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2003 Forester HG Issues?
Posted 10 December 2009 - 01:24 PM
Posted 10 December 2009 - 01:37 PM
The rear wheel bearings are a worse issue IMO. They eat them like crazy. I'm told that the fix is to install Legacy rear wheel bearings but I haven't done it yet.
Posted 10 December 2009 - 01:40 PM
Have any of you experts out there seen HG issues with the 2003 Forester?
Posted 10 December 2009 - 10:28 PM
For some reason WWP-99 recall and warranty extension doesn't extend to 2003's. They may have redesigned something that year, but it sounds like may not have solved the problem.
Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:21 AM
Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:38 PM
Especially these as the engine's are otherwise very sound and rarely overheat due to these leaks unless totally ignored.
Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:28 PM
Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:35 PM
That $1000+ boondoggle ruined my family's Christmas. Not everyone has access to a garage, tools, experience, and time.
I'm sorry for your luck and your families Christmas.... for sure that sucks.
And it's true that not everyone has the resources to do it on the cheap. But part of owning a car that's out of it's warantee stage is dealing with the potential for breakdown's or repairs. Either by purchasing a warantee package or by putting aside money for the potential. It's really no different than buying health insurance for most people - you take your chances if you don't. Same with cars.
There are things you can do if you can't afford repairs or warantee's to minimize the risk - mostly that involves doing a lot of homework on what brand/model to buy that is least likely to have a breakdown in the first place. The Phase II EJ25 is typically not that bad but the head gasket issue is well known and should always be dealt with premtively or at least money set aside for the repair as it can happen just about anytime on those.
Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:07 AM
My point is that when stating a headgasket job is trivial, you should put a qualifier on the statement so not to mislead people. I'm thinking the majority of people cant or wont do this job on their own.
Posted 12 December 2009 - 12:17 PM
Thanks for the financial advice. Getting this economy to turn around would help out as well.
I know what you mean. I'm laid off right now myself.
I'm thinking the majority of people cant or wont do this job on their own.
You are right about the won't part. I think a lot more people could do the job if they only had some confidence and understood that it's really only a gasket - only thing required is basic hand tools, and a manual. Most people at least know *someone* with a garage.
Posted 13 December 2009 - 01:54 PM
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