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#1634 of 3627 2005 forester test drive problem
Oct 15, 2007 (1:38 pm)
I am looking at a 2005 Subaru Forester with 7800 miles on it. One owner, appears to be in great condition & the price is right ($15k). However, when I went to test drive it, it didnt start. The salesman said someone might have left a particular switch in the "on" position; he jumped it and it drove great (and they replaced the battery). I would like to purchase it, but I am worried that the battery problem might be a bad sign. Is it? Any advice on how to proceed? Thanks.
#1635 of 3627 Re: 2005 forester test drive problem [mart2]
Oct 15, 2007 (3:26 pm)
It's fairly common for cars left on dealer's lots to have dead batteries (careless test drivers) and if they replaced the battery I wouldn't worry. Besides, it should still have another 6 months at least left on the original warranty in case there is something else wrong.
#1636 of 3627 Re: 2005 forester test drive problem [mart2]
Oct 15, 2007 (4:56 pm)
That happened to me when I went to look at a new Forester. It wouldn't start. I passed on that one though, and bought another one.
#1637 of 3627 Re: 2005 forester test drive problem [mart2]
Oct 15, 2007 (5:03 pm)
P.S. I usually go with my gut on these -- the dealer where the first one wouldn't start -- I drove a second new Forester, and each time I would put it from reverse to drive it made a "ping" noise. I passed on that one too. The salesman was not very happy -- thought he was being strung along by someone who couldn't make up their mind. So I drove a third one and bought it.
If you are uncomfortable, you don't want that nagging doubt in your mind to spoil your enjoyment.
Another example -- I'd love to have a Jeep Wrangler, but all the posts on these forums that I've read about them having stalling problems while driving makes me too uneasy to buy one.
Do what gives you peace of mind.
#1638 of 3627 Re: 2005 forester test drive problem [mb789]
Oct 16, 2007 (2:53 am)
7800 miles on an 05? and 15K? That vehicle does not even have enough miles on it for something to be wrong. I would carfax it and try to get another 500 off. I bought a new 04 X for 17K. That is actually a very good deal for an i.e. new car. Why so few miles is a question that comes to mind.
#1639 of 3627 Re: 2005 forester test drive problem [kavoom]
Oct 16, 2007 (2:58 pm)
Carfax shows one owner (with title & inspections done in the next town over from me). The dealer says the seller was movung to barbados--that's why he sold it. As for the low mileage, it might be that he was more of a seasonal resident (in a resort town) and just might not have driven it that much. The dealer has tried to reassure me about the warranty. Im going to try getting it down at least $5k.
#1640 of 3627 Re: 2005 forester test drive problem [mart2]
Oct 16, 2007 (3:24 pm)
Don't shoot the messenger, but, get it down 'at least $5k'? Prepare to be disappointed.
#1641 of 3627 Re: 2005 forester test drive problem [tifighter]
Oct 18, 2007 (3:45 pm)
Oops! Serious typo...I meant $500. ... Im not sure if I succeeded after all the juggling with my trade-in value. Let's just say I got them down $0, but they gave me what they considered a generous amount on my trade-in.
#1642 of 3627 Subaru Trade-In Program?
Oct 19, 2007 (7:30 pm)
Does anyone know anything about or have you used the guaranteed trade-in program when buying another Subaru? I have a 2006 Forester X, and I'm thinking of upgrading to the Forester Premium or an Outback. Thanks.
I was on the My Subaru page recently, but didn't see anything about the program -- is it offered only certain times during the year?
#1643 of 3627 Re: Subaru Trade-In Program? [mb789]
Oct 21, 2007 (11:42 am)
It seems to be buried a little, but found it on Subaru.com with a search... here's the link:
Looks like you'd better be quick, though. Must take delivery by Oct. 31. I've not used the program, but others here have... hopefully they'll chime in.