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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-05-2011, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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Which service manual for 2003 2.5X?

New owner of a 2003 2.5X, looking to get a service manual for it. Only locally available one is Haynes (sp?) manual. Does anybody have a suggestion for anything better? Just looking for basic info on how to find and remove/reinstall basic parts and perform basic maint. DIY stuff. I'm not going to be doing any major engine work. Thanks.

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The official Subaru Technical Information website can be found here.

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['07 FSXT MODding Journal] ['03 X MODding Journal]

'07 FSXT - COBB Surgeline dyno Protune - Stage 1+
'03 X +AVO turbo kit = XT (son's)
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I think the Haynes will be fine, it'll steer you in the general direction of things (= pics) and anything you don't understand you can Search here and ask if you can't find it.

The site that Bobby referred you to is also available at a higher cost and is aimed at the Subaru techs who would be referencing it.

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When looking for manuals for my 2010 Forester, I came accross this PDF that had a lising of Subaru manuals.

http://www.fredbeansparts.com/pdfs/t...ub-service.pdf


They show the following manuals for the 2003 Forester.

MSA5T0320A 2003 Forester General Information Section 1
MSA5T0321A 2003 Forester Mechanism and Function Section 2
MSA5T0322A 2003 Forester Engine Section 3
MSA5T0323A 2003 Forester Transmission Section 4
MSA5T0324A 2003 Forester Chassis Section 5
MSA5T0325A 2003 Forester Body Section 6
MSA5T0326A 2003 Forester Wiring System Section 7

I ordered manuals for my 2010 through Jackie at Annapolis Subaru (a spporter here)

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Thanks

Thanks for all your help. Just finished disabling the "auto AC/no recirc on defrost setting". I never would have figured out how to do that without the assistance of this forum. Looking forward to lots of years and miles out of my snowtank.

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This forum is a great source of information!

BTW, you might want to enable PM so members can contact you... optional of course.

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['07 FSXT MODding Journal] ['03 X MODding Journal]

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