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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Which Forester - most likely a 2013/4

G'day guys just came across this gem of a resource and loving the forums, lot to read through. Just thought say hey and ask couple broad questions here, will find the answers eventually here but would love couple ideas to get me running,

Basically I want to get a forester, most likely a 2013/4,

Anybody got anything or specific recommendations on what to look for when test driving/inspecting for purchase ?

Otherwise general thoughts on which badge/variant to run? As looking for decent tow capacity, but not sure if the Diesel is much much louder? As would like it as a quite city runner, but also as a not-to-heavy tow long-distance over-lander that can handle few easy trails/dirt tracks but no real/serious 4x4

Thoughts / experiences on 2"+ lift kits? Or what rim/rubber has the consensus ?

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In the US, 2013 was a slightly smaller vehicle than the 2014. Both model years have the FB25 engine but the automatic transmissions are different. 2013 has a traditional 4-speed automatic while the 2014 has a CVT.

Some FB25 engines in that era have an engine oil consumption issue which seems to be more frequent with a manual transmission.


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As looking for decent tow capacity, but not sure if the Diesel is much much louder? As would like it as a quite city runner
Do not under any circumstances buy a diesel if you mostly drive in the city. The Subaru diesel is just about okay if regularly driven over longish distances at speed, but the DPF will clog when driving mostly short distances at low speeds because insufficient heat is built up to burn off the ash. By all accounts the Subaru diesel doesn't have much more grunt than the 2.5 L engines so the main advantage is the fuel savings.

2.5 L N/A engined Foresters are not bad tow vehicles, but as with all cars, pulling no more than 70-75% of the maximum tow rating is a good rule of thumb to stick to. I've covered about 7,000 km towing a ~1 tonne boat and had no problems. The turbo XLs have a slightly higher tow rating, from memory 1,800 kg, but they need 98 RON petrol and are thirsty when towing (Subaru recommends 95 RON for 2.5s when towing, btw).
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Didn't the 14-18 generation have regular automatics (non-cvt) as an option?

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Didn't the 14-18 generation have regular automatics (non-cvt) as an option?
No automatic option but those model years did have a manual transmission option.

It should also be noted for the OP that Subaru has extended the CVT warranty to 10 years/100,000 miles in the US. However, not sure about down under.

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Thoughts / experiences on 2"+ lift kits? Or what rim/rubber has the consensus
Locally for a lift I'd go SubieLiftOz and for tyres depends on what sort of tracks you want to undertake but BFG, General Grabber, Maxxis, Bridgestone D697 all have good reputations.
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