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#29 of 110 2002 Forester - Good Bye!
Feb 25, 2008 (9:53 am)
The short version. Had a 2000 and got a 2002 via LEMON LAW (check engine light always on and ran BAD.) I just traded in the replacement 2002 for a Honda.
Only 50K on the 2002 Forester and a Wheel Bearing went, I had to replace an 02 Sensor also, and now (at 56K) the Clutch went. I was not gonna spend the $1200+ for a new clutch just two months after spending $400+ on a wheel bearing.
I'm done with Subaru. I know others are happy, I guess I'm just unlucky..
#31 of 110 Re: 2002 Forester - Good Bye! [chicagoish]
Feb 26, 2008 (11:07 am)
Sorry to hear that.
They did change the wheel bearing design on the 2003 and later models. They moved to the sturdier design from the Legacy.
To me an 02 sensor is a wear part. Bosch says they should be changed every 30k miles, though they sell them so I'm sure they have an interest in recommending short intervals for those.
Good luck with the Honda, hopefully you'll have better luck.
#32 of 110 Re: 2002 Forester - Good Bye! [chicagoish]
Feb 27, 2008 (2:41 pm)
The wheel bearing and clutch weren't covered by the drivetrain warranty?
I've got 66k on my Forester and hopefully the clutch will last at least double that.
#33 of 110 Re: 2002 Forester - Good Bye! [p0926]
Feb 27, 2008 (11:43 am)
Frank you will be due for a clutch around 80-100k miles. 100k is the average of when they start going, or at least customers start asking for it around there
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#34 of 110 Re: 2002 Forester - Good Bye! [p0926]
Feb 28, 2008 (8:49 am)
Wheel bearings should be, but clutch, no. That's usually wear and tear.
#35 of 110 Re: 2002 Forester - Good Bye! [ateixeira]
Feb 28, 2008 (10:27 am)
wear and tear Good point.
Clutches wear out at significantly different rates depending on driving conditions (city vs highway) and driving habits (jack rabbit starts, slipping the clutch, etc). For instance, it's not uncommon to hear about a young "enthusiastic" driver needing a new clutch before 20k while others can go for more than 150k miles without replacing their clutch. In my case, I sold my Jeep with over 125k miles on the original clutch and fully expect to approach if not exceed that mark with the Forester
#36 of 110 Re: 2002 Forester - Good Bye! [p0926]
Feb 28, 2008 (10:32 am)
I sold my Forester with nearly 90k miles and it was on the original clutch.
A friend of mine had an Impreza 2.5RS, 2 years newer, and was on his 2nd clutch (an ACT model) within a couple of years. He abused it, though.
AWD burnouts sure are cool but you gotta pay to play!
#37 of 110 Re: 2002 Forester - Good Bye! [ateixeira]
Mar 02, 2008 (10:47 am)
"... I sold my Forester with nearly 90k miles and it was on the original clutch. "
Sold my Mazda truck with over 150k miles and original clutch, which had pulled 2000 lbs of boat and trailer every summer since 1991.
Having been a passenger in many manual transmission cars in the past 50 years, I have noticed that very few people use the clutch in a way that will get the most life from it. They are not abusive, but they just don't know.
#38 of 110 Re: Subaru Reliability [sibmx]
Mar 02, 2008 (10:56 am)
Do not get the fabric seats in the 2006-2008 model years. The fabric frays on the seams and even though the car is covered by warranty and they replaced the seat fabric once (with same stuff) the latest current offer is to do my 30000 mile service free. Get the leather and be fore warned the light beige color is a bear to keep clean! I have been dealing with both the dealership and Subaru since August over this problem and I am close to just trading in and going back to a Ford. Ford's I have had in the past always had great warranty coverage for any problem.
Love the car on ice & snow, so far no other problems but the interior fabric.