2004 Forester XT
Howdy! I have an '04 XT (150,000 miles) and I've recently been experiencing some overheating issues on inclines. I've never owned a turbocharged vehicle before, so my question is, is this normal? I live in Denver and within about ten minutes of hopping on I-70 passed Golden the needle starts creeping on me. I've also had issues overheating going about 85 mph in 80 degree heat outside of Vegas, granted that was after nearly twelve hours of driving. Both radiator fans kick in when it reaches temp and I've so far had no problems with overheating during 30-45 min city commutes in 90+ degree temps. There are no visible leaks and no coolant smells. Does the stock radiator simply lack the cooling capacity to handle driving at altitude on an incline or should I be looking for something to fix? I've been looking at Mishimoto and Koyorad radiators, but if there's an issue with my cooling system, there's no guarantee replacing the stock radiator with a better one will actually fix my overheating issue... Thanks in advance, I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to car stuffs!