Last post on Dec 06, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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#11 of 13 Re: '06 Forester Heater/Mode Cables Deform [pulphook]
Dec 06, 2012 (7:18 am)
Our non-dealer A.S.E. Subaru mechanic here recommended that we get an older set from used parts a.k.a. "junk yard". The cables in this set from an 04 or 03 Forester were thicker, durable, and exactly matched the OEM set on our 2006 except for the thicker cables.
Conclusion ? The SOA beancounters decided to save a few $$$ on decreasing the quality and reliability of the heater set cables in the 2005-2006 models.
It would have been the weight watchers, not the bean counters. Every ounce of extra weight is being removed to improve fuel economy. There may have been no decrease in cost. Expect many more such weight reductions in new models.
#12 of 13 Re: '06 Forester Heater/Mode Cables Deform [saedave]
Dec 06, 2012 (7:39 am)
Weight of a full set of cable ass'y weight including knobs is less than a couple of pounds. Decreasing the thickness and material quality of cables of less than 12" for each cannot be a weight decision on a vehicle weight or "fuel economy". Give us a break: SOA wanted to save a buck.
Now if it is weight, the poundage of the hood for example has been lightened by near 1/2 from the 2001 Forester to the 2006. Now that's a weight consideration for fuel savings.
In any product, the CFO rules.
#13 of 13 Re: '06 Forester Heater/Mode Cables Deform [pulphook]
Dec 06, 2012 (12:11 pm)
Even windshield thickness and carpet padding is decreasing for weight reasons. The new, very thin, transparent back bumper abrasion cover is another example.
Certainly cost is also very important: We are Subaru rather than Audi buyers.
Audi , for example,went too far on early model year 1974 Fox models' window crank mechanisms and had to retrofit heavier and sturdier versions. My new 1974 Audi Fox was one of those getting the fix.