This could be one or more O2 sensors, the converter or both. Until a month ago, neither would make any comment about it. Other reviews say the highway noise is loud, and yes, yes it is. Has to down shift a lot because the engine doesn't make enough power. The first time it was to a Subaru dealer and they would not touch it because the tires would unlock when the tow truck picked it up, and they basically told me that it was my imagination. Yes Review Date: 9th August, 2008.
I have never been back to that dealership. The performance is excellent, although there is a definite turbo lag, non-the-less when the turbo kicks in, I can't help but get a big grin on my face. When I took the car in for its fiirst oil change afterward, my dealership mechanic who has provided routine maintenance since I bought the car, and who wants to buy it if I ever want a new one--I don't discovered the rebuilt engine was leaking fluid and would not allow me to drive the car until it was replaced. I had a 1984 Subaru Brat for 20 years and 270K miles and it had two Subaru problems. Light steering and easy gearbox controls make the Forester an easy vehicle to drive, almost regardless of the surface. Last week the head gaskets blew, still don't have a repair estimate on them. Safety Dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, front active head restraints and antilock brakes are standard.
Bean organization: the Forester 2. The service tech told me it is most likely a matter of adjusting the door hinge. Leg room in the front is outstanding, and so is the cargo volume with the rear seats down. Bean Edition, which includes a myriad of interior and exterior trim enhancements, rugged cargo area trim and a self-leveling rear suspension. The whole thing needs to be pulled out of the car, and new gaskets put in. We took to 2nd dealer and they replaced plugs and wires and used a top cylinder cleaner.
Noise is focused mostly around the windows. Took to dealership numerous times and was told nothing was wrong. New beige or gray tricot upholstery is used in the 2. The first time in an independent shop and the last two at the dealership. Our mechanic says it needs to be replaced.
Then the bolt was removed and was told to leave the exahust pipe alone or replace a new one. This is my second Subaru. Please avoid Subaru Motors at all cost. Rear boot room is great with the back seats folding down flat. But if you live rural like me you don't care about that! Condition has existed for 2 years. Looks good, even after 5 years.
The bumpers and cladding are textured gray on the 2. Will last forever if you can suffer a loose chassis. I had it towed 3 times before I found a mechanic that would repair it. When it's cold it makes a chugging sound. Engine light would continually go off, an exhaust part replaced, then within weeks something else would fail. It preforms very well, especially with our manual transmission and gets pretty good mileage at around 28mpg on the highway.
Everything about the car is comfortable, except I feel that on the highway there is a bit too much road noise. I can't believe I thought American cars were junk. The Forester operates with light handling and a friendly, comfortable feel overall. Since then the check engine light is on and the cruise control light blinks. There seems to be no way an owner of this year Forester can read out the error codes. Bean Edition develops 165 hp.
Has had a couple oddball issues like heat shields rattling and the brake backing pads rubbing, but all have been easy fixes. The cabin has undergone some aesthetic changes, not the least of which is a new centre console that provides some storage as well as being an armrest — rear passengers also get two cup holders and a sliding mini-tray. A Hill Holder clutch on manual-shift models makes it easier to start the car on inclines. Parking brake out of adjustment. The seats are very supportive. Not worth it to me. Have disconnected rather than repair.
Bean Edition include a self-leveling rear suspension, security system, durable cargo floor and 10-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels. Rebuilt engine at 100,000 miles - head gaskets, timing belt, new pumps and belts - plan to keep it for another 80,000 miles or more. It looks like the sensible vehicle it is. The seats are firm but comfortable. This is not a problem I anticipated having to fix ever. What's New for 2005 The base engine is enhanced this year with electronic throttle control, and a new four-speed automatic transmission is available.