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Unread 8th October 2018, 07:13 AM
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Unread 8th October 2018, 08:16 AM
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Unread 8th October 2018, 08:28 AM
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Congratulations on the buy! My mates Ranger goes well and is fun to drive offroad, makes me want to run stuff over. There's some stuff the Forester does better and other stuff the Ranger does better. You will love the gearing in it, plus comes with a locker and loads more space. Hope your Forester finds the right person.

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Unread 8th October 2018, 09:10 AM
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There's some stuff the Forester does better and other stuff the Ranger does better
What does the Forester better besides mpg and parkslot search?
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Unread 8th October 2018, 11:02 AM
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Due to lifted independent suspension I have more diff clearance so I found deeply rutted tracks easier, Ranger made it with a lot of diff scraping, but my Forester never bottomed out so was easier.

Some of the beach exits I found much easier due to being far lighter, Ranger still did them, just needed far greater run up and speed.

Short wheel base comes in handy for ramp over.


Got plenty of vids of my Forester outdoing Ranger, Patrols and Land Cruisers if you want them, but they are all specific examples. The Ranger is better for him because heaps more space and the Forester is better for me, and it's about half and half which car does stuff easier on the terrain we do but both always make it.
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Unread 8th October 2018, 03:41 PM
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The Ranger is intended to be for long distance touring. I will soon be looking at a long range fuel tank, something you cannot get for a Forrie. Bullbars, spoilt for choice. The biggest negatives are the appalling lack of grip in the wet from the all terrain tyres and there doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it. I think I’ll miss my RE002’s more than anything else. You only have to touch the throttle and you lose traction. Things like the turning circle are obviously worse but this car is not about that. Eventually the Ranger will become a tow car, towing a 3.5 tonne van. Well beyond what the Forrie can do.

As for the reliability of the Ford, I went to the Ford dealer yesterday to price up spare parts such as radiator hoses and the serpentine belt. Hardly ever sells the hoses and has never sold a belt. If nothing else they are getting the small stuff right. I just bought a pre filter kit for the fuel system, and will replace the genuine one too every 10,000kms. Engine oil and filter changes will be every 5,000kms as I do with the Forrie. ATF and filter every 40,000kms. That leaves things such as the timing chain tensioner as unknowns. So hopefully it will be ok
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Unread 8th October 2018, 05:09 PM
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Got plenty of vids of my Forester outdoing Ranger, Patrols and Land Cruisers if you want them....
Yes, please
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G'day rally
I'd put a catch can on as well. Got a provent 200 on my hilux & i drain about 50ml every 5000k when i do my oil changes. Better to stop the oil mist going thru the intercooler & turbo.
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Unread 8th October 2018, 08:21 PM
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^ agree - I use Provent on my Triton but I replaced the filter material with stainless steel mesh and filled it with stainless steel wool. It was found that the oem material was too restrictive.
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Are you still going to post trip reports on ORS once you become Subaruless? Or have you joined a Ranger forum?

I've often wondered what I'll do when I sell my Foz and move on. One of the reasons I think I have held on to the Forrie for so long is because ORS is such a great forum.
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