Author Topic: What to look out for when buying a Forester.  (Read 5432 times)

March 06, 2013, 11:03:13 PM
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Stev0

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If you can think of things to look out for when buying a forester, please add them to the thread.

1. Check that all four tires are the same size.
2. See if the car has a bash plate - plastic or alu
3. check cv boots on all four wheels
4. Pull at least one plug lead and check for oil (valve cover gasket)
5. If fitted with SLS, check that its in good working order
6. Listen for any whining diff or gearbox related noises.
7. check the clutch
8. check the spare (same size as the tires on the car)
9. if XT - idle car for at least 3 minutes and look for smoke (indication of turbo seals)
ex Prodrive Xt, X, XT, WRX STI, Outback 3.0R

March 07, 2013, 06:22:03 AM
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Jacques

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Check radiator condition (especially plastic pipe connection to core)?
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March 07, 2013, 07:40:57 AM
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March 07, 2013, 07:42:18 AM
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More generic items:

- Check for wear on brake discs and pads.
- Check coolant level and condition
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Midrand - Gauteng

March 07, 2013, 07:49:46 AM
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Manfred

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I know not many people do it, check oil and gearbox levels.

If they are low, you dont have to check anything else  ;)

Just walk away  :-)
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March 07, 2013, 09:16:25 AM
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March 07, 2013, 09:51:59 AM
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" If fitted with SLS, check that its in good working order"

The way to check this is to look for obvious oil leaks and then taking the car on a rather bumpy road at speed (60 - 80km/h). The tell tale will be very obvious as the shock will hit the top stopper quite violently and it will feel like a flat tyre... First shock to go will almost always be the left rear...

Just my experience...!
Ex - 2007 Subaru Forester XS
Ex - 2008 Subaru Forester XT
Current - 2010 Subaru Forester XT

March 07, 2013, 10:14:38 AM
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If you have an ODBII reader check for any error codes.  Some error codes may be logged even though the check engine light is not showing.  I think there is also a way to check whether the error codes have been reset or cleared recently.

March 07, 2013, 04:23:03 PM
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If it has a 6 Disc In-Dash CD player, check that it works.
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April 09, 2013, 12:42:36 PM
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Power steering pump whine, steering rack leaks, and worn bushes in the trailing arms or whatever they are called, that hold the back axle parallel to the front of the car

May 30, 2013, 02:32:41 PM
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Guys where can I find specs on my car, service intervals and what needs to be done when....where do you buy spares except the dealers?

I am very happy with my car despite its age there is not a single oil leak etc...I already have 2 Discovery's doing that :p

March 28, 2014, 12:25:00 PM
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Forget the usual HG symptoms, have a gas test done at Silverton Radiators to check for head gasket(s) leaks. It costs R100, takes a couple of minutes and could save you MANY thousands of rands.
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May the Forester be with you...

April 22, 2014, 09:16:18 AM
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Agree totally with this, recently heard of plenty Foz xt hg going south... Get the test done..

April 30, 2014, 01:59:47 PM
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Rear pads and discs seem to come up often as these cars eat them for breakfast. Check for leaking steering rack. Also a side note if you are looking for an oem car that hasnt been messed with, make sure the engine has all the correct covers as well as the turbo cover. These are usually the first parts that guys opt out for as it makes acceptability much easier, buts also a sure indication that someones been naughty under there. Definitely check the service book as well as make calls to see if the car has had done what was documented.

April 30, 2014, 04:46:49 PM
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Check if diff and gearbox has signs of sweat.

if XT Check if the car is boost atleast 0.7 to 0.8 bar.This can be done via obd2 cable ( of which i have stock for sale ) and using rom raider logger
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