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Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by Clearwater Bill, Jan 11, 2024.

  1. Jan 11, 2024 at 4:53 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill [OP] Never answer an anonymous letter

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    A few OE parts from fancy trucks
    Family member is interested in a 2005 Outbàck 2.5 auto.

    Is this a ''run from' vehicle or are there specific problems to know about?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Jan 11, 2024 at 4:56 AM
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    Taco'09

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    Head gaskets. Ask me how I know....
     
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  3. Jan 11, 2024 at 5:00 AM
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    jwctaco

    jwctaco Retired

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    We love our Crosstrek, 70 K miles, no problem so far :fingerscrossed:
    Had a Forester, rust killed it at 180,000. Undercarriage rotted.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2024 at 5:02 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill [OP] Never answer an anonymous letter

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    This year model only or a group of years?
     
  5. Jan 11, 2024 at 5:16 AM
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    Sold my ‘09 Forester about 1 yr ago, great car but my local garage (fair and honest, work on all of our cars) hit me with an estimate for repairs that was greater than my asking price…timing, head gaskets, carrier bearings, wheel bearings, etc. All items that I expect to have to address but they all hit at once. Too bad, fun little car to drive and tenacious AWD systems get Scoobies anywhere their ground clearance will allow.
    Probably a result of deferred maintenance by the previous owner and exacerbated by Northeast Rust and my “bat out of hell” driving style in it. If it was not my Daily Driver I probably would have tackled the repairs myself. I will also note that it sold within about 10 min of posting at the below price.IMG_2827.png
     
  7. Jan 11, 2024 at 5:36 AM
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    We have a Forester for the wife. It’s a great vehicle that’s cake to drive in all conditions. I still prefer the Tacoma personally haha, I’m sure all of us would. Got it new, it’s a ‘22 with 28k and no serious issues to report. Other than weather trim around the wheel wells falling out. Supposedly it’s under warranty but I haven’t taken it in yet. Probably will this month
     
  8. Jan 11, 2024 at 6:00 AM
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    Wife is on her second forester both have been good or better than my tacomas in my opinion.
    Both were undercoated new.
    Her 2008 had 160k and is still around we sold it 2-3 yrs ago.
    Timing belt and brakes biggest expenses.
    Very little rust underneath wheel wells had some rust.
     
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  9. Jan 11, 2024 at 6:02 AM
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    six5crèéd

    six5crèéd Go fish.

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    ColoradoTJ

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    From what I was told Subaru changed the manufacturing contractor for the engines in 2017.

    Our 2018 Crosstrek 2.0 was at 85k miles when hail totaled it out. No issues (at 85k, there shouldn't be).

    We now have a 2022 Crosstrek 2.5L and really like it.

    IMG_3170.jpg

    This happened on this past Christmas Eve to another member on Tundras.
    IMG_3171.jpg IMG_3540.jpg

    These cars have some of the best crash test ratings.
     
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  11. Jan 11, 2024 at 6:31 AM
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    I thought that was a photo of the hail damage, I was like damn!

    Jokes aside, the safety is the main reason we chose the Forester too
     
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  12. Jan 11, 2024 at 6:32 AM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    The hail was bad, just not that bad. It caused 175,000.00 in damage to my house.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2024 at 6:35 AM
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    Wow! Sorry to hear that, I hope it all got sorted a smooth as possible for you. Doesn’t sound like a fun time

    We had some hail over here last year that totaled out quite a few vehicles at local dealerships. Thankfully nothing too bad where my house is and the vehicles were in the garage
     
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    Squirt

    Squirt Certified in forklifts and meme stealing =)

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    Love Subies!y moms Ascent has 72k miles on it with very little issues. Its an absolute beast in any weather!
     
  15. Jan 11, 2024 at 6:53 AM
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    2005? Chances are the head gaskets have already been done. However body rot and rotten sb frames are common.
     
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  16. Jan 11, 2024 at 6:56 AM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    It was pretty bad. That didn't include the camper and Subaru we lost as well. (That was another 45k dollars)

    The damage was garage doors, roof, and windows.
     
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    ecoterragaia

    ecoterragaia Everyone lives downstream.

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    2005 was in the era when the Outback engines had head gasket issues due to the water jacket design. If I were you I'd do a little research on the overall issue, as well as the individual car's repair history.

    I have a 2014 OB, which was the subsequent era and it is a great car aside from slight oil consumption (1 qt every 3500-4000 miles). Unbelievable car to have in bad weather.
     
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