Last post on Feb 04, 2012 at 3:32 PM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#1332 of 1436 Re: Used Subaru Forester 2003 to 2005 - would you recommend it? [automan12]
Apr 10, 2008 (9:53 am)
Wheel bearings were of a new design for 2003, and have been a lot better.
The revised head gaskets arrived in 2002, IIRC. You should be fine there, too.
Inspect the head and valve cover gaskets, plus the front and rear main seals for oil leaks, as you should for any used car you shop for, really. Drive in a figure 8 with the windows open and the radio off, listen for any strange driveline noises.
The good news is with AWD any problem will make itself obvious, you should hear or feel it.
#1334 of 1436 99 Forrester bumper cover
May 14, 2008 (3:39 pm)
will a base model or L model bumper cover fit on an S model forrester?Does anyone know the difference besides fog light cut outs?
#1335 of 1436 Re: 99 Forrester bumper cover [jrw7]
May 15, 2008 (9:43 am)
I think so.
The difference is the S' bumper is painted body color, the L's was unpainted.
You can attach it with 3M two-side tape.
#1336 of 1436 Side airbags
Jul 10, 2008 (6:10 am)
What model year did they start putting side airbags in the Forester?
#1337 of 1436 Re: Side airbags [texases]
Jul 11, 2008 (9:09 pm)
Side curtains weren't added until the current model but side impact protection for the front passengers was added as part of the 2003 update.
#1338 of 1436 Re: Side airbags [p0926]
Jul 12, 2008 (3:46 pm)
"Side curtains weren't added until the current model but side impact protection for the front passengers was added as part of the 2003 update. "
Thanks - by 'side impact protection' do you mean side airbags in the seats? That's how the 2003-2007 models are listed in the MS CarPoint comparison chart.
#1339 of 1436 Re: Side airbags [texases]
Jul 12, 2008 (7:43 pm)
by 'side impact protection' do you mean side airbags in the seats?
Yes, sorry I didn't clarify that. The front seat mounted airbags also provide head protection.
#1340 of 1436 Re: Side airbags [p0926]
Jul 30, 2008 (12:24 pm)
Yep, and they were pretty unique for the class. Side impact protection per IIHS and NHTSA tests were already good even before it got the curtains.
The curtains (new for 2009) added protection for the rear seats, though.
#1341 of 1436 Re: Side airbags [ateixeira]
Jul 30, 2008 (12:26 pm)
"The curtains (new for 2009) added protection for the rear seats, though. "
Given that I may somehow permanently lower the rear seat to prevent my 16-year old from having more than one passenger, I don't mind the lack of curtains