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Dec 26, 2003 (6:08 pm)
Stuart: keep in regular touch with 800-SUBARU3, keep updating the case info. The dealer seems a little clumsy, so work with SoA. That's what I would do.
3 strikes, they're out. That's the lemon law. If they try to fix it twice, and it still fails a 3rd time (within the first year), it's a lemon. If you must, have a lawyer call them, but hopefully you'll be able to work it out with SoA directly. It'll take less time and aggravation by far.
opus9: now I'm raising all kinds of red flags. First of all, at 50k miles, that might have been a warranty item. I'm not sure, but I would have called 800-SUBARU3 and worked with them, people here seemed to have obtained favorable results that way.
And yes, rear bearings were an issues with those, up to the 2001 model year. The 2002 design is more fault-tolerant.
Another red flag - usually when those are replaced, they used Legacy bearings, which were more robust. So maybe the "fix" was not done properly last time.
I would certainly call Subaru and work this out with them, you should not be paying for a 2nd set of bearings after just 20k miles!
#2327 of 19336 Wheel Bearings
Dec 27, 2003 (6:15 am)
A.J.: Thanks for your input: I will do as you've suggested. Nice taste in cars, too: my "mid-life crisis mobile" is a '92 Miata. Best car for its purpose I've ever owned!
#2328 of 19336 Engine problem
Dec 27, 2003 (6:53 am)
I have a 1987 subaru GL wagon with 42K miles. I had the exhaust replaced by Subaru and then they told me two cylenders had no compression and were asking a great deal of money for repair. I do a great deal of mechanical work myself. They said that I had leak by. I got the car home and checked the compression and the two cylinders on the passenger side had zero compression. I think it might bee the head gasket. Any help would be appreciated.( FWD)
#2329 of 19336 xt stammering while accelerating bet. 2000-3000 rpm
Dec 28, 2003 (11:57 am)
I'm a new member to townhall but have been reading the messages for a while and found them to be helpful as a new owner of a forester xt. The problem is between 2000 and 3000 rpm while accelerating, the engine seems to stammer, or miss, then above 3000 rpm it seems to be alright. The service dept said that computer needs to be reflashed but doesn't have the software to do it. Any feedback would be helpful.
Dec 29, 2003 (7:11 am)
kekoa: you can reset the ECU yourself. Disconnnect the negative battery terminal, wait 30 minutes. Then reconnect, have the keyless remote handy just in case. Start her up and let her idle until warm.
It'll run rich for the first tank, so mileage will be poor for that tank. It'll learn and entirely new program starting from scratch, hopefully without that hesitation.
It could be something like condensation in the gas lines. For that you could try DryGas, it helped Kate's problem with stumbling.
Al: statistically I think you're right - head gaskets are most likely. Pistong rings are far less common with Subies.
Dec 29, 2003 (3:41 pm)
Away for a few days, and catching up -
I never said I preferred one of the huge SUV's - the anti SUV sentiment here seems to be mostly about bashing Excursions et al. I'm assuming that a 7 passenger Subaru would be in the size range of the 'old' Durango, or the 'new' Explorer - this is going back to '00 when Juice and others first discussed the fact that one was on the horizon, and were comparing it to the current Forester. Also, my Explorer gets pretty darned near the same mpg as the Outback does, within 2 mpg in fact, but I also have a manual transmission on both so that factors in.
I think it also depends where you live, we live in upstate - and I mean the 'real' upstate, not just north of the city - New York. Our two snowstorms so far this year have dumped 18-24 inches on us each time. We do cross country ski and flyfish, and drive into some pretty questionable spots. Would an AWD mini-van get us in and out? Don't know.
Yes, a mini-van has a good amount of cargo space, but not the heavier duty suspension to load it down as I often do the Explorer. We also tow, nothing monstrous, but more than I think a van would handle, unless you went to a big engine, etc.
Honestly, an extended cab pick-up with cap would make the most sense given what we use the vehicle for, but it wouldn't solve the kids with friends issue and I wouldn't put animals - especially injured or otherwise compromised ones - in the back w/o climate control for transport.
I certainly respect all of the opinions here, but the statement I made and what I still wish, is that a company that I like the products of, would make a larger vehicle that fits what we need, simply my own opinion -
Dec 29, 2003 (5:25 pm)
Jeannette- Hey, there's nothing inherently wrong with not liking minivans. Personally I can't see myself behind the wheel of one either. But I do think that they are the best choice for many of those rushing to buy monster SUVs. What I find particularly irksome is the huge number of buyers who base their purchase, not on what they need but on what's the latest fad or out of a desire to keep up with the Joneses.
As far as whether a minivan is the best choice for you, that's for you to decide. But I've got in-laws who live near the Tug Hill Plateau and they have a 1980s Chrysler FWD minivan that's never gotten stuck in the snow so an AWD minivan should do fine. In regards to the other major categories, here's a comparison between the Toyota Sienna AWD and the Ford Explorer 4WD XLT:
Sienna / Explorer
Max Cargo capacity: 149 / 82 (Cu ft)
Max payload: 1325 / 1411 (lbs)
MPG: 18-24 / 15-19
HP: 230 / 239
Towing capacity: 3,5k / 7k (lbs)
As you can see, the Sienna gets significantly better gas mileage (20% better) and has a huge advantage in the cargo carrying dept (45% more). The payload is pretty much a draw (Explorer has 6% more) as is horsepower (Explorer has 4% more). The Explorer's only real advantage is when it comes to towing (50% more). Still, I would think that the Sienna's 3,500 lbs is adequate for most people.
#2335 of 19336 how far upstate?
Dec 29, 2003 (8:10 pm)
I have a place in the southern adirondacks.
PS: my dad gets in and out with his Legacy L + snow tires no problem :