Author Topic: What to look out for when buying a Forester.  (Read 5436 times)

May 02, 2014, 09:38:46 AM
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Kingchett

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I would say check history and who maintained after ssa was done with it. There are plenty dodgy guys out there ...That's whats nice about forums , you can but a known car by members.

July 22, 2014, 08:35:50 PM
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Rainchart

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Is rust something to be concerned about when buying a used Forester in South Africa?

July 22, 2014, 08:45:27 PM
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whoning

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If TRB is in the service book ruuuuun.... First Forester was sold as standard, not so standard from dealers too, and didnt last 3 weeks before we noticed two of the cylinders rings had collapsed. Overheated before, radiator failure. In retrospect the sti intercooler should have been a giveaway. Was fast though... for a short time.

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July 27, 2014, 02:10:43 PM
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jbh

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Hi Rainchart,
I never had rust but then I am inland.
I did have surface rust on a stone chip after three weeks in sea mist but that would happen to any car.
jbh
Southernmost point of Africa
Ex:2003 Forester XSel Dual Range
Now: 2009 XS Dual Range. LSS sump guard.
Pedders Suspension. Aluminium heavy duty Radiator.

September 23, 2014, 07:38:16 AM
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Veneficus

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Rust should only be issue if Foz's paint was damaged and badly repaired
2007 2.5XT Manual (and boy did I have to search for manual one)

November 07, 2014, 08:07:55 PM
Reply #20

Stev0

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Pay attention to excess blow by
Suspension noises
Sticky "hill hold"
HID headlight washers (check that they work)
On idle that that engine does not vibrate
ex Prodrive Xt, X, XT, WRX STI, Outback 3.0R

November 23, 2015, 03:43:03 PM
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Nick Woodward

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Just bought my 4th scoobie a 1997 Forester Jap spec STB Turbo. It has only got 118000kms on it and has been very well looked after. It will be a third car and Does anyone know how safe it is to tune these a wee bit. Many Thanks,

Nick.

November 24, 2015, 06:30:47 PM
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Stev0

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Nick, you will need a unichip to tune cars before 2002.
ex Prodrive Xt, X, XT, WRX STI, Outback 3.0R

October 09, 2017, 07:02:09 PM
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Back in the fold...

After HOURS (months actually) of searching, and driving to remote towns looking for a Pajero, I have decided to go with what I know. I cannot find ANY vehicle that meets my(our) requirements, and in excellent condition with low mileage anywhere in sunny S.A. I might however have found another fozzie...this time a 2010 XS with full service history from the agents. So only issue is that I sit 1500km away, and have a mate who can take a look. What is different on the SH as opposed to the SG that I need to be aware of?

 
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October 10, 2017, 09:07:34 AM
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jbh

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Not nearly as good in the twisties.
BUT
Better in all other aspects. Space, rough road capability etc etc.
jbh
Southernmost point of Africa
Ex:2003 Forester XSel Dual Range
Now: 2009 XS Dual Range. LSS sump guard.
Pedders Suspension. Aluminium heavy duty Radiator.

October 10, 2017, 09:13:28 AM
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berndp

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And framed door windows, higher clearance, and I think they have traction control????

Headlight bulbs can be a problem. I know my boet suffered under this.
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
Always looking for a tar free "road"
Brackenfell, W'Cape

October 10, 2017, 12:00:03 PM
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xs will be fine as it has normal bulbs not the xenons, we have an xs that is on 2 hundred and something thousand km, only issue we have had is the center bearing went at about 180k km replaced and been fine since, no other issues.
SH xs manual also has the low range selector, sg is sportier but sh is a much better suv, that is still competitive against new suv's

October 10, 2017, 03:43:28 PM
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SH would also have traction control i believe, SG no such thing
SG9 XT 
LSS Sump Guard
LSS Diff Guard
WRX 4 Pots
3"Turbo Back from A.C.E Performance
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October 12, 2017, 12:38:57 PM
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jbh

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SH do have traction control. I have lost a bulb on my XS while driving on a horrible road in Namibia with lights on. But it was a few minutes to put in new one. (Replaced with Philips Extreme Vision.)
jbh
Southernmost point of Africa
Ex:2003 Forester XSel Dual Range
Now: 2009 XS Dual Range. LSS sump guard.
Pedders Suspension. Aluminium heavy duty Radiator.

November 19, 2017, 05:24:14 PM
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Good tips StevO...  I think if youre buying from Subaru agents your basis should be covered