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    Petro's 2002 Plasti Dipped Forester S Premium Sport- July 9th

    Went and test drove it on Sept. 21 2013 at noon and by 2:30 I was plated and home with this new beauty

    Engine:
    - picked it up with the stock 2.5L at 224,450km
    - New battery (Dec 2013)
    - staying stock with regular maintenance

    Interior:
    - Beautiful rare seats thanks to this Canada only model (check pics further down on page 1)
    - Heated seats
    - Stock rubber trunk mat
    - Always kept super clean

    Exterior:
    - Stock colour silver but now Plasti Dipped Red with a Black roof
    - Rare Sport Model Alloy Rims with summer tires
    - 03-08 Forester Steel Rims with Beefy tread Toyo observe GO-2 plus winter tires
    - De-badged
    - Removed Fog Light guards
    - Original tint in alright condition. I think its 50/35
    - Lightbar with 2 random flood lights
    - roof rack cross bars


    This 2002 Forester S Premium Sport is the absolute top of the line forester for the year, it has a bunch of dealer options/upgrades on top of what a normal 2002 S premium would have
    - Sports Mesh Grill
    - Sports Rims
    - Spoiler
    - Flaps
    - Nav Rear view mirror
    - factory upgraded sound system
    - armrest extension
    - Subaru security system


    its got higher milage but it was owned by a Subaru specialist master mechanic trusted far and wide so....


    Plans:
    - Engine will stay stock and hopefully strong for years to come
    - Stereo will stay stock and interior will stay clean
    - Keep it super low budget




    (pics from when I got home the day I bought it)




    Last edited by iampetro; 07-09-2015 at 01:58 PM.

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    God damn you and the deals on the rims...I don't even go on the Ottawa subaru forum anymore since it's so dead there...but I guess i should

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    Thanks. I totally have to build a shed in my backyard this summer for off season rim storage

    the only reason I was able to get them was the seller never put them on kijiji
    They would have been gone so fast. But like you said the forum is totally dead so not many even saw the FS add

    I don't really post on there anymore, no one responds and all anyone owns is new WRX's and STi's. no legacy love
    I've been on there since 2006 so it's hard to stop going there out of habit


    I got the forester E-tested on Sunday
    No wait at oil changers and within 5 minutes I was driving home with a pass
    Less then 2 blocks after leaving the facility on my way home my emissions related CEL came on lol
    That would have resulted in a fail but I had my OBD2 scanner to clear codes if I got them before the test...
    Got home, cleared them and on with life I go.

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    Did you clear the codes then go for the test? Because that would also result into a fail all they look at is if sensors are ready or not...on your obd scanner there should be a menu called I/m...they only look at those monitors if they are "ready".. so if you clear codes/reset the edu ..all the monitors go into "not ready".. to get them "ready" you have to do some driving listed on mto site...I did a lot of reading on this lol

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    No, I clear the codes when I get them and Hadn't gotten a code since November or December
    If I had to clear them before the test I would have like you said, taken it for a drive around the area until it was all ready

    My OBD2 scanner has 3 separate lights under the screen, red(CEL is on, NOT READY!), yellow (no CEL but not ready), and green (no CEL all systems ready)
    So I could tell when I got there that my car was ready and should pass

    My scanner was regular $200 at CT
    I got it on sale for $99 and used over $80 in CT money at the time so It didn't cost me much at all
    + I've used it on so many friends cars and mine that it has been worth every single penny

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    mad jelly , i only have a 20$ one off ebay that does the job so far but i would love to get one that tells temps and voltages

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    I have no idea where I got the idea but I was under the impression that the winter tires I got when I bought the Forester were really M+S tires
    I started thinking that over this past winter and figured I would just run them all winter, then leave them on for the summer and not bother changing my rims and tires this spring since last years summers are old,cracked, worn and theres a nail in the sidewall.

    I figures the M+S (mud and snow) must be fine for the summer but I recently got down and actually looked and they are Toyo observe GO-2 plus tires, which are winter specific tires.

    So I'm going to keep my eyes out for local online classifieds for forester all season or summer tires
    I'm hoping to score them for $200 or less with or without rims cause I really dont need another set of rims i'd have to store

    The Toyo observe GO-2 plus currently on the car are still so beefy with tread I'm not worried about wearing them down too much this summer, Im just not sure they will give me the proper grip needed for a baby hauler as the forester has become the #1 car we transport my son in.

    Last weekend I duct taped the weather strips under all 4 doors as the rubber had ripped where the clips keep them held to the bottom of the doors. I had been re clipping them for a year now and figured the duct tape should keep them held in place pretty well and I hated every time I looked at the car and could see the black weather strips hanging out from under the closed doors.

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    damn it almost fit, Don't lie though you would feel bad ass with it strapped to the roof

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    Took the foz to a chip wagon for lunch
    Got home and cleaned out some winter debris from the interior
    Swapped out the winter floor mats for the summer carpets


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    I think that was a Mazda CX-5 In front of me
    As far as the size comparison goes

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    Like many of u
    I take every opertunity to look out windows to check on the safety of my subarus


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    When I dipped the hood and front bumper over a year ago I found out quickly that I didn't have enough paint left
    I decided to focus more paint on the bumper and the hood got the short end of the stick
    It looked Ok but never good like I wanted

    But this summer the ultra thin coat that used to be on the hood has been fading/disappearing
    It was fine all last summer and winter but about a month ago I noticed it was getting worse
    It makes the car look terrible from the front so I had to do something about it



    I got the car all prepped and ready and had a full can and a can with about 3/4 left
    I figured I could get about 2 full coats of the hood




    Turns out I had taken the full cans tip off to use before and the 3/4 cans tip was not working properly
    Then while struggling to get 1 full coat done the full can decided to just stop spraying and wont work
    This is what I'm left with...



    Better? but not really :P




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    So the sunroof started making weird clicking noises a few weeks ago
    It would click once every 5-10 seconds.
    We bought the car knowing it didn't work but it never had an issue before this.
    The buttons do nothing but we didn't care.

    I figured out the noise was coming from the sunroof and when I would press the close button the clicking would stop
    When I let go it would start right back up again.

    I drove it to work this morning and it sounded extra wind noisy
    I got out at work and noticed this






    It's supposed to rain for the next few days so this had to be fixed ASAP

    I started with trying to open the shade that retracts into the headliner, it was stuck closed
    I pushed and pried and jammed but it wouldn't open to give me access to the sunroof and tracks
    I finally used a flat head screw driver to pry it and I pulled the whole thing out and into the cabin. This was the most impressive part of the battle.
    Then I un bolted the glass to get better access to the tracks



    I put the key back in the ignition to try pressing the close button while using my hand to help it close
    But before I knew it the track on the passenger side retracted back into the roof over the trunk


    So I did what any backyard mechanic would do and bolted the sunroof down to the remaining 3 track pieces and jammed a section of a 2x4 inside to keep the sunroof flush with the roof again.

    It is a temporary fix but may become permanent...
    We'll see how it holds up after the rain we get tonight

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    Is it the motors or electrical issues? My inner ocd would drive me crazy to find what wrong...I love my Sun roof

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    It's driving me crazy for sure
    I went through all the electrical diagrams in my Haynes manual but no direct fuse for the sunroof and no real info about this problem on subaruforester.org

    I figured instead of wasting time online I'd just figure it out myself

    I'm going to take it to work again tmw and do some more tinkering. I might drop the headliner above the trunk because I think that's where the motor is

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    this morning I dopped the headliner in the trunk and bam, the motor was right there
    I unplugged the 1 plug going to it and no more clicking noise

    I just wish I had have done that weeks ago before the track piece went deep into the roof to never be seen again

    and no obvious leaks overnight with heavy rain
    but im still going to plasti dip around the seal on the roof

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    One thing you can do, is look at a manual replacement sun roof. It has no motor, and no real "tracks" to worry about (think rally-style) and you'll save about 100lbs in weight.

    On a personal note, not feeling the red wheels, I think it would look a little better with dark gray wheels. Have always had a soft spot for this year Foz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
    One thing you can do, is look at a manual replacement sun roof. It has no motor, and no real "tracks" to worry about (think rally-style) and you'll save about 100lbs in weight.
    Yes I was thinking of replacing it with something else but after holding the glass in my hands yesterday its maybe 40lbs if that
    and all the track parts and brackets cant weigh that much more then 10lbs so I really only think its about a 50lbs weight reduction

    Quote Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
    On a personal note, not feeling the red wheels, I think it would look a little better with dark gray wheels.
    Ya, the red rims are just the crappy steel wheel I use for winter
    I did consider white for my summer rims that are similar to LGT snowflakes but I don't plan on doing that anytime soon


    And I never really cared for foresters till I got this one and now I love them. I kinda want to replace it with a newer 03-08 foz

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    I plasti dipped around the seal of the sunroof today so I don't have to worry if it will leak in the rain
    and then I plasti dipped the roof rack cross bars black to blend in more with the rest of the roof

    much better now

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    So as of today I've had the forester for 2 years.
    Current mileage 231,088km

    And I think starting tmw I'm taking over DD it
    I'd rather my wife and son drive my safer newer better legacy
    There's so many things I'm going to miss from my legacy but the foz will do for now

    Other then oil and gas the only thing I've spent money on for this car was a new battery and the light bar
    It's been a great low budget Subaru but I have the itch for something new. If only baja's were easier to get.

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    Wow only 2 years...upgrade to a forester xt hehehe


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    Just rolled over 233,000km today
    Still daily driving the forester but I rock the legacy on the weekends
    The foz could use new breaks, at least 1 noisy wheel bearing, a non cracked windshield, tires that weren't manufactured 10 years ago(spider web cracks all over the side walls but tons of tread left) and a really good tune up with new spark plugs and all fluids.

    It's starting to become obvious that in 27 months all I've done to it is change the oil and the battery, Literally not another dollar has been spent on it. Ideally I can make it through the winter and then either part it out, keep it for parts or trade it in towards something newer.



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    I cleaned up the interior hoping winter is done for the most part. I left the winter mats in the car for now








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    man that interior is mint. ALSO 15-20cm of snow wednesday LOL

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    I've been looking online at tribeca's lately.

    Around here they seem priced less then equivelant year and mileage 3.6L outbacks.
    I don't need 7 seats for adults but when kids grow up it would be nice to have room for some of their friends

    And there's an outback at every corner in this city. Having a Tribeca would be different.

    The 06-07 model had the 3.0L and hidious headlights and grill
    The 08-14 model had the 3.6L and facelift lights and grill

    I'm really only interested in a 7 seater '08+ but I'm still just online browsing. I need to go drive one sometime.

    I will totally be keeping the forester for all its juicy parts and not making the mistake of trading in again.

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    Damn winter is trying to come back from the dead.


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    Cleaning. It's always funny to see the silver paint from the hatch and door jams



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