2007 Subaru Forester CX 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Good-looking and great to drive
I bought this car to replace my previous Forester, which throughout my five years of ownership was totally perfect in all respects.
The new car was registered by Subaru and converted to run on LPG by them, it then stood for about 12 months in their compound.
The car looks beautiful, and with only 300 miles is as new.
I was advised to run it on petrol for the first 1000 miles to run it in, which I did. On switching to gas I discovered a serious misfire and engine shuddering, this is so bad that it's embarrassing as the car bucks and jumps.
The dealer test-drove it and agreed it was far from satisfactory and called in Subaru engineers.
The outcome of this is that it needs two new cylinder heads, valves and camshafts - some modification to the combustion chambers is required for it to run properly on LPG.
The work will be done within the next few weeks, I have every reason to suppose that this will cure the problem, both the marque and the dealer are top-notch in my experience.
When running on petrol the misfire is noticeable but nowhere near as bad.
The car looks fantastic in Newport blue and has all the boys toys.
The engine has been uprated from my previous one, and the gain in performance is very noticeable.
Love the car and I'm confident Subaru and the dealer will sort it out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th April, 2009
8th Apr 2009, 10:08
You should reject the vehicle. As described it's unfit for purpose.
11th May 2009, 06:59
The dealer in Leeds has now carried out the work on replacing the cylinder heads etc. I now have the car back and can honestly say it is a delight to drive. I did 200 miles in two days running on LPG, cruising at 70 MPH for most of that time. The car never missed a beat and returned unexpectedly good gas consumption results. I am now very happy with this car and expect it to be trouble-free for the rest of the time I own it, just like the last one.