This past April, I purchased a 2009 Subaru Forester from Byers Subaru, Dublin OH and eagerly anticipated the ownership experience Subaru promises and proudly bases its reputation. Contrary to the Subaru promise, my experience over the first 3 months has been a nightmare.
The first service was performed within a few weeks of purchase ($700). A month later the vehicle stopped running and required a tow to a Subaru dealership. Initial thoughts were a timing belt failure. $600 dollars later, we learned it was a timing belt pulley failure and would require extensive engine repairs or an engine replacement ($2500 to $6000). The timing belt was not due to be replaced for 10,000 miles.
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Install metal timing belts and pulleys. Subaru stakes it reputation on reliability. They need to more to live up to promise.
From purchase at 117,000 miles to now at 134,000 miles, this Forester has needed: Oxygen sensor, new catalytic converters, re-wired transmission speed sensor, two sets of head gaskets (six months apart), timing belt, water pump, thermostat, and rear pads & rotors. The transmission in this Forester is jerky & extremely rough. I have records from the previous owner, and it was babied and taken care of very well. I maintain this car as well as I can, and I just hope that it will last another five years. The engine pings horribly while running up through the gears. Detonating or "pinging" is absolutely horrible for an engine, yet Subaru claims that this is normal. I love Subaru's, but wow.......
All wheel drive, ground clearance.
Get rid of the 4-speed automatic and put in a 5-speed!
I purchased this car used for about $8k with just about 161K on the odometer to replace a totaled grad present thanks to an inattentive freeway lane-changer.
I loved it the moment I saw it, but dreaded the notch-y first gear. For being a younger male driver, I want something practical and safe, yet fun but wanted some comfort for occasional long drives and never could find a car i liked that didn't cause minor back aches even on a short test drive, except for this one.
If only it had a few more inches of trunk space and more factory stereo options as the 80w preamp is barely enough for the 4 main, let alone the opt 6 speaker set, and I've read the NAVI is not at all user-friendly
My partner and I love to go soft-roading on hidden dirt trails and its perfect to explore
The Panoramic sunroof is beautiful for stargazing
The rear seats recline for better passenger comfort
Excellent Incline Assist for hilly signal lights and stop signs
Comfortable ride and seats overall
Headlamps with optional fog lamps leave nothing unseen
Sharp breaks, good road manners
Great all-round driver visibility
Decent MPG with 5M and easy driving
(I average about 24-26 MPG in mixed city/hwy and hilly driving)
The AWD makes for superior grip feel and may inspire "spirited" driving on winding roads and excellent off/softroading
Snow is a blast in this lil'crossover
Easier to read base stereo would be nice, sunlight makes it very difficult to read
My trans sometimes fights with me over reverse gear
Add a Turbo WITH a manual please (New XT still can't have a 5M/6M
Who thought it'd be smart to get rid of a temperature gauge and replace it with a tiny light that you can barely see when it "warns" you that it is about to overheat?
I'm not tall (5'10"), but every once in a while, when getting in the front seat I'll end up hitting my knee on the corner of the dash because of its bowed design
Platinum cloth seating easily shows watermarks/other spills but are easy to shampoo away
Not much of a driver information center
We have 2 Impreza and a 2009 Forester. The side mirrors are set to high. they block 90% of the side vision when you entering another side road,you cant see nothing.
Are there that can give me an idea if there is any other mirrors that I can on it instead the original ones. Also stero sound very poor at the back, front seats uncomftable.
Manage you expectations.
It's a crossover. So it doesn't do anything exceptional.
The insides are unremarkable.
So is the exterior.
We have 2 little kids.
So we need lots of space, with two car seats.
It has a reasonable amount of space, but we can't fit everyone in--and the dog.
I like the head room.
Also, it has pep in the city for local driving, but with only a four banger, it is gutless on the highway.
Maintenance is OK.
Go under the wire for the warranty on the AC and replacing the rotors at 3 mm.
46K miles so far.
So if you want something with more room, get a real SUV (We have a Sequoia for long trips).
If you want a sports car, get something with more guts.