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Introduction / Re: Noob Crossports SG5
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:06:00 PM »
Welcome BillyBob,

Send us some pics please, and enjoy the car.

N/A Tech Chat / Re: Fuel gauge issue and low-range indicator light
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:30:54 PM »
Glad it was a more or less happy ending..

N/A Tech Chat / Re: Fuel gauge issue and low-range indicator light
« on: November 21, 2018, 09:58:29 PM »
The last service that was done was the 200k cambelt, and the fuel gauge stopped working some 12k after that so I'm not sure the two are connected.

Will check under the handbrake console to see if I can spot any loose wires!

The low range switch sits approx under the throttle body, on the gearbox. Not under console.

Cars For Sale / Re: 2009 Forester XS Sportshift Premium
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:20:12 PM »
That was quick

Introduction / Re: Hello Fellow Fozzies!
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:30:27 PM »
Welcome Alan,

Enjoy the car

N/A Tech Chat / Re: 2.5 x - no power after 4000 RPM
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:28:23 PM »
Sorry, was mistaken then.
Thought my son's SG had the coils on plug.

Notices / Re: Server Migration
« on: October 16, 2018, 09:52:58 AM »
Ahoi Steve !
You are still around :D :D

What car do you play with these days?

N/A Tech Chat / Re: 2.5 x - no power after 4000 RPM
« on: October 16, 2018, 09:49:51 AM »
Hi Robert,
You can't remap an NA.

You mention you changed plug leads, but the '07 was already a the facelift model, which had "pencil coils", i.e coil on plug, so no HT plug leads.....
You probably also have DBW (electronic throttle)?

Things to check/replace:
Hoses that ventilate the crankcase, including that little PCV valve.
Idle valve
Throttle body/actuator/vacuum hoses/....
Fuel pressure regulator
Knock sensor

Electronics / Re: Replacement radio on 2004 XSel
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:00:34 PM »
Double DIN is double DIN. Any will fit. The brackets from the OEM will screw straight onto your new deck. Easy job. Just get a prying tool to take off the trim properly. A screwdriver will damage it, especially at the top by the vents and hazard switch.

I have not ventured into installing an aftermarket 2-Din radio in my SG, although I am very tempted..

But, @thenoizeguy, the 2-Din radio "box" might be standard, the SG's facia space is quite a bit smaller than the std 2-Din facia.
There are quite a few write-ups/videos available of guys who have done it...

Introduction / Re: My first Subaru 2005 XT
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:21:27 PM »
Hi "thenoizeguy"

Welcome here.

The std is: no pics: it didn't happen. So post a pic or 2 of your car.

SG/SH/.. as the others idicated, it's referring to the model:
It started with SF (2002...)
SG (2003 or so, until 2008, with a facelift at 2006)
then came SH and SJ(current), and the next one is SK(2019)

The SG5 is an XT 2.0lt, the SG9 is a 2.5 N/A.
The N/A manual gearbox has a low range, where the XT does not.

From what you described below, it seems you have an SG5 XT? Your VIN number can confirm this i.e. mine starts as JF2SG9..... (MY 2005, 2.5lt NA)

There are posts with links to manuals, where the VIN number is explained, but the good Dr Google should also be of help. However, Google is often misleading/mistaken/.... in this regard.
Check out:

I was on the forester Forum Whatsapp group, but left recently, mainly due to too much non related discussions, and other personal reasons. There are however guys out there with lots of info/advice, mostly good. It was just too much for me later on.

Not sure if you know this, but the Fozzies like gravel roads  ;D ;D ;D (sorry, I'm biased towards gravel roads. Tar (national) roads suck)

Main thing with the Fozzies: look after it, do your oil changes, regulary check your radiator for leaks... (especially on the XT), do the timing belt on 100k's, drive decent (almost like an ou toppie), and it will last. Hammer it, well then expect some more maintenance costs.

Enjoy the car

Introduction / Re: New SG Forester Member
« on: September 07, 2018, 04:01:02 PM »
welcome Eckard,

Show you car please

Wanted - Parts or Vehicles / Re: SG Forester shifter bushings (W)
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:59:52 PM »
Hi, I got some remade/refurbished ones from Chris on the Cape Whatsapp group. Still have to fit them, so cannot say if they fit etc..
Not sure what his username is here though.

Parts and Accessories For Sale / Re: SG forester lowering springs and shocks
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:52:23 PM »
Hi Shadow,

Where did you get HD springs from?

Transmission / Re: 5th gear
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:58:00 AM »
The "Lo" light not comming on could be the switch on the gearbox, or maybe the gear is not engaging 100%, so it's not making the switch. The latter could be due to problems on the shift cable or bracket on the box..

They should be able to easilly check that at SSW

Introduction / Re: New member, first time ever Subaru owner
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:41:47 PM »
Welcome and enjoy it

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