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I have a 2006 L L Bean and have been waiting for Suburu to get a better transmission and a non turbo engine with a bit more hp. So I'm batting .500. The latest Car and Driver compares the 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, the Subaru Forester and the 2013Toyota RAV4. Mazda finishes 1st, Toyota 2nd and Forester 3rd. Major complaints: "The CVT tricks your ears into believing the Forester has ... Read More
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 ... Read More
Here's my experience with this OEM heater cable ass'y problem. SOA CHANGED the spec and manufacture of all the heater cables starting with the 2005 Foresters. In our 2006 the broken/deformed cables were first replaced with the OEM set from a dealer......THEY ALSO DEFORMED/BENT/STOPPED FUNCTIONING. 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 ... Read More
If it has relatiively new tires and brakes, I'd consider performing the required maintenance/repairs. However, I would shop around and see if you could get a better deal from an independent garage as opposed to the dealership. Also, if you have basic mechanical ability, you can purchase a great battery from Costco for $59.99 and install it yourself in a few minutes and save a close to a hundred bucks in ... Read More
I'm trying to think what major changes occurred on the Forester between '99 and '00, and I cannot think of any. I'm sure there is a Haynes manual that covers 2000-2006 Subaru vehicles. I want to say that the 1999 Forester used the EJ25 engine with SOHC. The Legacy and Outback still used the DOHC version of that engine in 1999. In 2000, all went to the SOHC EJ25.
The manual mode control stopped operating on this '06 Forester with around 75K; the cable had bent. After replacing it with another "official" Subaru cable from the local dealer, it deformed again. Discovery ? We installed a complete heater and mode control system including the dash panel from a 2003 Forester ( $50. thanks to a used parts yard here in Maine). The complete OEM system from Subaru was about $300. ... Read More
I had the same problem but had it fixed at the dealer yesterday. The mechanic told me it was rust on the clutch plate.. He showed me what he did. You move the fluid bottle out off the way, then remove the cover plate that protects the belt. Here is the best part, you spray WD-40 or similar onto the clutch plate and in between the compressor and clutch plate. Put ... Read More
When my air conditioner started acting like that, I had to have the computer module for the a/c replaced. Not cheap but after that the a/c worked fine. I'm still having problems with the car overheating when I run the a/c. I can turn it on but if I travel on the interstate when I get off, it starts to overheat. I've replaced the head gasket so I didn't expect this ... Read More
My air conditioner works well for a while, blowing very cold air. The, suddenly the compressor seems to shut off and only warm air is emitted. This seems to happen especially on hot days, and especially if I am headed downhill (i.e. when my engine is revving down). If I accelerate, raising RPMs, the compressor seems to kick back in. I can do this 5 or 6 times. Eventually, even that ... Read More
We have a 2003 Buick. In mid-2006 we had a 30,000-mile "maintenance check" inspection done by a large independent shop for $115. They found nothing to do. A year later during a "trip check" inspection, they recommended a change of coolant, trans fluid and brake fluid, which cost $400. I don't have our Buick printed maintenance schedule handy, but this site says there is almost nothing to actually be done at ... Read More
After over-researching replacement tires in December 2007, I selected the Bridgestone Potenzas. While they were noisy, they were great for handling. I maintained tire pressure, balance, and alignment for the past 3 years. Despite putting less than 30k on these tires, there is a sidewall crack in the rear passenger tire. In May 2011, I went to get a 6-month rotation, and the tire folks wouldn't do it because they said ... Read More
Subaru fills the diffs with regular oil. I changed both diffs to synthetic at 10k, and the regular oil in the rear diff was already discolored. The manual says: "The 2.5-liter turbo engine is designed to operate using premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 AKI or higher. If premium unleaded gasoline is not available, regular unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 87 AKI or higher may be ... Read More
As far as I know all the new subarus (post 2006) have electric operated air pumps. -mike Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
Other than her occasional need to belligerently run off from time to time (I think it is the husky in her - she's a racing (Alaska) husky & yellow lab cross), she is a great pup. I can't believe she's ten years old now. The trees are birch (Betula papyrifera), almost exclusively. There are some mature white and black spruce on that plot as well, but not so much in that ... Read More
My wife has a 2006 Forester that she likes. Extended warrantee expires in a year so we have been thinking about a new one. Questions: when is the new model due ( I think that there is a 5 year cycle) ? anything in the works for an awd diesel or flex fuel? My wife loves sitting up high in the Forester, so what what is the passenger height in f ... Read More
Everyone calls themselves premium. Heck, Suzuki pitches the Kizashi as a luxury performance sedan. Seriously. It doesn't even offer a V6 or a turbo. Subaru's true upscale march came in 2005-2006 and failed miserably (look at Tribeca sales). Everyone balked at the prices. Sales really took off in 2009 when the Forester arrived with value pricing (and a little de-contenting to be honest).
Subaru's true upscale march came in 2005-2006 and failed miserably (look at Tribeca sales). Everyone balked at the prices. But some of us benefitted from the great discounts like the $5000 off of a 3.0R VDC that I got at that time. The up-market push brought me back from Audi/VW since I didn't have to sit on recycled burlap like in my 97 Legacy any more. :D And take a look ... Read More
The sudden advent of 'shift shock' can mean that the clutches are burned/contaminted so that they grab too fast, or the fluid pressure on the actuator is suddenly too high (valve body issue?). Either way, it can signal coming major trouble. I'd get it looked at, especially if you are still under warranty coverage. However, see my post above yours for the possible outcome if the dealer doesn't agree that the ... Read More
"... If I can find someone to flush, then I won't worry about changing the filter out..." If my 2008 had still had an ATF filter, I would want it changed with a flush. It would become filled with the crud that the solvent and flushing was removing. "... when I was a Honda/Acura tech... the mid-90's models didn't have a filter at all, just a screen inside to catch the ... Read More
downgraded "symmetrical awd" which after redesign lost LS differential Some models had a viscous LSD to manage traction on the rear axle (better than on the front, but still not on both), but it was replaced with traction/stability control that managed traction on both axles on all models. That was an upgrade, not a downgrade. Let's use Mitsubishi as a source for this one, from their 2006 press release when they ... Read More
"... My closest servicing dealer said SOA advises against using a flusher but my mom's servicing dealer says they've never been told not to use this machine on a Subaru AT. Thoughts?" My dealer pushes the flushes. The flushing machine is an expensive investment, and does take some training to use. Maybe some dealers don't want to offer that service and badmouth it. It is unlikely that SOA would really tell ... Read More
"... When I take it in for the 60k, I'm going to request that the external tranny filter be replaced. I don't care if they say it's supposed to be a lifetime filter..." That is only part of what the Service Schedule says. Footnote 9 says: 9. The ATF filter is a maintenance free part. The ATF filter needs replacement only when it has physical damage or if the ATF has ... Read More
"... What about using a flushing machine? My closest servicing dealer said SOA advises against using a flusher but my mom's servicing dealer says they've never been told not to use this machine on a Subaru AT. Thoughts?..." A flush is the only way to replace all 10 quarts, because a simple drain only lets out 3.75 quarts. A flush also cleans which a drain does not. My dealer uses a ... Read More
"... Maybe now that another 2006 has been found with a HG leak SOA will sit up and notice and dig for a cause..." Subaru has always known the cause to be the open deck engine block. They are changing to a semi-closed deck for the diesel, which requires a different more expensive casting process: "The BOXER DIESEL adopts a semi-closed cylinder block deck to improve the rigidity around the head ... Read More
"You're missing the quote from the service manager. He's the one that told me face to face synthetic wasn't recommended... I'm blaming a flaw in either the head gasket itself or their engine assembly process." I saw that quote, but I don't think his opinion means anything. I think the flaw is in the "open-deck" engine design, not the engine assembly or gasket. http://www.grindstonemotorsports.com/tech/blockdesign.jpg The cylinder tops float in the block, ... Read More
Actually Subaru addressed the problem with the 1st generation Forester head gaskets by providing a leak-sealing coolant. And if you used their coolant, Subaru agreed to extend the warranty to 100k. Also, Subaru waited 5 years (not 1) before they changed the design (it took that long for the problem to manifest itself). But I do agree that you should be able to expect a Subaru to last longer than 100k ... Read More
Thanks for your reply. Wow - 2006 at at 43K! Unfortunately I don't have any warranty left - I just hit 75,000 miles and I am sure that is over the warranty. Any suggestions? Do you think it would help to call the corporate office?
I have a 1998 Forester and rebuilt the engine last year after the headgasket blew. I did that as a matter of economy and also (most importantly) because I really, really trusted my mechanic to get the best rebuilder and fight for me in case anything went wrong. If I had my druthers, I would have bought a new Honda Element. Honda has a better track record for long lasting-ness. I ... Read More
I have been trying to decide on what car to buy, and am having a very hard time with it. My choice is between the Honda CRV and the new Subaru Forester. I drove both and really liked the Forester. Was almost going to make that decision until I read about the HG problem. My understanding was that the issue was in older Forester's models and was resolved by Subaru and ... Read More
Had my 2006 done under warranty at 43k and now my mom's getting the head gaskets replaced on her car at 30k under warranty. Do you have any warranty left?
I'm not against flushing with a machine. One of my employees had it done on his delivery car when the tranny started hanging in gear and it solved his shifting problems completely. The machines pump new fluid in reverse flow and collect the old fluid and dirt. It has risks, especially on high mileage gearboxes or if the operator sets the pressure too high. I was curious to know since the ... Read More
Sounds good to me! What about using a flushing machine? My closest servicing dealer said SOA advises against using a flusher but my mom's servicing dealer says they've never been told not to use this machine on a Subaru AT. Thoughts?
That fluid does meet J specs (listed as Nissan type J - Subaru's 4-speed transmissions are manufactured by JATCo). I am not sure of quality, etc., on it aside from that, though.
She's taking it in Thursday to the selling and servicing dealer for them to look at. They don't even have to put it on the lift to find it, just reach down and touch the corner of the head on the firewall side and they'll get oil on their finger. By the way, this particular dealer (not mentioning names) did the 30k a while back. They used a trans flushing machine ... Read More
>> how you were driving around with 4 year old maps, and you were OK with that? Why would I care? I have never ran into a new road. Outlander uses Navteq maps Ė the same map vendor as most of manufacturers: acura, audi, benz, bmw, caddi, LR, jag, infi, mazd, niss, vw, volvo and more. And they all get updates at the same time. I donít think itís 4 years. ... Read More
>>I see, things only matter when Mitsubishi has the edge. When you think Forester has an edge you talk about it. But when you see there no edge you talk about aftermarket accessories. There is really no edge except for large sun roof, which by the way eliminates that good roof safety test. . >> Safety means nothing to you now? It did a day or two ago. You r talking ... Read More
Mitsu's site listed BMW and Subaru. Maybe I didn't scroll to the right enough? Or were you talking about Edmunds? Any how, Mitsu is certainly ambitious if they list BMW and Acura. Anyone who wants to spend $33k on a Subie can get an Outback 3.6R Limited with Navi, and that gets a backup cam with trajectory lines (does Outlander have those?), big engine power, and a huge 8" Nav screen ... Read More
Aaaah, that explains it. The class actually went through some cost cutting. Back in 2006 I remember the Forester had the Tribeca's fabric, padded headliner, and nicer cloth seats, too. I'm sure the CR-V did, also. Both have cut costs. The headliner is that cheap paperboard, with what feels like dryer lint glued on. It probably also saves weight. The RAV4 is no better, so this is par for the price ... Read More
I have been a loyal Acura customer since 1992, with the exception of one bmw. I've had 7 acura/honda products. My acura was a 2006 acura tsx/nav. I must say, I have only positive things to say about my tsx experience. However, with a new 11 week old baby and the need for some more space I spent about 3 months researching and test driving every SUV/CUV. Reading reviews and watching ... Read More
Only applies to PZEV, viz" "Service Program WVM-23 (2006 - 2009 Legacy / Outback or 2008 - 2010 Forester 2.5L with PZEV) " bill
Thanks for this. On the good side, i just bought a Forester 2.5 limited. The bad news, reading this I realized I want a 2.5t. No T! I am besides myself. Why didn't I think of that?
"... I like it when a car is response and powerful, and part of me wants to say, get serious you don't have that kind of money, you need something practical and solid!..." The Forester XT Limited is faster than the X3, with a better AWD, with the same level of equipment and finish, for almost $10,000 less.
How does she find the ride between the two? Are they comparable?
My wife has a 2006 X3, there was the blue tooth transmitter failure at the beginning of this year. Other than this, the X3 has been very reliable since Dec of 2005. She loves the X3 more than the Forester. I have a 2009 Forester Prem, so far there is no problem at all, it has 30K miles on it now. By the way this is my third Forester, I had ... Read More
I have heard it is excellent in snow and ice. Grass and mud, no problem. That is strictly come from how good the 4 tires are. Snow tires are the best but need to keep extra set for other 3 seasons.
Never looked at the Subaru (which looks strange to me but gets great reviews) but it's funny as I see the X3 as a tough, mid-sized utilitarian car. Pricey in its range but not over the top so. It isn't a cream puff and pretty ascetic inside and out except for the amazing four piece pano roof. It is a zippy suburban car though and not meant to be taken off ... Read More
I have had no problems with the car. It's great! Nice size and handles wonderfully. It has the German transmission that you have to get used to, but it gets up and goes. I got a certified used one from a BMW dealer, so I know that it has a warranty and it was inspected by them before I bought it. The only drawback is that it is a more fancy ... Read More
That is really interesting to hear. I gather that the second guessing has not been in connection to the BMW starting to break down or anything. The ritzy issue is there for me, too. I live in New Orleans and... not that an x3 is that flashy but. Part of me wants to own a flash car that feels great, and I like it when a car is response and powerful, ... Read More
t, I ended up with the BMW X3. It's nice, but I have kinda second-guessed my decision. It's very nice and handles great...but it feels ritsy. We had to go somewhere over the weekend where we had to park in grass and it was muddy. I felt like the car was too pretty to be muddy. I guess for my needs, the Subaru probably would have worked out well and felt ... Read More
I found this thread because I am having the same debate with myself. What did you choose and how is it working out? t
I didn't mean to be confrontational, I guess I was just hoping for more specifics. Do you like the design better? The textures, perhaps? It's just I've heard that said a few times and each time I look at the CR-V again it's not nearly as nice as some people would have you think. I try to be as objective as possible and this is why I'm very specific about what ... Read More
Took my 98 Legacy GT wagon to my local dealer for some service last week. In the show room was a Forester and the new Legacy sedan (don't know what trim level). I was taken aback, stunned, actually, by the Legacy. I was tempted to offer my condolences to the staff, but kept my mouth shut. My first reaction was 'homely', followed quickly by 'hideous'. I felt like patting it's head ... Read More
Any v1.0 is a risk, less so with Subaru, but that's always the case. I had a 1998 Forester, first year, and it was great over the 9 years I had it. So I did it again - and got a 2009, first year for gen 3. So far so good. The 2005 Legacy did have a not-so-great crash test score for side impacts, and then the 2006 was quickly revised ... Read More
Considering purchasing a bike rack for our 2006 Forester. It came with roof racks, so the hard part is done. I've done a little bit of searching online and found some twin racks for about $240-$250. I also found a single bike rack for $55. That would be significantly cheaper seeing that I could buy 2 for $110. Here's the link: http://www.1aauto.com/1A/bike-rack/Subaru/Forester/1AXRA00020/1257397/ We don't have a towing package, so for rear ... Read More
Are there any known issues with the Subaru automatic tranny that destroy the fluid? Just did a drain on mine today (20K miles), what came out was clear but very brown/yellow, strong odor, not sure I'd say burned but it really stank. Car was never run low on fluid, but anytime I checked it the last couple years it was always brown on the stick, I never really ever saw red ... Read More
I had 2 BMW X3 and a Subaru. Both cars are great, but Subaru it's very simple for my taste. On the other hand 2006 it's 3 years old, so go with 2009 Subaru Forester. It's a really good card and if it's 2.5 turbo it's incredible
I am trying to decide between a used 2006 BMW X3 or a used 2009 Subaru Forester X Prem or Limited. I currently have a full size SUV and am looking to downsize. I love the X3, but am not sure of the reliability compared to a Subaru. Help!
Morin2, Do you mean that after the screws (7 or 9) are out you just pry/manage the right side of the glove box and plastic that wraps around the bottom right? Went to my Subaru dealer today and after noticing the sign "$99 for a cabin filter change" asked the service mgr about my problem. He came out to the car and said that he didn't really know but thought that ... Read More
Hi All, Over the last 3 weeks, my Subaru Forester 2006 w/45K miles has had these lights upon start up come on, blink a little and go off. Then come back on a few days later upon startup, same process. check engines blinks, sometimes with cruise, once with battery - goes off for a few days. The car just past inspection Sat. The inspection mechanic says if the CE light ws ... Read More
I have a 2006 xB with manual, and installed aTRD short-throw shifter in it. I have also driven a couple of 2007-8 Foresters with manual. The short shifter lasted one day in the xB. I expected it to shorten the throw, but I did not expect it to make the shifting so quick and hard to do, almost like throwing a circuit breaker. It felt bad to me and was hard ... Read More
it this your first Forester or Subaru?? I have been looking for a new vehicle and drove the Forester and CRV. I really liked the Forester but had a few concerns. But after reading that most of the issues the Forester had were in the past 2002-2006. So good luck with yours.
"... 2004 Forester XT with 105K miles... bought it in 2006 and it had 58K miles on it then... connecting rod is knocking into the block and that my engine is basically shot... I have been excessively diligent with the maintenance on this vehicle... Does anyone think I have any recourse with Subaru over this?" Maybe the first owner abused the engine or was not so diligent about maintenance. I would ... Read More
I did do my homework. You might want to go back and see you have made a few mistakes. Diesels can be really clean, but the vehicle Subaru is producing for Europe is not. It is clearly stated in the article that the Subie is not emissions compliant for the US, therefore not as clean. In fact, most diesels aren't that's why there are so few in the US. I won't ... Read More
Our 2006 Subaru Forester with AT and no Turbo, gets exactly what the sticker said it would 23 town, 28 hwy. That is driving right on the speed limits, and driving sensibly. -- PeteShaw
My inspection was just about overdue so I took my 2006 Forester to Monro. They called me at work at said I needed new rear breaks (about 43,000 miles). I felt a little in a bind because I wanted to use subaru parts, but the guy convinced me the replacement parts they had were compatible. The cost was ~$190 for rear brakes.I know the manual specifies subaru breaks. Should I be ... Read More
"Our 2006 Subaru Forester with AT and no Turbo, gets exactly what the sticker said it would 23 town, 28 hwy. That is driving right on the speed limits, and driving sensibly." I think our cars are physically identical, yet the sticker on my 2008 Subaru Forester with AT and no Turbo says 20 town, 26 hwy. Driving at the limits and using gentle accelerations, I am getting 26 around town ... Read More
It's generally not recommended only because a lower speed rated tire is less resistant to heat build-up. I think you'll be OK for your type of driving, just make sure your tire pressure is always up to spec, because that's the other primary factor.
I just purchased a set of Yokohama Avid TRz tires for my 06 Forester; NTB/Tire Kingdom recommended these. These tires are t-rated ; my question - is it ok to use a t-rated tire on the Forester? I do not go off road or drive faster than 75-80 on the highway. I have a 30 day return policy; hopefully it is ok. Thanks.
Hi, I'm the lucky owner of a new 2009 Forester, my second Forester. The first one was a 2006. Got such a great deal with the guaranteed trade-in program going on now. Anyway, I do have the experience now to compare the 2009 with an earlier model, and I must say that I am greatly impressed. All those niggly complaints I had about space and that my husband (6'4") had about ... Read More
I looked these up for the AWD/4WD thread, but they are relevant since we seem to be comparing everything under the sun: Angle of approach: Forester 24.8 degrees, Outlander 21 degrees Angle of departure: Forester 24.8 degrees, Outlander 18 degrees The concern here would be the Outlander's angle of departure. You may get the front bumper past an obstacle, but it might get hung up on the rear bumper. As I ... Read More
The symmetrical AWD and boxer engine makes the center of gravity in the Forester lower. The reality is AWD/4WD have been around for about 100 years, but Subaru includes AWD with every vehicle. We can go back and forth back and forth and so far all the tests show that Outlander has a slightly better ski pad number so I would say handling is about the same. From most of the ... Read More
It's pretty convenient to just ignore the two slowest 0-60 results, though. I was trying before to explain you why I don't go by Motorweek for 0-60 mph as they are in general slower than any other publication, so they don't show the full abilities of the car. This time I'll use the 2006/2007 Subaru Forester XT (both 5-speed manual) example so perhaps you'll be more open to my argument. Car ... Read More
Well, you have to remember that Forester is also a lighter car than the Outlander. Also, Outlander is pretty much a 2006 model (Japan got it first) release where Forester is a 2009 model release, meaning Outlander is basically at least a 4-5 year old design where Forester is maybe 1-2 years old, so I would expect Subaru to be a better engineered car simply because it's more modern. Thats the ... Read More
Just bought my first subaru! I was looking for a larger vehicle than my 2006 Altima so I could tote camping gear, kyacks, and take the girls back to college. I 'm in the car for business for 28,000 miles a year so comfort was my first consideration. I felt cramped in the cockpit of both the CRV & the RAV4 with the RAV4 feeling the most cramped. My right knee ... Read More
My 2006 Forester stopped a week ago. After it was towed to Subaru I was informed that the reason the engine clanged to a stop is that there was carbon buildup in the engine. While I do have 67,000 miles on this less than 3 year old car I have also had four other Subs and have never had a major problem. Sommechanics I have talked to said this "carbon" explanation ... Read More
Motorweek's test of the Outlander was even slower: 0-60 in 8.9 seconds. I did a double-take to make sure that was the V6, but it was. My point is the better 4 cylinder (normally aspirated) competitors can match that and are a lot more economical with fuel. Why get a V6 if it's not a significantly better performer? In fact, I wonder if Mitsubishi's own 2.4l with the CVT is as ... Read More
First of all, that was in a Tribeca thread, not a Forester thread. 2nd, Subaru indeed used the label "VDC" for the AWD system on the 2006 Tribeca at its launch. It is all integrated. I stand by what I said, then and now.
My 2006 2.5x auto has been been plagued by an intermittent noise coming from possibly the front passenger wheel area that occurs when backing up (when car has been parked a while) , going over speed bumps & irregular surfaces and often when applying the brakes. The dealer has inspected the suspension and they replaced the control arm bushing and the brake pads with no luck. A Subaru rep said the ... Read More
I am looking at purchasing my first Subaru. It is a 2009 Forrester-LL Bean. Will be trading in a 2006 Ford Freestyle. Any information or advise? Thank you!
Well, that's not a fair comparison though..2006 CR-V is not the current generation, there was a new vehicle for 2007 that is substantially more polished. You have to compare that car to the previous gen Forester. I don't know which one is better between the 2008 Honda and the 2009 Subaru. I stand by my observation on the interior, though.
You might want to try tirerack.com. Their site has a LOT of tire info. You can search by vehicle, or you can give them a call. They have always been very helpful to me. However, don't be surprised if they tell you the same thing, that you should replace all four tires if they aren't all within 1/4" circumference or so. To do otherwise can lead to excessive wear on the ... Read More
My 2006 Forester has only 14,000 miles. My passenger rear tire has a nail on the inner edge and can probably not be patched. The dealer service that has my car now said I must replace all 4 tires because there is a difference of greater than 2/32. Mine are at 7/32 (new are at 10/32). So I just missed the cutoff to replace only the damaged tire--at least by Subaru ... Read More
I had to ask if this is a common problem with post 2006 Foresters. The silver paint that is used on the center console (housing the stereo, air-con, etc.) is coming off - and I've barely had the car two years. Has anyone else experienced this? Is really only on the ashtray cover (for now) - but I'm not a smoker and have hardly ever opened it. Surely Subaru aren't that ... Read More
I am looking at a 2006 Forester X Premium with 17,000 miles. It is steel gray with gray cloth interior and manual transmission. From what I can see, it has most available options and is in like new shape except for a few scuffs on lower plastic body panel from door dings. Has lowered price to $18,750.00. Is this a fair price?
Does anyone know anything about or have you used the guaranteed trade-in program when buying another Subaru? I have a 2006 Forester X, and I'm thinking of upgrading to the Forester Premium or an Outback. Thanks. I was on the My Subaru page recently, but didn't see anything about the program -- is it offered only certain times during the year?
RE: Forester Rattles I bought a 2006 Forester X, and at first the clear plastic covering the spedometer, etc. on my dash squeaked, but it does not do it now. Overall, it's been a dependable car so far, but at first I thought it had some annoyances -- probably because I had a good vehicle before the Forester that had many more features (sunroof, multi-CD player, etc.). I think it was ... Read More
I am thrilled! Bought a 2006 LL Bean yesterday! Spent hours on Saturday and 2 hours yesterday to complete the sale but survived and am very happy. When they brought the car up for me we sat in it going over the inside again where things were etc..and off I drove. I drove 4 miles and when I got out of the car I noticed a chip in the window on ... Read More
If the 2006 Grand Vitara had come from Subaru as a replacement for the Forester, Subaru fans would have been falling over themselves to praise and buy it. This isn't entirely farfetched. The Subaru Justy was actually made by Suzuki.
True, but I was responding to your initial comments: "Good luck finding a late model used Forester for sale also. And if you can find one, the odds are that it will be priced very close to what a new one will cost!" I easily found some of them, and the asking prices are dramatically lower than the MSRP. I cast a wider net. Looked on eBay for 2006 Foresters and ... Read More
I would expect to see something along the lines of the '08 Tribeca grill on the new Forester, along with the concave body paneling and shoulder lines we are seeing on the Tribeca and Impreza. Assuming the '09 Forester will get: 1) A 16.9 fuel tank (up one gallon from the current model) 2) The double-wishbone suspension, doing away with the strut towers in the cargo area, allowing for a flat ... Read More
Not sure what system the Previa had, but Toyota used to use Viscous Couplings, which is actually the same system in your MT5 Outback. That defaults to 50/50, and when the two axles move at different speeds (i.e. slip) the viscous fluid sheers and lock the two together temporarily. It can therefore send more than 50% of the power to the rear wheels, either actually. Nice thing about them is that ... Read More
Thanks, Brian. I believe that the problem began in 2006, but I am not certain. There are several complaints about it on this site under "Subaru Forester Engine Issues". In particular, gman67's post titled "high idle". There are also references to the problem on Google's "alt.autos.subaru" news group, under the posting "surging Forester". BKW
I am contemplating buying a 2007 ForesterXT sports auto. I test drove the vehicle and like it. But I have read some disturbing things about a surging problem, at least in 2006 Foresters. According to the complaints I've seen, this sometimes seems to occur when the Forester (trimline unspecified) is traveling downhill. Another driver indicated that occurred when he/she took his/her foot off the accelerator before slowing down. It appears that ... Read More
I'm thinking of buying a leftover 06 Forester from a local dealer in northern Va. I've never owned a Subie before and have been reading these posts for a couple of weeks. I got the info below off the local dealers website and this looks like a fair deal to me. What do you experts think? Thanks. Leftover New 2006 Subaru Base Forester auto, blue X Wagon, Auto. Trans. Regal Blue ... Read More
I have 2 Foresters right now. First one, we got in 2000 (2001 FY model) - we keep it now to give to our daughter, and the 2nd one - in August 2006 (it's 2006 model). I absolutely love Foresters and Subarus in general. We've (hubby and I) switched to Hondas in 1997, but it was not as fun to drive as Subaru, plus it was trouble-prone (something you wouldn't expect ... Read More
It is probably tripping the P0400 code (that is caused by mixture reading out of spec, is it not?). Mine was tripping that code periodically for 2.5 years and each time I had my emissions inspection performed the tailpipe readings were nearly identical. I have a hard time imagining that the cat was below threshold if this is the case, so I was leaning toward aging sensors. I planned to address ... Read More
Time for you to take some notes as you drive. Sounds like the light is going off quite quickly, so you are probably having a brief, single incident that does not repeat for a while. As I mentioned, hard or repeating fails would typically keep the light on for 40 full drive cycles. A drive cycle is a cold start, full warm-up, and a certain set of speeds and distance (like ... Read More
It's probably your cat. The reason why it's not coming on until 1/2hr is that the cat takes time to heat up. Thus in local driving it doesn't have time to heat up. -mike
Steve, I am discovering a lot of wonders. Instead of waiting on delivery of the replacement Catalytic converter,I took off on my scheduled vacation trip --CA to western FL. Gremlins have a mean streak. About an hour after I took off,the Cruise Control disabled,and the CEL came on steady. That condition remained until about thirty minutes before I checked into a motel for the night. Next day, same thing. Day after ... Read More
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