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#120 of 139 Re: 2006 Forester door locks [jhapper]
Aug 19, 2009 (9:39 am)
I wonder if this is a larger issue on these 2006 Forester models. My wife owns one and just this past 6-9 months, we've experienced the same issue described here. First, it was the front passenger door lock that wouldn't operate with the remote or the lock feature/control in the car. This was fine since my wife could always get in from the driver's side and unlock for any passengers. A few months later, this same problem happened to the driver's side door. The kids now had to manually unlock the front doors from the back for us. Just this past week, the passenger side, back door lock stopped working too. We have one working door lock now!
We've taken the car in to the dealership when the two front door locks stopped working. Basically, the little motors that operate the locks need to be replaced (at about $600 for the two doors!). It's been a great car for the last 60K miles but this sort of electrical failure is just ridiculous. We've owned older cars (two Acuras and two Toyotas) with a lot more miles and have never experienced this kind of problem. I forgot to mention that we've had issues with the lock on the trunk/hatch door too but that was covered under warranty.
Kind of disappointed. I hope the Legacy GT I just purchased will be better constructed.
#121 of 139 2003 XT AT suddenly won't start
Sep 03, 2009 (5:51 pm)
I drove it to the corner store and when coming out 20 minutes later, the car just would not start. All lights are fine, I still tried jumping it that did not help. There was no engine-trying-to-start sound when the key was turned. Searched this forum and found a post of "Battery fine but won't start" last year that looked mighty similar, I wounder how it went. Your advices are greatly appreciated.
#122 of 139 Re: 2003 XT AT suddenly won't start [littlebro]
Sep 04, 2009 (8:19 am)
Sounds like every symptom of a bad starter.
#123 of 139 06 xt forester starting to have issues radio up & down by itself, engine 2
Oct 12, 2009 (7:04 pm)
Hey. I have been bringing my car into the dealer for some time now - it is the turbo which I guess drives different than regular. Sometimes if you turn the corner, it will increase power in a jerky kind of way.
Sometimes, if I am driving, it feels like the power of the engine wanes and then sometimes even starts to feel like it is going to stop but doesn't and then will jerkingly kick back in. They have looked at it about 10 times now - this has been happening for some time.
Then today, I was driving and it started to do that jerky in and out feeling again - almost like you hit the gas hard fast and then dropped foot off and then back on - weird. So, anyway, today I start hearing the volume of a cd I had in go up and then back down. I was like, hmm cd must be messed up. But then it did it again and I looked at the stereo and sure enough it was not on the cd xxx track display - instead it said VOLUME 7 then went down to VOLUME 6 then 7 and 8 I think - as if someone was actually holding the knob changing the volume back and forth.
I started to think the in and out engine power feeling that comes and goes was linked to bad gas and figured it was he** gas because it seems to happen worse whenever I go to that gas station - I get premium everywhere as recommended for turbo. The shop did an air filter change a few months back and it seemed to solve the problem for a while - they did something else too - with thee pressure or something. So, the in and out like I am gonna die to ok I am back again feeling just started coming back but now with the radio, I am concerned.
If I were to have hit wires under the driver side, would that effect the radio - could it? Also, the light where the shift column is (for P D N R) went out a few months ago and they replaced the bulb. But, they had not put the center console piece back on totally right. Could they have done something replacing that bulb? Or could my foot or whatever have messed up a wire under driver side? If so, is that dangerous?
Also, anyone have problems with 06 foresters driver window getting scratched when you put it up and down? For some time we hear scraping a little when we put window up and down but of course dealer never hears anything. So, recently we noticed after washing it, it actually has scratches going up and down the glass.
Lovely. I said, hey we brought this to your dealership and asked about this 3 or 4 times and now that we have had it over 3 years and the warranty is up, we have to be responsible because that isn't right - he said yes but they would see what Subaru said. You've got to be kidding me - you complain and say something is wrong while UNDER warranty and they look into it say ehh it's nothing then it causes damage right after warranty is up and I might have to pay?
Ugghhh what is wrong with my car?
#124 of 139 Re: 06 xt forester starting to have issues radio up & down by itself, engine 2 [06xtforester]
Oct 13, 2009 (8:11 am)
I might be completely on the wrong track here, but have you checked the grounding connections on the car? Perhaps it is having problems with sufficient electrical flow.
#125 of 139 engine won't go above 1500 rpm
Nov 16, 2009 (6:59 am)
I was helping my son-in-law get his forester running after going through some water which had stalled out his car. We got the car running but the rpms won't go above 1500. It idles around 800 but won't go above 1500. I've never worked on a Subaru before so I don't know how to read the codes etc. HELP
#126 of 139 Re: engine won't go above 1500 rpm [lefty_wrench]
Nov 16, 2009 (8:29 am)
If it suffered from hydrolock, who knows what sort of damage was done to the engine internals.
A group of us used to go to the Pine Barrens for some off road fun, and a V6 Trooper hydrolocked, and it bent a rod. Stopped it dead in its tracks.
The odd thing is that it runs at all.
Does it throw a check-engine light? If so a good OBDII scanner can read the codes.
#127 of 139 replaced head now electrical problem
Aug 07, 2010 (3:20 pm)
#128 of 139 replaced head now electrical problem
Aug 07, 2010 (3:20 pm)
I have a 99 forester, that I replaced the head gasket on. The car will start and run fine beside the O2 sensor and Speed sensor that I need to replace. Now when I put the key in the on position The fuel pump relay, ac relay, fan relays, and pressure switching solenoid kick on and off like every second or two. The CEL starts to flash immediatly and constantly. When I drive the car it does the samething. All these circuits are on the E/G ign Air bag fuse. When I check the ECM voltages the pins for Injectors, sensors, power supply ,and Igition system grounds all have .5 volts or less. The line end check 2 pin should have 5 volts and it's 0. I have no clue what that is. So before I go nuts checking and finding that ground does anyone have some pointers.
#129 of 139 Re: replaced head now electrical problem [bubba2003]
Aug 11, 2010 (8:35 am)
How long before this problem developed did you replace the head gasket? If it was immediately or very soon thereafter, I would suspect a loose or improper connection.