Author Topic: Ian's 2004 XT  (Read 2022 times)

September 15, 2016, 02:49:29 PM
Read 2022 times

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
I managed to pick up an exceptionally neat, late 2004 XT and I'm very pleased with it! 210 000km with a full service history at the agents. In fact the car doesn't look like it has ever been anywhere else for anything! I have invoices that show even CV joint boots were replaced at the agents. In fact even the battery in the key went to the agents to be replaced!

Full cambelt service was done at 200052KM at the end of August last year and then 2652km later, at the end of January the radiator top hose burst! I would have been upset as I would think the dealer should have picked that up at the cambelt service. Anyway the previous owner said he didn't think any damage was done as he saw the temp go up and stopped and had the car towed to the dealer. After discussions with them he never the less opted for a full new factory sub assembly. I have the invoice for R58000! The engine is still not due for it's first service so needless to say, I am smiling!

Picked the car up in Cape Town and had an awesome trip back to PE.

[attachment deleted by admin]

September 15, 2016, 02:50:44 PM
Reply #1

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
Took as many back roads as possible obviously!

[attachment deleted by admin]

September 15, 2016, 02:51:31 PM
Reply #2

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
.

[attachment deleted by admin]

September 15, 2016, 02:59:30 PM
Reply #3

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
The XT is so much fun to drive, that I was not very keen to hook up the trailer for the next trip. Instead I made up an aluminium rack which I bolted to the standard roof bars.

[attachment deleted by admin]

September 15, 2016, 03:00:45 PM
Reply #4

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
I made it to perfectly fit 6 ammo boxes which gives it a decent amount of extra luggage space.

[attachment deleted by admin]

September 15, 2016, 03:01:38 PM
Reply #5

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
This was a trip to Hogsback. Proper Forester country.

[attachment deleted by admin]

September 15, 2016, 03:03:55 PM
Reply #6

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
I'll post an add in the for sale section but I'll also mention it here. I have a set of near perfect 16"steel rims for sale as well as the remains of the original sub assembly. I'll post pics in the For Sale section.

September 15, 2016, 05:01:02 PM
Reply #7

Stev0

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member

  • Offline
  • *****

  • 10214
    • View Profile
    • Email
Very nice pics!
Jeep Commander CRD - GDE Hot Tune
ex Prodrive Xt, X, XT, WRX STI, Outback 3.0R

September 15, 2016, 05:27:14 PM
Reply #8

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
Thanks. You missing yours?

September 16, 2016, 10:28:48 AM
Reply #9

NeilV

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 48
    • View Profile
As Steve said, very nice pics!  Your Fozzie looks great and well done on the rack.  :)
Cape Town

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS auto

September 19, 2016, 07:58:57 AM
Reply #10

Stev0

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member

  • Offline
  • *****

  • 10214
    • View Profile
    • Email
Thanks. You missing yours?


Ian, it's a hard one. I've owned 3 Foresters and they've all been great for a purpose. The Fozzie has certain, understated factor (Its after all a WRX with fatsuit) and will always have a certain coolness about it. The Outback is much bigger, better interior, faster(than a stock Fozzie), has a higher top speed and better on fuel. But it will never be as fun to drive as a Forester with the right suspension/tire combo.

Do I miss it? Not at this point, but I will probably down the line.
Jeep Commander CRD - GDE Hot Tune
ex Prodrive Xt, X, XT, WRX STI, Outback 3.0R

September 19, 2016, 08:06:39 AM
Reply #11

IanF

  • Newbie

  • Offline
  • *

  • 37
    • View Profile
I must say I have always liked the Outback. And I definitely prefer the new one to the new shape Forester.

September 19, 2016, 09:05:52 AM
Reply #12

Stev0

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member

  • Offline
  • *****

  • 10214
    • View Profile
    • Email
Thats also why I bought mine. I've driven both new cars extensively and prefer the Outback way more.
Jeep Commander CRD - GDE Hot Tune
ex Prodrive Xt, X, XT, WRX STI, Outback 3.0R

September 19, 2016, 10:42:15 AM
Reply #13

JoeDijeaux

  • Guest
The Outback will also drink 93RON fuel without complaining. And they don't have headgasket issues.

September 19, 2016, 11:42:45 AM
Reply #14

JPC

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member

  • Offline
  • *****
  • Moderator

  • 874
  • Personal Text
    Scott me up Beamy.....
    • View Profile
    • Email
I must say I have always liked the Outback. And I definitely prefer the new one to the new shape Forester.

actually, some of them did have the dreaded HG problem.......04-06 2.5 - we had some issues with them..... :-X
Mine:
2014 Ford Ranger Double Cab
Honda Varadero

Hers:
2012 Fortuner 3.0D4-D 4x4...don't ask