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I apologize first. I KNOW this has to exist on this site somewhere - but my searches did not turn up a list of what to look for or to ask the dealer when taking delivery of a new Forester (beyond the chassis plugs and of course checking for obvious scratches/dents).

My dealership is prepping my 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring with Eyesight now and I am going over this afternoon to get it.

Has someone compiled a list of:

1) What to Check for?
2) Questions to ask dealer?

Again, I apologize if such a list already exists. I know without a list I'll forget something.

Also, I plan on using the vehicle very early in the morning for a 10-hour drive. I know that has to be a break-in period. So, what are the break-in period rules?
 

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Are all options present, installed, etc.
Are their any scratches, dings, scrapes, bubbles on the dash, etc.
Was the PDI done [pre-delivery inspection].
Check all fluids are at the correct level: motor oil, front diff, brake fluid, coolant, etc. [no power steering fluid in your vehicle, it is electric].
Have them go over the Eyesight instructions, features.
check the tire pressues.
Check to be sure the spare tire is there, jack, etc.
Check that you got the correct factory manuals, etc. READ THEM. READ THEM AGAIN :) And again :)

The engine break in procedure is a highly debated topic. some say to baby it for the first 1000 miles like Subaru. Some engine builders say you must load the engine in the beginning to properly seat the piston rings, so say, give it full throttle from 2k RPMs until 5k RPMS 5 times once the car is fully warmed up. Get the cylinder pressures up.

All would agree to vary the RPMs...do not cruise at a steady speed for the first several hundred or thousand miles. Change your speed up, change your engine speed up.

Make sure the final price is right if you have not done so.

You can also google up a check off list, too.

Get a print out of the maintenance schedule that is recommended. Then you can check them off as time goes by.

Turn the radio on, check the sound quality of the radio, CD player, etc.

turn on all the lights, actuate the sunroof fully, open the trunk, check the A/C settings, etc

Start it up, let it warm up, check for leaks/sounds/rattles/smoke etc.

A lot of this should have been done by technicians at the dealership in the PDI [pre-delivery inspection].

Drive it, check for anything odd: sloppy steering, squishy brakes, rattles, alignment off, motor surges, etc....but remember the break in procedure to at least vary RPMs, and if you want to load the engine or not.

I would not plan on doing your 10 hour trip until you do all of this and driving it around the city for a bit and on the highway...would suck to get 2 hours away and then find the issue.

Well, this is one guy's $0.02.....congrats on the new ride and remember to post up pics!! Plus, take pics in case you do have an accident you have a record of how nice it was :)
 

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I apologize first. I KNOW this has to exist on this site somewhere - but my searches did not turn up a list of what to look for or to ask the dealer when taking delivery of a new Forester (beyond the chassis plugs and of course checking for obvious scratches/dents).

My dealership is prepping my 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring with Eyesight now and I am going over this afternoon to get it.

Has someone compiled a list of:

1) What to Check for?
2) Questions to ask dealer?

Again, I apologize if such a list already exists. I know without a list I'll forget something.

Also, I plan on using the vehicle very early in the morning for a 10-hour drive. I know that has to be a break-in period. So, what are the break-in period rules?

Here's what the dealer was suppose to do ...
All sizes | pdi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Here's the break-in procedure from the owners manual
breakin | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Basically, don't race the engine, vary your speeds (no cruise control) and be a little gentle with her for the first 1000 miles.
 
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