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Subaru Forester (up to 2005) - READ ONLY
Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 7:19 AM
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#6176 of 18028 What's wrong with Mtl city workers; mikeh19?
May 13, 2002 (10:03 am)
Hi again! I recently purchased a 2000 Subaru Forester Limited in exchange of my Honda Civic! After taking a short trip this weekend, I noticed there was 'Big difference' between my Forester & the Civic! My forester just drove smoothly & there was no hesitation when pushed farther.
My question is when does one change the spark plugs for a Forester? The owner's manual indicates at 48 000 km. But when my father purchased his Subaru, he was told that there was platinum tipped spark plugs installed which would have a 100 000 km maintenance interval...(This is also written in the Subaru Impreza 1999 brochure) Although, during our recent service inspection, there was regular Champion plugs installed. What gives with this false advertising Subaru of Canada?
Is it worse the extra $ for platinum tipped spark plugs? Are they more prone to be seized in the motor making them harder & costly to remove..
Thanks in advance for your responses,
May 13, 2002 (10:15 am)
For my 1998 the interval is 60k miles. I'm still on my original plugs at 46k miles, and FWIW I'm getting 25mpg as smoothly as ever, so they can't be fouled.
Jeff: 2 green Foresters? You're my hero! What about tinting the windows on one of them? I paid $170 to have 7 windows tinted with SolarGard 35% dyed film.
Congrats to the new owners, Carlton, Jeff. Good luck shopping Rose. Try a no-haggle dealer if you don't feel comfortable negotiating.
Renato: what's wrong with a pop-up moonroof?
I just got quotes for a power moonroof for our new Legacy, $895 installed with a lifetime warranty. They put the biggest size that fits, or in the case of the Legacy a 17"x30" ASC model.
May 13, 2002 (10:22 am)
Anyone who leaves the originals in for 100K is asking for trouble. They'll likely be stuck in there and very hard to remove. I suggest ever 50K miles even on 100K plugs.
May 13, 2002 (10:26 am)
Harper: a Jeep convert? OK, you'll want to know about the 2" taller springs from iSR and Lovell, then, each about $400 delivered. That would allow for bigger tires.
With the stock suspension, you can go 225/60R16 on an S, 205/75R15 or 215/70R15 on an L. Not much extra clearance from tires alone. I have 225/60R16s on aftermarket rims. My offset puts the tires farther out so nothing ever rubs. Springs are still stock, though I've always thought about the iSR ones.
Welcome cat. Feel free to drop in any time, we don't bite! Promise!
22k for a 2002 L model seems steep. I see them for around $19k at fitzmall.com. In fact I think that's high even for an MSRP, unless that's Canadian dollars.
I wash my undercarriage with my pressure washer. I use it to wash the car, so while I'm at it I spray the bottom side. Once, after going on the beach, I removed piles of sand, so if you drive off road at all definitely pay extra to have it done.
ECU re-programs are not rare, but uncommon. I've heard of one or two.
May 13, 2002 (11:14 am)
May 13, 2002 (11:19 am)
I'm actually a dog person, but people here swear Hadji is feline! He barks, I swear it!
#6183 of 18028 peterson 10 re. ECU reprogramming...
May 13, 2002 (11:35 am)
It might have something to do with the AT lag... My 2000 Nissan Maxima (5 sp.) had a somewhat similar behavior, due to emission systems programming. After ECU was reprogrammed, the car became much smoother.
May 13, 2002 (11:39 am)
cat: if you hit "refresh", you end up with duplicate posts.
Unless of course you meant to meow more than once, in that case maybe you're hungry?