Subaru Forester

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  1. Konabumm

    Konabumm Konaboner

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    Anyone have one - what are your thoughts. I'm getting out of the hummer and into something else a little more reasonable.

    Jeep Wrangler (not reasonable but I miss my jeep)
    Subaru Forester
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  2. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    Jim Mac has one I believe....
     
  3. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Thumbs up from me, mine is a '98 with 155k miles on it. Couple wear parts have broken but I believe I've only had one issue that wasn't a standard wear problem (a $300 sensor broke).
     
  4. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    Was it a throttle position sensor? Mine broke in my Outback and it took four trips to the dealer before they figured out WTF the problem was. Good thing it was still under warranty.

    BTW, I thought the Hummer was Like Nothing Else? :confused:
     
  5. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I have an 2004 Impreza wagon, same platform just a little less boxy and a little less room. I've been impressed, the car has been rock solid and extremely reliable. It is no offroad machine but it performs wonderfully on east coast crap winter weather roads. I had to drive to my grandmothers funeral last year in the middle of an ice storm. Snow plows were spinning off the road but the Subie stayed right on track. It lacks a bit of refinement, a little too much road noise and a heavy truck like clutch but that is on a 4 year old car, the new ones might be different.
     
  6. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    No, it was a mass airflow sensor.

    Actually, I take it back - that was the second sensor to go, but one was cheap and a quick repair several years ago.
     
  7. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    I'm on my 2nd Forester, actually - my '98 hit 155K and developed some overheating issues which I believe were attributed to gasket problems (which where worked out in later models). I liked it enough to get another (used, 2002). The other issues I had were faulty air flow sensors and the crappy plastic "skid plates" falling off (one in the Bronx!) in both cars.

    But other than that, I love it. Great winter traction and you can jam a lot of crap in/on it (anyone who witnessed my "October 2007 Gravity East Coast Series Pack Job" can attest to this). Solid vehicle.
     
  8. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    I have an 07 and its awesome...love it!
    Heard the 08's are even better!

    No.1 in economy and front and side impact!
     
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    CRoss Turbo Monkey

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    If you do get a Subaru ignore the manual where it says "For best performance drive slow in the left lane."
     
  12. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Who claims this? Because I'm pretty sure it's bull$hit. Subarus get mediocre mileage at best.
     
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  14. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    I must have ignored that completely - I'm the one tailgating people in the left lane doing 80 in a 55 with my little rainbow vehicle!
     
  15. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I was going to say:

    The hardest part about buying a Forester is telling your friends you're a lesbian.

    Oh well.
     
  16. Serial Midget

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    It seems like every Forester around the PNW has some sort of rainbow girl power sticker on it.

    Anyhow - buy a Leagacy Outback in rootbeer!!! Its a cool color. :)

    Ive had my 2007 Outback Basic for 16,000 miles, too early to make any fantastic claims but I really do like it. The additional ground clearance comes in handy and the AWD is hard to shake loose on gravel roads.

    The 2.5 has plenty of power but I wish the fifth gear where taller.

    My out the door price was S20,700 - I could not find the base trim level listed for 2008.
     
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    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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  18. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    "Must spread rep."
     
  21. Konabumm

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    I really like my hummer - however I like my money more!
     
  22. brungeman

    brungeman I give a shirt

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    I have a 2000 with ~130k on it, and my wife has a 1998 with ~100K.

    mileage is not that great but better than a Hummer! The mileage gets better the closer you stay to the speed limits :twitch: that is prolly why my mileage sucks! I'm the one tailgaiting JMac who is tailgaiting the other A-hole doing 80 in a 55... and no I don't have a rainbow sticker!

    I like both vehicles and would buy another. Typical problems? CV joints go on them, and some models brakes are a pain to replace, (but if you are using the dealer for all your service this isn't a problem).

    dollars to donuts it's a great vehicle!
     
  23. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    I tell ya, I am going to love the juxtaposition this summer of a married couple (with baby in the back) coupled with 100lbs of DH bikes on the roof of our little rainbow mobile!
     
  24. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    Jim, definitely get the thule hitch rack....it will pay for itself in a few months' time, just based on gas savings. and DH bikes are far more secure than being roof-mounted.
     
  26. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

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    I know, Just need to get a hitch welded...My goal is to get the hitch rack, then put one of those coffins on the roof to hold all the smelly bike stuff.
     
  27. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    "80 in a 55"

    I never knew Lesbians liked to drive fast
     
  28. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    Bolt-on hitches are fine. Maybe the newer Forester will offer a 2" receiver but a 1.25" will work fine for two DH bikes.
     
  29. ska todd

    ska todd Turbo Monkey

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    I have an 07 Imprezza Tall...err Forester...X Premium (2.5l w/ rear discs) w/ about 25k miles on it. In the roughly 13 mos that I've had it, the windshield cracked the first time I used the defroster, the fuel pump went (and took 5+ visits to troubleshoot ad replace), an O2 sensor went, and now it's back in the shop to have the catalytic converter replaced (up to 2 weeks to get from Japan!!).

    I loved my WRX but this Forester is driving me bat$hit! I might just bag it and get a Honda or Toyota.

    -ska todd
     
  30. Jeremy R

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  31. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    I like my 08 xB, they are super cheap but well designed - its basically a tC wagon now. No AWD, but it still has all the safety features (stability control, ABS, tons of airbags, etc) and its made in Japan (they sell it as a Toyota Rumion in Japan with more features than Scion offers). Tons of space for the size and the stock stereo has iPod integration and an AUX input. I put a 1.25" bolt on hitch (its super easy, just 6 bolts). I got the hitch mail order and I use a Thule T2 with it.

     
  32. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I'm all about function over form in my vehicles, but there's only so much ugly I can take. That xB is one weird looking box :dead:
     
  33. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    I didn't like the old one, the new one looks better. I think its the nicest looking box car right now at least:D

    Besides, anything is an upgrade over a Hummer and a Forester is just another boxy wagon.
     
  34. MikeD

    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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  35. jimmydean

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    I would agree, but my brother in law bought one and it was actually real nice. He installed a quick shot NOS system (he had it laying around and got bored) and it hauled ass.

    They are nice inside and a lot of space. Not sure I would buy one, but with a Toyota base and a cheap price, it's a nice option.
     
  36. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    Yeah the new one looks way better on the inside and outside. I didn't like or consider the old version at all.

    Its actually better than most US Toyota models since its made in Japan in factories with lower flaw rates.
     
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    We have a 2003 Forester, a 2007 Outback, and just got rid of my 2002 WRX Sedan.

    My favorite was the WRX. Not only was it the most fun to drive, but the interior space was only slightly smaller than either of the other cars. The only drawback was the storage space. It definitely doesn't have as much storage space as either vehicle.

    Of the other 2 cars, I have to say that I'm kind of torn. The Outback is a much more comfortable car to drive (quiet with more creature comforts: leather, heated seats, huge sunroof), but I feel like my visibility is less obstructed in the Forester. Lastly, the Outback seems to be a little longer in the storage area.
     
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    Talking about the aesthetic merits of the Forester vs. the xB is like having to decide on a winner in the Siberian Unibrow Muffin-top Beauty Pageant.
     
  39. Vader

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    Economy doesnt mean just the mileage!
    Price,features,safety,mileage etc...
     
  40. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Ahhh... roger that. I assumed "economy" was referring to fuel economy. Carry on.