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Hey everyone, Ian here, new owner of a Subaru Forester XT 2.5 55 plate.

I'll update with some photos soon, missed a chance for some good ones today got distracted
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At the moment quite enjoying it's standard set up and figuring it all out, but there will be a few things I hope to sort out, reverse cam or sensors, all in good time...

Very boring updates at the moment are rubber mats and a boot tray... well, mats are currently outside whilst I try and get rid of the rubber stink! Looking for footpack for my Thule roof bars..basically it..

I know everyone, has their own plans and own tastes, but just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on typical starting points, or just ideas?

I'll snoop at some of you guys other posts in a bit and see what you have all done 馃檪
 

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Did you get Subaru rubber mats? Mine had no smell to them........Or I can't smell a thing..

One of the first things I did from memory was playing with tyre pressures and using Tesco Momentum fuel to see how the mpg was vs grip and power.
Looking around for any split hoses and anything you just don't like the look of (Rusty radiator mounts etc)
Oil service, throwing in a Cosworth air filter and putting in some better headlight bulbs as the prefacelift headlights need all the help they can get - The HIDs on the Facelift are much better from factory.

Enjoy the car and you'll figure out what you'll want to change.

How is the service history, regarding timing belt and gearbox fluid changes? That might be worth looking into. Same for the rear shocks if they're original - When I got mine, the spare wheel was almost flat....
Did it come with any mods?

Congrats again on the Foz
 

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拢60PM

Meaning "Per month"???

I hope not 馃槶
That鈥檚 the least of your problems - you do realise the 拢60 is the result of keyboards running short of zeros? :icon_wink:

(nice car by the way, although it looks like someone has left some fur in the boot :lol: )
 

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Yehhhhh.... I know the 60 is code word... it was the PM I'm hoping to avoid!

So...info:

Currently at approx 102k miles.

2 previous owners, but previous owner was the first official owner(?)(?)(?)... something to do with garage being first owner or something...i dunno...

FSH all stamped! Cambelt done at 80k miles.

Found a receipt for a new clutch at 60k miles...

I believe it's all completely stock, maybe others have word to the contrary based on pictures?

As for the furballs in the boot. They seem to love it!! I think they see a relative in it...

A lot of punch in a relatively small body, and 4x4... more or less the same as them...

I can't see me doing too much to it in the way of mods, not for a while yet. Probably only thing I can think of is maybe updating the brakes when they need doing, which probably won't be an age away <- on that note, do you guys tend to do a lot of those jobs yourselves? On the previous car I did a few odds and sods, but never got too involved with brakes or anything that could cause chaos if it went wrong 馃檲
 

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Ahh hahaha, the mods I can cope with, the unforseen mechanicals are the scary bits!

Actually one purchase I need to make is a footpack for my roof bars. Might have to nip to halfrauds as I have a 15% discount card that is to being a Ford owners member hehehe
 

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Maybe I'll keep the costs down by replacing a few lights for LED's and maybe a nice panel filter haha...

I need to look through some build threads. I'm still getting my head round this site though.馃榾

Ah, question, do you guys run on premium fuel or standard stuff? I might fill up on premium next couple times and see what the mpg is like and weigh up costs etc..
 

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Try using google to search the site.

Apologies if you are already aware of how to, but the format to do so is:

鈥渟earch fields鈥 site:鈥漸rl of site鈥

For example, if you wish to search for led headlights on this forum, enter the following into your search engine:

led headlights site:subaruforester.org

This will bring up references to led headlights on the forum (you may get a couple of ad links at the top of the results - ignore them).

HTH

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Thanks Pete, that's really helpful. Didn't even realise that was something that could be done!

....wish I'd known that years ago... would have probably helped at uni..hah
 

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Its the 拢80s now due to inflation . She woofudunt believe only 拢60 a month <img src="https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/images/SubaruForester_2014/icons/post_thumbsup.png" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbs Up" class="inlineimg" />
love the fur balls
I was looking through the site and was reading a page from 2008 mentioning 拢60 mods that will get you over 300bhp mark, someone was even asking what mod could cost 拢60 and give such a great increase? Seems like a me thing to ask haha.

It's mad how much more in depth you guys are with tuning than any other car forums...well, specifically the ford forum...
 

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Swapped a bunch of bulbs for LED's... sitting somewhere in the 拢10 club now!

Gosh the number plate lights are quite awkward, or at least 1 of the screws on each are!! Could have used my flexi bit holder which would have made life easier, but persevered without it...

Also, side lights/parking lights are a fiddle too! Found a video on YouTube the other day which helped!
 

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Swapped a bunch of bulbs for LED's... sitting somewhere in the 拢10 club now!

Gosh the number plate lights are quite awkward, or at least 1 of the screws on each are!! Could have used my flexi bit holder which would have made life easier, but persevered without it...

Also, side lights/parking lights are a fiddle too! Found a video on YouTube the other day which helped!
Fiddly squiddly....wait 鈥榯il you get to the fog lights. Fitting them should elicit a few choice words :yell:
 

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I noticed the coolant is looking a little lower than I previously thought it was.

I was parked on a bit of a slope however 馃槙

The cars showing no signs of overheating, no obvious leaks I can see, the oil seems fine (no mixing that I can tell) and the coolant itself seems fine no oily residue,

When I ran it a little the level seemed to rise (as the temp went up). I'll top it up tomorrow and I don't have much experience in this, but is it risky/an issue to stick some rad weld in there just incase there is anything small?

Yeh, I have heard that the fogs are barstewards... I don't actually have a drive or a garage, so I may have to seek help for those 馃槥
 

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Forget the radweld.

The small tank attached to the passenger side of the radiator is the expansion or reservoir tank and the level will fluctuate depending upon the temperature of the coolant.



The tank above the turbo is the header or filler tank which should be full to it's neck at all times.

When the engine is cold (really cold) the level in the expansion tank should be at or just below the full mark level
As the engine warms up the coolant expands and is pushed out of the header tank into the expansion tank.

When the engine is hot the level in the expansion tank will rise, so will be above the full mark and as it cools will be drawn back into the system (Header tank cap has two way valving - radiator cap , if fitted, does not).

Parking on a slope should make very little difference to the level in the expansion tank but the relevant temperature of the engine will.
 

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Hi Ian,
Great Explanation from Don, as always.
Hopefully to put your mind at rest a bit more:I find the level in the expansion tank will vary when the car is cold, morning-to-morning, by a half inch or so, sometimes more, even if the outside ambient temp seems the same. It's normal. I was once a bit hypersensitive to this ( probably after reading so many tales of woe re. Head gaskets on the general/ US side of this forum), to the extent that one morning it was a couple of inches lower , I topped it up to close to the " full" mark in Dons diagram above, where I normally run it, and guess what, next few mornings it was way above the full mark, so there hadn't been any need to top it up!
Also, because the expansion tank is narrow between the low and full marks, it doesn't take much of a volume / millilitre change to make a difference to the indicated level in this part of the tank.

As for radweld, your best option is to carry a bottle in the spare wheel well, carry a couple of litres of water for the dogs, that can be used as rad top- up water in an emergency, and the radweld can be used with the top up water should you ever have a genuine water leak when out one day.

One little watch- out for future reference, it's critical the radiator cap ( in your case I believe it will be the header tank, the one with the 2 way valve) is seated totally flat, and its rubber washer and rad sealing area beneath it are clean and smooth. Any little bit of dirt or radweld solid material on this sealing area can let the cooling fluid ( or even bubbles) escape into the expansion tank prematurely when it heats up ( at a much lower pressure than it should) and give the impression you have a serious problem as the expansion tank fills or overflows! Best to check this cap sealing area is clean and the rad / header tank itself is full when cool, Once, then rely on the expansion tank level and don't fiddle with the rad / header tank cap too much.
 
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