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Moving into the new gen....

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#1 belizeanbus


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Posted 08 July 2005 - 12:21 AM

Greetings all...

This will be my first post on the new generation board.

My wife and I were just at a dealership looking into our first new Scoob: a 2006 Forester. The 2005's are still available, so we're tossing that idea around as well. I asked my marginally competent salesman what changes had been done to the engine between models and he said there were no changes whatsoever.

So then he gave us factory brochures from the two years, and a quick glance shows that the 2006 has more horsepower, which makes me think that those engines can't really be exactly the same after all... anybody know what's been done?

And, I know there has been some debate regarding the new models on this site already, but now that they are on the street, if anyone has any insight (i.e. is in the process of buying, or has already acquired a 2006) it would be welcome.


#2 ferret


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Posted 08 July 2005 - 06:33 AM

Starting in 2006, the N/A 2.5 SOHC gots Variable Valve Timing. This is hydraulically done via a solenoid to control oil flow to a chamber to 'advance' valve timing at higher RPM. Also other changes to the Head.

Other changes are cosmetic, like the New front end, and clear tail light appearance. Inside, newer materials, new sliding armrest in the front, fold down armrest in the rear. And I didn't notice it when I looked, but they said the rear seat backs now recline. Also exterior color updates.
Your choice. I would look at both. On a side note, when the 05's were just being shipped, Subaru sent me an offer, since I was having issues with my 02 which they were not addressing. I traded the 02 for an 04 at a reduced price. Never looked back. Not upset I didn't get a 'newer' 05. extremely happy with the 04. My point is, for the money, the 05 improvments were not worth the extra cash.
If you like an 05, and get an acceptable or great price, the car, handling, ride are pretty much the same. Keep the extra cash for a nice vacation....By car.

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