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  1. ('03-'05) 05 X, 277k miles, Timing belt time! Need suggestions

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hi all! I'm new to the forum, looking for insight and suggestions for timing belt change on high mileage foz. Not so brief history on the car, I purchased it Dec 2011 with 159k miles on it . The previous owner had great maintenance records and I have tried to keep up his good work. Had the...
  2. 2003 - Possible 2004 Engine Swap? Auto Vs. Man differences?

    Motor Conversions
    Hi all, I have an 03 Forester 2.5X with a 5-speed. The heads are going, it's got 167k on the clock, and there is no AC. There's an opportunity to buy a totaled 04 Forester 2.5XS auto with 12k miles on it. Not my first time pulling a motor but definitely the first time with a forester. What...
  3. FOZ newbie, but I own two of them...still love the Forester

    New Member Introductions
    Bought a 09 Forester Premium X, non turbo, fixed a bunch of things and then it developed rod knock. Was advised it would cost over $6000 to fix so I bought a 2003 Forester 2.5XS to bide my time... ...the 2003 developed rod knock within 28 days of purchase so I had the 2009 fixed. LOL...