Welcome! We're glad to have you here. This place is full of good people, ready to help out with lots of good information and experience. And not confined to Foresters or even to Subarus or even to automobiles! There are members here with expertise in all walks of life. It's a community.
We're grownups, but we do enjoy a bit of good natured banter among friends. Look around a bit, get familiar with the spirit of the place, learn how the search functions work (all three of them—regular, advanced, and Google), and join in! Check out this sticky thread
for suggestions on how to actually use the forum—how to get the most out of it, and put the most into it!
And, most important of all - Check out these two threads to gain an understanding of why we love this place, and why we just aren't like your typical auto forum.
The ethic of our community
The official THANKS thread!
The thread you're now reading is intended to provide quick tidbits of important advice to those just starting out with their Foresters. It's not so much a place to address frequently asked questions as it is an introduction to aspects of Foresters and Subarus in general that are important for new owners to be aware of. Things that could bite. We do have an FAQ
which addresses some of the most common situations that one might encounter, like:
"Help, my parking lights won't go out!"
"Should I plug the green connectors together?"
You'll find links to lots of good answers there, and also in the sticky threads highlighted in blue up at the top of each forum. Considering some DIY? There's lots of that here too. Check out DIY, How-To & TSB's
for links to some of the best work posted by our members.
OK, on with the show. Here's how it works. This is the intro post, and the next one contains the info. The thread is closed to further postings, because we want to encourage members to use the forum that's appropriate to their specific situation in order that the place might stay well organized. That's an important concept here. So if you need to ask something that involves the advice you see in this thread, post it in the forum that's most appropriate to the subject of your question. Search a bit first and you might even find that the issue has already been addressed quite nicely.
We welcome contributions to this thread from the members. What you see here today is just a starter. Send them to me (or one of the other moderators or administrators) via PM (Private Message - Click my screen name over at the left). I'll review them, crunch or edit them as appropriate, and insert them here. And if you know of an existing thread or post that does a really good job discussing the situation, be sure to tell us about that as well. Whenever there are major updates I'll temporarily add a bump
post, which will trigger automatic notification for people who have subscribed to the thread.
And thanks to our member Huja for suggesting this!