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#884 of 18028 Credit for Car rental on Service
Mar 19, 2001 (10:15 am)
I own a 1999 Subaru Forester S that just had transmission work done on it at Norwood Subaru in MA. They have car covergae up to 45k miles, unfortunately my car has 49K miles on it and I had to pay $30 per day for 3 days while my car was being serviced, the tranny work was under warranty. I already tried Subaru of America, no go. Anyone have any other ideas?
Second Question: It was third gear and reverse that let go. Has anyone had similar problems at around 50K miles and what should I be looking for as I get closer to that 60,000 mile marker.
Mar 19, 2001 (10:45 am)
I don't think a warranty covers a loaner car during service.
If it happens again, ask the dealer for any old car off his used-car lot. They usually have something if you are flexible.
Shoot - if something ever breaks on mine, I'd PREFER to get an SVX or XT, something interesting like that, as a loaner.
#886 of 18028 3000 miles service coming up
Mar 19, 2001 (11:28 am)
Although I haven't contributed much, I really do enjoy reading this forum. great discussions!
We are rapidly approaching the 3000 mile mark with our '01 Forester S+. Any particular issues to be aware of as we get ready to take it in for service? Am also interested in everyone's thoughts concerning changing to synthetic oil. Don't plan to do it at this change, but possibly the next?
BTW, the car has and is running flawlessly, although gas mileage isn't quite what I had hoped for yet. Part (maybe most) of that is the style of driving my wife does as she runs from hospital to hospital here in Baltimore. Generally averaging 20.5 mpg in the first 3000 miles. Getting ready for a road trip soon, we plan to take the Forester and hope the trip will help mileage improve.
TIA for any thoughts re: synthetic oil.
Mar 19, 2001 (12:16 pm)
3000 miles just calls for an oil change. Unless there are any adjustments you want made?
Wait until 15k miles or so to go to synthetic. Seems pretty early to me. My mileage improved up until about that kind of mileage (about +2mpg), which tells me mine was still breaking in.
#888 of 18028 RE: Electrical Outlet
Mar 19, 2001 (12:58 pm)
I would think that the main reason a manufacturer would say "Don`t. use this outlet for anything else" is : There is only a certain amount of current available. Putting heavier loads on the circuit will no doubt overheat electrical contact points and/or wiring. Suspect that you have done this and you now have arcing connections which no appliance likes.
If you were local I would say lets make up a extension cord to fit that socket and plug in a load near the recommended load range. We would then measure the current flow on our cord and see if it`s solid or flux. If the current varies on a pure resistive load I would look for a damaged socket or bad wire connection. Best guess - not a mechanic.
#889 of 18028 Re: 3000 miles service/synthetic
Mar 19, 2001 (7:34 pm)
Thanks juice, as of now, no adjustments needed, no rattles, no problems. The rear tires were a little bumpy for the first 2000 miles, almost as if they were flat-spotted, but seem to have improved. 15,000 is when I changed to synthetic in my Passat, and was planning to do the same with the Forester, just wanted opinions. I'm sure the upcoming trip (2000+ miles) will do wonders in loosening up the engine and improving gas mileage.
#890 of 18028 The "Smell" is Back!!!
Mar 20, 2001 (8:32 am)
I posted a while back and said that the smell was gone from my car and now it's back again, strong as ever! I'm at almost 4,000 miles and am at my wit's end. I really hate this smell. How much longer before it goes away, does anyone know?
Mar 20, 2001 (8:42 am)
Has anyone towed with their Subaru? I have a 2000 lbs camper and wonder if a Subaru would have enough power to carry 4 people, gear and tow my camper.
Mar 20, 2001 (9:04 am)
Karen: mine lasted a little longer than that. I don't recall exactly, but the undercoating burns off slowly. A long trip may help, or warm weather.
Towing - I've only tried an empty 700 lb trailer to test my hitch. It's rated for 2000 lbs only if you have trailer brakes. Payload varies by model, up to 1040 lbs on the L 5 speed, so the people and gear ought to fit fine.
So the key is the camper. How heavy, and does it have brakes?
Unfortunately, none of the more fuel efficient mini-SUVs (RAV4 and CR-V) tow much either. In fact, their capacities are lower.
#893 of 18028 disappointing Forester
Mar 20, 2001 (10:07 am)
Hi all, I followed this board and was convinced that the Forester was the vehicle for me. Because of a very hectic schedule, I could never go testdrive one or even get in one but I loved the way they looked when I saw them in my town, driving around. Finally, when I got a Saturday off I dragged my husband to the local dealer to look at *my* new Forester. First of all, we were completely ignored by salespeople. You would think this was a good thing except all the cars were locked! Finally, someone came over to us but told us he didn't sell Subarus but would send someone out who did. So while we're waiting, we're walking around trying door handles. Finally, we find one with the back door unlocked so I can crawl in and unlock all the doors. Talk about TINY!!! I'm not a big person, either. The first thing that happens while I'm sitting in the back seat is a reach over and pull out the cup holders...which immediately fall into my hand and onto the floor since I didn't realize I would have to catch them. Yes, I know someone else could have broken them but who wants something that could be broken that easily on say, a test drive... when usually people aren't really *using* the back seat. I then get into the drivers seat. It's ok but not spectacular. My husband gets in and moves the seat all the way back to where he would have it. Again, he's not an overly large person - 6". Then he gets in behind the driver's seat (we do this with every car we test). His knees are wrapped around the side of the driver's seat. I'm still rationalizing, however, that we don't really carry our bigger friends and family in the back *that* often. But the restricted space, coupled with the cheap accoutrements, inflated sticker and lack of service made us cross off the Forester. To be fair to Subaru, we also eventually found an unlocked OB Ltd (again, crawling in through the back). This was a lot nicer than the Forester. Roomier, less cheap feeling but w/ the sunroof, my husband's head brushed the ceiling. For about the same price as the OB Ltd, we're going to Toyota to get a 4Runner / HL where the quality and service can't be beat.
I hate to rain on Forester's parade and I know everyone here will have a million justifications / excuses but I just wanted to let people who are considering a Soob to hear another side of the story.
P.S. Yes, we left w/out taking a test drive. No one ever came out to see us and we were climbing around in their cars for a good 30 minutes.