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#10420 of 19336 Forester Lemon - Should I dump this Car?
Sep 21, 2001 (8:57 am)
My wife and I just bought a 1999 Subaru Forester S with manual transmission. The car has 30,000 miles and is still under bumper-to-bumper warranty until January, plus powertrain two years after that. When we bought the car we were shown repair records that indicated that the rear crank seal had been replaced to repair an oil leak, the clutch had been replaced, the water pump had been replaced, and the brake rotors were recut. I thought that was a lot of work at the time (my 5-yr. Impreza had never been the Subaru doctor), but we bought the car anyway...what else could go wrong, right? Plus, it's covered. Well, after 450 miles, 5 quarts of oil, and a failed inspection, two cylinder heads are being replaced by Subaru (sounds close to a engine rebuild to me). Subaru dealer gave us a nice rental car free of charge, and we should have our Forester back in a couple day/weeks! Should we cut our losses and dump this car? Or just figure...nothing else could go wrong, right?
#10421 of 19336 You bought the car knowing that it had some maintenance issues...
Sep 21, 2001 (9:14 am)
And even though it had another "biggie" I think I would be inclinded to "give it another chance". I would consider an extended warrenty though. It does seem like an extreme amount of work on a 30k Forester!
Sep 21, 2001 (9:26 am)
no noises depressing/releasing clutch. I fooled around with the shifter, makes a little bit of noise but I don't think that's what I was hearing.
Sep 21, 2001 (11:50 am)
I'd dump it if you have the means. Not worth the grief and worry.
#10424 of 19336 front end noise 2002 outback
Sep 21, 2001 (12:07 pm)
Hello Im new to Town Hall and new subie owner. My 2002 Outback makes a clunking noise when I accelerate from a stop.It only happens when I give it a little gas ,but doesn't do it if I accelerate slowly . Is this normal , I was going to have it checked out when I take it in for 1000 mile oil/filter change . Or should I take it in now . I only have 600 miles on it . Has any other 2002 owners experienced this .It seems to be mostly coming from the drivers side .Thanks in advance for your help . Also any body now of any Subaru owners clubs in NJ/PA/DE area .
Sep 21, 2001 (12:10 pm)
Can someone tell me the difference between AWD and Permanent AWD? Which one does Subaru have? Thanks.
Sep 21, 2001 (1:47 pm)
Well it would seem that the difference would be if the car is in all wheel drive all of the time or only some of the time (certian speeds or on user command). Subaru's are full time AWD. Short of doing something really special to it a Subaru is always all wheel drive. That is it has power going to all 4 tires. Depending on your specific model the power going to any set of tires (or sometimes individual tire) varies. Generally speaking when one set of tires (or tire) starts to slip the power is transfered to the others. Not all AWD or even 4WD have this ability.
Of course some 4WD vehicals have whats known as a low range of gears which adjust the gearing and power transfer to the wheels in order to get started on or out of slick surfaces.
Sep 21, 2001 (1:52 pm)
Our Subies have permanent AWD.
AWD is just a general classification for 4WD vehicles that don't have low-range gearing for serious off-road use.
Some AWD systems are part-time, like that found in the CR-V, for example. Basically, the vehicle is in 2WD mode until the system is triggered to send power to the other two wheels.
Other vehicles like Subarus are full-time AWD. Power is always being sent to all four wheels, all the time.
In general, permanent AWD vehicles provide better traction and handling characteristics than their part-time counterparts. The downside is that permanent systems sometimes are less fuel-efficient.
Sep 21, 2001 (3:34 pm)
Noises are probably the hardest thing to troubleshoot.
Does it occur only at a particular time? (first thing in the morning, after idling in traffic, only on bumpy roads, etc)
Is it obvious enough that someone else can hear it after you point it out?
Can you duplicate it fairly easily?
At this point I'd wildly guess heat shielding on the exhaust, but maybe someone else or I will have a better theory after some more info...
#10429 of 19336 Affirmation - Going To Syntethics
Sep 22, 2001 (5:55 am)
Not to beat a dead horse here, but...
I am at the 9K mark, and within a few weeks from now, I will need my next oil change at around 10K miles.
Just wanted an affirmation if going to Mobil 1 is the right thing. Once using Mobil 1, I plan to change it every 5-6K miles rather than every 3K which I now try to do. Yet someone on the Subaru Newsgroup was relating about synthetics having more susceptible for oil leaks. They also say once you go to synthetics you should not go back to dino oil.
What's the groups concensus regarding going to Synthetics? I would also be interested in the groups thoughts about leakage, and whether or not one can go back to dinos in the future.
As always, my thanks in advance.