forester caught on fire
A few months ago i bought a 2004 Forester XT with 46000 miles on it. Care was great. Very clean, well taken care of. Immediately we began to notice a raw fuel smell in cab. After several weeks and trips to the dealer SOA ended up replacing all the fuel lines under the intake manifold at no cost to us. Last week, my wife and I were driving the car to a BBQ when suddenly I noticed smoke coming from the rear end. I pulled over after about a mile and the entire engine compartment was on fire and there was transmission fluid everywhere. We had it towed to the dealer. Apparently the last owner replaced the radiator and all the lines. Well they used aftermarket hose clamps and clamped them down too tightly. This caused the transmission cooling line from the radiator to rupture and send transmission fluid on to the turbo exhaust pipe. Most of everything under the hood that was plasic got melted. Thank goodness for extended warranties.
The good news????? I bought this car for my wife.. I have been jelous ever since.... We have decided to buy her a brand new SUV. Guess who inherits the hot rod station wagon?