Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 7:48 AM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru XT, Subaru Forester, SUV
#2090 of 6715 XT Turbo detonation
Dec 03, 2003 (5:52 pm)
"How's the driveability and what's the reliability prognosis of the turbo? I've heard this thing is tuned to crank out closer to an actual 240hp. Does that affect around-town driveability and is it ready to detonate? "
If you put the pedal down too quick it will LURCH forward, but it handles fine. I seem to have a knack for buying novel cars just before they become popular (except for my first )
All were bought new:
1986 Ford Escort
1992 Saturn SC2 Coupe
1998 Volkswagen Passat (my first turbo)
2004 Subaru Forester XT.
Dec 04, 2003 (10:06 am)
I put the Yakima BASKET CASE (~$100) on the OEM roof rack on my XT PP. It fit nicely BEHIND the Moonroof opening (I definitely did NOT want to block that view!). I would not have considered using the much more robust MEGA WARRIOR because I already had the Basket Case (from my sold Explorer) and the weight limit for the OEM carrier would have been totally eaten up by the Mega Warrier itself (unless I'm mistaken it weighs MUCH MORE than the basket case).
Dec 04, 2003 (2:01 pm)
"In case I didn't make it clear enough, I was writing in a broader sense to describe important features that are either standard or available on Foresters (I never said 'XT')"
Sorry, I didn't get it first time. I'm amazed that in US even base Foresters don't get dual range! Granted, it's almost academic (only 19% reduction, previous model had more than 40% reduction) but I do agree, it is at least very strange to omit it in the US.
I wish it was available on XT ! Also I wish we could get a moonroof without getting a leather interior ... Another marketing idiosyncrasy I suppose.
#2094 of 6715 who takes complaints about dealers at Subaru?
Dec 05, 2003 (6:08 pm)
OK, I am officially fed up with my dealer. In addition to the letter I was planning regarding my poor dealer prep (scratch on dash, dirty razor blade on top of the car from scraping stickers off car, sticker still on the roof rails, small paint scratch on pass. door and an overall dirty car) I am livid about the followup acessories.
The sales manager gave me a due bill for additional parts (arm rest, rear diff protector, air filter) and told me I'd be called this week to arrange an appt. I called (after five business days) and they were clueless, then she said she'd leave a note for thh girl who writes the parts orders. No responsibility taken, no ownership of this issue taken by the sales manager.
And to top it off, I realized today that my sunroof rattles when it's open. Sounds like a loose wire above the rear passenger headliner. Anyone else have this problem?
I love my car, and feel I got a good deal, but this dealer's service sucks and the roof deal is just flat out annoying.
Are there any addresses at Subaru where a complaint can be filed that won't fall into a void? Thanks so much for your advice/opinions/knowledge.
Dec 05, 2003 (7:26 pm)
If you have a complaint, try posting to the "Official SOA Presence" board here. Patti appears responsive and caring.
You might also drop some hints as to which dealer so we don't have the same nasty experience--or just name 'em outright.
Dec 06, 2003 (7:55 am)
Just make sure you whack'em on the survey!
#2098 of 6715 XT Insurance renewal
Dec 06, 2003 (9:56 pm)
Before I bought my XT in June, I asked my State Farm agent for a quote on what it would cost to insure a new '03 XS. They said $430 or thereabouts for six months. Then, when I got the first actual '04 XT bill, I was surprised to find that it hardly changed: $451. This led me to suspect that they didn't really know what an XT was, and were applying the rates from an XS. This, in turn, left me somewhat apprehensive about what the next renewal bill would show.
Well, it arrived today. No change...same $451. That's a relief, at least for another six months.
Anyone else receive an insurance renewal bill yet for an XT?
Dec 06, 2003 (11:30 pm)
Shhh!!!! You'll blow it for everyone.
Actually, my insurance stayed pretty reasonable, as well. Hopefully this will be the norm. Let's hope insurance continues to accentuate the many "safety" features of our Subarus over the minimal performance improvements.