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Posted Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 8:48pm

A 2002 Forester that doesn’t want to die: 329,000 miles and still counting.

A 2002 Forester that doesn’t want to die: 329,000 miles and still counting.

Some time ago, I was told that the design life span on a Subaru powertrain was 500,000 miles, and that’s what Subaru advertised in Japan.
Are you going to see that in the State of Minnesota? Heck no.
However, we have a vehicle that is trying to come close.
I purchased this 2002 Forester with 271,000 miles a decade or so ago, intending to use it to haul stuff as my other vehicle at the time was a WRX. The original owner lived north of the cities and drove down to St Paul for work. The first time I drove it was a little scary. It would run on anywhere between 1-4 cylinders at any given time, usually with 1 when you need all 4. One $150 sensor later and we were good to go. I was now curious as to how long this car would actually go. The problem in Minnesota is rust. No matter what you do, with the amount of salt dumped on our roads in any given winter, it will eventually be the cancer that kills the car. That was what was happening here. Though the Forester had received the proper amounts of mechanical TLC over the years, it was getting increasingly difficult to do work on the car due to the spreading cancer. Things like the windshield developed a crack along the bottom due to a rock impact. I was told to not replace the windshield as we would never be able to properly seal a new windshield due to the rust. The final straw was when a tech went to open the rear hatch and the latch mechanism came off in his hand. At that point, we had to use a bungee cord to secure the rear hatch. With the latch broken, the dome light would frequently stay on, draining the battery. After repeatedly jump-starting the car due to a dead battery, the decision was made to put the old girl down.
I gave the vehicle to one of my crew members who happens to run a small business parting out old Subaru’s. I expected the car to be torn down and parted out. Such a shame, as it still ran like a champ. It turned out that my crew member shared my curiousity of how long the vehicle would go. Rather than letting her die, he found and installed a new rear hatch. The rust around the windshield was ground out and, after copious amounts of sealer applied, it did not leak. He replaced a few front suspension parts and she is still rolling down the freeway.

The Forester now also sports a spoiler and a new set of wheels. If you look at the image, she looks good … as long as you don’t look too closely!
This Forester lives on..

Posted Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 9:57pm

Few midsize cars excel in updated side crash test

Notes: The Subaru Outback is the only midsize car to earn a good rating..
In the test, the new barrier weighs 4,200 pounds — close to the weight of today’s midsize SUVs — and strikes the test vehicle at 37 mph, compared with a 3,300-pound barrier traveling at 31 mph in the original evaluation.

Only three of seven midsize cars tested earn good or acceptable ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s updated side crash test.
The Subaru Outback is the only midsize car to earn a good rating. With somewhat higher levels of occupant compartment intrusion, the Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Jetta manage acceptable ratings.
Overall, this initial group of midsize cars did not perform as well as the first batches of small and midsize SUVs evaluated earlier. One reason could be their lower ride height.
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Posted Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 9:19pm

Advanced driver assistance systems: Cameras or sensor fusion?

One of the fiercest areas of competition in the automotive industry today is the field of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving, both of which have the potential to significantly improve safety. Building on these technologies, a completely autonomous, Level 5 car could provide game-changing economic or productivity benefits, such as a fleet of robotic taxis that would remove the need to pay wages to drivers, or by… Read More →

Posted Monday, April 18, 2022 at 10:02pm

What is a product planner? 7 Questions for Subaru’s Michael Redic

The Subaru Forester has changed quite a bit since its earliest days when the idea of a special variant meant offering the sport-tuned XT or, in other markets, the Forester STi. Times have obviously changed as the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness shows. It’s all about getting muddier and going further off-road than other Foresters rather than carving canyons quicker. While such a pivot over time may be painful for high-octane… Read More →

Posted Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 9:47pm

Quick 100 Acre Wood Preview

Quick 100 Acre Wood Preview

  Quick 100 Acre Wood Preview  The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. Open and flowing with a few tight, twisty stages thrown in. This year’s event features some of the fastest stages in the American Rally Association (ARA) series. Conditions can vary widely during this event, the range being from clear, sunny and 70 degrees, to the solid sheets of ice and snow of a true winter event. Coming… Read More →

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