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Are the 2014 Forester hoods made of aluminum?

A local Subaru dealer body shop told me the hood scoop on my '14 Forester 2.5i base is made of aluminum.

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Yes, the entire hood is aluminum.


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I'm now wondering what other Forester body parts are made of aluminum?
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Can aluminum be repaired like metal?

I have a dent in the hood caused by a kayak sliding off the roof racks. The body shop guy claims aluminum can't be repaired; therefore, a new hood has to be purchased. Is this true?
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I have had hail damage repaired on my hood several times.

Large dents would require replacement though.

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I have a dent in the hood caused by a kayak sliding off the roof racks. The body shop guy claims aluminum can't be repaired; therefore, a new hood has to be purchased. Is this true?
Aluminum can sometimes be repaired, but it largely depends on the damage itself. Ths metal doesn't have "memory" and will not return to a previous shape easily - if at all. It also reacts to heat very differently, and the most important aspect is that no tools used in the repair of steel panels can be used to repair aluminum - ever! Raw aluminum will corrode very easily when in contact with raw steel such as steel shavings, even steel dust.

Separate work areas must be used, and body shop personnel must have specific training to work on aluminum.

All in all, it will become easier as more manufacturers are using aluminum in their cars/trucks, but for the time being, it's not easy finding a competent body shop that will work on aluminum. In the meantime, it's probably easier for them to simply replace the panel... But, painting aluminum panels is also a different process than steel.. :-)

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Aluminum hoods are extremely common. I believe they have been on Foresters for over 10 years. The marketing by Ford has given aluminum a new level of attention.

Why the hood? Makes it lighter to handle when opening the hood.

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I'm now wondering what other Forester body parts are made of aluminum?
While I already knew the hood was aluminum, this question made me wonder beyond that, too.

Today I took a strong magnet and explored my FXT... and found the hood aluminum, as expected, but also another aluminum panel! While the bulk of the car is plastic (bumpers, etc) or steel (minus the aluminum hood) the part of the hatch door that holds the big blue Subaru emblem is also aluminum. The lower half of the trunk lid is steel. It appears the skin of that badge-holding panel is aluminum but with steel beyond it ( as i said, a STRONG magnet, that let me explore through both my hand and aluminum panels :) ).

Interesting... but likely, like the hood, it makes the rear hatch lifting specs fit the opening dynamics better. Lighter in other words.

Or.....? It is plastic... as pointed out by dpm below.
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While I already knew the hood was aluminum, this question made me wonder beyond that, too.

Today I took a strong magnet and explored my FXT... and found the hood aluminum, as expected, but also another aluminum panel! While the bulk of the car is plastic (bumpers, etc) or steel (minus the aluminum hood) the part of the hatch door that holds the big blue Subaru emblem is also aluminum. The lower half of the trunk lid is steel. It appears the skin of that badge-holding panel is aluminum but with steel beyond it ( as i said, a STRONG magnet, that let me explore through both my hand and aluminum panels :) ).

Interesting... but likely, like the hood, it makes the rear hatch lifting specs fit the opening dynamics better. Lighter in other words.

Or.....?
Thanks for your input!
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Aluminum hoods are extremely common. I believe they have been on Foresters for over 10 years...
Hmmm... my '11's hood grabs a magnet, but not the rear hatch horizontal strip as mentioned by @treeman (aluminum or plastic, I wonder).

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the strip on the rear hatch is plastic.
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I believe the SH switched to a steel hood, but the SJ reverted to aluminium (or aluminum in US speak!)
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the strip on the rear hatch is plastic.
I believe you are correct dpm... looking closely.

Makes more sense than aluminum.
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