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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#70 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [gdoc]
Nov 17, 2009 (5:08 pm)
gdoc: As stated in my earlier post, I had a 1998 Forester that I bought in the summer of 1997. Loved it immensely, but after 8 years & 3 right front calipers, faded paint on the hood, ugly giraffe cloth, and an irritatingly loose heat shield, I traded-in my Forester for a CR-V which is a Hummer (in size) compared to the new Forester. Like I mentioned, if I was going from 1998 Forester directly to a 2010 Forester, I would be in love. But, compared to my '05 CR-V which rides very smooth, has cavernous amounts of space, top-notch standard stereo system, and a tilting moon-roof, I was not impressed. I test-drove the 2010 Forester Premium Package and felt cramped in it, the ride isn't as smooth as the CR-V, and the massive moon-roof doesn't tilt. It's like comparing apples to bananas. Granted, my Honda is useless in the snow, so if I could take Subaru's AWD and stick it on my Honda I would be very happy. I will re-consider looking at an Outback though, so all is not lost. I loved my Subie, but didn't love the new Forester enough to buy another one.
#71 of 110 Door rattles
Nov 17, 2009 (9:16 pm)
I have an 2010 Forester XT and I'm getting some door rattling. Lower speeds over uneven road surfaces. I have the vehicle going in for service this week. Does anyone know what this is? Has anyone had this repaired with any success? I find the cargo cover rattles, but I can live with this. The door rattling is very annoying. I'd appreciated any feedback I can take to the dealer. Tx!
#72 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [bvf925]
Nov 17, 2009 (9:22 pm)
I've had about 8 honda products, so I totally agree that the they make a great vehicle. I'm a sucker for some power in a vehicle and handling, so I felt this was far superior in the forester to the crv. I am a tad annoyed with a door rattle I have in both doors over the last 3 days. I can say that with my honda products, I never had any rattling. I'm hoping this is can be fixed. Looks like I would trade honda's fit and finish for the forester so far. However, driving something that handles like a car (XT version) and has addictive power is also keeping me entertained. Maybe a forester crv hybrid? The Hondaru Crvester?
#73 of 110 Re: Door rattles [gdoc]
Nov 18, 2009 (2:04 pm)
I have this in my '10 Forester X Prem. as well. Mine are bad enough that you can hear them rattle just by closing them... you don't have to be driving! I have not addressed them, but have an appointment scheduled for 12/23.
I suspect there is some wiring harness that is not tethered properly, but it is hard to say for now.
#74 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [bvf925]
Nov 18, 2009 (2:08 pm)
I was very disappointed about the lack of tilt on the moonroof as well, but I sure enjoy all the light it lets in. I just wish I could enjoy it right now. The cold draft that huge pane of glass creates at -20F more than offsets the benefit of the added light! Like so much of the rest of Alaska, it is now closed for the season.
#75 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [xwesx]
Nov 19, 2009 (10:29 am)
The tilt would send cool air to your....luggage.
#76 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [ateixeira]
Nov 19, 2009 (12:53 pm)
No, it would make for a nice air stream with a front window down. Tilt doesn't let air in so much as it lets it out. I really wish the cargo area side windows would "vent," much as they do in a minivan (I assume our Sienna has this feature?). I like being able to open all the windows in my Caravan fully, without the obnoxious wind noise associated with only having door windows down.
#77 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [xwesx]
Nov 19, 2009 (1:31 pm)
Yes, Sienna does - with power, even. Ody's 3rd row windows don't even open, IIRC.
#78 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [ateixeira]
Nov 19, 2009 (3:04 pm)
That's crazy. The rear power vent windows are, perhaps, the best feature in my Caravan... and it is 11 years old! They even work reliably - one of the few electrical parts that do.
To get a little more on topic... I think all "wagons" (or SUVS) should have those. I think our old 1980 Subaru GL had vent openings, but they were manual.
#79 of 110 RE: Subaru Reliability [xwesx]
Nov 20, 2009 (5:46 am)
"... I was very disappointed about the lack of tilt on the moonroof as well, but I sure enjoy all the light it lets in. I just wish I could enjoy it right now. The cold draft that huge pane of glass creates at -20F more than offsets the benefit of the added light!..."
I have a little sliding and tilting moonroof in my Scion xB, but the panel of glass in my Subaru is the size of a table top -- too big and heavy to tilt. However, I love it in the winter as it provides so much solar heat on sunny days that the car stays warm when parked.