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Subaru Forester, Future Vehicle, Wagon
#2871 of 3748 Re: Forester search [volkov]
Jan 14, 2009 (1:11 pm)
Dra is being an uncharacteristically indecisive shopper, and after a year and a half still hasn't commited to a new vehicle.
Well, I think that is preferable to what my wife did when we purchased our 2007 Outback. She said she would not consider anything except a Subaru, but she did not want an "older" one because she was not interested in high mileage or maintenance concerns. Okay, so that leaves a new Subaru. We decide on trim, I made her test drive one (since she wanted a manual), then we purchased one and brought it home. After that, she was disappointed with the feel of the car (interior rattles, cracking shift & parking brake boots, scuffs, etc) and said she would have liked to get an older ('96-'99) Subaru like our last one. Grr... that is what I was trying to get her to agree to buy all along! Hah!
Then, she starts saying about other new cars, "oh, that looks nice" and, "we should have looked at one of those." I would not call it buyer's remorse, but she certainly did her shopping once the cart was planted firmly in front of the horse. To her credit, though, she was very amenable to my suggestion that we do a vehicular about-face once we learned we were having another baby. It was expensive to get rid of the '07, but it has worked out beautifully in terms of cost savings over the last 18 months. I cannot believe it was two years ago already that I lost my '96 Outback. My how the time flies....
#2872 of 3748 Winter wiper blades
Jan 14, 2009 (4:23 pm)
Had our first round of snow here. The car did great. But, the wipers did a terrible job: icing up, not clearing the windshield, etc. These are the stock blades.
What have others done? Do you have this problem? Does Subaru have a winter blade?
Sorry for all the questions, but I would really appreciate some advice.
Its hard to appreciate the good handling when you can't see -- other cars on the road didn't seem to have this problem.
Bill, in West Virginia
#2873 of 3748 Re: Winter wiper blades [billwv]
Jan 14, 2009 (7:13 pm)
Subaru supposedly offers winter wiper blades. I have not used them : the stock blades are proving so so, though the winter package (wiper deicer, mirror deicers, etc) helps somewhat.
Also helps to have windshield washer fluid with a low freeze point, and Prestone spray deicer (the yellowish version in a spray bottle was wildly popular when the last big snow hit Portland OR).
My only problem was ice buildup near the top of the windshield where the defroster could not quite melt it. That required manual clearing ever so often.
#2874 of 3748 Re: Winter wiper blades [kurtamaxxxguy]
Jan 14, 2009 (7:30 pm)
Thanks for the information. I think I'll try the deicer. Mine is the 2.5x base, so I don't have the heated wiper area--one option I wish I had.
I had the defroster full blast, must have been 90 degrees inside, the windshield was still a mess.
Has anyone used the winter wipers--comments?
#2875 of 3748 Re: Forester search [volkov]
Jan 15, 2009 (9:18 am)
I own this so it's the best for everyone
So true, as if 22 cubic feet of cargo space were the same as 45. See recent posts.
Funny thing is I think they've convinced themselves that 22=55.
#2876 of 3748 Inside chemical fogging of windows
Jan 15, 2009 (11:24 am)
Has anyone else been having the chemical fogging problems?
I have had 2 dealers look at it now. One said it was the dash off gassing. Another said it was the cosmoline(rust inhibitor in the car). Both said that it should be done, but it is NOT GOING AWAY.
I am looking for any advice to resolve this.
It is so bad now that even in the daytime, the reflections on the windshield due to the chemical build up make it hard to see out of. It is greasy like, so it just smears. They "say" it isn't the antifreeze. Cleaning it is always half-assed. One dealer used industrial strength cleaner on it and that kept it clean for less than a week (although, I probably wasn't using the defroster either, as it was warmer here then.)
Any help??? Suggestions???
I do want to be able to see clearly out of my windsheild!!! (And all the other windows, as it builds up on them as well.)
#2877 of 3748 Re: Inside chemical fogging of windows [sgloon]
Jan 15, 2009 (12:01 pm)
Different vehicles, but absolutely no issues with the WRX and I doubt there is a big diff between our windshields. This makes me think it is not normal no matter what is being said. I did get it in November though so it hasn't seen high temps. I wish I could offer advice on fixing it but cannot.
#2878 of 3748 Re: Inside chemical fogging of windows [volkov]
Jan 15, 2009 (12:07 pm)
Same here, no issues whatsoever.
In fact our van fogs up much worse than our Forester does. And the windshield takes about 3 days to clean it's so big.
Try drying it with newspaper instead of using paper towels. Maybe hide some baking soda under the seat to absorb smells? We do that.
#2879 of 3748 Re: Inside chemical fogging of windows [ateixeira]
Jan 15, 2009 (12:11 pm)
BTW why is newspaper effective more than paper?
#2880 of 3748 Re: Inside chemical fogging of windows [volkov]
Jan 15, 2009 (12:14 pm)
I've only used them on the outside of cars after washing, but for whatever reason it is an amazing way to leave zero residue and no streaks. Far better than paper towels, cloth towels, chamois, etc.
I usually squeejee them and then dry off the lines with newspaper. The glass is totally transparent when I'm done.
Does anyone know more about why newspaper is good for drying glass?