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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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New 2017 Forester

Happy to be a new owner of a 2017 Forester - never owned a Subie and I love it.
After 160 miles on it have a few questions/comments:
1. Is it me, or does the steering seem 'all-over-the-road' at speeds > 45... is this an AWD item?
2. Do you really have to check and possibly add a quart of oil every 1000 miles?..?

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 09:10 PM
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Oil usage depends... Check it every fillup until you get a read on it. Most CVT trans owners have no issues. WHat you have? MT/CVT? An XT or NA?

Ask dealer service to check your alignment under warranty. It's covered.


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Oil usage depends... Check it every fillup until you get a read on it. Most CVT trans owners have no issues. WHat you have? MT/CVT? An XT or NA?

Ask dealer service to check your alignment under warranty. It's covered.
2017 Forester 2.5i Premium CVT
Like driving it - handles very well, cornering is great... except trying to keep a straight line > 45 mph -
Must be the AWD never driven one before.
Car feels very solid - I like it a lot.
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1. Is it me, or does the steering seem 'all-over-the-road' at speeds > 45... is this an AWD item?
No, it is not you and it's not an AWD thing. It's a too loose-steering coupler.

This explains what is going on and an inexpensive way to fix the problem:

Steering Dampener Lock-Down » PERRIN Performance Official Blog
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No, it is not you and it's not an AWD thing. It's a too loose-steering coupler.

This explains what is going on and an inexpensive way to fix the problem:

Steering Dampener Lock-Down » PERRIN Performance Official Blog
Oh, that's interesting. Is this for Non-XT models only?

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Oh, that's interesting. Is this for Non-XT models only?
No, it's the same way on the XTs. I had the same issue on my car and stumbled on a post from @Fate on this forum and gave the Perrin lockdown a try.

It's a very noticeable difference before and after not only on the highway but also in the curves during "spirited" driving.

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No, it's the same way on the XTs. I had the same issue on my car and stumbled on a post from @Fate on this forum and gave the Perrin lockdown a try.

It's a very noticeable difference before and after not only on the highway but also in the curves during "spirited" driving.
Very, very interesting. I wish there was someone locally that had this. I would love to compare the two.

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Very, very interesting. I wish there was someone locally that had this. I would love to compare the two.
I'd let you give mine a spin but we seem to be on opposite sides of the country.

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Use blogger10 if you decide to purchase the Perrin Steering Dampener in the coupon code field and you will get 10% off.
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Odd - I drove 3 of these at various dealers and all 3 had the same steering issue.

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Betcha a dollar it is the tire pressure. I can just about guarantee the dealer left the pressures WAY to high. Set the tire pressure when cold to the values shown on the sticker on the driver's door pillar.
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Odd - I drove 3 of these at various dealers and all 3 had the same steering issue.
Check tire pressure. Mine had the same problem - delivered from the dealer with the tires at 45 psi all around. It was much improved when I brought it down to factory specs
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Check tire pressure. Mine had the same problem - delivered from the dealer with the tires at 45 psi all around. It was much improved when I brought it down to factory specs

Thanks - mine was 40 PSI all around from the dealer.
Dropping to 35 PSI to see that improves.
Then down to 32 PSI for another spin.
I generally run all my cars at 32 PSI.
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Thanks - mine was 40 PSI all around from the dealer.
Dropping to 35 PSI to see that improves.
Then down to 32 PSI for another spin.
I generally run all my cars at 32 PSI.
Mine was at 44 psi all around when I brought it home. Lowered it to 34/33 and it still had the same issue.

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Dropped the pressure from 40PSI to 35PSI and took her for a spin.
Much much better. Not perfect but a far-cry from what I was experiencing before.
Will probably drop down to 32PSI all around in the next day or so and leave it there.
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