Last post on Feb 04, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#1369 of 1436 Re: 2005 Forester [holiver]
Nov 03, 2008 (8:11 am)
I think it depends more on the individual vehicle, and the care it has received, but we have had 2 01s, an 02, and currently have an 05 Bean and an 06 Premium. The Bean is my wife's and she loves it. The only problem she had was with the moonroof track, and everything but the glass got replaced under warranty.
We haven't had a bad Forester yet. My wife's cousin has an 02, and my brother has an 08. Both of those have been very good vehicles too. There have also been a couple of Legacys around the family. Our extended family has never had a bad Subaru.
#1370 of 1436 Re: 2005 Forester [bigfrank3]
Nov 04, 2008 (6:45 am)
We've gone and bought a 2007 base Forester. It appears to be in good shape. What might you recommend (besides what's in the manual) to make sure it stays that way? It's our first Subaru.
#1371 of 1436 Re: 2005 Forester [texases]
Nov 04, 2008 (8:24 am)
I think if you follow the manual you will be in good shape. The oil and filter changes are the most important, as in any vehicle. I always use the Subaru filter as it is of high quality. I also use Mobil 1 in all my vehicles... as well as the tractor, tiller, and snowblower. Whatever oil you use choose a good one like Penzoil or Castrol. I change oil and filter about every 5K and at that time I put a bottle of fuel injection cleaner in the gas tank. I use the black bottle of STP. I time that with the oil change to make it easy to remember.
I have always been a tire pressure fanatic, and with the AWD it is probably even more important for proper balance and performance. I use 35 psi all around. I find less than 35 hurts fuel mileage.
Good luck with your Forester! I am sure you will love it.
#1372 of 1436 Re: 2005 Forester [holiver]
Nov 05, 2008 (1:36 pm)
Good year, IMO.
Pre 03 had wheel bearing issues.
Pre 02 had head gasket issues.
03 was v1.0, even though it turned out ok.
2005 was the 3rd year for that design. 06 was a refresh.
It's about as reliable a year as you could pick, basically.
Caveat: 62k means no powertrain warranty at all.
#1373 of 1436 Subaru Forester 2001 lifespan
Dec 06, 2008 (8:08 pm)
I am considering selling my 2001 Subaru. It is almost at 100K miles, is needing more and more repairs, and I'd like to get something with better fuel economy since I recently moved to L.A.
At the same time, it's a great car and I wouldn't want to let go of it "too soon." When have other people given up their Foresters (i.e. after how many miles)?
#1374 of 1436 Re: Subaru Forester 2001 lifespan [shlomo875]
Dec 08, 2008 (8:08 pm)
I have a 2001 Forester S, purchased new, which currently has 188,000 miles. I have no plans on getting rid of it anytime soon.
#1375 of 1436 Re: Subaru Forester 2001 lifespan [leo2633]
Dec 09, 2008 (10:43 pm)
Thanks, Len. Have you had to do any major repairs recently, if I may ask?
#1376 of 1436 Re: Subaru Forester 2001 lifespan [shlomo875]
Dec 10, 2008 (7:38 am)
Nothing other than normal maintenance (most recently a set of tires).
#1377 of 1436 Re: Subaru Forester 2001 lifespan [shlomo875]
Dec 10, 2008 (7:42 pm)
I have a 2000 with 284,032 miles on it. The only engine problem I have was due to the timing belt pulley going and taking the belt with it.
#1378 of 1436 towing a trailer
Dec 10, 2008 (9:23 pm)
I have a 05 forester 2.5x. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to pull a jumping jack trailer with their forester. They weigh about 1500 lbs so I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to try and go up canyons with that much weight.