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#129 of 439 Re: 2002 engine will not run smoothly after complete tune-up. [ateixeira]
Aug 31, 2007 (12:21 pm)
We caved in and traded the Forester for a new 2007 Honda Accord EX-L.
Our Forester was an early 2002-but Subaru and dealer both said it was not one of the identified problem motors.
I told the Subaru Service Manager that I will never ever own another Subaru. Subaru clearly knows there is a design flaw, that is why they put the chemical additive in the coolant at 48,000 miles-which plugged the leak areas until it was out of warranty and then told he was a high mileage car. Pure BS!
Thanks to everyone who offered assitance with comments and suggestions! We really appreciate your help.
#130 of 439 Re: head gasket [ateixeira]
Oct 05, 2007 (10:05 am)
just about to buy a 99 forester. have done all due diligence i can imagine including carfax; calling subaru to track that all SB's have been fulfilled... now just got to get over the fears driven by the immense amount of stuff i'm reading about head gaskets on this car. the current owner has done the coolant conditioner... but how long does that last? anybody know if that is a permanent fix? Subaru said that they cover head gaskets in the normal warrantee up to 60k miles but after the coolant conditioner fix is done, they will cover this year until 100k miles... anyone with any experience "post" conditioner? with this year car? it currently only has 64k miles and I'm hoping for years more... thanks, kona4
#131 of 439 Re: head gasket [kona4]
Oct 10, 2007 (7:29 am)
I had a 98 and it was perfect, even without the conditioner.
We needed more space, so we got a minivan, but we plan to trade our Legacy on an 09 Forester when those come out.
You're covered for, what, another 36k miles? That's as long as some new car warranties.
#132 of 439 white fluid leak
Oct 20, 2007 (9:50 am)
I don't know that this is actually an engine problem but I figured I'd start here.
My wife has an '03 Forester XS. It's got just over 40k miles on it and the only thing it's needed so far besides regular service was a new oxygen sensor a few months ago.
Today I noticed some spots in the driveway where she parks, small pools of an off-whiteish liquid. There are a few of them and they're maybe 2" across. In a left/right sense, they appear to be coming from the middle of the car. In a front/back sense, I can't tell because she doesn't always park in exactly the same spot.
When she gets home, I'll check the fluid levels. What are the likely possibilities here, and with each one, what's the urgency? (I'm not trying to blow it off, I just like to know whether it's a case of "must get to mechanic immediately and drive no further" or "it's ok to wait a few days until the dealer can take you.")
Thanks for any info.
#133 of 439 Re: white fluid leak [cabriggs]
Oct 20, 2007 (8:13 pm)
White liquid? Personally I'd stick a sheet of cardboard to see exactly where it's coming from.
#135 of 439 Re: white fluid leak [cabriggs]
Oct 21, 2007 (7:17 am)
Maybe you're leaking WhiteOut! Seriously though, other than wheel bearing grease, I don't know of another lubricant that's white.
#136 of 439 Re: white fluid leak [p0926]
Oct 21, 2007 (11:28 am)
Oil and coolant whipped up together can be whitish.
#137 of 439 Re: white fluid leak [cabriggs]
Oct 23, 2007 (11:28 am)
What is the texture like? Oily? Watery?
I wonder if it's just water from the condenstation of the A/C system. Not sure where it picked up the whitish color, though.
#138 of 439 04 forester gaskets
Nov 06, 2007 (7:19 pm)
I have been experiencing multitude problems with my 04 forester, 70,000 miles...need struts, had hesitation at start, skipping, cel on..and have in the last months replaced spark plugs, fuel injectors, ignition coil, and now they say I have to replace the head gasket. Is this normal??? Is anyone else having these problems??