brooke in the middle (in her rear facing car seat). That infant car seat is probably a bit wider (at least IMO) than the regular forward facing child seat.
Juice - I see a tether strap on one of the seats. Once Brooke outgrows her carrier, we'll be using our forward facing Fischer Price seat with tether. Hook up will be a breeze! Have to order the tether anchor kit for our Saturn though...
#1948 of 18028 forester tire size
Jul 09, 2001 (11:46 pm)
Thanks so much, juice - great information.
Now if you could enlighten me about who you think these "wheel/tire experts" are ...
Thanks also to subaru_72941. My research indicates that a bit over 27" is OK, close to 28" is pushing it. But it also depends on width. That's another way to pose my question: how tall can you go on 225's or 235's - and what wheel offset do you need for that?
Of course, like anyone else, I am curious about what's ahead with the upcoming model changes. I truly believe the Forester is slightly undersized for the American market.
Jul 10, 2001 (12:45 am)
If you have a file with us (1-800-SUBARU3) ask the Rep. you are working with to come and see me?
I'd like to try to help.
#1950 of 18028 VIP Program
Jul 10, 2001 (12:47 am)
Just as an FYI - If your company is a participant, your HR department would be able to direct you. As far as the affiliations - you have to be a member for a while before you are eligible.