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#5558 of 19283 Re: Nightmare 1998 Forester S [catep]
Aug 22, 2005 (6:27 am)
Boy, that sounds like a tough round of repairs/problems.... you have my sympathy. I wonder how much of it is due to poor work at the dealer? (maybe all!) How many miles are on the car now? How many when you bought it? What is the book value of the car?
In my experience, Subarus have been very reliable, but problems do crop up on ocassion. A poor or dishonest dealer can take minor problems and turn them in to major ones, either by doing unnecessary work and breaking stuff in the process, or by creating new problems when they fix old ones. I hate to hear about situations like this, because it really gives Subaru a bad reputation.
#5559 of 19283 Re: Nightmare 1998 Forester S [c_hunter]
Aug 22, 2005 (8:11 am)
Good point. Excellent vs. bad service can make all the difference. There are some good Subaru service departments out there, but in general Subaru doesn't seem to excel in this area. I think its because almost all Subaru dealers carry the brand as a secondary line. If Subaru continues to try to move upmarket, they really need to upgrade their dealer network.
#5560 of 19283 Re: Nightmare 1998 Forester S [dinosaur]
Aug 22, 2005 (12:20 pm)
I agree completely. That has been my observation as well.
Aug 22, 2005 (5:37 pm)
I've towed a few times with my Forester, it felt fine. Just leave plenty of space and take your time. FWIW they're rated to tow 3960 lbs in the UK bone stock, even the old 2.0l powertrains.
Stefanie - score! Thanks for reporting back to us.
7+ years old, falling apart, sounds familiar. We sold a 626 at that age, 5 problems in about 18 months or so and we bailed out. Sell. You got a Friday 5pm build, the bad apple in the batch, or even a neglected used car. Who knows? But I'd get rid of it.
#5562 of 19283 Re: TPMS question [subaru_repair]
Aug 23, 2005 (7:45 pm)
thanks for the info!
maybe I will have to use Nokians or something all year round but the Tribecas tire size is really unusual
#5563 of 19283 Re: Lost Keyless Remote [fibber2]
Aug 23, 2005 (8:31 pm)
Thanks for the advice...getting one shipped to me now, under $17.00 including shipping. Saw them new for $60.00, so much thanks for the savings.
#5565 of 19283 Coolant reservoir question
Aug 24, 2005 (7:30 am)
I have a 2005 XT. The coolant reservoir drops about an inch or two every week. When the engine is cold I add coolant to bring the level up the cold max. There are no puddles or drippings on the floor.
This somehow doesn't seem right to me. At the next service I will mention it to the service advisor, but I was hoping someone could provide some clues before I bring it in.
Aug 24, 2005 (7:35 am)
Could be eliminating air pockets slowly, but it should stop after a while. Make sure the service advisor makes a note of it, maybe even call 800-SUBARU3 to register a "customer says" complaint just to be safe.
#5567 of 19283 Re: Bad 02? Subaru doesn't know, do you? [stellab]
Aug 24, 2005 (8:01 am)
This is extremely interesting. I have recently experienced the same symptoms as Stella with my 2001 Outback, except that my check engine light did not come on. Aamco ran a complete diagnostic test and came up with nothing. Just prior to these problems, I had my CD player and tuner replaced at Best Buy. My car is at the repair shop now, and I will suggest that my mechanic check the ground and other wiring on the tuner. I'll let you know what happens.