Last post on Feb 04, 2012 at 4:32 PM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#1397 of 1436 Re: Looking for a stainless steel catback exhaust [done37]
Jan 11, 2009 (11:53 am)
Is the XT pipe size the same as the nonturbo? If it is, it might work. I'll have to check out Cobb Tuning and see.
Thanks for the info.
#1398 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [rsholland]
Jan 27, 2009 (7:33 am)
I went for the subie xtended warranty. Thanks to all for your recommendations.
#1399 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [jeqq]
Feb 02, 2009 (2:03 pm)
Congrats. Remember now you get roadside assistance for the entire duration of the warranty.
#1400 of 1436 Brake Replacement
Feb 27, 2009 (9:50 pm)
Well I took the Forester in for an oil change and thorough checkup prior to driving it across the country and got told that I needed new brakes. ARGH! The $30 oil change cost just rocketed up to $450 In case you're interested, front and rear brake jobs cost $220 each for an XT (requires ceramic brake pads). Oh well, they'd told me a year and 10k miles ago that they were close to needing replacing. Plus they were the original brakes and they lasted over 70k so I guess I can't complain too much. In addition, I'll be towing a U-Haul trailer 2,500 miles so good brakes are a definite necessity.
#1401 of 1436 Re: Brake Replacement [p0926]
Mar 02, 2009 (12:28 pm)
Ouch. That's when you take it home and replace the brakes yourself! Hehe. It is a really quick job.
A friend of mine was driving his 2000 Nissan Frontier to Iowa last summer (from Fairbanks, AK) and was pulling a well-loaded trailer. He took it to a shop for estimated repairs prior to the trip, and they recommended front brake replacement, as well as replacement of his front half-shafts (both outer CV boots were split and one axle was making some noise). They quoted him $1200.
I had been talking with him somewhat casually about buying his car, for which he was looking to get $1500. He told me that he needed to do the work, but hoped to sell his car first so he did not have to foot the bill out of pocket. I told him if he had a Saturday free, I could help him do the work himself, and all he needed was to buy the parts!
So, he did. It was about $280 for the parts and the work took us an annoyingly long eight hours as a result of some stubbornness on the part of the vehicle and unfamiliarity on the part of the "mechanics." But, we got it put back together and saved him over $900. As he as driving me home, I offered him $800 for the car and we both ended up with a pretty good deal.
The amazing part, however, were the brake pads! Those things were so worn down that I could barely perceive a difference between the surface of the pads and the backers. It was mind-blowing. They were not scraping, mind you, but were literally within miles of doing so. He had only owned the truck for about 10,000 miles, so I suspect what happened was that the pads were around 10% when he bought it, so rather than replace the pads, the dealership simply broke off the squealers and hoped the buyer wouldn't check. It paid off for them, but could have cost my friend some serious bucks if he had not moved out-of-state with such impeccable timing!
I kept one set of the pads as a souvenir.
#1402 of 1436 Re: Brake Replacement [p0926]
Mar 02, 2009 (12:53 pm)
I guess we'll be welcoming you to DC soon.
Have a good road trip, Frank!
#1404 of 1436 Need tire advice
Nov 11, 2009 (5:27 pm)
Hello folks. I need tires on my 06 Forester again and I'm not sure what to get. I do not want directional tires for various reasons. I've narrowed down the choices to the Cooper CS4 T-speed rated and the Michelin Harmony, which I think is also T speed rated. Anybody have any experience with either of these tires? I like the General Altimax HP but it's directional. I have a separate set of Blizzaks for the winter so I'm not all that concerned about snow/ice grip. Any thoughts for a good all around tire that doesn't cost a small fortune?
#1405 of 1436 Re: Need tire advice [erikwi]
Nov 12, 2009 (9:42 am)
Consumer Reports rated the low priced Kumho Solus KR21 in November 2009 as better than the Cooper CS4 Touring. Check that issue for other choices.
#1406 of 1436 Re: Need tire advice [saedave]
Nov 12, 2009 (2:56 pm)
For a long lasting, inexpensive, quiet, and sure-footed tire, the Goodyear Allegra is a pretty good choice. I have had three sets of these tires (each on different vehicles), and they are very good. They run about $75-80 per tire.
I actually ran my first set, on a '96 Outback, for three years and 76,000 miles on a year-round basis here in Fairbanks, Alaska. They were at about 3/32 when I replaced them due to an internal sidewall failure on two separate tires that caused rather fast "slow leaks."