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Which year 2.5's are the best?
Posted 14 July 2003 - 09:02 PM
I stick with 2.2s, but my mother is wanting a Forester, so when did the 2.5 in the Forester become less problematic?
Thanks a bunch!
Posted 15 July 2003 - 12:07 AM
Posted 15 July 2003 - 07:25 AM
The other thing to consider is the newer model years tend to have less milage and haven't proven if they'll have the failures or not.
Posted 15 July 2003 - 09:42 AM
The Forester should have the SOHC engine if 99 or newer. Subaru made a number of changes to the block in the Phase II engine to stiffen the bottom end, alleviate piston slap, etc. They have been at least partially successful IMO. There are still cases of head gasket failures showing up, but usually they are external leaks of coolant. (The DOHC Phase I engine head gaskets usually fail with internal leaks that cause 'strange' overheating problems.) I don't think there has been any significant changes to the engine with the latest genertion of Forester (2003).
If buying used, be sure to get the service history. Has there been a head gasket change? Check for leaks. Listen for piston slap (some still have it). Highway drive and listen for wind noise. (I've had a couple of Forester courtesy vehicles and have found some to have bad noise around the A-pillar.) Have a mechanic do a thorough inspection (always good advice).
There was also a minor update to the first generation Forester around 2001 I think. (Most noticable by the different grill and larger tail lights.) I think some creature comforts and features came along around this time too.
Posted 15 July 2003 - 05:25 PM
Posted 20 July 2003 - 03:32 PM
Posted 22 July 2003 - 10:11 PM
-Hard starting when damp
-Noise around A-pillar and driver window
-Odd electrical problem-door close sensors stick and light stays on
-Rattling from rear hatch plastic
My car is a '99 with the Phase II engine, MT, and little else (keyless entry and the air filter, and the "L" trim package).
2001 and '02 models got the refreshening, and added a sunroof option. 2003 models made it impossible to get a sunroof and leather without an automatic. I think side airbags also debuted around 2000-01 as an option on the uplevel models. And the center rear headrest was new for '01.
Posted 23 July 2003 - 12:33 AM
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