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  1. ('03-'05) 2003 - Is this Forester worth fixing? - Updated!

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hi all, In January I bought a 2003 Forester XS. There was oil underneath it when I bought it. My gullible self believed the seller when he said it was just a loose oil filter. His dad was apparently a mechanic who had done the head gasket at 172k, the car was at 217k when I bought it. I'm...
  2. ('06-'08) 2006 Severe noise after new brakes - SOLVED

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    So I changed all my brakes, started her up (06 Forester EJ204). Abnormal grinding noise coming from the rear (drum brake). I tried braking to maybe bed it in a little, but the sound is obnoxious. I'm not gonna drive it this way. Please see video, tells all. Google Photos link...
  3. ('06-'08) 2008 - Brakes slipping / pulsating? - Updated!

    Hey everybody, I noticed that my Forester has been having some issues with the front brakes. Sometimes when I brake at low speeds (pulling into or out of a parking spot for example) my front brakes feel like they start slipping or pulsating, but the brake pedal doesn't get soft. It kind of...
  4. ('14-'18) 2017 - Looking to upgrade my brake pads and rotors - Something reliable and fairly priced.?

    Hey Guys, I was hoping to get some guidance. Ive been eager to have more responsive brakes. I currently have the stock brake setup on my 2.5i 2017 Forester. Can someone recommend a performance brake pad and rotor that is compatible with my OEM calipers? Something reliable and fairly priced. I...
  5. ('14-'18) Poor brake pad and climate combo (video)? - Updated!

    Hi everyone, I'm hoping you can share your thoughts as I've been experiencing a brake issue that is new to me in all my years of doing brakes on my own cars. Its really had me scratching my head. From the moment I pull out of my parking spot up to the end of my neighborhood my brakes squeak...
  6. ('06-'08) 2007 - No brakes and kinda stumped?

    Hey everyone, sorry in advance if this post sucks, first timer here and I’m just starting to get interested in working on my own cars. Please bear with me because I don’t know a lot yet! so let’s start from the beginning. It was time for my brakes to be done so with the help of a friend, we...
  7. ('01-'02) 2002 - Loud scraping sound from the interior but silent from outside? (SF5)

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hello all, This past week I installed coilovers and new calipers/pads/rotors all around. The coils are Megan Racing wrx wagon coils and I removed the sub frame spacers to fix the suspension geometry. I don't believe this to be the problem but I fell that its necessary to mention as I did not...
  8. ('98-'00) 2000 - Rear drum brake groan, after brake repairs (no warranty) - any solutions?

    Hello, first time posting here. I have a 2000 forester L automatic with about 59,000 miles on it. I recently had my pads and shoes replaced, and had the shop resurface my drums (rotors didn’t really need it, and I am on a tight budget). Braking power is normal and fine after. The issue is a...
  9. ('14-'18) 2015 - Wheels don't spin freely - Jacked up question? 😂

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hey guys I jacked up my forester so all 4 wheels were free to spin but some didn't spin freely when in drive, I tool the brake calipers off cleaned them up and regreased them, still my back left and front right don't spin. Is this my brakes sticking or is this a power management thing? Brake...
  10. ('01-'02) 2001 - Powerstop - Is the kit worth it?

    What do you guys think of adding a powerstop Z23 kit to my stock 01 forester? I've got a nice new set of moetgi mr149s and 215/75r15s on it right now (had to take off factory mudflaps to make it drive-able (still rubs a lil up front but not too bad)) I plan to life two inches this summer to make...
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  12. ('06-'08) 2007 - Cyclical Thumping at Speed?

    Problems, Maintenance, and Warranty
    Hello Folks. 2007 Subaru Forester 2.5L EJ253 4EAT A/T @ 15xK miles Strange cyclic thumping after 25/30mph. Worse when turning. Scraping/crappy noise when barely braking (Not the tattle-tale; checked. Pads have much life left.) Stake failed, and axle nut came loose; ground down the metal pin...
  13. ('03-'05) 2004 X - 98 Legacy >to> 2004 X Forester conversion Possible? - Updated!

    is it possible to put my 98 legacy L rear brakes on my 04 forester my mechanic and i looked it up and down and everything looks exactly the same except for the ebrake cables and i am trying to make sure it would work before i do it . reason i ask is because i pulled a few parts from my 98...