Author Topic: ADVICE PLEASE! Is Buying a 10 Year-old Forester a good idea?  (Read 540 times)

April 12, 2019, 12:17:44 PM
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andrew.warneke

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Hi guys!

So I'm really keen to become a Forester owner. The best one I've found in my budget is a 2009 Forester 2.5XT auto (tuned by Chett) with 202 000km (or so) on the clock. It's been super well looked after and serviced up-to-date, and seems like a great deal. The owner seems like a legit dude, too.

I've done a bunch of reading on the subject (as much as I can find), but I guess my question is "Is it a good idea to buy a 10 year-old Forester (considering that it's in great shape)?"

I'd love to hear what you all think.

Hope to become part of the 'family' soon.

April 12, 2019, 01:32:51 PM
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Speedy

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If itís been looked after and well cared for it should be fine.
I would rather buy an older one for less money that has had all the common faults corrected than a newer model and the inevitable repairs need to happen.
Most of us on here drive older 10year plus Scoobyís.
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April 12, 2019, 01:45:17 PM
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andrew.warneke

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If itís been looked after and well cared for it should be fine.
I would rather buy an older one for less money that has had all the common faults corrected than a newer model and the inevitable repairs need to happen.
Most of us on here drive older 10year plus Scoobyís.
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Thanks, man. Yeah, one of my considerations has been that the car has had its belt replaced and a major service last year, so I should have some years of good motoring to come, rather than buying one that needs all that work to still be done in a year's time.

April 12, 2019, 01:49:36 PM
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Speedy

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Exactly, definitely factor in a new radiator into the budget as well.


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April 13, 2019, 12:41:05 PM
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andrew.warneke

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Exactly, definitely factor in a new radiator into the budget as well.


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Great. Thanks for your input. What does a radiator cost (more or less)?

April 13, 2019, 12:52:20 PM
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Speedy

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Depends on the car, new aluminum rad about 5, Mishimoto 7-8k. You can re do the end tanks in aluminum for around 3ish.
All prices are estimates as I havenít priced and in a while.


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August 26, 2019, 07:38:05 PM
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bennu

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Hi all. Have been without a Scooby for a number of years, but looking at getting something sub-R150k. Any suggestions on which are better? Auto vs manual, petrol vs diesel, turbo vs normally aspirated? We do tow, but only a trailer. I've heard the auto boxes don't like towing?

Any input would be great!
Subaru Forester 2.5XS A/T 2013
Ex Volvo XC 70 (Everyone makes mistakes)
Ex Nissan Hardbody (Kidney shaker)
Ex Subaru Legacy 2.0 (Mommy mobile)
Ex Subaru Outback 3.0R (Speed trap muncher)

August 31, 2019, 07:32:24 AM
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Speedy

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I prefer a manual, have driven the CVT and Iím not a huge fan (personal preference) if you did want an auto the SH still came with a 4 speed torque converter box.

Diesel, mixed reviews when I looked at buying one, common issues seem to be DPF related as well as them chewing clutches. My take was this is perhaps driver/driving condition dependent.

NA petrol probably the best balance of economy and reliability.

I drive and XT, open and even round town I see some really (what I consider) decent fuel economy numbers and still have power on tap when needed.


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September 03, 2019, 08:23:22 PM
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Martinweber

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I sold my 2006xt and got a 2009xt and spent R25k and the car is epic been to Mozambique 2 now and leaving toyotas stuck get the foz


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September 04, 2019, 10:15:33 PM
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bennu

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Thanks, guys! I also heard the diesels are more prone to problems. Getting an SH with the 4-speed auto box and have some spare change!
Subaru Forester 2.5XS A/T 2013
Ex Volvo XC 70 (Everyone makes mistakes)
Ex Nissan Hardbody (Kidney shaker)
Ex Subaru Legacy 2.0 (Mommy mobile)
Ex Subaru Outback 3.0R (Speed trap muncher)

September 14, 2019, 05:32:36 PM
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Andrew, my first Forester 2006 XS, bought at 230 000 KM, SPENT R13000 on cambelt service, great car no regrets!!!