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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#7232 of 18028 Picked My 2003 Up Yesterday
Jul 02, 2002 (10:45 am)
from West Houston Subaru. It's an XS Premium, Sierra Gold with beige leather. They traded for it with a dealership near Dallas and hadn't seen a gold one before mine arrived, but after seeing it say they are going to try to get some more in that color combo. (I wanted the beige interior, since grey leather doesn't really appeal to me for the Houston heat and humidity).
For extras, it has the security system, auto-dimming mirror, tail pipe cover, armrest extension, air filtration (a must here in Pollen and Pollution City), cargo bin and all the nets in the back.
So far, I love it. I'm going from a 1999 Audi A-4 2.8 Quattro, so the AWD is something I'm used to and now don't want to do without. I had the sport package on the Audi, with a fairly stiff suspension, so the Forester is actually smoother on the road. I haven't yet noticed much difference in accelleration, though I have to admit I never exaclty tested the Audi's limits. I do miss the Bose sound though, so getting some aftermarket upgraded speakers and amp installed is a priority for this weekend.
What I really love is the extra room and versatility, still in a fairly compact package. I have horses and frequently carry a lot of tack and supplies around, so the cargo room and organization in the back is great. And now I can go to the garden store and pick up those new plants and bags of potting soil and mulch I've been needing.
Jul 02, 2002 (10:52 am)
Honda has to relocate that spare to the inside. I'm not sure they'll enjoy a huge headline on IIHS' Home Page that reads "HUGE DAMAGE to SUVs in 5mph impacts" (their emphasis, not mine) with the CR-V pictured next to it.
The last Forester was best in class when it was tested, but the new Escape had surpassed it. Now Subaru top the top spot back from Ford. Kudos.
I'm surprised, frankly. I thought that the aluminum beam would be more expensive to repair. Guess not.
Congrats, Jennifer! I'm envious. Of the new wheels and the horses, too.
#7234 of 18028 Air flow sensor recall
Jul 02, 2002 (11:41 am)
Don't know if anyone has posted this, but just got a recall letter from Suburu indicating that the 1999 2.5 Foresters need to have the air flow meter sensors replaced. Letter says that if you have already paid for this you may be reimbursed.
#7235 of 18028 air flow censor recall
Jul 02, 2002 (1:16 pm)
I just bought my 1999 2.5 a week ago, and the dealer still owes me some work on it. Should I push to have them do this replacement as well? What does it fix?
#7236 of 18028 Outside temperature.
Jul 02, 2002 (1:28 pm)
kajko - I don't know if it's possible to switch the readout from F to C - I haven't read that part of the manual, that is if it's even in the manual.
If not...feel free to tape this formula to the sun visor
Tc = (5/9) x (Tf - 32)
where Tc = Temp in C and Tf = Temp in F.
Jul 02, 2002 (1:33 pm)
The 99 Foresters have a relatively fragile mass air flow sensor. When this sensor becomes damaged, your check engine light will come on and the engine will not run very smoothly. The replacement, I assume, is more robust and less prone to failure. If it's more convenient for you, I'd have the dealer take care of the replacement while it's theirs. However, I'm sure the replacement is good for any 99 that has not yet been fixed.
Jul 02, 2002 (1:37 pm)
And the car was a .......... Saab! (right?)
Jul 02, 2002 (1:51 pm)
Interesting, I recall that Justin, a local i Club guy with a '99 2.5RS, had his blow up, though in fairness his was heavily modified. He had that Apex-i fuel mapping thing-a-ma-jig.
Jul 02, 2002 (1:51 pm)
Since 5/9 = 0.555..., an easy algorithm to convert F to C is:
1) Subtract 32
2) Divide by 1/2
3) Add 1/2 back but to the next lower digit
4) Repeat 3 for as many significant digits you need
Jul 02, 2002 (1:53 pm)
I believe Jerry always drove a Saab in Seinfeld. There was another episode where Kramer starts banking his own blood and uses it to fill Jerry's radiator.