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Anyone have a maintenance schedule for the Forester? I'm creeping up on 40,000 miles and want to make sure I'm checking everything out that I need to. I know I've seen them before but can't find one now.
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I have attached the maintance schedule from my local dealer
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I will be hitting 30k this weekend so thanks for the reminder...lots to do:
  • Clean and recharge K&N air intake filter
  • Change oil and filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Change coolant
  • Change tranny fluid
  • Replace fuel filter
  • ...Possibly change spark plugs
  • Replace front and rear wiper blades


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I have attached the maintance schedule from my local dealer
Dealers are notorious for trying to get you to spend more money than you need to. Unless you are driving in stop and go city traffic all day, or very short trips, you can go at least 5,000 miles between oil changes. I use Mobil 1 and go 7,500 between changes. I also rotate tires at the same time.

If you sign-up for mysubaru.com the official maintenance sked for your car will be on your custom page. There is also a "dealer" recommended maintenance schedule, in case you have money to burn.

I recommend you find a good "mom and pop" Subaru specialist, and save the dealer for when something goes wrong under warranty.
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Dealers are notorious for trying to get you to spend more money than you need to. Unless you are driving in stop and go city traffic all day, or very short trips, you can go at least 5,000 miles between oil changes. I use Mobil 1 and go 7,500 between changes. I also rotate tires at the same time.

If you sign-up for mysubaru.com the official maintenance sked for your car will be on your custom page. There is also a "dealer" recommended maintenance schedule, in case you have money to burn.

I recommend you find a good "mom and pop" Subaru specialist, and save the dealer for when something goes wrong under warranty.
Independent shops are just as bad getting people to spend more money than necessary, especially on cars that are under warranty. Remember even the brake pads, bulbs, belts, battery and wipers are covered under Subaru's Basic 3yr/36k warranty. Also remember, any damage caused by a repair performed at an independent shop is not covered by Subaru's warranty...we seem to get at least 1 Subaru every few months that had a quickie lube place do a simple oil change only to find out that they drained the tranny fluid instead of the engine oil, then added 4 quarts of oil to the engine and sent them down the road resulting in a failed transmission and a leaky engine.

I recomend that customers become educated on their vehicle's requirements, the owners manual is a great reference tool as it lists the general maintenance schedule as well as indicates when more frequent service is needed due to severe driving conditions. Every customers needs are a little different from the next depending on how/where the vehicle is used. Once you are knowledgable in what your vehicle will require, you are much less likely to spend money on un-needed repairs.

Dealers have access to Technical Bulletins, Recalls and ECU/TCU updates as they are released from Subaru, they also are more likely to see an issue before it becomes a problem and possibly have it taken care of under warranty...saving you money and time. I would recomend you visit all the dealers in your area and find one you can trust and one that has a resonable cost for the services they provide.

If you can't, a qualified independent shop can be used as long as they are familar with the Subaru line and the closest dealer is not conveinent, not price competitive or is not trust-worthy.

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Maintenance schedule for 2000+ Foresters is available at cars101. There's lots of other good info too at that site.

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I will be hitting 30k this weekend so thanks for the reminder...lots to do:
Already? That was fast!

I've recently hit the 30K mark...

Lots of driving you do.

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Dealers have access to Technical Bulletins, Recalls and ECU/TCU updates as they are released from Subaru, they also are more likely to see an issue before it becomes a problem and possibly have it taken care of under warranty...saving you money and time.
That's why I'm here; so you "insiders" can advise me of service bulletins, etc. I do my own filters, fluids and linings. The nearest dealer is 25 miles into the belly of the beast. Since I have a PZEV vehicle they most likely have to notify me if the firmware needs upgrading. Thanks.
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Since I have a PZEV vehicle they most likely have to notify me if the firmware needs upgrading. Thanks.
Actual Subaru's policy is to only apply a reflash if the customer complains of a problem that is addressed by said reflash. They will not notify you unless the reflash is part of a recall...

Currently there are about 70 different reflashes available for different concerns. Almost every model has at least one...

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Any 2009 reflashes?

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Actual Subaru's policy is to only apply a reflash if the customer complains of a problem that is addressed by said reflash. They will not notify you unless the reflash is part of a recall...

Currently there are about 70 different reflashes available for different concerns. Almost every model has at least one...
Sorry if this is off-topic, but my '09 X with manual transmission has a really annoying and unnatural hanging up of RPM's between shifts. It's obviously the ECU or otherwise the drive by wire system....if I rev to, say 5k, between shifts, the engine will stay at 5k rpms for 3-4 seconds between shifts, it seems...sounds kind of dumb, and difficult to drive it really smoothly unless I pause for a REAL long time between shifts. Any chance there is a reflash to address this?

Thanks in advance for any help,
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Sorry if this is off-topic, but my '09 X with manual transmission has a really annoying and unnatural hanging up of RPM's between shifts. It's obviously the ECU or otherwise the drive by wire system....if I rev to, say 5k, between shifts, the engine will stay at 5k rpms for 3-4 seconds between shifts, it seems...sounds kind of dumb, and difficult to drive it really smoothly unless I pause for a REAL long time between shifts. Any chance there is a reflash to address this?

Thanks in advance for any help,
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I haven't seen any '09 reflashes yet...but if you have a good dealer close by explain what the car is doing and then ask them if they can perform the transmission learning procedure. It's a process outlined in the Service Manual that I'd bet would help your concern. (It applies to any 4EAT or 5EAT tranny)

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Thanks, but I've got a stick...

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I haven't seen any '09 reflashes yet...but if you have a good dealer close by explain what the car is doing and then ask them if they can perform the transmission learning procedure. It's a process outlined in the Service Manual that I'd bet would help your concern. (It applies to any 4EAT or 5EAT tranny)
I probably wasn't clear enough in my original post, but the problem is that the engine hangs onto RPM's (with foot off the throttle) between shifts, for a very long time. This *might* be to keep the vehicle under control better when suddenly lifting off the throttle on a slippery surface at speed, but it is sooo extreme that it's hard to drive the Foz at like 60%. Fine at 10-20% when I'm doing the little old lady thing...

I did take it in for my first oil change ~3k miles a week or two ago, and they had their mechanic drive it and proclaim that nothing was wrong...

Someone mentioned that things change with the VDC turned off, and I'm gonna try that today just to see if there might be any difference (I have to admit I hadn't even thought of that yet)....

Another thing I might try is to take another Subaru with a stick out for a test drive and see if it's totally different or pretty much the same as mine.

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