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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#992 of 1436 Re: considering a forester [tim156]
Feb 24, 2007 (12:48 am)
I have 2 Foresters right now. First one, we got in 2000 (2001 FY model) - we keep it now to give to our daughter, and the 2nd one - in August 2006 (it's 2006 model).
I absolutely love Foresters and Subarus in general. We've (hubby and I) switched to Hondas in 1997, but it was not as fun to drive as Subaru, plus it was trouble-prone (something you wouldn't expect from Honda but still), so we came back to Subaru.
I love everything in my new Forester (2006 2.5X) except too short cushion on the driver's seat (passenger's too) -- note that 2001 model had the same issue.
However, you can get used to it by adjusting the seat and getting your knees at just the right angle. I'm short, but I know many pretty tall guys who are very happy with Foresters - so I guess, one can always find a good position behind the wheel.
What I absolutely adore in Foresters is the utility. I've helped so many people move using my Forester as a "truck". You can fold the back seats and fill it to the gills, and yet be able to add a bunch of stuff on the roof rack.
My friends gave me a sticker for my Forester - An Official Mattress Transporting Vehicle - after I've helped them to move 2 mattresses at a time on the roof of my Forester.
#993 of 1436 Re: considering a forester [tim156]
Feb 24, 2007 (5:20 pm)
I have an 03 Forester with 62K miles and 0 problems to date.
My driving is 70/30 highway/city with a long term 26.5 MPG.
This car is highly manuverable, utilizes tight parking space, is a very good snow/rain car, and handles light off-road obstacle hoping pretty well too. For a small wagon the cargo area and roof rack can hold a surprising amount of stuff. Oh yeah the rear lift opens upward easily, no barn door swing syndrome that others have.
If I had to do it today I'd go for the Premium package.
Rav 4 with 100 more horsepower is the V-6 option at considerable more cost than a Forester. Their standard I-4 is comparable to the Forester in performance.
Take your time and test drive all the competing models.
#994 of 1436 Re: considering a forester [tim156]
Feb 24, 2007 (6:30 pm)
Have an '05 XT auto with all goodies except the tach package. One warranty repair on the rear seat fold down pull lever.
In no particular order.
Pluses - Great sunroof. Roomy. Handles like a car with lots of interior room for passengers and cargo. Fast, very fast, dusts the competition in this segment. Heated seats on high can cook eggs. Radio for what it is, is okay. 6 CD changer is great. Homelink, dimming mirror features not found on more expensive models.
Minuses - Needs premium. Tranny could use 5th gear. No steering wheel controls. High potential for accumulating points on driving record. Gas mileage could be better at times, but highway average mid-20s.
#995 of 1436 thanks for the input
Feb 24, 2007 (8:36 pm)
Thanks to all who responded and those who do so in the future. I'm looking forward to the test drives and finding the best deal. I got one response from my internet inquiry for $19985. I'm in Minneapolis and with 8" of snow today could have used the AWD.
#996 of 1436 Re: considering a forester [erics6]
Feb 24, 2007 (8:53 pm)
The only problem I've had is the instrument cluster module which was known problem with a TSB, replaced under warranty. I really like my Freestyle and one of the many reasons for buying one was the CVT. I'm not very happy with Ford for abandoning it after only 3 years. I'm worried about resale value because if the public didn't accept it between 05 and 07, what will be the perception or understanding of it be 4 or 5 years from now and what dealer will want one on their used lot. Of course Ford did nothing to promote the Freestyle or CVT. Nissan and others aren't scraping their CVT's.
#997 of 1436 Re: thanks for the input [tim156]
Feb 26, 2007 (10:03 am)
If you're sure the Forester offers you enough space (since it is smaller then the vehicle you're coming out of), I hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed my '98.
#998 of 1436 Nagging cold-weather window problem
Feb 28, 2007 (6:03 am)
The driver's side window on my '05 Forester XT jumps in its track when I roll it up, but only in cold weather (i.e., temps below 40 degrees F). I've had the dealer service department check it several times and they almost never can replicate the condition - I imagine that's because service department bays are warmer than that. However, when I took the car in for inspection in December, they were able to replicate it; their solution was to lube the window channel, which did not work.
Fast forward to yesterday and my 30K service. I asked them to address the problem again, and again they could not replicate the condition. I note on the write-up the comment "Aftermarket tint on window, may be cause of."
Personally I think that's a crock and a cop-out on the service department's part. First, they acknowledged the condition at my last appointment. Second, if the tint were the cause of the problem, would it not occur at all temperatures and not just in the cold?
My seat-of-the-pants guess is that some parts (the window channel rubber, maybe?) are contracting with the cold and causing the window to rub against some part of the power window mechanism. The fix might be to remove the door panels and adjust the mechanism - something the dealer service techs seem loath to do. This is the only mechanical problem that I've had with the car to date. It's a minor one to be sure, and one I can live with (and have), but still one I'd like to have properly addressed before the warranty expires.
Any advice or suggestions are appreciated.
#999 of 1436 re: cold weather window problems
Feb 28, 2007 (6:14 am)
Yes, if it were me, I'd remove the after market tint from the window, go back to the dealer and have them test the window out in the cold, then insist they fix it. If I continued to get the runaround, I'd write a letter or make a phone call to Subaru corporate headquarters.
#1000 of 1436 Re: Nagging cold-weather window problem [lark6]
Feb 28, 2007 (7:12 am)
On one hand, you could remove the tint and ask them to fix it.
But...that would require removing the door panel, and that's the type of action that creats squeeks and rattles. It may make the window operation smoother, but replace it with a rattle that'll annoy you even more (and might happen all the time, instead of intermittently).
Not sure what I'd do, I guess it depends on how bad the window problem is.
Check out this link for a similar problem that is common with Miatas (very slow power window operation):
Feb 28, 2007 (7:17 am)
I'm sure that Lee would re-tint it for you w/o a problem.