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You are in the Subaru Forester
What is this discussion about?
Subaru Forester, Wagon
Nov 17, 2001 (9:26 pm)
Odyssey is a fine minivan. Just avoid the first year models (99), whose trannies were prone to early failure. Also, you'll pay list and may even have to wait for it.
If you choose a small SUV, the Forester is a good choice. Parts are actually far cheaper than Mazda's parts, from my experience. I have a 1998 and do all the maintenance myself.
If you don't mind driving to Rockville, Fitzmall.com has a dealer near White Flint, and they sell Foresters for about invoice, no haggling at all.
I have never heard of any cases of an air bag failing to deploy when it should have, and I read all the Subaru boards here.
Good luck shopping, let us know what you end up with.
#3296 of 18028 Rattle, Part 2
Nov 18, 2001 (12:32 pm)
A revisit on the octane or valve rattle message I posted last week. I've paid more attention to the "rattle". It's a 2001 Forester S Premium with auto transmission. Engine temp doesn't seem to be a factor--in fact, it may do it a little more when the engine is warm. It occurs when I step on the gas--not necessarily a hard acceleration and not only or always on hills. I've watched the speedometer--seems to happen anywhere between 20 and 50 mph (above 50 it gets too noisy to tell). I would guess it's between 2nd and 3rd gear? It's not very loud--I can hear it now because I'm listening for it but only with the windows up and the radio off. What's frustrating is that it doesn't occur all the time.
Nov 18, 2001 (2:44 pm)
...Thanks for the information...the letter will be in the mail on monday addressed to you....thanks again.....
#3298 of 18028 I too would be interested in the responses you get...
Nov 18, 2001 (2:59 pm)
Katherine-- I remember your previous post but didn't follow the responses you got. I also have a slight ping when initially accelerating in maybe 3rd, 4th or 5th (manual tranny) or when mistakenly stepping on the accelerator when the engine starts to lug. I've got an '02 S+. I have't paid it too much attention to it because, as you stated, it's not that loud and I definitely have to be specifically listening for it to even notice it. It isn't like the major pinging that is being described over on the Outback/Legacy forum. I've tried different brands of fuel and found that it does seem a little less noticeable with certain brands; all 87 octane so far. My inclination is to add maybe a quarter tank of premium fuel to see if it disappears but haven't yet tried it. I'm always hesitant on buying mid-grade because for some reason, I don't trust how they blend it ...I figure, adding my own premium would accomplish the same thing and I can control the blend myself.
So anyway, I'll be interested in the responses you get.
#3299 of 18028 it is perfect
Nov 18, 2001 (4:47 pm)
Have had no problems with 2001 forrester at 12,000 miles-nothing. No pinging-i suspect car has knock sensor and that if you spring for premium fuel it will perform better as timing can be more advanced by the ecm before it knocks. Cost difference over the years onoy a timy part of totalcost of ownership and if moneyis an issue opnc can give up some sin like cigeretts a bottle of wine to make up[ the difference.
#3300 of 18028 *lol* ...what if one doesn't smoke or drink? N/T
Nov 18, 2001 (5:22 pm)
#3301 of 18028 Links to 2003 Forester info
Nov 18, 2001 (7:49 pm)
If you have a link to a page that has information about the 2003 Forester, I would appreciate it.
#3302 of 18028 2002 forester S premium
Nov 18, 2001 (9:52 pm)
I just bought 2002 forester S premium today. Yipee. hope the weather here in New Mexico stays nice for a while so I can take advantage of the huge moonroof. Paid $500 over invoice. I said to the saleperson that I thought this was a fair price and he said OK. That was it. This is my first new car purchase and it was really painless.
the only thing that bothers me is that the dealer wants $280 to add the security system upgrade kit. The edmund msrp for the kit is $180. ( I had requested this add on after I signed all the paperwork). They say the price is not negotiable because it would cost them more than $180 to buy the kit and have a technician install it.
Does this sound legit?
Nov 19, 2001 (2:39 am)
FWIW - I have yet to hear of ANY problems with Forester airbags. I read a lot of customer cases as part of my job and it is definitely not an issue. Same thing with the sunroof. I hope your negotiations go well and I look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Subaru family!
Nov 19, 2001 (2:41 am)
Congratulations on the purchase, and welcome! I'm glad the sales process was smooth.
I can't really answer about the alarm system, since this is something that is handled during the "retail" process, but I can ask around for you. Hopefully, one of the folks on this board will be able to advise you based on experience. I'll let you know what I learn.