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#14710 of 19336 CD Changer fit?
Jun 11, 2003 (10:11 am)
I'm thinking about replacing my two-piece AM/FM Cass. head unit + one disc CD player with a 6-disc double din unit. I assume that the stock changer from a 2003 WRX will fit in my 1999 Forester. Correct?
BTW: I'm swapping out the unit because the OEM CD player died. It was one year and three months old - bought new from the dealer when I purchased the used 1999 in early-2002. My dealer wouldn't fix/replace it under warranty (one year parts and labor only). They wanted $280 (and four weeks) to fix! The '02-'03 WRX units are going for under $150 on Ebay/I-Club.
Does anyone think I should pursue Subaru to get it fixed? I could probably file a claim with AMEX under their extended warranty program, but is it worth it?
#14712 of 19336 Replacement Tires
Jun 11, 2003 (2:02 pm)
I have a Legacy L sedan, 2002. I would like to replace the tires with Continentals Conti ExtremePatch's. These do not come in 205/60-15's, the original tire size. Can I put 205/65-15's or 225/60-15's on the original rims? New wheels maybe.
Jun 12, 2003 (5:08 am)
It's a really good idea to use a tire that has nearly the same circumference as the original; doing this will keep speedometer readings in the right ballpark, maintain ground clearance, etcetera. As for width, putting a wider tire on a rim meant for a narrower bead will result in the tire sidewalls not being supported directly, thereby causing a bit of squishiness and squirm. If you don't ever drive aggressively you may never notice it; on the other hand it might compromise handling in emergency maneuvers.
The Tire Rack is a fantastic resource, not only for the wide range of tires and wheels they offer but also for technical specifications such as tire circumference and recommended wheel width.
#14714 of 19336 Great resource here too....
Jun 12, 2003 (7:54 am)
suggests that the closest fit would be 225/55/15's at within .2% of original. However, I've heard that 215's are about the widest Subarus will handle to virtually "guarantee" no rubbing.
Jun 12, 2003 (8:17 am)
The WRX 6CD fits in my 98 Forester and our 2002 Legacy also. Did these myself. The Legacy was so-so, the Forester was easy.
#14717 of 19336 Another one bites the dust....
Jun 17, 2003 (10:25 am)
Just hopped in the car and headed for the office, but the temp gauge headed borth in a hurry. Pulled over, shut it down, went hunting. Plenty of coolant in the overfill reservoir, seems to be good level in radiator, although the trusty STi cap did release some pressure. No leaks around head gasket, oil might be low (can't tell really since the car was running AND it's a boxer= unreliable dipstick read). Well I turn around and head for home, hoping I'll make it before she blows. Shut her down every stoplight yadda yadda and then.....*poof* temp back to normal, problem disappears. Should I try going to work or head straight for the dealer (or, at 67K, my local mechanic)? I've got a lot of work to do but don't want to risk a head gasket failure away from home.....
Of Course temp problems on a Phase I with 67k usually means only one thing... (
Jun 17, 2003 (10:39 am)
smell the coolant in the overflow. if it smells like exhaust, uh oh.
on level ground and the radiator at a reasonable temp-- don't burn yourself-- open the cap and fill until full with the engine running. watch the gauge and be sure it doesn't get hot.
then park with the nose of the car facing up a hill, so it's higher than the rear. take off cap again and let the engine run until the thermostat fully opens (you'll see the water circulation increase). this should burp any air from the system.
that's about all you can do without tools...
Jun 17, 2003 (10:40 am)
could it be a sticking thermostat?