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You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, SUV
#107 of 617 I picked the Forester
Oct 21, 2004 (5:55 pm)
I was very close to buying the RAV4. I like Toyota's reliability and I loved the way the RAV4 handled on the test drive. I did feel that the cargo area was a bit short but I was all set to buy until I found out that the good ratings it was getting in the side impact crash tests were with a RAV4 that had side air bags. The one I was considering did not have them. The only ones that were equipped with them had all these other options that I did not want and would have ended up costing $2500 more. The Forester is equipped with the side air bags and did well in the crash tests. It handled well (though I thought the RAV was more fun to drive). The base Forester had many standard features that are optional on the RAV4.I got a very good price on a 2005 and ended up buying. I feel both cars are great. Just depends on what features you are looking for.
Oct 22, 2004 (5:23 am)
What color? Was it an X model? Tranny type?
Join the Subaru Crew threads, come introduce yourself. They are very active. We chat every week, in fact it was just last night.
#109 of 617 Happy
Oct 28, 2004 (5:00 pm)
Thanks everyone for the info. I really needed it! I'll check out the nearest Subaru place. I finally ruled out the Rav 4 after seeing all the great reviews on the Forrester.
Oct 29, 2004 (6:53 am)
If you're getting the 2.5 liter engine, then hope that the head gasket problems have been solved.
Suggestion: Get the extended warranty.
#111 of 617 ' Get the extended warranty'
Oct 29, 2004 (7:39 am)
Note that's coming from a Rav4 owner, not the best source for advice on Subarus, methinks.
#112 of 617 Re: ' Get the extended warranty' [ozman62]
Oct 29, 2004 (7:47 am)
Most of the recommendations about the Forester come from Forester owners here, methinks. Strangely, there is no mention of the gasket problems. All in the past? Maybe.
Do you deny that there is a well-known problem with head gaskets on the 2.5 liter, ozman?
You've seen the other Subie boards here, right?
#113 of 617 Re: ' Get the extended warranty' [ozman62]
Oct 29, 2004 (9:40 am)
Thats like saying the word from the past of SLUDGE
#114 of 617 Meaningless Scare Tactic
Oct 29, 2004 (10:21 am)
Subaru covered those head gaskets for 8 years/100k miles, so an extended warranty for that particular issue would be worthless.
Sorry but that's just plain bad advice.
And it's not like Toyota doesn't have its hiccups (like sludge).
They caved in and offered a similar warranty but only after long and public fight.
Here's a story from right before they caved:
Oct 29, 2004 (10:24 am)
BTW, the issue here is not so much the problem of sludged engines themselves, but the treatment by Toyota to its customers.
It was a long, hard, ugly fight before they finally caved in and began to reimburse customers these catastrophic engine failure bills.
Subaru covered the gaskets under the 5/60 powertrain no questions asked, from the beginning, and even extended the warranty without the resistance that Toyota showed.
#116 of 617 Re: [ateixeira]
Oct 29, 2004 (12:33 pm)
I agree. I had researched before buying but I certainly could not read every thread in the forums. When I saw the post about the faulty head gaskets I was upset because I just bought a new Forester. Then I went back and read some of the threads and saw how Subaru extended the warranties and felt better. When I was looking at the Rav4 I did stumble upon the sludge problem that Toyota had and was not impressed with how it was handled. I am also underwhelmed by how Honda is dealing with the engine fire issue on the CR-V. These are all reputable companies that have had major problems. It might come down to how the company deals with it's problems and ultimately how they deal with their customers.