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Old 09-22-2001, 10:16 AM   #1
Benjamin Tang
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hi folks. my legacy is at the dealer right now and i'm driving a loaner forester. my parents have been considering buying one for some time now, but we find ourselves disappointed with its performance compared with the legacy. but i was wondering if it's because this is a loaner and has been beat on too much and may not be the best example...

this one has the ej25 4at in it... the motor has noticably more torque than our ej22, but about 90% of the time the transmission dosen't seem to know what gear it's in. it hangs in gear when slowing down, and hesitates between shifts. is this normal?

to compound this, initial throttle response is so abrupt! touching the gas pedal illicits an almost WOT response for a brief second, giving me the impression that it's fast, but then it passes and accelerates moderately. it's making everyone's head bob around and parallel parking a very scary issue... i have to use my left foot over the brake pedal just in case the car lunges at other parked cars...!

lastly.... brakes. very disappointing. this forester has rear drums too. are they all like this?

thanks

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Old 09-22-2001, 12:35 PM   #2
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I use to have a Forester S limited edition. The breaking was very good. It had four wheel disk brakes on it though. My car was also an Auto and it seemed to shift real nice. The ECU may not be configured properly for your type of driving. Many people reset there ECU so that it can learn or releary their driving habits. It's only a loaner so this probally isn't something you need to do. My parents each have legacy L's with the 2.2 and we all perfered the forester much better.
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Old 09-22-2001, 12:46 PM   #3
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this forester might be with me for awhile (long story, my fault )... i was wondering how do u reset the ecu? disconnect the battery? if so, for how long?

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Old 09-22-2001, 03:54 PM   #4
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Just the base L model has rear drums, the higher up models have discs.

You should check out the Sport, it has the monster moon roof and nice seats.
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Old 09-23-2001, 01:17 AM   #5
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I think that the Auto tranny takes away from the preformance. Initially when I test drove a Forester I test drove an Auto. I hated it, but since I had driven a manual Impreza before with a EJ25, I knew there had to be more to it. I then test drove the manual and stayed with it. I have never driven a very responsive Auto. Maybe you had the overdrive button on? I do remember that the automatic was too smooth making the car slow. Even the Automatic in my 66 mustang is faster and smoother than that tranny.
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Old 09-23-2001, 03:05 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if the TCU has a memory, but it wouldn't hurt to follow the standard ECU reset procedure. When the engine is cold, simply disconnect the negative battery terminal for 30 minutes, reconnect and start the car. Let it idle without any throttle input for about 15 minutes until the engine is warmed up.

The touchy throttle tip-in is a characteristic of the 4EAT with the Forester. I don't know if it can be adjusted.

As for the brakes, the L models I have driven do have a softer feel. It may be due to the fact that it gets rear drum brakes. This probably can be adjusted by going with a different brake booster.

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Old 09-23-2001, 12:56 PM   #7
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thanks for the insight everyone. my parents unfortunately just do not like the car at all, despite trying to be loyal to subaru, they much rather prefer the toyota highlander they just test drove. i know it's heresy but... you guys should try one. it's quite nice... ie. the auto tranny actually shifts properly. can't get used to the gearshift being suspended in the air in the console however...

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