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Car Year: 2004
Car Model: Forester XT Premium
Transmission: 4EAT
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Welcome to! We look forward to your participation in our online community. To ensure that this board remains both enjoyable and informational, we?re asking all of our members to adhere to the following set of rules and guidelines. These rules may be amended at any time; please review this page periodically.

A formal point-based warning/infraction system is used to remind members of, or enforce the rules as needed, although in some cases it may be necessary for Administrators or Moderators to take action based on their judgment and not on any particular rule herein. As such, the Administrators and Moderators of this forum reserve the right to move, modify, delete or merge posts as needed, and Administrators can revoke posting privileges at their discretion and without explanation or prior warning.

For specific rules pertaining to listings in the Classifieds section of the forum, please refer to this sticky.

If you come across a post that you feel is inappropriate, please use the "Report Post" function to notify forum staff.

The Ground Rules:

1. Treat other members (this includes Administrators, Moderators, and Vendors) with the same respect you wish to receive, even if you disagree with them. Expressions of intolerance or hatred are unacceptable behavior, as is stalking or harassment.

2. Each member is allowed ONE user account, unless they have a separate identity as a Supporting Vendor. Additional user accounts and/or misrepresentation for the purpose of deception or conflict avoidance are not tolerated and will result in a ban.

3. Prohibited inappropriate content includes (but is not limited to) threads, posts, usernames, avatars, signatures, images or links containing profanity, nudity, sexually or otherwise graphic material, offensive language, political statements or other controversial subject matter, etc. Language filters are in place for a reason, please respect them and exercise common sense when posting.

4. Commercial solicitation, advertising or promotion by anyone except our Supporting Vendors is not permitted in the forums, via PM, through avatars, website links, signatures or via incentive schemes such as Amazon Affiliates. This member base is not a source to be mined for sales or donations by individuals, groups, or businesses ? for profit or non-profit - without prior approval by an Administrator.

5. We do not allow the distribution of copyrighted material, such as links to illegal download sites for service manuals, music, pirated software, etc.

6. Requests or solicitations for Carfax reports in the forums or via PM are not permitted and will be removed, as they violate Carfax's Terms of Service.

7. Along the same lines, requests, distribution, or solicitations for manufacturer discount coupons violate Subaru of America's policies and will be removed without warning.

8. Posting spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, junk mail, or URLs for outside sites that have the potential for harming anyone?s computer is prohibited.

9. Illegal activity such as street racing is neither condoned nor tolerated, and any content pertaining to such will be removed.

10. Do not post personal or any other information that you do not want made public. Likewise, respect the privacy of your fellow members and extend the same courtesy to their information.

11. Anyone who engages in a monetary transaction with another member of this forum does so at their own risk. For your own protection, deal only with those members who have established a good reputation, or someone who has been recommended by other members whom you trust.

12. Please keep in mind that other members may claim expertise or status that they do not, in fact, possess, and use discretion in following their advice.

General Posting Guidelines:

1. Please check the 'Stickies' in each forum and/or use the search function before posting - chances are, your question has been answered before and you won't have to wait for someone to reply with the information you?re seeking.

2. Post new threads in the correct forum category; each category on the main forum index page includes a brief description of what belongs there. Threads posted in the wrong forum will be moved to facilitate searching/retrieval of that information.

3. Whenever possible, post a reply to an existing thread vs. starting a new one. Like threads may be merged without notice.

4. Do not crosspost, i.e. post the same thread, question, information etc in more than one forum. Choose the most appropriate forum for your topic and post it only once. Duplicate threads or posts will be merged or deleted.

5. Along the same lines, please refrain from posting identical or patently similar content in more than one existing thread, particularly if it involves bumping several older threads to the top of the forum list again.

6. Assign a meaningful title when posting a new thread so that the subject is obvious. No language-filtered profanity or special characters in thread titles, please.

7. Please refrain from posting in all-caps, or all-bold font; this is equivalent to yelling and can be considered rude.

8. Please refrain from using "Quote" when responding to an immediately preceding post as this just clogs up the thread. Unnecessary quotes will be removed. Use "mention" in place of a quote... @username.

9. Please stay on topic and do not ?hijack? threads. The subject of a thread is determined by the original poster. Interrupting/derailing a discussion with off-topic remarks is rude and makes it difficult to find posts that are pertinent to the thread topic. Hijack posts may be removed.

10. Political, religious, climate change or similar topics with high potential for controversy are off-limits. If you are not certain whether a specific topic you wish to post is appropriate, please check with a staff member first.

Advertising/Vending Rules

Our Supporting Vendors pay a fee to help support the forum, which gives them the exclusive right to promote their business to our membership base, and we ask our members to respect that. To avoid problems, please observe the following guidelines:

1. Business info of ANY kind (including links to commercial websites, ads, or auctions) in posts, signatures, or avatars is not permitted EXCEPT for our Supporting Vendors.

2. Do not discuss, answer questions about, gauge interest in, promote, or advertise your products, projects, services, or pricing UNLESS you have obtained Supporting Vendor status.

3. Group Buys may only be posted by Supporting Vendors. Members may not initiate, post, or manage Group Buys, nor post threads to generate interest in a GB. All business must be conducted by the Supporting Vendor. Links to Group Buys by non-supporting vendors are not permitted and will be removed.

4. Members may discuss non-supporting vendors and their products in a manner to provide general information only. For example, it's OK to post "I found a great deal/product/service/price from xyz vendor" including details - that's sharing general information based on one's personal experience.

On the other hand, that member may NOT add to the post "xyz vendor said forum members get a special deal" or "call Joe at 123-4567 or check out his website and say I sent you" - that is considered promoting or advertising on behalf of the N/S vendor.

If, in our judgment, it appears as though a member is advertising on behalf of a N/S vendor, the post/thread in question may be edited or deleted, and he/she may receive a warning or infraction.

5. If a member makes multiple posts/threads about the same non-supporting vendor it will appear that he/she is associated with, or advertising for, that vendor and he/she will be cautioned. The line is thin and we will use our judgment as to when that line is being crossed.

To learn more about becoming a Supporting Vendor, please send an email directly to [email protected].
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