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You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Wagon
Nov 15, 2002 (1:42 pm)
Well, actually, the '99 was the first year for the Phase II SOHC engine. The MAF was fragile, lots of them broke, particularly with cars that were modified. If you had a S-AFC, the chance of blowing the MAF was probably 10 times higher.
That's the only year that had the MAF, though. The 1998 was the Phase I DOHC engine, and for 2000 it got a totally new intake system on the Phase II.
The knock sensor is an unusual failure, but you had the extended warranty, which was smart.
CR still touts the Forester (and all Subies for that matter) as a "CR Good Bet" for used cars.
We had a '95 626, and it broke down 5 times in the past 2 years, so we just traded up for a new Legacy. We did get the extended warranty for that - nowadays any little thing costs several hundred dollars, no matter how reliable the brand.
Did you get the Subaru Gold? It includes roadside assistance and towing to your dealer. Cancelling AAA will save me $497 over the 7 years of that warranty.
#8534 of 18028 Brooks (rubber matts)
Nov 15, 2002 (2:25 pm)
Before I bought my 03 Forester, I checked almost all websites for the best deal on accesories, but after all endup buyng from the dealer. I got about $600 worth of accessories (front guard brush, rear side moldings, rear slip-differential protection, rubber matts, wheel lock, arm-rest extention) for nothing. That's right, I got them for free, the dealer was anxious to sell the car, so at 9:00pm on Friday night I got one of the first 03 Forester in town for $1.5K then even Edmunds was advertising. As to the rubber matts, they are very comfortable and fits just perfect. Previously I had a Costco brand rubber matts on my 97 Altima and they didn't fit all the good. So I would recommend don't go cheap and buy a third party staff, pay $69 and get Subaru original. You will love it.
Nov 15, 2002 (2:30 pm)
last nite i ordered the rubber floor mats from 1stsubaruparts.com for my 03 forester. total bill - about 43 usd (the shipping is 5 bucks on top of that 38.95 price or something like that) same genuine subaru mat that the dealer would sell you for about usd 25 less - shipped to your door. not too bad. - ken
#8536 of 18028 Tire Outer edge Wear
Nov 15, 2002 (3:12 pm)
I posted this way back, but many Forester owners with both the 16" and 15" wheels had trouble with outer edge wear. The Geolandars were particularly bad, however, 13k miles is very early. Mine lasted about 30K. I replaced them with BF Goodrich Touring T/As.
The latter now have 40k on them and are about 90% worn. They are only now starting to show a bit more wear on the outer edges. I have been driving more aggressively lately, so that may be the reason.
I did NOT have an alignment between sets of tires, so I do not think alignment was the problem with the Geolandars. I very carefully watched the tread wear on the Goodrich tires using a gauge and when there was no sign of excess outer edge wear, I decided against an alignment. But, your situation may be different.
#8537 of 18028 Geos' UPPER limits?
Nov 15, 2002 (3:34 pm)
After the rather common post, "I only got X miles from my Geos," perhaps it is time to request postings for the highest (satisfactory) milage from these tires. I have 23K on my '01 Forester S automatic, and the tires still look surprisingly fresh. (I guess I'm fishing for input as to how optimistic I can be with these skins.)
#8538 of 18028 rubber mats
Nov 15, 2002 (3:34 pm)
I am a self-proclaimed tightwad. As I posted previously, I bought a pair of rubber mats for the front from BJ's for $11. They were a little too big so I cut them to fit. I'm very pleased with the mats and even more pleased thinking about the money saved.
Nov 15, 2002 (3:47 pm)
Well, your point is taken, Ateixeira, about the 99 being a relatively new engine. But what about all of the CEL posts for more recent models?
Yes, I have the Gold Plan, since I tend to keep my cars a long time; in some ways a waste of money, but I like the comfort factor, so it all depends how one wastes money. That Ahi tuna I wasted money for dinner tonight was terrific. And I realize that your bad luck with Mazdas and my good luck and vice versa with the Suburus means that we have to look at the overall reliability figures.
Nov 15, 2002 (8:44 pm)
Not to make light of your recent misfortune, but virtually all of the CEL's I've seen mentioned on the newer (2000 +) engines are due to a loose gas cap or minor leak in the canister system.
They did have a recall to reprogram the CEL to make it less sensitive because they were getting a lot of false positives. I took my '01 in earlier this year for just that. Runs like a Swiss watch, and if you've seen my posts, you know that I'm one who puts his Forester to work regularly.
#8541 of 18028 Tire wear
Nov 15, 2002 (8:55 pm)
I got 40k solid miles on my Geolandars with 80% highway miles. The outer edge did show a tad more wear. On my second set, the alignment shop tweaked the settings just a hair to allow for more even wear. Coming up on another 40K and lo' and behold, the wear has been even.
#8542 of 18028 forester mpg?
Nov 16, 2002 (9:41 pm)
our 2003 XS, automatic transmission, has 2000 miles on it. Just checked gas mileage, and was surprised to only get 18 mpg. I checked the tires for proper air pressure - no problems there. What have others been getting It is a great car - but I was hoping for better mileage.