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Hello everyone. I've been lurking here for a few months to learn about Foresters and finally decided to post. My husband and I were looking to replace my older car this year and I've really gotten hooked on Subarus.

I actually prefer the Crosstrek or Impreza Hatch but the Forester has so much leg room. My husband is 6'4" and our four year old is already 4' tall. It would be amazing to have a vehicle that the adult seating positions weren't dictated by the kiddo. My son cannot sit behind my husband in either of our cars with out my husband sitting with his knees resting on the dash.

Life has happened a bit this year so we are putting off our purchase a bit longer but I still would like some info and/or input.

1. We live in Southern Louisiana so Subarus aren't super common and our mechanic, who is fantastic, flat out said that they can't work on the engine in a Subaru. They can do some minor stuff but wouldn't even touch a rebuild; they would just drop in a whole new engine. Their guys just don't have the experience necessary for it. We keep our cars for 150k-200k miles so this could be a serious issue for us. Does anyone know a Subaru specialist in the Ascension area?

2. Dealers. The one closest to us in Baton Rouge seems nice but what do y'all think? Are there any better ones between the New Orleans and Lafayette areas?

3. We will be buying used and are looking at a late SJ or we may wait long enough for an SK to drop into our price range. Any red flags or crazy things to look out for?

Thanks for reading.
 

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@Bookjunkie That's interesting your mechanic said that. An engine is an engine. Subaru engines are just horizontally opposed instead of a V configuration. Nothing magical about that. Yea some of the work, like a head gasket, is more of a pain because of the configuration. But again nothing mysterious about it.
 

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@OriginalTwoTone It's actually not that unusual around here. A lot of mechanics will pick and choose what they work on. The easiest way I know to explain the attitude is the following- Do you want the heart surgeon that's done 5 bypasses or the one that's done 500?

I've seen these guys tear into Chevy big blocks like it's nothing but they're shy of these atypical motors. Whether its a good thing or bad is up for debate but I'm okay with someone bowing out due to a lack of experience/confidence.
 

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. Question now answered.
 

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@Bookjunkie

Don't do it. Used Subaru's are more often than not, the ones someone decided were too much trouble to continue to maintain. NO ONE WILL TELL YOU THIS AT THE DEALER OR USED CAR LOT.

Some Subaru's have issues. Not all. The one's that don't have issues USUALLY stay with their original owners or their friends or family. The ones that make it to the used car lineup, whether dealer or lot, are the culls, currs, strays, and misfits.......

The ONLY Subaru I would ever buy again would be a new one.
 

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@Bookjunkie

Since you've been lurking for a while, you may know this, but just in case...

1. Here's a great site for info on all Subarus. Hasn't been updated in a while, but it covers Foresters through 2018. Older models have links on the left.

Subaru Research Site- specs, prices, options, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013.... Outback, Ascent, Legacy, Forester, XV Crosstrek, WRX, STI, Impreza, BRZ, Tribeca

2. Manual SJs seem to be more prone to oil consumption that CVT models, at least from what I've read on this site.

3. I'm sure you're aware of this because of your geographical location, but beware of flood-damaged, used cars, esp. if the deal seems too good.

4. Aside from minor stuff, I haven't worked on my own cars in ages. I'd have to agree with @cdherman if you don't do your own work. If you do do your own work and "know cars," at least you'll know what you're getting from your own pre-purchase inspection.

Mike

Mike
 
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