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2005 Subaru Forester 2.5X
Purchased it on July 9, 2012 with ~98,525 Miles



List of Options from Dealer Invoice.
Description
(5FB C BLR) 2005 Forester X 4EAT

Option Description
Pw/Pl/Pm/Ac/Cc/Abs,Fl/Sab

PORT ACCESSORIES
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D3D TWEETER KIT 10-Feb-2005 A
X43 ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE LABEL 10-Feb-2005 A
XFJ FORESTER CROSS BAR KIT 10-Feb-2005 A
XGB FORESTER X FLOOR MATS GRAY 10-Feb-2005 A
XHN 05 FORESTER ORG 10-Feb-2005 A
XHP 05 FORESTER OIK 10-Feb-2005 A
F4U LWB CUSTOM TAILPIPE COVER 10-Feb-2005 A
F4U M3D CARGO TRAY 10-Feb-2005 A
F4U Q3J SPLASH GUARDS MAT BLACK 10-Feb-2005 A


07-13-2012
Installed Curt Manufacturing 12038 Class II Receiver & Hidden Hitch T-One Connector Assembly with ModuLite Module 118461.
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f137/welded-nut-broke-off-frame-116564/
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f137/ball-mount-rise-117191/

10-25-2012 WeatherTech FloorLiner DigitalFit

12-02-2012
Oil Change at Sears Auto Center at ~ 102,700 Miles
POWERFLOW OIL FILTER SL14612BP

12-05-2012 to 12-21-2012
Dropped off on 12-5-2012 for Control Arm Recall Check
Front Differential Fluid Change. Gear Selector Assembly and gear selector cable replaced at Subaru dealership
They had it for about 3 weeks as I had to find a used selector assembly. It broke in the parking lot of the dealer after I dropped it off for the Control Arm Recall. The selector cable was rusted and ceased causing wear and finally tear on the selector assembly. No need to replace control arms, which surprised me since it lived in New York before I purchased it here in Indiana. They also found the front differential fluid was dirty but contained no metal shavings during their inspection. Picked back up on 12-21-2012
Big Thanks to BTI_Bob for the sell.
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f92/gear-selector-assembly-124890/

10-05-2013 Winter Preparation Parts Order & Spring 2014 Plans

10-08-2013 Cabin Air Filter Replacement

10-09-2013 Oil Changed @ 109,722 Miles, Radiator Flushed, Ambient Air Sensor Replaced, Wipers Replaced

10-10-2013 Spark Plugs and Wire Set Changed @ 109,746 Miles

10-11-2013 K&N Air Filter Installed @ 109,754 Miles

12-11-2013 111,111.1 Miles on Odometer

03-17-2014 Winter MPG
 

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WeatherTech FloorLiner DigitalFit

Installed WeatherTech FloorLiner DigitalFit.
They are alright...
The rear do not fit properly because my carpeting is pulled tight where it does not lay flush at the base of rear bench.
Time for new carpeting I guess. :icon_wink:



 

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Preparing for winter.
I wish I had money for tires before winter, but that will have to wait for spring.

Parts ordered:
Advance Auto:
  • NGK Ignition Wire Set
  • NGK Laser Platinum Spark Plug (FR5AP-11)
Autozone
  • Duralast Ambient Air Temperature Sensor
  • K&N Air Filter
  • STP Cabin Air Filter
  • Bosch Evolution Wiper Blades
  • Trico Rear wiper blade
Other stuff to do before Winter:
  • Need to change oil, have been bad about that. Almost been a year. :icon_redface:
    Think I will stop by Autozone pick up Mobil1 EP and Mobil1 EP filter.
  • Will flush radiator at the same time.
  • Repair two dings/rust spots before they go through another round of salt.
  • If money permits Rust-check.
  • Same goes for Full Interior Detailing
Plan for Spring 2014
  • Paint and Sand steel rims, if not buy alloy.
  • Get a set of Yokohama GEOLANDAR A/T-S, maybe set of 5 for the spare.
  • Complete brake job. New Calibers, Pistons, Performance Rotors, Drums, Drum Hardware. Don't think I need to touch emergency brake.
  • Light Bar
 

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Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Replaced Cabin Air Filter today with a STP Filter.
The filter in the car was completely clogged. 100% increase in air flow after replacement, plus no smell when I start the car. I swear that this
is about my Forester.



 

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Oil Change, Radiator Flush, Outside Ambient Temperature Sensor Replacement, Wiper Bla

Today work:
  • Oil Change: Mobil1 Extended Performance 5W-30, Mobil1 Extended Performance Oil Filter, 1qt of Dura Lube. @ 109,722 Miles
  • Prestone Radiator Flush, Prestone Extened Life Anti-Freeze Coolant
  • Bosch Evoultion Front Wiper Blades, Trico Exact Fit Rear Wiper Blade
  • Duralast Ambient Air Temperature Sensor


Can't wait for it to rain to see how these Bosch wipers do along with reapplication of RainX. I am wondering how the frame-less design will handle Indiana winter.

K&N Air Filter Will Be here Friday 10-11-2013. Got spark plugs to late today to start, will wait until Friday to install.
 

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Spark Plug and Wire Set Change

Spark Plug and Wire Set Change @ 109,746 Miles
  • NGK Laser Platinum FR5AP-11 Spark Plugs
  • NGK Wire Set RC-FX101
Forester now idles @ ~ 490 RPM vs ~1200 RPM before the change. It might have had original factory wire set and spark plugs still in it, one was rusted in. Other than that rusty plug the change was easy.

The blue NGK wires look good.



The old plugs show uneven wear. Is this common on these engines? In order of cylinder fire in the picture bellow.

 

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Winter MPG

Winter MPG
My Forester likes the 40 to 50 degree weather the best. Plus 25-30mph driving for at least 3 days and slower driving for a week this winter of snow. Had a 15.4 MPG tank for the the heavy storm here in INDY.
 
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