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  1. The tyres I replaced only had 16,00 miles on them and were much less than half worn. I had the same model Bridgestones on my Lexus RX450h and disliked their grip in the wet, thought I might as well bite the bullet and get some decent tyres on this one. My wife has cross climates on her Fiat 500 (I had them on a previous Lexus RX450h 3rd gen ). The new ones are cross climate + which supposedly have a better economy rating.
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  2. Fitted a spare wheel. I picked up a full size wheel and tyre (same size 18" tyre as my Levorg) for only £40 GBP. It fits on my car and in the wheel well in the boot perfectly. The wheel came of a Mazda 6 Sport. I made a securing clamp out of a piece of threaded rod and a sink plug holder I had in the garage to fix it in.
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  3. Thank you 👍🏻, I am just looking for someone to appreciate it for what it is, she would make a good show car 😁
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  4. Hi all, Sadly it is time Goodbye to my Litchfield Forester after owning her for over 13 years, she was used to drive up and down the motorway to various sites in the north I had to visit to interview for 5 years, so much of the very LOW 40,280 miles are motorway miles. She has been stored in a dry insulated unit from end of 2013- may this year (the land is now sold for planning so we have to clear). Now fully recommissioned mostly by Brian at Cams performance Subaru specialist in Darwin, she sailed straight through the MOT needing nothing at all (no advisories), although I have had all the Discs/Pads & handbrake shoes replaced since to ensure she is tip top, bills for over £2,300. Her condition I believe is exceptional for the year & the interior apart from some small scratches around the heater knobs area is almost as new (protection sticker still on the radio & rear seat adjusters etc). There are some small scratches around the wheel nut holes (thanks mr ATS) but no kerb damage at all, Continental Conti sport 5 tyres with 5 mm on the front/6 mm on the rear & there are as you would expect some inevitable stone chips but no scratches or dents visible on her as she has been doted over……the boot area is immaculate as we Immediately purchased a Subaru Forester floor protector and on top of that hey Hatchbag boot protector was placed so underneath it’s like new, the spare has never been on the vehicle as far as I am aware, certainly still looks like new. As she is a Lichfield we purchased her in 2008 direct from Iain Litchfield with just 7,500 miles on her, we chose her & he imported her for us, she already had STI strut braces front/rear, STI turbo boost gauge & control box & 18” Prodrive anodised wheels. Then Iian added AST fully adjustable suspension & his performance pack 330bhp/330lb/ft torque comprising of a MILLTEK exhaust, K&N panel filter & bespoke remap, she is very quick with the power coming in lower, stronger & sounds amazing. A Cobra alarm was fitted with certificate. Full service history (whilst in use), Two owners, my business first and then me at the same address, all manuals, service history, original sales receipt & 2 keys present ……..Drives without fault hence the price. Price £16,500 Please Comment if you are interested or want more pictures, you won’t be disappointed! Thank you for reading …..
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  5. I appreciate why you feel the need to do that. No one likes to feel vulnerable and potentially stuck with a 'dead' car, especially if away from home. But it's annoying to have to go to those lengths. Is the car still under warranty? It can't be right that a modern car has such a chronically persistent issue - if that's what it is. Rather undermines Subaru's boasts of reliability if it can't be solved.
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  6. Hi all, Sadly it is time Goodbye to my Litchfield Forrester after owning her for over 13 years, she was used to drive up and down the motorway to various sites in the north I had to visit to interview for 5 years, so much of the very LOW 40,280 miles are motorway miles. She has been stored in a dry insulated unit from end of 2013- may this year (the land is now sold for planning so we have to clear). Now fully recommissioned mostly by Brian at Cams performance Subaru specialist in Darwin, she sailed straight through the MOT needing nothing at all (no advisories), although I have had all the Discs/Pads & handbrake shoes replaced since to ensure she is tip top, bills for over £2,300. Her condition I believe is exceptional for the year & the interior apart from some small scratches around the heater knobs area is almost as new (protection sticker still on the radio & rear seat adjusters etc). There are some small scratches around the wheel nut holes (thanks mr ATS) but no kerb damage at all, Continental Conti sport 5 tyres with 5 mm on the front/6 mm on the rear & there are as you would expect some inevitable stone chips but no scratches or dents visible on her as she has been doted over……the boot area is immaculate as we Immediately purchased a Subaru Forrester floor protector and on top of that hey Hatchbag boot protector was placed so underneath it’s like new, the spare has never been on the vehicle as far as I am aware, certainly still looks like new. As she is a Lichfield we purchased her in 2008 direct from Iain Litchfield with just 7,500 miles on her, we chose her & he imported her for us, she already had STI strut braces front/rear, STI turbo boost gauge & control box & 18” Prodrive anodised wheels. Then Iian added AST fully adjustable suspension & his performance pack 330bhp/330lb/ft torque comprising of a MILLTEK exhaust, K&N panel filter & bespoke remap, she is very quick with the power coming in lower, stronger & sounds amazing. A Cobra alarm was fitted with certificate. Full service history (whilst in use), Two owners, my business first and then me at the same address, all manuals, service history, original sales receipt & 2 keys present ……..Drives without fault hence the price. Price £16,500 Please Comment if you are interested or want more pictures, you won’t be disappointed! Thank you for reading …..
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  7. Finally got myself an impreza WRX wagon, love it, in the Leicester area is there any local meets?
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  8. Hi all, Got my first Subaru yesterday, coming from a Fiesta ST and completely loving it. Got a few tasty mods such as Prodrive Sports cat, Prodrive Alloys etc. Currently 280BHP and don’t see myself needing any more. And it is in almost mint condition despite being 18 years old so very happy with it.
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  9. Having experienced similar I called Subaru Rescue as presumably your car is under warranty. They got it going and the battery was replaced under manufacturers warranty.
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  10. Hello all, well i've ordered a new Outback after a test drive which really impressed me. For sure a little more under the bonnet would be nice but all round it was great, so comfortable( i had it for the day) and the tech all worked nicely. Unfortunately no delivery until November which will surely hamper sales a little. Has anyone else tried one/ordered one. It would be nice if they could sell a few more but if you don't want an SUV but are an active family, its perfect i'd say. Anyone else with any thoughts on the new model? J
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  11. Wotcha and welcome - A great review for the BRZ 😁 feel free to share photos, get stuck in etc all friendly on here
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  12. I have one here in Australia (I'm pom who grew up on hot hatches and all things European). its a Sport model and I love it. Takes the whole family on 500-600km trips, swallows all the gear with ease. Smooth, quiet, refined and well built. It could do with a bit more power but in reality it's more than adequate, CVT works well, fuel economy isn't that great. I hope you enjoy the new one when it arrives - cant find any UK or Irish reviews as yet though.
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  13. Impreza 2.0 Sports Special in gleaming black with gold wheels, black and yellow cloth interior. Really well looked after car. No dents or scratches. This was my dads car and is currently SORNed. Please ask for more details as required. Please send any offers / enquiries to daviesalexj@gmail.com
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  14. This morning I had my new Michelin Cross Climate+ tyres fitted to my car. Great service and price as always from Chris Mullins Tyres in Gloucester. As expected they have transformed the ride over the factory fit Bridgestone Duellers. When I picked the car up Chris said I'd done the right thing changing the tyres as all four Bridgestones were starting to perish. This really surprised me as the car was registered on 27th September 2019. The tyres however bore a date code of 2018, even so surprise was expressed at such a deterioration in that time period. The only thought was that as the car had been stood around outside during lockdown this may have been a reason the tyres began to deteriorate prematurely. The moral is then that you need to keep an eye on the condition of modern tyres as they can begin to fail at a relatively young age, in this case 18 months away from the cars first MOT test!
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  15. This mornnig I rang Simpsons Subaru at Swindon and ordered a set of mud flaps. Whilst chatting to Jason the parts guy I learnt that the battery problem that I experienced with my car is extremely common on UK vehicles . He saisd the original batteries aren't up to the stop start system demands. He told me that the replacement Yuasa batteries supplied under warranty are much better quality and should prove reliable. Subaru still bring all their vehicles upon import to a site a 1/2 mile from wher I live to do the UK spec work ( locking wheel nuts etc) and store the vehicles there. I also learnt that vehicles can bes stored for some time before sale. The Cosworth Subarus of some years ago were nearly 3 years old before they were sold and registered! All in all a very useful chat and he reinforced the fact that Subaru UK don't specify changing the CVT transmission oil. He told mre that an apprentice didn't reealise this and drained the CVT gearbox on a car which cost £200 for the oil required to fill it. I'm now looking forward to receiving and fitting my mud flaps.
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  16. For my 2.0 na auto box i spent £70 on oil - used castrol ATF auto gearbox oil from opie oils and flushed through myself. It may not be a direct comparison but possibly a point of reference.
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  17. That's good to know. So, if Subaru will change the CVT oil for a vehicle that tows, I can't see why they wouldn't simply in good faith change the oil, on demand, for any owner who just diligently wants to ensure (and have the reassurance of) the longevity of their vehicle's transmission. Nothing lasts forever and the notion of 'sealed for life' raises issues of what 'life' actually means, and to whom. We do own the vehicles afterall 😄 !
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  18. There is a transmission cooler on my 1.6 Levorg in front of the radiator. I tow, and had Simpsons Subaru in Swindon change the CVT oil last service, along with the diffs.
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  19. Yes that sounds like a transmission oil cooler
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  20. Spamming scammers suck these days. Bring back that Nigerian Prince offering $6,000,000 for free all he wanted was your bank details. Haven’t heard from him For so long someone must have finally accepted it.
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  21. That sounds as if Subaru UK are being very contradictory. TomGr7, of this parish, reported that Subaru UK / dealerships are refusing to do a CVT oil change, because the CVT is 'sealed for life' https://uk.subaruownersclub.com/forums/topic/27183-advice-needed-on-cvt/?tab=comments#comment-176531 But, if Andy's manual says a CVT oil change is needed for his Levorg for towing!!!! How best to sort this? Anyone from Subaru UK reading this? We'd appreciate some clarity, please.
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  22. I looked into this for towing a caravan with an impreza, Subaru do mention in their blurb about reducing the interval between transmission oil changes and the use of an oil cooler for auto boxes if towing regularly or for long distance
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  23. 😮 how dare they out rank you,,,,, 🤣
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  24. Cheers yesterday afternoon all I could hear was my phone going bonkers with notifications and this spammer ranking up ahead of me!!!!
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  25. Sorted, sorry it took a while, had some real life shot going on so couldn't look until now. Should be banned and all posts gone.
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  26. As you can see via title of post that I’m selling my set of used jdm cylinder heads, you can see via pictures that they are in good condition no cracks. originally bought them for a build but have decided to take a different direction. wanting £1400 but open to offers. collection preferred but willing to send at buyers expense.
    1 point
  27. Yep, cross bars.
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  28. I sure will. I'm taking it to the dealer on the 21st. I hope it will do it for them. I drove it today and no sound!! Cheers, Jim
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  29. Tackling squeely front brakes in the intermittent drizzle. filed pad carriers down coated in rust and crud squeezing pads tight and stopping them coming off the discs, cleaned stainless sliders bent back into right shape, fitted new shoes as one was worn at an angle gutted because only half worn down. and to top off the excitement got a split in the piston boot so kit to order tonight probably the cause of the diagonal wear so all coming apart AGAIN. I love Subaru's, Subaru's love rust, rust loves Subaru’s, I hate rust. Sad but true.
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  30. Think my engine’s still OK but my bodywork is definitely showing signs of wear! Anyway, thanks for your advice and I’ll leave the timing belt for now.
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  31. I have had a reply from Subaru UK regards my Levorg service intervals email to them. They say all petrol UK models are 12,000 miles or 12 months regardless of what the car handbook says. That will do for me as I now have it in writing from them. Happy with that. Andy
    1 point
  32. Hi all, I'm new to SOC but have had my classic now for 7 years or so & love her to bits! Over that time I've changed jobs a lot, so she’s been used for local commuting, long distance commuting and just weekend driving when I've worked from home. She had the PPP (Prodrive Performance Pack) fitted from new but has been otherwise left completely standard since she left the factory (outputting a modest but fun 240 BHP). She has the obvious rust in the wheel arches, but for a 22-year-old car on around 130k miles she’s in pretty good condition. I'm now at a point where I don't know what to do with her and am looking for some guidance. What I'd really like to do is fully restore her to show room condition and then keep in a garage, using her occasionally through the summer months etc., but my finances don't really cater for that just yet, plus I don't have a garage at home. I presently work from home, so she's hardly used and just sat on the drive, to the point where taxing and insuring even seems like a waste of money. I could sell, but don't think I could bear to see her leave. I have an offer of an empty garage 20 miles from where I live, but I’m worried she’ll just slowly rust away and get forgotten. She’s not a P1 or RB5, so I know her value now or in the future, won’t be in those kind of lofty regions, but does this shape, the standard aspaect or even the PPP make her a collectable for the future? If so, then maybe I try to preserve as best as possible, and keep standard to maybe fully restore. If not, then maybe I start tuning her up and get closer to the STI power output and just continue to have fun with her for as long as possible? Thanks for reading!
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  33. All the years I’ve been a member here I didn’t know there was one hah requested to join!
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  34. @Jay762 Thank you for explaining that. I will do that (or make my hubby do that)
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  35. Got my sorted today for £290 Pads colour match Subaru logo 😁 Still way cheaper than dealer for one wheel and I got both done.
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  36. Batteries were replaced by me and also by Subaru Service (they do it as standard when dealing with key problems, even if you tell them they don't need to, as they don't believe you used right batteries). So batteries are fine. They can lock the car all day long it is just the unlocking that is an issue. The brakes will also be delt with by my 'old' mechanic. He instantly recognised that they need replacing. I'm picking discs and pads tomorrow and hopefully by the end of this week that will be sorted as well.
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  37. Try learning to spell, reading and writing in the queen's English then and only then should be allowed an opinion about anything...
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  38. Understood. Not sure if you're referring to a local Subaru Dealership, but in my experience the glossy dealerships are not the best at actual problem-solving such as fully investigating the source of an issue. Are there any local motoring forums that might recommend an independent garage in your area? One of the best national car forums is https://briskoda.net/ . I know you own a Subaru, but the forum is excellent and has a huge membership and so lots of 'traffic', and might be able to advice on a local garage. Again, without knowing how old your car is, I'd say smaller none-chain, independent garages tend to cater for cars that are out of warranty and so older, and with owners who aren't just prepared to cough up wads of cash periodically and who are more budget savvy. These garages also tend to encounter (and thereby gain experience) of technical issues that frequently only occur in older, higher mileage, vehicles. Hope you get it sorted asap.
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  39. Cheapest was up in Alnwick. Most expensive was Dales Subaru - Barnoldswick. Penrith and Darlington were just a bit cheaper than Dales.
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  40. Thanks @Jay762 and @flat6. I've my eye on two, one 2018 and one 2019 with the 2019 feeling a lot fresher. I looked at a couple of older ones but they seemed to have had hard lives and I like things like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto on the newer models. There isn't a large selection of used Outbacks in Ireland and a lot of them seem to have been very well used. The 2019 one that I looked at has three years manufacturer's warranty left but I'd like this one to be a keeper so it's good to know that the CVT is likely to last. I don't intend towing with it so it should have a relatively easy life. Thanks again for your feedback.
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  41. Wotcha and welcome - Hopefully someone local to you can supply the answer 🙂
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  42. Ps. Here is my car!!
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  43. I may be able to give some insight into this. Ive had my 2017 1.6 Levorg for 18 months, and previously ran an Outback 3.0R, which is pretty much the same as a spec B but with rubbish handling. First thing to note is that there were 2 versions of the 1.6, with the "facelift" coming in 2017. This has many upgrades from the first ones, including suspension settings, the addition of EyeSight (adaptive cruise, lane departure, brake assist etc) and crucially, a recalibrated CVT, which addresses most of the criticisms of the motoring journos. It drives a whole lot better than the earlier ones, and the eyesight system is excellent (all the individual elements can be easily switched off if you want). So I would advise holding out for one of these rather than a 2015. They're easily spotted by the two cameras visible behind the windscreen either side of the rear view mirror. The idea of a CVT puts a lot of people off, but most of the negativity comes from people who have never driven one. It suits the 1.6 turbo perfectly, with it's max torque from 1800rpm, so it doesn't rev high like a Yaris or something when pulling away. The whole drivetrain is very smooth, and it's deceptively fast. There are 2 Si drive modes, I and S. I use S as default, and I for cruising motorways. It's a much better transmission than the 5 speed auto on the spec B. The car isn't appreciably slower than the 3.0R, except from a standstill, but who cares? Once rolling, it's plenty rapid enough. The handling is spot on, very much a Subaru in feel (I've had 7 different ones). Fuel consumption isn't great, but 35mpg overall isn't bad by Subaru standards. It runs on regular fuel, and costs £150 pa tax. All in all it's a step up from the Legacy gen4 in just about every area. Very happy with it.
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  44. I've recently acquired a new Gen 5 (many are at discount now), and I guess you were test driving the new Gen6? I've read a lot of reviews about the Gen 6, a car that's been on sale in the US/Canada and Australia for a while now and they all look positive. Glad to see they're now on sell in the UK, albeit later, but with the added bonus any early issues iron out (such as being able to readily cancel the 'auto stop/start' without going into a labyrinth of on screen menus) . What I like about the new Gen 6 is the extra ground clearance over the Gen 5 - that's 200mm vs 213mm. Still not as good as the Forester or XV at 220mm but an improvement. Also, with the new Gen 6 you get as standard many of the accessories you have to buy for the Gen 5, such as boot trays, mudguards, wheel arch protectors, rear seat backcover mats, etc. The addition/option of a heated steering wheel and rear/front audible parking sensory is also a huge plus. Shame Subaru UK have dropped the 5 yr 100,000 mile warranty in favour of just 3 yrs, but I believe you can buy an extended warranty too, at purchase, of a new vehicle. In the US they also have the "Wilderness" version of the OB, but I don't suppose that'll be coming over here - shame. I'm also glad it's not a hybrid, and if they could also offer the 2.5T, now that would bring a smile. Good luck with the new OB. Let us know how you get on.
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  45. There were some CVT reliability issues on earlier generation Outbacks, but very few post 2017. It's a very good transmission, a lot of the scare stories are perpetuated by people trying to sell extended warranties. There are plenty of people who still believe that all Subarus have head gasket issues, even though they were sorted over a decade ago. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a 2019 Outback.
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  46. The rear one sits between the lateral link and subframe, the front one between the lower control arm and subframe. They're quire exposed, and can get gummed up, or seized, or the ball joint pops out, It's worth having a look and cleaning them up. New ones are £180 from ICP.
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  47. Wotcha and welcome!
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  48. Flat 4 out, in goes a flat 6...
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  49. The number of people who have asked me firstly what make it was and secondly that they had never seen one before! Most people are very complimentary about it but it shows how crap the Subaru p.r system us here!
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