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#7815 of 18028 My card turned 10K this weekend; my wife's car cost us $500
Aug 29, 2002 (7:05 am)
My 2002 Subaru Forester S turned 10K miles this weekend. Of course, I sang Happy Birthday, which made my wife cringe, shake her head, and roll her eyes. The car runs great, and the gas mileage miraculously improved after the 10K mark. Maybe it was sheer dumb luck. Who knows? I'm switching to synthetic next oil change. Dealership said they'd knock $10 off oil change price if I brought my own. I might do that, seeing as I'm not allowed to change oil/service car in apartment complex parking lot.
Of course, while my Forester's getting better with age, my poor wife's 1998 Volvo S70 cost us $500 this week. Well, actually, it was my wife and her treatment of the Volvo that cost us $500. She hadn't maintained her Toyo tires at all (now it's my job to), and it came back to bite her in the ass, stranding her in north Atlanta with a blown tire. You could see metal coming out of all four tires.
She got about 35K miles out of 65K mile treadlife tires. Pathetic. She will be keeping her new Pirellis balanced, rotated, and properly aligned from here on out. Ahhh...the trials and tribulations of marriage translated into automotive terms.
Aug 29, 2002 (10:01 am)
Be happy it was just $500 and not an accident or something worse. Glad to hear she'll do better next time around.
#7817 of 18028 Flipper Glass on rear of 2003?
Aug 29, 2002 (11:44 am)
Does the 2003 Forester have a flipper glass on the rear hatch? I thought the lack of this was a real deficiency on the original since you can't open the glass in order to carry an 8 foot 2x4, etc.
Aug 29, 2002 (12:26 pm)
Use the roof rack!
That's why you have a 150 lb roof capacity, double what the XTerra can carry, for instance.
I've hauled two 6'x8' sections of pressure treated fencing on top of my roof, as well as 8 foot 4x4"s on a different occasion, never had a problem.
#7820 of 18028 Juice et al : Re: Oil Changing
Aug 29, 2002 (3:53 pm)
Super advice guys.
How did you cut that to get at the filter? Use X-Acto knife or such?
And, I did ride the L onto ramps just to get at the cover screws....makes you dizzy getting the beast to drop. Damn age creeeeping up. Not much room under there on the driveway sand.
PS Does that thin FG/plastic really protect anything?
Aug 29, 2002 (6:08 pm)
It's your job. It's all your fau....job.
OCD will soon take over and you will rotate her new tires every 1K miles.
Aug 30, 2002 (5:47 am)
Tin snips. It's plastic so it was quite easy.
It does not protect in the way a skid plate would, no. But it does keep the engine bay a bit cleaner.
If it bothers you, yank it out, no biggie. If you are going to do water crossings or drive on sand I'd put it back or install a skid plate.
#7823 of 18028 NYGREG - LOL!
Aug 30, 2002 (5:58 am)
No kiddin'! My wife sees her car as just transportation. Not something to be cared for and maintained so that she doesn't have to spend gobs of money repairing it later. So, since I'm an OCD car nut anyway, she hates it when I ride in her car and ask her how long this has been rattling or how long that has been loose.
My next challenge is getting her to give up her car (GULP -- and drive mine) for a day so I can get her timing belt changed...7,000 miles late. That's what I thought when she first called me about the tires. LOL! I nearly fainted, 'cause I knew THAT would cost more than $3,000 to repair if it broke.
Ahhh...married life. I love it!
Aug 30, 2002 (11:16 am)
My OB and I are a running joke in my family. My wife says she is paranoid to drive it because she knows how much I like it. I actually feel bad about that. But the cara most definitely stay cleaner with me and I know they (the wife and kids) don't understand why I am always "doing something" to the cars (oil, brakes, tires, etc x 2). Oh well, I enjoy it.