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#1 zooma37


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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:52 AM

As a new Subaru owner, I am wondering how reliable the Forester is. Any subscribers to this forum have an opinion on the vehicle's reliability? I am assuming that since it's a Subaru, it's a pretty good car. What do you think?



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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:19 PM

Here is a thread I found that might be able to help!






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Posted 02 December 2003 - 03:23 AM

Our first Subaru was a 2001 Forester. It was a Great car! I hated to trade it for the '03 Baja. It was all around neat and well made. I had a few issues about the Forester but none involved reliability. It was the Paragon of reliability and did not leak anything. Welcome! Keep checkin' this forum and asking questions AND making comments. You will NOT find a better bunch of folks and some very knowledgable folks.:santa:

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Posted 06 December 2003 - 12:07 PM

Foresters are great like all subarus, great utility and performance

However like all other models try to stay clear of any subaru with the phase1 2.5L (DOHC), these engines are prone to head gasket failiure and piston slap.

(aka 98 model subarus)

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 03:35 AM

I know this should be obvious (and is probably listed somewhere else on this site), but when did Subaru move to the Phase2 2.5L?

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 03:52 AM

Originally posted by AK-Brando
I know this should be obvious (and is probably listed somewhere else on this site), but when did Subaru move to the Phase2 2.5L?

1999 for Impreza/Forester, 2000 for Legacy/Outback.

Phase 1 are DOHC with spark plugs that come straight the side of the heads between the camshafts, Phase 2 are SOHC with spark plugs that are angled upwards from the top of the head.

The easiest method to tell them apart other than model and year is to note the spark plug location and the size of the head, the DOHC are much larger and you can see space for two camshaft pulleys on the timing belt cover.

Usually DOHC is more powerful than SOHC, but in the EJ25's case the SOHC develops slightly more power, and also develops its power at a lower RPM.

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 07:58 PM

I'd have to say that in my case my 2000 Forester (80,000 miles) has been a very reliable car. If you keep up on all the maintenance you should have no problems.

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 07:54 AM

If you want advice on Foresters try this Forum Site


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