Good honest review of the XT A posted 04 Nov. Perhaps a visit to the Orthodontist is in order ? I'm still farting about. (which may be the cost issue!! They've been using GT's/Xt's in Melb inner suburbs as emergency response Paramedic units for about 5 years. are you a taxi driver? When the beer goes flat, would it change the ride quality---kinda like the viscosity of oils. The tyres on the F XT are Geolanders and are designed as crossover type tyres. I think the new Forrester would have the new Subaru corporate grill. LOL, The Territory is a great vehicle and was on the list for me as you know. For the first time, the British finally got the 2.5L XT. Drop that Jag diesel in it and the new trannie and. If you can find a local dealer for one, and your bike fits on it, grab a Swagman XP with a 40mm tongue on it, How do you find the auto you have compared to the manual (I assume you took on for a test drive ? you are a national treasure and may have saved my eyesight...bless you my son. Real good and seems to be what most drivers of black cars go for. AWD due to road conditions where I live (when its wet here its very wet, can be icy on the roads etc) Do you need an SUV though taslos. Product SKU Code: SP173671. How good are the brakes ? Wake it, and you'll know what's bitten us :)Test drives are fun. Deja, very true indeed. But comparitively smaller than say a commode or falcon. Yep. I tried, just didn't see the issue and I was driving the vehicle hard. Have you been scouring the Forester forums to see if they have any common problems so you are well armed for warrenty claims? Also plan to do the south coast trip and through the Kangaroo valley over ot Canberra to see relatives then back home.Last trip will be up the mountains to Hill End around the bridal track.Should be a good weekend.Took a 3R for a drive when I did the first XT. but really best way is dont use the demister if you got tinted film rear windows Yep. I used to follow a break in procedure with a new vehicle but that was many years ago when there was a need. add on parts available, but i must say k-mart & local speed shops are looking good in that department. Previously, they only had the 2.0L. Agree. I thought you had ordered some :) Ordered into store, but not committed to 'em ! Bringing up the rear was the Outback 2.5i.It was really hard to keep my Kluger bias out of this post ;), For those interested, the Territory won on points of 3.81, while the Forester placed well with 3.60. Yeah, wasn't good, dealer was mainly holden with a small Subaru dealership tacked on. Edit - all fixed. Fantastic. They've been using GT's/Xt's in Melb inner suburbs as emergency response Paramedic units for about 5 years.Often see them screaming down tram lines and through traffic. I would recommend the model that overhangs the edge of the roof rails. I've seen a few videos now of guys taking their Forries off road. security system will be needed too I guess thiswould be a good start?Failing this, for a flask of single malt (per evening) I could keep an eye on things. However, I'll be trying both again a few times between now and December. I'll pass after that drive .... Is this Subaru's first effort at auto ? Edit - www.webwombat.com.au/mot...ports/gm-t2x.htm. Thanks matey. I tried it on smooth dirt---very good----mud---very good, bumpy tarmac, also good.The steering is well weighted and accurate and feels good with the car communicating with the driver about what is happening.Dynamics are good as well, some body roll but nothing of note. the wharehouse & supa-cheap get some interesting stuff for awd accessories. I have indeed. Reverse the sportshift selection Agreed. Still think the extra $3K would be better spent on other stuff. 4 hours would be dynamite. I dropped the seat back to where I wanted it and then got in the back. RGds. Mostly related to shift ranges.What was startling more than anything was the shift auto moving on it's own !I hope it was a lemon.Regards. Of course it's not, you know that. Never have too many options, nice to have a choice is all. Indeed, I am. That's my motto :) The other idea I had for the XT was to add a tow pack. Adjustable dampering on shockies Maybe.I'll think of some more little "gripes" but one that my wife noticed is the wheel mounted stereo controls. Saw a white one with a nice tint on my way to work the other day. Reverse the sportshift selection3. $19.99 $ 19. :), Although to date, she's driven it far more than me. The self levelling suspension would work well. I've talked with more than 5 Sube dealers (service managers) and they said noYour decision. Big dollar, but well worth the money if you're only ever going to use it on road. Was a little wet. the Forester clearly needs none cf. Qty. Subaru's partsOil Cooler Kit (Auto Trans Only) $189.54 fitted Tow Bar - Square Hitch 50x50 Complete Towing system including wiring harness, blanking plug and towball. Cool. Not sure why they would want a diesel in it, Mazda salesman said the 6 would be getting a diesel. Very thorough. I really dislike that new grille (ala Tribeca).If I could wait a year, might be worth seeing what they are going to do with the car.I can't, just like a new camera, you can wait forever for the next one and in the meantime miss all the fun. What price do you put on comfort? Login Customer Service 1300 657 528. Maybe something like these?www.arb.com.au/paratus_seats.htm. I think the comment has been made by a number of new owners that they got 5-10% off list price.I think I'll stay with the stock Geo's as I do go offroad and can deal with them on road (I won't be cornering hard) but the next set may be another brand ;). I'm not convinced on those but it was limited time on them. Other than that, I think you would not have any dramas with an aftermarket setup, provided it was of reputable brand and installed at a competent place. I'll be joining the queue ;)Would have been all cash except there has been some unepxected things arise recently that have needed some monetary input.Oh well, add it to the total I guess. Not dangerous, just fade. Reckon you can 'eat em up' at the lights :) If it's tuned right, you'll have much better low torque and much better mid to high range punch. Funny thing is both Subaru and Bob Janes said x 2 only? this was supposed to be the reply to chris post which wasA better vehicle that doesnt needs these 'upgradesTo which you replied with some irrelevant link to overseas safety tests and nothing to do with Chris' post at all - you are hilarious ;)In Aussie, the Forester is the only vehicle to get 5 stars ACAP award and perhaps that might have been on topic. ... Is this the Fuji Heavy Industries annual BBQ---, at least with the Forrie one you can exchange it with a slick stainless aftermarket one :). I wimped out and bought a Mazda MPS...thank God I am safe.. 10. I respect your opnions and would love to know what was wrong with the 3.0L R--a flat 6 with 180 Kw should be nice but real world driving is the best testing ground of all I have an XT A for the whole weekend. I'm really pleased that everything came together and worked out as well as it did, with a pretty good looking result. Essentially, you stuff with a part, you might be in trouble . The diesel is a nice addition too. Brakes were on the mark. I've heard metallic (Titanium) is the best but if using metallic not to cover the rear window aerial as it impacts am reception (yes, I like my am). Silver.The grill looked almost BMWish.Very unusualEdit - I'll carry the camera in the car and if I see it I'll grab a few shots. Not unless you tint the window with friggin glad wrap. Deja, you need to treat her right and give her the Forester ;). 'm not sure to go for tow pack or go aftermarket. They suggested a number of other vehicles (non Subaru) to check out as well. Re my previous post, the Geos make a fair bit of noise in mine, but I am told that the refinement is a big improvement in the MY06. A Liberty GT Auto. are you a taxi driver? Edit - because I can.That particular one might be a tad large but I like the way you think ;). ?lotsa cars running around with bubbled up rear window tinted film due to putting their rear window demister onchow. the Forester clearly needs none cf. Change to the shifter ie cheap ;)I used to do this to my cars over thirty years ago (yes, I'm an old f'er)Edit - requires a good box to start with though. $US 60 each estimate shipping of ONE housing only to Australia: 3-5 DAYS time, 5pounds weight, $US 37.50 Forester 2004 - 2006 gauge pod is a double din with a dividing tray for the OEM clock. I won't be doing that with a $40-50K vehicle. Mine costs just $55 more than my wife's Berlina ! you are just so reckless...they drive Foresters around chasing volcanoe eruptions you know. Agreed. I suspect the seats would be worth a fair amount ? More than competent, but given the mumbo ontap, could be better if you want to push it hard long and often. The turbo spools up, you release the brake, and voila. Here is my list of things that should be addressed in the next model1. After a quick wash and wax. To save time and trouble I only sat in the Outback and it had less room than the Liberty and IMVHO it looks very ordinary, with zero showroom appeal.So, onto the main event--an event which lasted all afternoon today---the Forester XT.Let us not mince words here ---this sucker kicks ass!! Drop that Jag diesel in it and the new trannie and Now THAT would be something----I wish !! Infact, it's one of the best, most versatile transmissions I've driven.You'll enjoy the manual ! I have my own secret little "proving ground".No boys in blue around for miles. If I do find the need, I'll add a hayman reece kit. Most likely around a campfire up at one of the local spots. Hi SS. You do realise that replacing only two tyres can lead to diff binding on the ForesterYou need to replace all tyres at the same time or if not possible replace with used tyres to match the rolling diameter of the other two tyresSubaru have already made this known. Learn more. Appears that symmetrical drive is not always that way ;) Didn't make much differnece as he disappeared off into the distance. Easy as much as my other car. I wonder if it can be programmed in the head unit ? Have you bought a gps unit to replace the Avic yet? More padding on the center arm rest (hard as rocks)9. i've ordered some of these;www.yokohamatire.com/advan the S.T's to be exact. I value your reviews (not that I'll be turned off this time) LOL--thanks matey. RerzeWhy not try out the new Mazdaspeed6More room than the Liberty and faster.Nicer looking too and cheaperwww.mazda.com.au/mazda6mps, I'm guessing you guys heard about the vehicle GM Daewoo/ Holden might end up producing in 2006? Subaru prices seem a little inflated.Thanks. with modern vehicles no real need but I still haven't driven my company cars hard at first. I would have been happy to throw my money either way. Come on Subaru Australia - get with it Damn right. If brakes are good please forgive and ignore, but it's just a thought. Might ask at Brookie Dealer and see if they have any sales.Edit - anyone seen any dual battery set ups with the Forester ? ps - it pays to read links you post when you flamebait threads - none are relevant. I got a letter from Subaru today, it seems there's a safety recall on some floor matts. Car is (will be) a black F XT. I haven't driven it since last Saturday. What sort of "guarantee" do they give you ? Like the haunch lift on takeoff for the XT. Order Screw Extractors & Nut Breakers for your vehicle and pick it up in storeâmake your purchase, find a store near you, and get directions. I agree that the older forresters look a bit ugly but anything 2004-2005 --> approx look great IMHO. i think i might have second thoughts on subaru now I don't think you should buy one either Vizitor.You need to find a car with external demisters and windscreen wipers on the inside and one that comes with dog shampoops - it pays to read links you post when you flamebait threads - none are relevant. First privately owned vehicle in 20 odd years so I'm in no hurry to modify it.Ultimately for me it's not a race car but more the best crossover type vehicle I could find for the money.Yes, I still think it's frumpy/box on wheels but no moreso than most of the others.Yes, it's smaller inside than I wanted but I have realised that it will not be a family vehicle (kids are growing up)However, as you say, a few mouthwatering prospects ahead and it will bring a :) to my face every time I drive it, the MY06 handled better with less roll, the auto was far better (smoother, more direct), throttle control was more accurate, smoother ride, better looking, better finish inside, brakes not as spongy.Power down low was better too Sounds like they've made a good thing all the more better. Its a manual. Auto. I'd love to test drive one of those rockets. All purpose tyres are a compromise and do nothing very well - if you off road, get off roads, if you drive on road, then get the tyres to suit. The guy with the XT got a good discount using the fleet managers help.Cheers. If you plan on waiting a year I can suggest a few other options ....The connection tonight is just too much pain so I'm signing off. IMO, the seats were a little disappointing and it misses on some things I thought would be standard on a vehicle at this end of the market. A 2005 Verada top of the line.I had a 2004 Forester with 3000klm on it when a shiela went through a stop sign, the forester build saved our lives.That was written off and I bought another from Eblem Subaru in Adelaide as I had found out that the local dealer (SA Country) didn't ave a trained/qualified Subaru mechanic. Its quite tricky to get smooth and sedate acceleration without the auto downshifting, Spot on, Beefy. Regards, The funniest one is the cargo net at $145 *cough*www.subaru.com.au/explor...y=Wagon&grade=XTCapet mats for $191 - wtf.At least it's a good list to print off and shop around elsewhere away from Subaru ;). Live Chat Live Chat. Thanks, appreciate the compliment.Wait until Deja posts up a pic of the job he had done on his by a pro detailer - awesome.Mine is all done by me (swirls and all) ;)I can't believe what a difference the tint has made to the feel inside and the look outside.The Onyx tint is very black although still legal.Great car getting better.Edit - mounted the fire extinguisher today too. I suspect the seats would be worth a fair amount ? Covers warranty and other various interesting topics. Is that the earliest, or did you schedule that ? If I do find the need, I'll add a hayman reece kit.Other things first though ( swaybar and exhaust ). The Avic is sold but I've yet to buy the Tomtom although it is the leading candidate. From some angles, yes, there are some similarities.I'm not a fan of the Kluger though.Cheers, I'm told it is a rebranded 3M film. So, what do you think about the beer tank idea ? Remeber there's a convenient 12v outlet in the rear cargo area. 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