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what to look for on 2001 forester for sale
Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:03 PM
I am looking to buy a 2001 forester from a dealer that got it on a trade in? it has 174k miles. It is a really really great price. It is an automatic aswell. I have never owned an automatic. Anythings imparticular that i should check out when testing it. I am pretty sure the head gasket problems were limited to 97-99 2.5's.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 01:05 PM
nope, EJ25 issues extend beyond 1999. you can search here or google, or Yahoo for more info on that. this 2001 will have SOHC PhaseII head gasket issues which are different from the earlier models you mentioned, but they have HG issues nonetheless (what a STRANGE word!?!?).
I am pretty sure the head gasket problems were limited to 97-99 2.5's.
good price from a dealer? that's a lot of miles...at least for what i'd imagine a dealer is charging for it. they've probably barely got anything in it.
drive in tight circles and check for torque bind. after working the best deal you can (there's TONS Of profit in used cars), then require them to flush the trans fluid before you'll buy.
it'll also be do for a $699 (subaru's price) timing belt job in only 25,000 miles. price goes up as you include the water pump and any noisey pulleys, which will need to happen as well. water pump $100, pulleys $100 each, tensioner $100...it can add up quick, even to $300+ if you do it yourself just for parts. i'd let them know you're not excited about the prospect of a $500-$1,000 tune up in a year or less. i'd consider asking them about this after negotiating the best deal you can as well.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:53 PM
Posted 05 May 2008 - 04:02 PM
not too mention these head gaskets leaks are far more tolerable than the earlier versions. these won't over heat unless you let them run low on coolant. as long as you keep them from running low on coolant and overheating you can essentially keep driving them.
the earlier models can be bad but might not show themselves very easily. they are sneaky jokers when they leak internally and don't show themselves but sporadically at first.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 09:11 PM
That is also the first year of the first redesign of the Forester and vehicles in the first year of a redesign tend to have a few more problems. They may have all been taken care of by 175K but it is something to throw at the dealer to lower the price.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 01:48 PM
Another thing, at 170,000 miles that Subaru is an "auction" car. That car has way too many miles for many dealers to put it on their lot. Hopefully, you can get a very good price on it. Let it set on the dealer's lot for couple of months and see if he has a change of heart.
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