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General Information

Year
2014
Make
Subaru
Model
Forester XT
Color
Silver
Packages
Fully loaded, every option
History
Purchased in fall of 2013, model year 2014 Forester XT with all the options. 30,000+ miles totally trouble-free as of October 2015.

31 October 2015 passed 31,000 miles still totally trouble-free.

2 January 2016 passed 34,400 miles still totally trouble-free.

19 January 2016 DEAD Battery. AAA came to my home and replaced the battery. Good news I did not have to reprogram the radio or the blue tooth connection. Now 36,987 miles.

Around 40,000 miles I had to dump the OEM tires, they would not pass VA state inspection. I replaced them with Michelin Premier A/S Grand Touring All-Season tires. After about a week of driving on the new tires, I understand why Michelin's are so expensive. These tires are wonderful, smooth, quiet and they grip like crazy both wet and dry.

January 2017 passed 50,000 miles still completely trouble-free.

February 2, 2017, 51,200 miles still completely trouble-free.

October 9, 2017, Around 62,000 miles I took the Forester into the dealer for both emissions inspection, loud noise, and vibration. Passed emissions with no problems loud noise and vibration were caused by failing wheel bearing in the rear of the vehicle. This repair is covered by the 100,000-mile warranty I purchased when I bought the vehicle, problem is now fixed at no cost to me.

October and November 2018, I installed some Noico sound deadening material in the rear of the vehicle under the styrofoam storage blocks and under the rear plastic quarter panels. The Subaru is much quieter and more peaceful to drive.

January 2019, I installed front and rear strut bars from ultraracing, see links below.

https://ultraracing-usa.com/subaru-forester-sj-2014-2018-front-strut-2-point/

https://ultraracing-usa.com/subaru-forester-sj-2014-2018-rear-strut-2-point/

When I installed the rear strut bar I had to modify the styrofoam under the floor in the rear of the vehicle. Eliminating part of the styrofoam made no difference in the noise levels inside the vehicle and I am still able to fully load the rear of the vehicle with stuff.

February 20, 2019, Mileage is just past 74000. Took the vehicle to Dulles Subaru and had a new Front and Rear Sway Bar installed. The kit is from Whiteline see link below.

https://www.carid.com/whiteline/front-and-rear-sway-bar-kit-mpn-bsk018.html?singleid=1183891453&url=5643060

Handling and especially corner has improved greatly. This was money well spent in my opinion.

Also installed K&N High-Flow Air Filter - SUPPOSEDLY it gives the vehicle a slight horse power boost. Easy to install and it should last longer than standard filters and K&N claims it can be cleaned and reused.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000COC0GQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

April 9, 2019, just hit the 75000-mile mark.

July 24, 2019, 76500 miles. Had transmission cooler and new grill installed by Dulles Subaru. Parts were purchased from SubiSpeed.

Transmission Cooler - http://www.subispeed.com/2014-subaru-forester/cooling/subaru-cvt-cooler-kit-2014-forester

New Grill - http://www.subispeed.com/2014-subaru-forester/exterior/grilles/subaru-2017-jdm-oem-grille-2014-forester
2014 Subaru Forester XT (Silver)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Engine is stock.

Installed K&N High-Flow Air Filter - SUPPOSEDLY it gives the vehicle a slight horse power boost. Easy to install and it should last longer than standard filters and K&N claims it can be cleaned and reused.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000COC0GQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Interior
Replaced interior factory bulbs with Diode Dynamics LEDs. Both map lights, dome light, puddle lights.

Installed some Noico sound deadening material in the rear of the vehicle which is now much quieter to drive.

Installed extra light in rear cargo door, see link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exgELm6W5TE&list=PL5gRlHb5l_-TBD61GjsFzr-BZYkvK-cmV&t=21s&index=3

Also installed an LED light strip on the roof of the cargo area, connected it to the pathetic light Subaru provides on the side of the cargo area. The light strip is sewen to the roof of the vehicle.

Have started to add extra storage on the back of the front seats. These were purchased at Blue Ridge Overland Gear.
Exterior
Replaced the license plate lights with Diode Dynamics LEDs

Installed lights in place of reflectors in the rear bumper. They function as running and brake lights. https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/6321634-post13253.html

Installed OLM JDM Precision LED Lift Gate Light - 2014+ Forester http://www.subispeed.com/2014-subaru-forester/lighting/olm-jdm-precision-led-lift-gate-light-2014-forester

Also installed Yakima Skybox Lo on the roof. Excellent product, easy to install no effect on how the vehicle drives or handles.

https://www.yakima.com/skybox-lo-carbonite
Audio
Stock stereo - This car has the navigation and eyesight system. Since this car also has bluetooth system and I can get music and audio books off my phone I rarely if ever use the radio and I have never used the satellite radio.

In the future Subaru should offer all of these as individual options instead of packages. I would buy the eyesight system but not the navigation or satellite radio options.

The navigation system which comes with the car is horrible to use, very difficult to figure out the interface. I use my many years old Garmin instead. My Garmin recently died I am now using Google maps on my phone. Phone is mounted on front vent using the steelie Vent Mount Kit http://www.niteize.com/product/Steelie-Vent-Mount-Kit.asp

Purchased a new Garmin for navigation and mounted on the windshield using a RAM mount.
Wheel and Tire
Had to replace the tires. I chose Michelin Premier A/S Grand Touring All-Season tires. After about a week of driving on the new tires I understand why Michelin's are so expensive. These tires are wonderful, smooth, quiet and they grip like crazy.

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