2008 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Cold Start

2008 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Review

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By High Plains Drifter on


2008 Subaru Forester Sports 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


When I try to start it up in the morning it is noisy and has a rough idle. The shop has a bulletin for PZEV models that says ethanol in the gas will effect the engine this way on cold starts. All gas in this area has ethanol in it. I have had a lot of cars and never seen an engine start like this every morning. Can't Subaru do better than this?

Best Features

AWD, stereo, gas mileage.

Worst Features

If they can't design a smooth running engine get rid of the PZEV models.
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