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
#4264 of 6715 Subaru Forester xt off road
May 11, 2004 (1:25 am)
We have had a 1998 GT Forester from new. I don't think the GT was sold in North America although I am happy to be corrected on that. The GT is a turbo 2.0 litre and has been fantastic. The only downside has been the lack of a low range which is a bit limiting off road. Having said that it has taken us to a few places that if I were more sensible we would not have attempted. I even had the pleasure of offering to tow a Mitsibushi 4x4 out of a patch of soft sand once, which offer was fairly rudely declined. It is however time to replace and I have test driven the xt and been pretty impressed by it. My question is, does anyone have any experience of driving the xt off road and how did it go.
#4265 of 6715 Off Road in the new 2.5 XT, beyond your wildest expectations...
May 11, 2004 (3:23 am)
with it's Low Gearing, Turbo power and Weight Factor the XT might perform Incredible Off Road! However I have a hard enough time keeping it on the road, seek a second opinion. Drive ResponsiblyŠ
#4266 of 6715 ballistic's belly has a skid plate?
May 11, 2004 (7:11 am)
May 11, 2004 (7:49 am)
I got a much more pedestrian 22.6 mpg on my last fill-up.
Your pedestrian 22.6 is a full 1 MPG better than my 7000+ mile overall average. <sigh>
May 11, 2004 (7:51 am)
ballistic's belly has a skid plate?
Things aren't quite that bad yet.
#4269 of 6715 Re: Subaru Forester xt off road [johnc #4264]
May 11, 2004 (8:35 am)
Not yet, but soon.
Are you running the stock tires? I know the Aussies like to "biggie-size" them.
May 11, 2004 (9:29 am)
Your pedestrian 22.6 is a full 1 MPG better than my 7000+ mile overall average
Granted but then it's a full 1 mpg worse than my 9000 mile overall average so everything's relative. Besides, I'm pretty sure I do a lot more hwy driving than you so I should get better mpg.
#4271 of 6715 How much more highway driving can you do?
May 11, 2004 (9:39 am)
My daily 24-mile round-trip commute includes about 20 freeway miles. Averaging in my other driving, my overall pattern is probably about 2/3 freeway.
#4272 of 6715 Re: How much more highway driving can you do? [ballistic #4271]
May 11, 2004 (10:08 am)
I think Frank must work as a "Transporter".
May 11, 2004 (10:18 am)
XT's gearing is shorter and it has a lot more torque, so it should be better off road.
From the factory you can get a rear diffy protector, but if you plan on going off road, give Primitive a call and consider the front and rear plates: