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  1. EJ25 - 2.5L Non-Turbo (1998-2010)
    So I've read a couple of posts here regarding oil leaking and burning. I have a 2004 with 160,000+ miles on it. It leaks oil (about a quart every 2 months) and I've just been topping it off between oil changes. I've read that it's because of the sub-quality head gaskets Subaru originally...
  2. Cooling Systems
    So I just did an 8-hour road trip with my 14 forester and I noticed it was running a bit hot (215 @ 70mph and 225+ @ 80mph). Although this is not high enough to illuminate the warning light it still concerned me. I started looking at info about replacing the coolant in it because it's got 111000...
  3. Cooling Systems
    I noticed my coolant reservoir was low when the engine was warmed up in my NA SG. It's been a while since Iast checked, so I'm going to add green coolant to top things off. I haven't found any straightforward answer online and on this forum so I was looking for your input. 1. Do I check the...
  4. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    When I start up my '07 Subaru Forester X the power steering is noisy and resistant to power the steering. It is full of fluid and no leakage I can see; it almost does not work as I maneuver. After awhile it seems just fine but it is a good amount of time. It seems that it is the standard pump...
  5. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    A couple of days ago I purchased an automatic 2017 2.0XT Premium with 39k miles on it. Everything seems to be in great condition and I am really enjoying the car, but I have some concerns with some rust that I found. I should note that this vehicle originally came from the state of New York...
  6. Cooling Systems
    I have an 06 FXT and recently switched out the lower radiator hose. I noticed coolant leaking out of this area (see pic). What exactly am I looking at? does anyone know what the issue is? thanks
  7. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    For a while now my car has been having some problems with the transmission and I just haven’t been able to get it looked at or fixed (I’m 17 and really broke). So sometimes whenever I put the car into drive it jolts forward and whenever I accelerate and the car shifts (into 1st, 2nd, 3rd gear...
  8. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I have a 2009 Forester XT with 144k miles on it. Its been a good car and compared to our Outback (totally coincidental that we ended up with two Subarus) that cost us 3k right off the bat with bad head gaskets, I've had relatively few problems with it...but that head gasket problem has been...
  9. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi, I purchased a 2020 New Forester few weeks ago, I see the basic warranty is 3 year / 36000 mi with every 6 month / 6000 mi checkpoint. Based on the 2020 Normal Maintenance Schedule PDF file: Questions: 1) Are all the items in the list at every 6 month check point FREE? 2) If not all...
  10. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I have a 2017 2.5i Premium that I bought from a dealer about 3.5 months ago. Due to COVID, I haven't driven much. The oil change sticker on windshield (from dealer) tells me I have a few thousand more miles to go before I need an oil change. A couple of weeks ago, I took a 1,000-mile road trip...
  11. Sourcing Parts & Accessories
    I'm wondering about the best aftermarket maintenance stuff for a 2014 XT: • Best Oil? • Best Spark Plugs? • Cleanable/reusable oil filter, Y or N - Best one? • Cleanable/reusable air filter - best one? Wondering about Marvel's Mystery Oil - either in the gasoline or the crankcase. I've used...
  12. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    I am not near my vehicle due to traveling for work... So I don't have exact mileage numbers... I purchased my forester from a Subaru dealership. It was leased and recently returned due to end of the lease when I picked it up.(27k miles) A few months later I moved across the country for...
  13. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Inherited a 2008 Forester that has 66k original miles on it; no scheduled maintenance has been done. Do I need to pay for all of the items included in both the standard 30k and 60k service, or is some of this redundant and unnecessary? Was quoted about $800 for a combo of the two services, which...
  14. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Here's a link https://www.msn.com/en-us/Autos/ownership/15-most-expensive-vehicles-to-maintain-and-repair/ss-AAJUkOj?ocid=ientp#image=3 The gist is that the forester is listed as an expensive vehicle to maintain based upon (common dealer costs): 1. Oil Change and Filter - $161 2. Replace brake...
  15. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi everyone, I am a first-time Subaru owner and I just purchased a 2019 Forester Sport two weeks ago. I also bought a 3yrs/42000miles maintenance package for an additional $1900 from the dealer because the salesperson told me that it's cheaper when you buy maintenance with the car. Until I...
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