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Subaru Forester, Car Buying, Wagon, SUV
#20 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [paisan]
Jul 03, 2007 (4:17 am)
I understand your point of view, Mike. That is what I was worried about.
If the vehicle has not been deliberately abused, how much harm would likely have been done to the car in just 10 or 13 thousand miles? It might be a good deal. On the other hand, maybe they flogged it and trouble is waiting down the road.
I've never understood why an adult would want to abuse a car just because they didn't own it.
#21 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [discopete]
Jul 03, 2007 (5:03 am)
Well the way I look at things is this way. Most people abuse their cars pretty well, even when they own them. When they don't own them there is little to no incentive to really go out of your way to keep em better maintained.
Chances are that it won't be a "bad" car but on the off chance it was abused, why open yourself up for the risk?
#22 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [paisan]
Jul 03, 2007 (2:35 pm)
I know that next owner of my leased '04 F-XT will find that it was well maintained and kept. Same with my previous '00 Outback wagon. Leased or not, I take good care of my vehicles. True, it's not the norm, but it's my way.
There are gems out there, you just may have to look a bit for 'em. Take an extended test drive, get it inspected, etc.
#23 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [subearu]
Jul 05, 2007 (10:06 am)
Take an extended test drive, get it inspected, etc.
Sounds like good advice to me.
I guess the one good thing about shopping for a used Subaru is that a flaw will tend to make itself more obvious. If there are any drivetrain issues you will likely hear it or even feel it.
A used Subaru with 10k miles that looks clean and drives perfectly smooth will very likely prove to be a good buy.
#24 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [ateixeira]
Jul 12, 2007 (12:05 pm)
Are there any telltale things to look for with the turbo charger that would be a red flag for future trouble?
#25 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [discopete]
Jul 12, 2007 (12:30 pm)
You want to make sure the turbo boost is working nicely (just hit the gas pedal) and listen for the BOV go "psst" right when you shift.
Again, a flaw should make itself obvious (loss of boost mostly).
#26 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [ateixeira]
Jul 12, 2007 (2:19 pm)
Sounds easy to check. A WRX went past my house the other day with the BOV hissing when he shifted. Cool!
Do turbos with automatic transmissions also have BOVs? It may be sacrilege, but I would not rule out getting one with an AT.
#27 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [discopete]
Jul 13, 2007 (5:42 am)
Yes, the engine's still the same.
The auto takes longer to build boost, consider a newer 2.5T engine if you can afford that if you go with auto. They have less lag due to 25% more displacement plus AVCS valve control.
Autos do get a more sophisticated AWD system, too.
#28 of 39 Re: Low mileage, late model fleet vehicles worth a look? [ateixeira]
Jul 13, 2007 (5:56 pm)
The turbo spooling on my stock '04 F-XT produces a very subtle "whisper" (as I refer to it). It's a soft whistle I guess, but is really only faintly noticeable as it begins to spool just under 2k rpm. Above that and the boxer grumble is what you hear.
FWIW, my '04 w/MT has less than 26k miles on it. When I turn it next May, the engine will be just broken it for the next owner.
#29 of 39 Thanks for the tips
Jul 14, 2007 (7:25 pm)
Thank you, Gentlemen. I'll keep your advice in mind as I test drive some XTs.