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Greetings all

I've copied this across from Pistonheads, as there doesn't seem to be much love for all things Forester over there....

Back in 2008-10, I owned a 2005 Impreza Wagon WRX SL (2 litre engine, Sunroof and Leather) with Prodrive Performance Pack. This was a great car and to this day it's the only car I have ever regretted selling in 23 years of car ownership. I sold it because the fuel bills were becoming a little tedious, no other reason. It turns out the depreciation on it's successors would have more than made up for the heavy fuel costs, but that's another story.....

Fast forward to a few months ago and I decide I want another as my daily driver and begin the search for a 2004-06 car (I just wont touch the the 2007 onwards 2.5 litre engine, as I like to sleep at night!). I was willing to pay handsomely for one with sensible miles and minimal rust. However it transpires that such things no longer exist. Despite months of searching, the ones coming up for sale were all high mileage, with several years worth of rust advisories on the MOTs.

The only option? Take the search to Japan.

Happily the JDM stuck with the 2 litre in their Imprezas, which remained in the Wagons until they ended production of them in 2007. Unfortunately It quickly became apparent that first of all - these are expensive in Japan (looking at £9k OTR in the UK for one with no repair history and sensible miles) and that the heated leather seats of the SL were not an option over there. I couldn't bring myself to pay that much.

So this is where the Forester 2.0T comes in. It's significantly cheaper and a lot of them have half leather heated seats. The only problem is that manuals only make up about 10% of production and fetch a fair premium as a result.

I decided I'd be ok with an Auto for a daily driver, as I'd rather have a better quality car than compromise that to get a manual. However.... we checked out a couple of Autos at Japanese dealers and they either didn't happen, or they dragged on a bit - partly due to the 8 hour time difference. In the mean-time, a very nice manual popped up at auction in the early hours of this morning. I thought sod it, we'll up the budget a bit and stick a bid in. I then get a text at circa 4.45 am ..... and we've won.... for the same price of a nice Auto. Major result!

So what have I got?

Its a 2006 Cross Sports model with the same 2 litre Turbo and 5 speed gearbox as the Impreza WRX (so basically a Forester WRX). Power is 220 PS - not massive, but I assume it'll manage mid 6s to 60. I expect it has a TD04 turbo, so a re-map could see a safe 260-270. Grade 4B (best a 12 year old used car can be) and 78k kilometres (49k miles). Zero rust.

What will it cost me? circa £6,500 all in.

It's currently somewhere between China and Singapore, so a while to wait yet :(
 

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Looks good, though don't believe the hype about the 2.5.

That was mostly an urban myth that grew out of a few issues with the early hatch map and some over-the-top modified cars.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting it was without fault, but certainly nothing to panic about.

Anyway, that's academic now and I'm sure you'll be delighted once your new chariot arrives. The Forester is a great car. I've had mine just shy of eight years!
 

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Thanks for the welcome :smile2:

Regards the 2.5, I do agree it’s over hyped to an extent. The fact that it’s problems are so indiscriminate and non mileage dependent means that it’s just not for me though.

I have a 25 year old Impreza WRX on its original 2 litre that’s never needed to be opened - even original headgaskets, which helps the choice!

I’m a refugee from Scoobynet, so been around them for 16 years now. First Foz though and very much looking forward to it. Seems the perfect all round car.
 

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Welcome to the forum - I'm also a Scoobynet alumni, but I reckon you'll find much more camaraderie and much less flaming on here.

I've been around for several months even though I have an Impreza, and nobody has held it against me. So far...
 

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Very nice, I thought about this too but it was so hard to find a decent manual one in a colour I wanted (I've had grey/silver before, and my Eunos is black so wanted something different) also I knew if I got one I'd spend probably as much as a ej25 rebuild would be in making it into a CrossSports "STI" lookalike so took the risk on the full fat STI in the end as the price difference really wasn't that much.

I've been around for several months even though I have an Impreza, and nobody has held it against me. So far...
So err, where do we keep the pitchforks on this forum again? :lol:
 

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It's certainly difficult to reign in the spending. I've already bought a set of XT alloys, as I prefer the 5 spoke look to the 10 spoke of the Cross Sports. Easier to clean too.

Genuine Subaru boot liner also purchased.

Cat back H&S system is on the list, once I've sold the Swift Sport that this is replacing!
 

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Haha, in fairness, after getting the STI I did spend a fair few quid on a brand new HKS cat back, remap and other bits lol :)
 

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Good choice, I have eventually got one after a load of messing about between Customs & DVLA. Sits on the road safely and doesn't budge especially in bends. Great car They definitely keep the best for themselves.

ATVB.

AM
 

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RB see my post on I’m back to see how I got on with my Cross Sport remap yesterday.

Don’t know where you are in the UK, would you be interested in clubbing together with Ivan and me to see I’d=f Andrew Carr will get a programme written for the Cross Sport and hi to map our Cross Sports?

ATVB.

Alan
 

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Hmm that’s annoying. I had assumed it would be as easy as the Imprezas to re-map i.e. Ecutek licence and away you go.

I don’t expect to get mine until February and even then I’m going to have to fork out £££s for a proper Dinitrol underseal. Could be quite a while until re-map time, but will follow your thread with interest.
 

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HI RB

It was an open map so no ECutek licence to pay for.


Will keep you all posted.

ATVB

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Hey rossyboy, just found your thread, so belated greetings from Japan! I picked up a Cross Sports turbo back in June and love it! It's a few years older than yours and is an auto (I gave up looking for a decent manual one!!) but am really enjoying the Fozzy experience!! Look forward to seeing what you do with yours, as and when it arrives.
 

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Hi Mikku, glad to be joining the club. Mine is currently headed towards Malta, so I still have a while to wait!
 

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Hi Mikku, glad to be joining the club. Mine is currently headed towards Malta, so I still have a while to wait!
YES a while to wait but close . I had to watch my new coilovers pass through Newhaven (tracking) on their way to the dealer.
Newhaven is only 2 or 3 miles away from me . I had been waiting for 3 months
 
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