Hi. I just want to introduce myself. Yes I'm a "newby" from NZ. I've owned my Forester for six months & use it every day for my work as a Security Night Patrol Contractor. It carries around a heap of gear including my German Shepherd. It's a late 2002 SG5 X20 first of the second generation Foresters. Completely standard but I intend modifying the rear suspension as it rolls around quite a bit which is probably due to the weight carried. All up with a full tank of gas it weighs in at nearly 1660 kg loaded so will put in stronger springs & upgrade the rear sway bar to a 20mm size. I found your site & find it very useful. Regards Rex.