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#12655 of 19336 New Tires for Forester
Jun 12, 2002 (2:07 pm)
It's time to put new tires on my 1999 Subaru Forester. It originally came with Yokohama tires, but I want to try something different. I live in Indiana where we have rainy springs, hot humid summers, and cold snowy winters (including ice storms). I'm interested in an "all season" road tire with very good handling characteristics on wet roads. It would be nice to also have good wear characteristics and low tread noise (ha-ha), but you can't have everything. Any suggestions or warnings?
Jun 12, 2002 (2:09 pm)
why do most autos have stiffer throttle springs?
All my cars were AT, and all pedals felt a bit differently. The same with rentals: each seems to have its own character: some sensitive, some stiff, some linear, some "on/off"...
#12658 of 19336 Tires for Forester
Jun 12, 2002 (2:56 pm)
Unfortunately, there really isn't such a thing as a true all-season tire. There are plenty of 3-season tires out there, but virtually none are up to true winter driving. If you do have heavy winters, nothing can beat dedicated winter tires -- the cost of the tires is probably cheaper than an accident.
Some popular all-season tire choices (really 3-season tires) for your Forester:
Dunlop Sport A2
Yokohama AVID H4
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Michellin Pilot XGT
You may also want to find out if the new Geolandar 900 is available. Those are the standard tires for the 2003 Forester and are supposed to have improved characteristics over the previous Geolandars.
The Nokian NRW is, according to Nokian, supposed to provide better winter grip than any all-season on the market. Nokian specializes in winter tires so this claim may be true. The tire is quite expensive, however.
#12659 of 19336 Wheel offset / all season tires
Jun 12, 2002 (10:14 pm)
Dave - thank you very much for those numbers. I cannot believe how hard they are to pin down.
On the tires, I agree with Ken that if you want winter traction there's no substitute for winter specific tires. I don't know the other brands well, but the Michelin Pilot XGT is not an all season. The Michelin X1 is their best all season tire, and they have others that are better choices for you as well in the all season line. I'm going to violate my own 'winter tires only' rule this winter with the X1 to see if it will do the job. First time I have a problem though, will prompt me to end the experiment and get a set of either studded or studless winter specific tires. As someone pointed out, a set of good winter tires are about the same as an insurance deductible for a fender bender.
Jun 13, 2002 (6:27 am)
It was either Tire Rack or Discount Tire Direct. I was shopping for aftermarket rims of 7" and 7.5" widths, and we were comparing stock vs. aftermarket offsets.
Though the 48mm measure was for the 15" steel wheels, they told me 55mm for the 16" alloys on the S model.
#12661 of 19336 anyone experienced this ???
Jun 13, 2002 (6:50 am)
Our 2000 Outback (perfect until now) is experincing hesitation, stalling, bucking, in slow moving traffic. Yesterday, started to buck slightly at hgwy speed. Problem is sporadic but getting worse. Can make for dangerous situations.
Dealer could not duplicate last week and no bad codes given on computer. Already tried different gas, different octane lvls etc. Read a Subie owner website yeserday and apparently I'm not the only one. Going back to dealer next week. I suggested a new fuel filter, and service mgr said nahhh...it's not that. Any thoughts or similar experiences..?
Jun 13, 2002 (6:55 am)
Reset the ECU. Pull the negative battery terminal (on a cool engine), wait 30 minutes, reconnect. Start it up and let it idle until warm, then drive off.
Sounds like a text book candidate for the ECU reset.
#12663 of 19336 Throttle / Tires
Jun 13, 2002 (7:58 am)
My throttle is a little on the stiff side. The car would jump off the line. Doesn't bother me much since I have gotten use to it.
Tires: I just put the Sports on. Very quiet and works well with the OB suspension. Appears good in the rain. No snow yet. They are brand new so I can't give an objective opinion until next year. Yokohamas are not great in the snow in general with the exception of the Aegis LS4s which I have on my minivan and which I like a lot (not H rated though). Check out tirerack.com for information.
#12664 of 19336 re: anyone experienced this ??
Jun 13, 2002 (8:55 am)
When is the last ime you changed the air filter?
I've had hesitation problems now and then with a cold engine. Changed the air filter this week and its been much better.
Where I get my subie serviced never asked or told me "Looks like your air fliter needs replacing"... so I had forgoten to check/replace it the past 6 months or so.... bad boy...