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short backstory .
bought a 2018 forester last Aug and was really happy with the car , being my first new car purchase it took alot for me to get to the point of being ok with a big loan and years of payment . Took a lot of fun trips in it.

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Disappointment set in fairly quick , transmission rattle in 4th and occasional grinding going into 3rd , inconsistant throttle input and extreme lack of power from time to time . After months of getting the runaround from Subaru of America I decided just to trade it in loose a small amount of money and get out of the deal altogether.

So that's where this little white bugger comes in . Gresham subaru went above and beyond to make the trade in easier to live with giving me a great trade in amount and a good price on the 03. 125k miles single owner , well maintained 5 speed .
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So the good part of the trade in is I kept my wheels and tires. Black rhino boxer wheels and Cooper at3 4s in 235/75r15. now everywhere ive read said i will need a bottom strut lift and probably 4" of total lift to get them to fit. Well after a little massaging .... ok a lot of massaging of the inner fender and pinch weld , a little plastic trimming and remolding they seem to fit . They clear the strut with room to spare , still have a bit more massaging to do and it will need a lift b4 i venture offroad but so far it only has minor rubbing in a few spots . Best thing about the tire and wheel combo is it weighs 45 lbs so even being quite a larger tire there still 2 lb lighter than the stock steel wheel setup. Car feels much more relaxed at freeway speeds now.

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About the only thing I miss of the 2018 is the clutch was a lot easier to push in I may just need new slave and master cylinders but I'll deal with that some other day. Oh and the other upgrade was the $18,000 a debt I got rid of .
 
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