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#162 of 260 2014 Subaru Forester speedometer
Jun 27, 2013 (9:20 am)
I have an odd problem. My wife picked up a 2014 Forester 2.5i last month and loves it. I drove it and found that I had problems seeing the speedometer especially when I'm wearing sunglasses. I figured it was due to the gray interior. I decided to get one myself after seeing her 32 MPG. I picked up a 2.5i Premium with the all-weather package with a black interior thinking it would have better visibility with the speedometer. As it turns out it didn't help. I asked the dealership, this morning, if they had anything after market to replace it. They didn't but showed me the one in the XT turbo model that was dark black with white numbers and it was perfect. I called Subaru and they basically said too bad we can't interchange the speedometers.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
#163 of 260 Re: 2014 Subaru Forester speedometer [nvflash]
Jun 27, 2013 (11:44 am)
File a complaint with NHTSA. Maybe, if enough people complain, they will ask Subaru to issue a recall since this could be considered a safety problem.
Jun 27, 2013 (9:11 pm)
Any other '14 Foresters owners receive surveys? I've had two so far, one from JDPower and one from some private group apparently hired by Subaru.
#165 of 260 Re: surveys? [kurtamaxxxguy]
Jun 28, 2013 (4:56 am)
'14 Forester LTD owner.
I also had two surveys first from the private group hired by Subaru
and then from JD Power.
#166 of 260 Need feedback on purchase price for 2014 Forester
Jun 29, 2013 (5:51 am)
Need to find out if I am about to over pay for a new 2014 Subaru Forester. I like the car and trusted the people I dealt with, but after reading some numbers on here, I feel like I am not getting a good deal. Here are the numbers - appreciate any and all feedback.
2014 Forester 2.5i premium
All Weather Package
Popular Package #2
Dealer Invoice $25,203
Other small fees
Out the door price $26,802.89
Dealer is throwing in cargo tray and offers two oil changes a year, free state inspections for the life on the car, and a 250,000 mile/10 year transmission and drive train warranty.
I can't get the car until August, because the color I wanted was nowhere to be found, so I have only paid $500.00 to order the car.
I am excited for the car, but want to make sure I am getting a good deal.
#167 of 260 Re: Need feedback on purchase price for 2014 Forester [firstsubaru]
Jun 29, 2013 (7:55 am)
I got the same model, but the next package up, for $1,236.00 under invoice but not the free oil changes ($73.00 each) or the extension on the warranty. The final price was 26,803.00 with all fees and taxes out the door.
I had the same issue as I wanted a pearl white one. I had made arrangements to sell my car the following weekend. They looked all over the state and to the west but couldn't find one and I couldn't wait until July when it would arrive. They offered more off on a black or dark gray but living in the mountains on dirt roads those colors wouldn't work. I walked the lot and decided on silver or bronze. They found a bronze. I'm very happy with the color as it is different than what's out there.
If you got the CVT in it you'll love the mileage. You have to learn to light foot it but I'm getting more than the 32 mpg highway advertised. Going from an SUV that got 17 mpg I'm overjoyed and the Foresters clearance is higher. Come on snow. I'm in Nevada.
The safety of a Subaru is amazing. I bought the first station wagon in 1979/1980 and ended up hitting a horse on a highway going 55 and walked away. I saw an accident by Lake Tahoe on Tuesday where a 1992 Cadillac was on the wrong side of a 45 mpg highway and hit a 2010 Forester head on. The Cadillac driver was lifeflighted out, the Forester driver walked away after ending up on top of the steel barrier on the side of the road. Both cars were totally demolished.
This would be our fourth Forester. I liked the new size and design and after my wife bought a 2.5i base model in June I bought the one described last weekend.
#168 of 260 Re: 2014 Subaru Forester speedometer [nvflash]
Jun 29, 2013 (7:59 am)
After talking to and emailing to Subaru of America, the dealer, the parts person, even the shuttle driver a solution was found. The shuttle driver recommended polarized sunglasses. I went and bought a pair and it worked. At least I can see the gauges clearly now. Pretty funny the shuttle driver figured it out when the rest were baffled.
#169 of 260 Best time to buy 2014 forester?
Jul 12, 2013 (1:05 pm)
I am looking to buy 2014 forester , auto w/ backup cam , all weather pkg, heated seats, and have no time urgency on buying. As a retired person, I'd like to find best price I can . I'm in Ohio but could travel to buy elsewhere. Eventually likely to relo to Seattle area. I can afford to finance thru bank, or special Mfgr rate if available...but major issue is total price.
My questions are-
1. Which models will have equipment I want, and
2. When is the most likely best time to buy the model indicated? I could wait til intro of the 2015 possibly...
Thanks all advice!
#170 of 260 Re: Best time to buy 2014 forester? [ronaries10]
Jul 12, 2013 (2:16 pm)
The Premium trim level (and above) will get you those features. Note that the AWP is an option on the Premium CVT, but is standard on the Premium 6-speed, Limited and Touring trim levels.
Usually your chances of getting the best deal is at the end of the month, as dealers try to meet sales quotas.
Good. Luck. The new Forester is very nice.
#171 of 260 Re: Best time to buy 2014 forester? [ronaries10]
Jul 12, 2013 (4:11 pm)
If you add the All Winter Package or get it factory installed there is not much difference. To get deals is on items that the dealer does or outsource. Undercoting - paint protection etc.
I would see on the Internet what is available at what cost and with those figures go to several dealers and see who would really want to sell you a car. The winter package is great and it is worth the investment in snowy winter country. You should haggle for a set of winter tires on rimms. All those can add up to a fairly good figure. Drive the car on a really crappy day to see how it behaves. In nice sunshine all cars will run well.