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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#1385 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [paisan]
Dec 24, 2008 (10:10 am)
I'm with mike on this one, if you get a warranty at all get it from Subaru. It includes roadside assistance for the duration, and it's a true warranty, rather than an insurance policy from a 3rd party.
I sold my 98 Forester in 2007 because I needed a large vehicle (minivan), but we missed it enough that we just bought a 2009. Some times I wish I'd kept it, but resale was strong and we like the new one just as much.
Towing - I've hauled a 700 lb trailer with 2 yards of pea gravel, which is super-heavy. My guess is it was 1500 lbs, but it may have been more. To be honest I'd be more concerned about stopping, not climbing hills. You may want to consider trailer brakes of some kind.
#1386 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [ateixeira]
Dec 24, 2008 (11:27 am)
Two yards? I would be shocked if a 700# trailer could even hold two yards. Pea gravel weighs probably a ton or more per yard. I have filled the bed of my truck (3/4 ton w/ overloads) with pea gravel before, which equates to 1.75 yards (8'x4'x18"), and that thing was LOADED. The frame hits the axle bump-stops at about 4500#, and it was *almost* there.
Juice, I am not saying you did not or could not do it, but whew. That sure makes me feel better about some of the things I did with my Outback.
#1387 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [xwesx]
Dec 24, 2008 (11:45 am)
Yup, it was two yards. They brought in a small front loader and gave me two scoops.
I usually get 3 yards, but that's wood chips or mulch.
This was the first time I hauled pea gravel. It sure was HEAVY. I had to do half wheelbarrow loads to be able to transport it properly.
At least the stuff lasts a lot longer than mulch does. Still looks good 3 years later, all over my back yard landscaping.
#1388 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [xwesx]
Dec 24, 2008 (3:15 pm)
Juice borrowed my 5x8 utility trailer to do that. It weighs just under 700 lb. empty, and is rated for 3000 lb.
#1389 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [rsholland]
Dec 24, 2008 (3:32 pm)
Well, okay then. I stand corrected. Apparently the Forester is good for hauling trailers that are grossly over-weighted, for short distances at least. I bet that trailer weighed close to 5000#, if not more, loaded with two yards of pea gravel!
Then again, I towed a few different vehicles, including a 1985 Chevy conversion van, with my '96 Outback. I bet that van was well over 4000#. I only towed it about 8 miles though, and only up a couple of slight grades. I think the car probably only had around 150,000 miles on it during that haul. And, even at 220,000 miles, it had no transmission problems whatsoever.
I know what you mean, AJ, regarding the weight of the gravel. I had ten yards of gravel delivered to a site once when I did landscaping in Anchorage. For the first day, I shoveled and hauled the rock with a wheelbarrow. After a day and, maybe, three yards moved, I brought my three-wheeler with a trailer. Same amount of shoveling, but no more hauling the wheelbarrow! It sure is a good workout for the forearms, though.
#1390 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [xwesx]
Dec 29, 2008 (11:13 am)
Wow, I had no idea it was that heavy. I think I would have done 2 loads each just one yard if I'd known.
It did feel very heavy, and my Forester was a clutch so I did have to slip the clutch a bit. Still, 5000# would nearly triple the weight that powertrain was dragging. I also felt it in stopping, but fortunately I had no emergency stops to test it.
After that I could barely even tell when I had just mulch or wood chips behind me.
#1391 of 1436 Photo of trailer with 3 yards of wood chips.
Dec 29, 2008 (11:20 am)
For reference...the level of pea gravel was more than half of this amount.
#1392 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2008 (1:20 pm)
I had the trailer weighed empty at the county landfill, using their scale. I think they said 675, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. Those wooden sides that I added could be 150 pounds, if not more.
#1393 of 1436 Looking for a stainless steel catback exhaust
Dec 29, 2008 (3:17 pm)
I have a 2006 Forester X that I'd like to put a catback stainless exhaust on. Now that I live in the salt belt, I need something that will last for a while. The OE rear muffler has been painted with 1200 degree stove paint 3 times now but the salt just eats it off. I'd like a new system with a mellow sound, not obnoxious. I'm too old to be running around in a car that sounds like a teenager's.
Any ideas on a source?
#1394 of 1436 Re: Looking for a stainless steel catback exhaust [erikwi]
Jan 09, 2009 (1:10 pm)
The aftermarket caters to the Impreza, and I don't think they're quite the same. It won't be easy to find what you want, especially since the type of people that usually buy aftermarket exhausts want more noise.