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#28 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [oregonwave]
Aug 25, 2007 (9:42 pm)
RE: Forester Rattles
I bought a 2006 Forester X, and at first the clear plastic covering the spedometer, etc. on my dash squeaked, but it does not do it now.
Overall, it's been a dependable car so far, but at first I thought it had some annoyances -- probably because I had a good vehicle before the Forester that had many more features (sunroof, multi-CD player, etc.). I think it was my mind trying to pick the Forester apart and that I had a so-so dealership experience that left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth at the start of ownership.
I switched to the Forester because it had a better safety rating and better fuel economy than my previous vehicle.
#29 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [oregonwave]
Jan 18, 2008 (9:35 am)
My 04 XT (100% Japan build and parts) has had a (at times very annoying!) dash rattle since almost day one. Sube Service tried 3 times to fix it - rattle keeps coming back. So it goes. Given all the excellent attributes of this vehicle and the bargain price, I can accept this minor annoyance. I am looking forward to buying an 09 XT as soon as they hit the streets.
#30 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [aka57]
Jan 18, 2008 (11:44 pm)
Does it sound like it is coming from deep in the dash, near the windshield?
There is a TSB out regarding this issue in Outbacks, not sure about Foresters - go to www.subaru.com and click the "technical info" link under the Owners section. You cannot look at the TSBs there without paying, but it will give you a TSB name and number. The one for the Outback is called, simply enough, "Dash Rattle."
My dealer is equally incompetent at hearing & fixing this rattle. I finally found and printed out three TSBs relating to interior rattles my car has. I took them to the dealer today and set up an appointment for the 28th. I hope it is cold that day and the technician's ears work because I really want a rattle-free car when I get it back.
#31 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [xwesx]
Jan 19, 2008 (7:11 pm)
Thanks for the TSB tip, xwesx - yes, my rattle is deep - at first I thought there might be a loose clip or something along the lower edge of the windshield/dash junction. Service just keeps replacing the ‘dash basket’ to no avail. sigh.
Good luck - here’s to a Rattle Free future!
#32 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [aka57]
Jan 25, 2008 (9:55 am)
Yep, sounds identical to the problem I have with mine (and I had with my last Outback as well!).
For the Legacy/Outback, the TSB is 12-96-06. Go to www.thel7.com/tsb.html and you can look at the entire TSB. Dash clips are indeed the problem. The "fix" itself seems somewhat hokey, but if it works and the dash remains securely attached then no big deal. I will try to update once my car has gone through the ringer again on Monday.
#33 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [brett2007]
Nov 23, 2010 (9:09 am)
Just unloaded my 2010 Forester 2.5x at 4,800 miles, it was a cheesy car. The cabinet noise was so loud that I didn't need the radio. Plus, the radio in the car was lousy...static most of the time. I traded it in for a Nissan Rouge SV w/P package. Love it! If you haven't brought the Forester yet, don't buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#34 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [hcawl10]
Nov 25, 2010 (12:33 pm)
Something must have happened between 2008 and 2010. I did quickly change my 2008 to quieter Michelin tires, but after that it was an almost silent touring car. I have made high speed trips from Kentucky to Minnesota, Maine and Florida. No problem with the radio, either, though I prefer listening to the iPod through it.
#35 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [hcawl10]
Nov 26, 2010 (4:17 am)
What a coincidence; my older brother's wife had a Nissan Rouge SV as well as my aunt in North Carolina. Both of them no longer have the Nissan Rogue because they traded it in after less than 1 year of miserable ownership.
Yet they don't go around saying the Nissan Rogue is a horrible car based just on their experience. Then again, it's not like people with half a brain will pay heed and take words like yours to the grave. Those who do, I wonder how they've gotten this far in life.
Funny how the people in this world act based just on their own personal experience.
#36 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [imaginary]
Nov 29, 2010 (9:26 am)
What do you call a guy who posts one severely negative comment and then vanishes?
#37 of 39 Re: why are Subaru's rate as a good car [dt63944]
Sep 23, 2011 (6:55 pm)
My husband had a 2004 subaru forester xs, now for sale w/ 131k miles on it, and the only reason we are selling is because a friend of the family wanted to buy a brand new car and so she was selling her 2007 forester w/ 40k miles. Lost a few of the "extra" features, but gained a newer less mileage car.
My husband is in love with the foresters, we have had no mechanical problem in over 3 years, only had to replace brake pads, we did replace front rotors although they probably would have been okay, and of course tires.
I traded my old Santa Fe in for a 2008 CR-V in February, with only 12k miles on it and I love my CR-V but its not the same in the snow, its more comfortable than the subaru, but they each have their pros and cons.