Last post on Nov 02, 2006 at 6:48 AM
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Subaru XT, Subaru Forester, SUV
#6609 of 6715 Re: 2004 FXT - hesitation [destroir]
May 03, 2006 (9:34 am)
I brought the car in to Subaru and they said that everything was "normal". They hooked it up to the computer and active valve timing was at 9.4% (whatever that means) and that they didn't notice any hesitation during the test drive. Very annoying! I asked them if they even looked at the union screw filter and they said, "No, the computer indicated that nothing was wrong and the service bulletin that you gave us was from the U.S. and wasn't applicable in Canada". "Is there no filter in the Canadian Foresters?", I asked sarcastically. "Well, yes, but the bulletin isn't for Canada so we didn't check." GREAT!
As the Service guy pulled my car out of the bay, he cranked the wheel all the way and it made a strange high pitch pulsating squeel type of noise. I never crank the wheel all the way so I hadn't heard this noise until then. The Service schmo said taht it didn't sound normal. My question is - is it normal? Is this some kind of warning that you've cranked the wheel too far? It wasn't a really loud sound but it was definitely apparent.
Any comments would be appreaciated.
#6610 of 6715 Re: Best oil? [lfdal]
May 08, 2006 (9:27 pm)
Most of my trips are of the 4 mile variety, probably 70-80% of the time. That's the rason I don't complain about 14 mpg
At last, someone else who only gets 14 MPG. I thought I was the only one!! Yup, car still getting 13/14 MPG - even with 10 mile trips and some freeway driving! 2006 Forester XT Automatic.
But, I love the car!
May 30, 2006 (6:35 am)
Looks like it will finally get 17" alloy rims for MY07. This from a dealer web site.
#6612 of 6715 Forester Turbo (XT) vs. Mazda CX-7???
May 31, 2006 (10:02 pm)
I just bought my 06 Forester Turbo in March thinking it was the best combo of SUV/sports car (except for the Cayanne) on the market. Just now, I was watching TV and saw a tremendous ad for the new Mazda CX-7.
I don't know cars like you guys do, so will someone please tell me is the Mazda is now the second fastest SUV on the road (we all know the Cayanne is #1).
I'm gonna go and check the Mazda out, even though I just bought my car. Just how sick am I gonna get??? Anyone test drive one yet??
P.S. Still getting between 13-14 MPG no matter how I drive the car. Really, really disappointed with the mileage, which was the entire reason I bought a 4-cylinder car (and now I've got a 4-cyl car that requires Premium!!)
#6613 of 6715 Re: Forester Turbo (XT) vs. Mazda CX-7??? [kumari]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 01, 2006 (6:16 am)
The easy solution is to kill your TV and then block your browser ads.
Jun 01, 2006 (6:48 am)
The CX7 looks like an impressive vehicle, but I don't know that anyone has called it "fast." True it's got the Mazdaspeed 6's turbo 4 in it, but from what I've read the acceleration and gas mileage are nothing to write home about. It's seems to be a very sporty-handling and looking car, and it does make decent power, but I wouldn't necessarily rank it higher than the XT in my mind. Enjoy your new car -- it's really one of the best on the market!
#6615 of 6715 Re: Forester Turbo (XT) vs. Mazda CX-7??? [kumari]
Jun 01, 2006 (9:28 am)
Check out the top right hand of your screen - you'll notice the CX7 review is Edmund's featured video.
According to the video, it's plenty fast for highway passing but lacks good low-end grunt, giving it a 0-60 time somewhere in the upper 7s. They do say it handles well though, which is no surprise given it's a Mazda.
So no, it's not the "second fastest SUV on the road," but neither is the stock Cayenne turbo the fastest; you'd probably have to look to Jeep for that distinction. Their Grand Cherokee SRT8 with the 6.1L Hemi is a few ticks faster in a straight line than both the stock FXT and Cayenne turbo. Motor Trend ran a 4.8 0-60 in the Jeep, with it doing 13.5 in the 1/4 mile.
#6616 of 6715 Re: Forester Turbo (XT) vs. Mazda CX-7??? [kumari]
Jun 01, 2006 (10:09 am)
CX7 is heavy, I think C&D took high 7s to reach 60mph as well. That's not slow, but not nearly as quick as your XT, even the autos are a good 1.5 seconds quicker. The manuals leave 'em in the dust.
Mazda has had issues with heat soak on the MazdaSpeed6, so this powertrain is still not fully sorted out, plus it's v1.0. I'm not saying I would not consider one, but I would not buy one until I knew those issues were sorted out.
I love the styling of the CX7.
#6617 of 6715 Re: Forester Turbo (XT) vs. Mazda CX-7??? [kumari]
Jun 02, 2006 (6:15 am)
Personally, I'm confident that the FXT is still the best combo of SUV/sports car on the market The Cayenne TURBO is faster but then its price is also pushing 6 figures! X3 owners claim that it has sportier handling but it too costs twice as much as the FXT.
I'm baffled on how exactly you're only managing 13-14 mpg Have you taken a several hundred mile hwy trip in it and if so, what was your mpg? The lifetime mpg avg for my manual XT (mostly hwy) is almost 24 mpg.
#6618 of 6715 Great Mileage Report
Jun 05, 2006 (2:23 pm)
We don't typically get good gas mileage on our FXT/4EAT either. But on our way home from our Memorial Day weekend roadtrip(which took us from OC,CA to Crater Lake, OR), we drove from Monterey,CA back to Orange County,CA (370 miles) via Pacific Coast Highway (Big Sur) and 101 on ONE TANK of gas. I still had enough gas left to go to work (20 miles) the next day. I was really surprised that our XT could reach almost 400 miles on 1 tank. By the way, don't try to pump your own gas in Oregon... it's illegal. : )