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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #50 on: April 29, 2017, 09:44:29 AM »
They stopped making the Brat in 1994. They made a modEl they called the Baja that was similar from 2003 to 06, but I wasn't aware of a similar model in production now?
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #51 on: May 03, 2017, 03:13:24 PM »
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/subaru-settles-oil-consumption-lawsuit?page=1


I would never buy a Subaru

a FRIEND PURCAHSED A 2015 FORESTER AND IT BURN A QUART OF OIL EVERY 2k.

Dealer giving the run around for 2 years and says that is normal for a car to burn that much oil. She found out about the class action suit and brought to dealer's attention and obviously dealer knew as another customer was in the dealership complaining of the same and she overheard dealer knew of lawsuit and kept hush. Subaru wont return calls etc.  Three dealers wont make right and  Filing under lemon law now. 

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #52 on: May 03, 2017, 03:25:48 PM »
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/subaru-settles-oil-consumption-lawsuit?page=1


I would never buy a Subaru

a FRIEND PURCAHSED A 2015 FORESTER AND IT BURN A QUART OF OIL EVERY 2k.

Dealer giving the run around for 2 years and says that is normal for a car to burn that much oil. She found out about the class action suit and brought to dealer's attention and obviously dealer knew as another customer was in the dealership complaining of the same and she overheard dealer knew of lawsuit and kept hush. Subaru wont return calls etc.  Three dealers wont make right and  Filing under lemon law now.
knock on wood,I bought a 2015 crosstrek brand new,25 k for mileage right now haven't used any oil,we love this rig..I have heard all the horror stories and pray ours  stays good,lots of folks  are buying a  these crosstreks here in farm country,the folks we know haven't had problems either..maybe Subaru
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #53 on: May 03, 2017, 03:32:20 PM »
My 2014 Subaru with over 40,000 miles has never needed a drop of oil added between oil changes, and oil change intervals are 7,500 miles. Just lucky I guess.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #54 on: May 04, 2017, 08:29:09 AM »
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/subaru-settles-oil-consumption-lawsuit?page=1


I would never buy a Subaru

a FRIEND PURCAHSED A 2015 FORESTER AND IT BURN A QUART OF OIL EVERY 2k.

Dealer giving the run around for 2 years and says that is normal for a car to burn that much oil. She found out about the class action suit and brought to dealer's attention and obviously dealer knew as another customer was in the dealership complaining of the same and she overheard dealer knew of lawsuit and kept hush. Subaru wont return calls etc.  Three dealers wont make right and  Filing under lemon law now.

Chevy told me the same thing on my 2003 Avalanche.  Burns 2 quarts every 3-4K miles.  That was considered "normal".
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2017, 08:28:41 PM »
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/subaru-settles-oil-consumption-lawsuit?page=1


I would never buy a Subaru

a FRIEND PURCAHSED A 2015 FORESTER AND IT BURN A QUART OF OIL EVERY 2k.

Dealer giving the run around for 2 years and says that is normal for a car to burn that much oil. She found out about the class action suit and brought to dealer's attention and obviously dealer knew as another customer was in the dealership complaining of the same and she overheard dealer knew of lawsuit and kept hush. Subaru wont return calls etc.  Three dealers wont make right and  Filing under lemon law now.

Sorry to hear. We love our forester, our soon to be son-in-law has one and our neighbor has one they love. We'll probably all buy again, just today my wife and I were talking about it, she loves this car more than any other car she's ever had.
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #56 on: May 04, 2017, 09:21:24 PM »
My 2014 cross trek has never leaked oil. Just under 40,000 miles on it and I've driven it hard. Never had any issues with it actually. I do all the recommended maintenance and change oil every 5k miles, but also have a 100,000 mile/8 year warranty on it. I have no regrets on my Subaru, probs will buy one again (unless it's still running good and want a new 2025 chevy truck.)

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #57 on: May 04, 2017, 10:42:57 PM »
I change oil every 3,500 miles on our 2014 Forester.

It's never down enough to top off......

(I would be pissed if I bought a new car and it burnt oil like that.)
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #58 on: May 05, 2017, 05:14:42 AM »
I'm driving my future father in laws Subaru in Texas right now. It's ok. I expected it to be roomier. Backseat wasn't very big when we got picked up at airport and the floor of the back hatch was filled with two average sized suitcases. It's a four banger five speed. Gets up to speed ok. Pretty low on power though. Drives ok I guess. Seems small inside for how big the car is outside. 
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #59 on: May 05, 2017, 05:21:03 AM »
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #60 on: May 05, 2017, 06:42:44 AM »
The other thing to note is the consistently high NHTSA ratings.  As far as space goes, it does get a little cramped with two kids under 7, but with the fold down seats and a roof rack, you can really load it up.  We'll be looking at 4Runner/Landcruiser/Pilot next.

I think at 170K-ish we are losing about a quart between oil changes.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #61 on: May 05, 2017, 12:02:03 PM »
Thanks for all the responses. I went this past weekend and drove a few, they seem nice. Still not sure exactly what I'm going to do - I have a few dealerships working on quotes for trucks but I'm not sure how its going to work.

My first season of hunting was done in a Honda Fit, and I took that thing into some surprising places. Only got stuck twice - first time was able to push out, second time ran off the road and high centered it. I decided after the second time that a more appropriate vehicle would be needed... before the next season I bought my truck.

To be honest I'm more of a walk-in guy. In the Tacoma, theres only been a time or two that I have been 'under-gunned' getting somewhere. Those times were both deep snow, and to be honest I'm not sure anything outside of a big wheeler would've made it through that stuff. The rest of the time I haven't even come close to pushing the limits.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #62 on: May 05, 2017, 12:42:48 PM »
Thanks for all the responses. I went this past weekend and drove a few, they seem nice. Still not sure exactly what I'm going to do - I have a few dealerships working on quotes for trucks but I'm not sure how its going to work.

My first season of hunting was done in a Honda Fit, and I took that thing into some surprising places. Only got stuck twice - first time was able to push out, second time ran off the road and high centered it. I decided after the second time that a more appropriate vehicle would be needed... before the next season I bought my truck.

To be honest I'm more of a walk-in guy. In the Tacoma, theres only been a time or two that I have been 'under-gunned' getting somewhere. Those times were both deep snow, and to be honest I'm not sure anything outside of a big wheeler would've made it through that stuff. The rest of the time I haven't even come close to pushing the limits.
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #63 on: May 09, 2017, 05:29:58 PM »
Here is a lifted subaru for ya.   :)

I have a 2005 with 140K and no issue.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #64 on: May 17, 2017, 11:40:31 AM »
Update - I had a camping/hunting trip planned with the wife/kid to eastern WA to fill my other turkey tag. Decided to take my wifes car(a Equinox) to see how it would work with the cargo space... they have similar dimensions, the outback having 2-3 more cubic feet of storage. We ended up not having enough room to fit everything, and that was with us also packing the front seat and sitting my wife in the back next to the car seat, and packing the seat on the other side of the carseat and floorboards. While it would've worked fine if it were just me and my wife, my reason for buying to be able to fit the wife and kid(and eventually a second kid) in the vehicle comfortably with gear.

I ended up with a Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab with the long bed. Much more room for activities!

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #65 on: May 22, 2017, 05:19:01 PM »
Just bought a 2000 Forrester 216k for my daughter. Nice enough car.  Timing belt was done about 4 years and 30k ago so I think we are good.  Whats up with stupid parking light switch on the column?  Man I could not figure out why the lights were on for 2 days. :bash:
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #66 on: August 14, 2017, 07:12:39 PM »
My 2009 Forester with 160K blew up on Friday. Dealer can't say why but this is definitely the last one I will own. Price to repair a little north of 8K from the dealer and 2 independent shops. I drove it hard but I drive all my cars that way and this is a first for me. Car had regular service and the head gasket repaired. Not sure what to do at this point. Hate spending 8K on a car only worth that but if I do I hope I can drive it another 100K before something else major fails. This was a non-turbo model.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #67 on: August 15, 2017, 07:36:34 AM »
I wouldn't do it. I had a similar situation with my '07 outback at 117K. I pulled the plug. Same thing happened to my daughter in law. Subarus often turn into money pits but their owners like them enough to consider it "maintenance". There were a lot of things I liked about it, but geez, no more Subarus for me. A lesson learned the hard way!
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #68 on: August 15, 2017, 08:59:26 AM »


Don't remember the year but we just had to replace the radiator, split along the top, and timing belts are friggin' expensive.  You don't have to worry about them with your truck.....
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« Reply #69 on: August 15, 2017, 01:55:40 PM »
Look into the 50k used Japanese engines??  Might be a cheap solution? :twocents:
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #70 on: August 15, 2017, 02:59:22 PM »
My 2009 Forester with 160K blew up on Friday. Dealer can't say why but this is definitely the last one I will own. Price to repair a little north of 8K from the dealer and 2 independent shops. I drove it hard but I drive all my cars that way and this is a first for me. Car had regular service and the head gasket repaired. Not sure what to do at this point. Hate spending 8K on a car only worth that but if I do I hope I can drive it another 100K before something else major fails. This was a non-turbo model.

Get a used engine from a wrecking yard and have a mechanic install.
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #71 on: August 16, 2017, 05:33:22 AM »


Don't remember the year but we just had to replace the radiator, split along the top, and timing belts are friggin' expensive.  You don't have to worry about them with your truck.....
I would be a bit concerned about possible other issues if I had a radiator split across the top. Could be just a radiator problem. Could be more.

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« Reply #72 on: August 16, 2017, 02:37:09 PM »


Don't remember the year but we just had to replace the radiator, split along the top, and timing belts are friggin' expensive.  You don't have to worry about them with your truck.....
I would be a bit concerned about possible other issues if I had a radiator split across the top. Could be just a radiator problem. Could be more.

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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #73 on: August 17, 2017, 07:16:18 AM »
Our 2012 Forester XT (turbo) with 150K is still going strong.  Been thru a couple of 'incidents' that required significant body work.  Wife hit a deer, and rear ended while stopped at a light.  Just towed a 2250# load back from MT a few days ago.  1st time with a trailer behind it.  Only dropped mileage 4 mpg, and no trouble holding 65 over the passes.
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Re: Subaru experience?
« Reply #74 on: August 17, 2017, 07:45:32 AM »
Our 2012 Forester XT (turbo) with 150K is still going strong.  Been thru a couple of 'incidents' that required significant body work.  Wife hit a deer, and rear ended while stopped at a light.  Just towed a 22503# load back from MT a few days ago.  1st time with a trailer behind it.  Only dropped mileage 4 mpg, and no trouble holding 65 over the passes.

 :yike:  :yike:  I sure hope you added an extra digit in there.  If a Forester can tow 22k, I need to bite the bullet and swap it for my truck that can only tow 12k  :chuckle:

 

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