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2007 Forester Columbia Edition
319 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Thought I'd finally throw everything into its own thread for now.

I bought this car used in 2011 as the second owner, over the protests of my parents who wanted to put me in the more SUV-like 2009+ Foresters (of which we currently have 2). I picked this one at a dealership that had 3 Foresters, the other two of which were green which I loved the colour of, but this one had the easiest/lightest clutch feel (I learned on a 2003/2008 Honda Accord).

Due to its age, my parents have been nagging me constantly to replace this car, and it probably will be soon, but I'll do my best to cherish my remaining time with it and do whatever I can to keep it on the road. All the preventative maintenance/repairs costs have been reasonable so far. Unfortunately, I never had it rustproofed so that will be the eventual demise of it.

Keeping it as a second car is not feasible as I live in a condo in a downtown area and wouldn't shell out for a 2nd parking spot. My car is in a semi-retired status due to my lifestyle - I live downtown and bike to work, so this is a weekend/leisure car for me to visit parents in the suburbs... pure highway usage maybe 2-3 weekends per month which I imagine leads to the least wear and tear on a car (e.g. no stop-n-go, no excessive idling). I think my main issue is I don't get oil changes done often enough, since I'm putting less than 6,000 kms on it annually (currently at 193,000 km)

Previous fixes applied from
Adjust A/C compressor clutch

Other Work Done
Head Gasket by Subaru dealer before I bought it
Alternator (2014)
Clutch (2016)

Current list of issues:
  • P0457 check engine light (EVAP leak) - since 2014? blocks cruise control and makes it hard to pass emissions test (emissions test no longer exists in Ontario as of Apr 2019) - have been avoiding this by resetting ECU and keeping the tank filled up to the max every 30-50km or so.
  • Rear wiper motor dead - 2019 Winter
  • Rear handle sticks in 'open' position, need to manually push it back into closed after opening hatch
  • Loud shriek occasionally at 80-85 km/h, apparently from whistling on my exhaust - 2019 Summer
  • Rusting exhaust (generally loud), was welded twice in the past so would need a full replacement - since mid decade
  • Rear quarter body panel rusting, as is the fuel tank area
  • Lots of surface corrosion in general, underneath, long-term concerns re brake lines, fuel lines, gas tank, esp fuel filler neck
  • Front right axle leaking slightly - noticed in 2019 (leaking more than slightly now)
  • Power steering fluid also leaking (slowed significantly after using some power steering stop leak fluid, TBD) - late 2019
  • Leather around shifter falling apart - 2018 - need to figure out if there is a cost-effective replacement leather boot, otherwise may leave as-is
Planned fixes:
-Replace bushing on swaybar (mechanic)
-Replace axle, boot seal is leaking (mechanic)
-Transmission bolt leak (mechanic)
-Power steering hose replacement (mechanic)
-Suspected rust on rear wiper motor mechanism (Summertime Sunday job for me)
-Suspected rust on rear hatch latch mechanism (Summertime Sunday job for me)

Additional posts to come - funtimes pics and current mechanical state

2007 Forester Columbia Edition
319 Posts
Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
I love how much it carries, despite being shorter in length than the modern day Civic.

I've moved band equipment, myself into/out of university, drinks/supplies for university events, furniture, never had anything I couldn't carry.


Moving out of uni (2011)


New condo, new couch (2016)


Halton County Railway Museum, ON, Canada (2012)


Meet the family!


63 boxes of the Income Tax Act (Canada), when I accidentally became a textbook reseller


4 people and more snacks than 4 people should consume (2013)


Waking up


My car has a "good side" to take pictures on, that's the side without rust


07 Forester 6MT Columbia Edition, trombonist not included



2007 Forester Columbia Edition
319 Posts
Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
Pictures of underside as of present (May 2020).... feel free to comment on anything you notice or about the general longevity...

Rear. Swaybar is still solid though, just the surface flaking...

But not the rear passenger bushing, that's gotta go.

Front right axle boot leaking

Think this is the fuel filler neck area (?)

Exhaust is pretty done (this is from July 2019), this mechanic really liked SG Foresters and was commenting about how they don't build them like they used to
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