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Well I am going to inherit my bro's Forester in a month or so, and i am trying to get out in front of anything that i might need to know about the car. Plus cruising the forum here has made me jealous. I doubt i will do much with the car as it is at 122k and in decent running shape but nothing special on the outside. Maybe some lights in the factory nudge bar? I am sure there are pics of this somewhere in the forum but it feels like a missed the boat and now all the talk is about the newer generations but i am sure there is plenty of good stuff to be done to mine i just don't know it yet. If there is anything i should know about this particular year and model a heads up would be sweet. TIA
 

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Welcome Snowking!! You'll find plenty of info on your Fozzie here on the forums and there are numerous things you can do to give it a little "umph!"

Hope you enjoy yourself here!
 

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Welcome to the forum from Oregon! :biggrin:

Congratulations on the new Forester! There's lots of good information on the earlier models. Try the forum search function & post your question if you can find an answer via a search. :wink:

One thing that comes to mind with 122 K miles. Make sure the timing belt & associated parts were changed at 105K miles. It's an expensive service, but much less costly than a new engine. :icon_eek:

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Thanks for the replies fellows, Yeah i know the timing belt need to be done. I have a mechanic that will work on pretty much whatever and he doesn't mind if i buy my own parts. Should i just get a timing belt kit off of ebay? this is what i did for my current 99 acura and everything went smooth.
 

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Just a heads up, Subaru 2.5L naturally aspirated engines have a history of needing head gaskets around 100K. You may want to lump this work in with the timing belt as there is some overlapping labor.
 

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Just a heads up, Subaru 2.5L naturally aspirated engines have a history of needing head gaskets around 100K. You may want to lump this work in with the timing belt as there is some overlapping labor.
I have heard some rumblings about this in the forums, is it a universal problem? I know my brother changes his oil regularly and it has never burned oil. So basically what i am getting at is are all forester's fated to eventually have head gasket problems or is it hit and miss? But good call, when i do the timing belt i would assume to do this as well along with water pump etc...
 

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I'd do the water pump at the same time as the timing belt as you're in there anyway. I'd also recommend the tensioner assembly as well - just for insurance. I would NOT recommend picking up the e-Bay kits - usually (at best) the seconds that were rejected by Subaru for not meeting standards - (at worst) incomplete kits or generic parts that will fail pre-maturely.
Honestly, the entire package of parts shouldn't cost you more than ~$550-600 for everything...
...and when you consider that is done once every 105k miles, breaking it down to cost per mile, isn't that much.
 

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I have heard some rumblings about this in the forums, is it a universal problem? I know my brother changes his oil regularly and it has never burned oil. So basically what i am getting at is are all forester's fated to eventually have head gasket problems or is it hit and miss? But good call, when i do the timing belt i would assume to do this as well along with water pump etc...
Not just forester, there seems to be a large number of the subaru 2.5L NAs that will require HG before the 150K point with the largest portion failing in the 80K-120K mileage range. I would say you can almost count on it, However if the repair is done properly you can expect them to last another 100K+.
 

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Not just forester, there seems to be a large number of the subaru 2.5L NAs that will require HG before the 150K point with the largest portion failing in the 80K-120K mileage range. I would say you can almost count on it, However if the repair is done properly you can expect them to last another 100K+.
Ok so on the outside chance that i have one that will make it to 150k, what would the symptoms be of a premature HG failure? Like i said this one has 122k so it sounds like i am right in that mileage range where it things can go wrong.

Don't worry to much i will be looking into this more deeply then needs to be covered in in the intro forum.
 
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