Maffy Posted: 1/18/2008 5:38pm PST Subaru makes good cars.....but they need to improve their designs. They need to redesign most of their cars. Then they will draw more customers. Andrew Milner Posted: 4/28/2008 5:15am PDT Forester rear wheel bearings tend to run at around 100,000km. This is not a DIY replacement job, as you really need a 5-ton press as well as a mechanic that knows what he's doing. Also at 100,000km the timing belt needs changing. And while disassembled, rebuilding the oil pump is a wise precaution. In Japan, 100,000km frequently comes up at around ten years. This and other factors often mean that a Forester is essentially a write-off at 100,000 km (62,000 miles). Sounds extreme, but a secondhand low "mileage" 8-10-year-old Forester can sell at auction for between $2,000 and $3,000. As it costs to scrap a vehicle in Japan, the favourite move is to send the car to a third-world country, like UK. Where it's fixed up and sold on. Over ten years and the UK roadworthiness test on grey imports is far less severe and cheaper. Insane right? The older the car, the less severe the test. Legacy rear wheel bearings are bigger and fit the Forester. So why on earth the bigger bearings aren't standard equipment is a mystery. Bottom line, if Subaru can't get their cotton-picking durability act together they are going down.