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post #1 of 110 (permalink) Old 01-13-2016, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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How long do you plan to keep your Fozzy?

Just curious!

From a financial standpoint, it's best to keep it 10+ years, or even until it dies. But I suspect the itch to get something different, even another Forester, will be strong in 6 to 8 years. Even if I don't sell it, I'd like to get a zippy little roadster around that time.

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post #2 of 110 (permalink) Old 01-13-2016, 07:41 PM
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I get the itch; the suspension bugs me and gives me a wandering eye. But my dear wife keeps me on the straight and narrow and has insisted that I stick with the blue fog well past the pay off date. Other than the suspension, I don't really have any complaints any more.


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post #3 of 110 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 12:47 AM
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The XT is my wifes. She'll keep it a long time. She was recently driving a 2004 Honda Accord, so you can do the math, 10+ years. Mine I'll keep a long time too. We always keep a backup car as well. Before the XT purchase it was a 99 Honda CR-V which we finally parted with after 17 years. It still ran great.

The key is keep them up and running well and they'll always be fun to drive. I still enjoyed driving the CR-V some days. I upgraded the stereo and speakers and it had better sound than my BMW.

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Pick up my 2016 outback today and my wife gets her 2016 Forester tomorrow......If it were up to me, would be getting new vehicles sooner, but she controls the spending,lol Which is a good thing.....her plan is to keep the vehicles close to 10 yrs....and if there is no issues with them at that time....just keep driving them...
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Had my FXT for 2 years gonna keep itvuntil the next gen comes (not facelift) so 2-3 tears more?
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post #6 of 110 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 03:22 AM
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so far I've been getting a new one about every 5 years or so but for me that puts the car right around 200K miles. I drive between 30 and 40K miles a year so I don't usually get to keep them for 10+ years
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My wife and I typically keep our vehicles 10 years. However I sold my Jeep Rubicon after only 4 because it was a mechanical nightmare (tons of fun, but constant mechanical issues). So I replaced it with a 16FXT which my wife tells me I have to keep at least 15 years to get back in the proper vehicle rotation LOL! By my math I only need 6 out of it, but I love this thing, so no replacement plans needed.
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post #8 of 110 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 04:01 AM
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post #9 of 110 (permalink) Old 01-14-2016, 04:54 AM
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I can't imagine ever selling my SG. I love my SH too, but doubt it'll be a lifetime car. I dunno, nothing is out there right now that comes close. When the STI hatch makes a comeback it might be hard to say no.
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I purchased my 14 Limited with cash. It was the first brand new car I have EVER bought. At age 62! Summer of 2015 I retired at age 64. It was important to me to retire with no debt, which I did.
This is the story leading to my answer to the original post- this Forester will be my vehicle until I DIE lol, and then my son can have it. I did my homework before choosing Subaru and I take meticulous care of it inside and out. I put well under 10K miles per year on it and it's garage kept.
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Ordinarily, when we purchase a new car, we keep it until it dies or give it to one of our children when the odometer gets near 200,000 miles. With our 2015 Subaru Forester, however, because it is so uncomfortable for long trips (the passenger seat is horrible!), along with various other annoying quirks (like a ridiculous 140 MPH speedometer), we may defy a lifetime of car ownership and get rid of our Subaru early.

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Part of me says, "Keep it till the wheels fall off." Part of me thinks about selling it. 50/50 I guess..

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I purchased my '09 XT in April 2015 with 91,7000 miles on it and I am in love with it. At this point I can't imagine ever selling it. My plan for now is to drive it until I can afford another daily, and then I'll garage it and build it into a beast. I've had a lot of people tell me that the third gen XTs are more rare than other gens (??), but it is true that you don't see as many third gens, modded or not, on the road as compared to the other three gens. I don't know, I love my SH and I plan on keeping her for a long time. :)
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Hopefully I can resist the urge until I get at least 100,000 miles on it.

I am single and make a decent living, so I might find myself making an impulse buy and trading it in on something. IF I start having problems with it, I will get rid of it with less hesitation.

I am not overly attached to my Forester. Sure, I like it, but that won't stop me from realizing it is my work vehicle. I need dependable transportation to go from point A to B without being worried about something going wrong.

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I have a 2005 XT 5spd that we purchased back in 2009 for the wife in Cali. Going on 7 years of ownership now, and sure, it blew a valve, and transmission has a bit more noise that I'd like...

I recently got her a IS250 for her winter beater, and the fozzy became my winter beater. So I installed BC BR coilovers, the car became much more enjoyable, as I can toss it into corners much more aggressively without the crazy bodyroll.

It now has 188k on the clock, and I have rear sway & catback waiting to be installed.

No plans to sell, but i'm sure WI's salt will claim her in ~5 more years.
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