Based on Subaru Forester 2.5X
The Subaru Forester, a successful small SUV/wagon since 1998, has been completely redesigned for 2009 on a new platform. This third generation is larger and a little closer to all the other car-based compact SUVs out there — such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V — rather than an in-b... Read Full Report
My friend Ralph used to be the ice cream maker at a famous North Shore candy house and ice cream parlor.Every time I'd tell him about a new favorite dairy bar - for example, the one on the UConn campus in Storrs, Conn. - he'd ignore my ravings about the Jonathan Supreme and Husky Tracks."Tell me about the vanilla," he'd say."The vanilla? They've got all these great flavors."... Read full review for the 2009 Subaru Forester
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On the plus side is spectacular reliability, handling in the snow, turn radius, and a cavernous interior capable of swallowing an eight foot ladder or 10' lengths of pipe. On the minus side is a date... Read Full Review
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.
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