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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 06:51 PM
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Good thing nobody was hurt! Have any pictures? I I thought you were going to have the barbecue on it :)

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 07:52 PM
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It's literally a hot rod now haha.

Super cool though, make it fast and I'll race you for pinks ;)
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 09:34 PM
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Wow, that is really unlucky and just when you got it fixed for the gas leak under the manifold.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 02:43 AM
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Wow. Good thing nobody got hurt. The new SUV for the wife is going to be a new Forester, right?

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 06:21 AM
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I have a friend who had the whole cooling hose incident (but not fire). The last owner replaced or added, I don't remember which, a transmission cooler and when he attached the lines he ended up cracking the transmission case and now it leaks tranny fluid all the time.

*waits for WRX carl to appear*

have fun when it's fixed!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 06:42 PM
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That sucks!!! Sitting here wondering why your going to a barbecue in the middle of winter.... Then saw you live in texas! Haha Congratulations on your new "Hot rod" Lmao!

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