Last post on Jan 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#115 of 154 Re: Really bad gas mileage [xwesx]
Apr 20, 2010 (12:08 pm)
With still less than 1000 miles on my 2010 XT, mpg is at least 25% better in town than the 2005 Outback 3.0R it replaced: 15 mpg stop-sign-to-stop-sign versus 11.5! And for suburban driving 20 versus 17. It wont be hard to improve on the 24.5 mpg max highway for the 3.0R, but I don't know yet.
#116 of 154 Re: Really bad gas mileage [saedave]
Apr 20, 2010 (1:17 pm)
The XT is geared taller, so highway MPG should be quite good if you can stay off the boost.
#117 of 154 Re: Really bad gas mileage [xwesx]
Apr 21, 2010 (10:08 am)
Thanks Wes. I was hoping there was no accident involved.
#118 of 154 Re: Really bad gas mileage [bigfrank3]
Apr 21, 2010 (10:11 pm)
My 09 was poisoning me because of issues with the heater box. Breathing the coolant, refrigerant, lanolin blend oil and who knows what else, I was sick for over a year. Couldn't see out to drive, coating all parts of car including rear hatch, and the inside of my lungs. Finally got it switched out last September after 8 months of dickering. Didn't get medical bills paid.
The 09 was great on gas mileage, but not so great for my health. I don't think it was a freak, think the 10 is the freak for poor mileage...I'll double check the tire pressure...was thinking it may be bad timing as the engine is noisier. Asked the dealer to check, but they said all 10s sound that way...much different sound than the 09.
#119 of 154 Re: Really bad gas mileage [sgloon]
Apr 22, 2010 (11:30 am)
Thanks for the update. I remember your issues just missed the final chapter. Glad you got it resolved and hope your health stays good.
Timing is set and controlled by the computer, nothing to adjust. Your 10 seems to be doing about what mine and others report, your 09 seems to have been unusual. My 10 seems to be doing much better than my 06 or the 05 my wife had. My worst mileage is out on the highway because I drive faster than 65 or 70, but on rural roads I can get over 30. Still wish I had a fifth gear, although with the taller tires the RPMs are a couple hundred lower than my 06 was which has to be helping a little.
If you suspect that your computer has picked up some bad "habits" during its learning process you can always disconnect a battery cable for a few minutes. When you reconnect it the computer will start from scratch and re-learn how you drive it.
#120 of 154 Re: Really bad gas mileage [bigfrank3]
Apr 24, 2010 (1:14 pm)
Mine is a manual, so I would expect to get at least a couple of mpg better than many of the posts on here. I did love the mileage my 09 got. Best thing about that car.
I will try disconnecting the battery! That sounds like a good place to try. BTW, do you happen to know if I will loose anything else when I disconnect it, such as mpg to date, programmed radio stations, or any of the other stored data?
(I definitely want to write down my radio stations before disconnecting if I may lose them...)
#121 of 154 Re: Really bad gas mileage [sgloon]
Apr 24, 2010 (2:17 pm)
I forgot that you drive the 5-speed, so yes, you should get a couple or few MPG better.
I haven't disconnected the battery on my 10 but on my previous 3 Foresters I lost everything, including radio stations and both trip odo readings. Since the MPG calculation is based on each trip odo I suspect you will lose those readings too.
Possibly the Toyota influence has changed something but I doubt it. On my Tundra, when I disconnect the battery I lose the clock but not the radio, don't remember about the trip odo(s). Obviously they back up the radio with another battery somewhere, but I would be surprised if Subaru does that.
Jan 12, 2011 (3:33 pm)
I liked this post..it's all in the details. As someone who tends to get into specifics myself, I'm sure that's why i appreciate posts like this.
Juice, you guys still happy with the Forester? I can't recall if u still have it or went Toyota or? I've been checking into Saab, and discovered you had one of those too back in 01 or 02. Would you buy another?
I have always been curious about them, but due to no AWD and my (possibly misdirected) perception of unreliability, I have always bypassed them. Recently I have read that they have wonderful seats, and far more dependable than many realize.
#123 of 154 Re: Milage report! [tentoes49]
Jan 12, 2011 (3:38 pm)
So 2.5 years later, are u still happy with the Forester?
#124 of 154 Re: July 4th [gimmestdtranny]
Jan 13, 2011 (8:58 am)
Our 09 Forester Limited is my wife's daily driver. She *LOVES* it. Won't even talk to me about trading it in. It's a keeper.
I was hoping when a more fuel-efficient CVT comes out she may want to upgrade with the Guaranteed Trade-in Value program and the $1000 Subaru Bucks we have saved up, but I can't convince her.
My daily is a Miata, but I also have a family/trip car, a Sienna minivan. The Sienna is perfect for its missions of carrying as much people and stuff and peacefully as possible over long distances.
To be honest, while I'm not unhappy, it's the Miata that I am second-guessing. Then again it's winter, there's snow on the ground, and pot holes in the streets. When it warms up, I'm sure I'll love it again.
I've never owned a Saab, must've been someone else. Bob has, IIRC.
I like the character in some older Saabs, but how did a company known for all-weather turbo hatchbacks become so mainstreamed?