Last post on Feb 04, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#941 of 1436 Re: Sports X and Sports XT available on Subaru website [nowakj66]
Dec 24, 2006 (8:59 pm)
Yeah, I know what you mean about MT and the turbo, but we also have a 2005 Volvo S40 T5 with 6-speed MT (hence my username), and I've enjoyed that thing on the freeway. I doubt the XT Sports with MT would be as nifty to weave thru traffic. Our '99 Forester is also AT, so we're used to it. The additional safety is what I wanted. Plus, I hope the XT Sports gives us at least 100K miles of relatively trouble-free driving, as the '99 Forester has.
#942 of 1436 2001 Forester - strange behavior of security system
Dec 25, 2006 (2:07 pm)
Recently, I've had to jump start my battery. Ever since - although battery seems to be ok -- I have a strange constant blinking of the security system sign on the dash, plus car stopped flashing lights when I click remote control to open the doors. Something's fishy there although for all practical purposes it's still working ok. 160K miles on a vehicle. \\
Should I disconnect and then reconnect the battery, to try to bring things back to normal?
#943 of 1436 Re: 2001 Forester - strange behavior of security system [kate5000]
Dec 25, 2006 (2:14 pm)
Sounds like the system is in valet mode. Unlock and open the driver's door, click the "unlock" button on the remote, then click and HOLD the "unlock" button on the remote for 5-10 seconds. The system should return to normal.
#944 of 1436 Re: 2001 Forester - strange behavior of security system [kate5000]
Dec 25, 2006 (2:16 pm)
Check your owner manual and reprogram the security system. There are about four different options. If your lights no longer flash when locking/unlocking, it sounds like one of the other options has been activated.
#945 of 1436 Oil filter confusion
Dec 28, 2006 (6:42 am)
Has anybody had a problem finding the right oil filter for their 06 Forester? My local auto parts stores (Pep-Boys,Auto-Zone) have no listing for a fram filter in their book, only a purolator L14612. I got on the purolator website I found a cross reference conversion to a Fram Ph 6607, I then went to the Fram website and found a listing recomends a PH 9715 which is not stocked in central N.Y.
What filter is right?
Note. The Fram website lists the forester as Subaru Truck
#946 of 1436 Re: Oil filter confusion [bluvette]
Dec 28, 2006 (10:22 am)
Why not just get the filter from your Subaru dealer? It's not expensive and you'll get the crush washer too, not to mention you'll get the correct filter as well. You can probably order a case of filters from them too and save some $$$.
#947 of 1436 Slack Seat Belt Fix
Dec 30, 2006 (5:24 pm)
I originally posted the following on the Subaru Crew thread, but thought I'd copy it here in hopes of getting more feedback - if not gauging how much crossover there is between the two threads as well.
My driver's seat belt tensioner on my '03 Forester X is a bit slack, which prevents the belt from retracting when released, sometimes allowing the door to close on the buckle, which is not a nice thing to do to a seatbelt, or a B pillar, even one as sturdy as mine! Any ideas on how to restore some needed tension to this area of my world?
Happy New Year to All!
PS - Drove a Malibu Max while on vacation last week - lousy traction, wheels regularly spinning, and even prompting my Dad to mention, "This car rides rough!" Too bad I couldn't have my Forester with me.
One thing I did like about the Max, though: it's good brakes. My own seem mushy at 48K - is this a cause for concern or just a basic difference between the two cars? No problems noted at any service inspections.
Jan 01, 2007 (10:31 pm)
You should have your brakes flushed every 2 years or 30k miles. Chances are you didn't do it, so they are due.
#949 of 1436 Re: mushy [paisan]
Jan 04, 2007 (1:46 pm)
The seatbelt retractor is intentionally a bit slack to avoid the belt irritating the wearer. If you have ever been in some of the older GM vehicles where the belt is very tight, you will know why. If you guide the belt toward the retractor, it should take up the slack. The tensioner is a separate device that pulls up the slack quickly in case of a collision. I cannot remember whether the '03 is equipped with the tensioner, but your driver's manual should tell you.
#950 of 1436 Electronic Throttle Control
Jan 06, 2007 (8:11 pm)
Any issues with the Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)? Some of the newer cars I've driven that don't have the traditional cable throttle are really touchy. I was considering an 05 X. The 03-04 X don't have it.