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Engin blew at 122K
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Kevin Stewart
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I was told " buy a Subaru they run forever" Well mine did not. No warning, all maintenance kept up on schedule and it throws a rod at 122k miles. I hardly call that forever. I previously had 2 Jeep Grand Cherokees that I traded in at 155K and 180K both of which were still running. Will not be buying another Subaru.


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Transmission cooked at 132K
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By DK
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/All Weather, Premium Pkg, VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought it new and babied it for all 6 years I owned it. Regular dealer servicing throughout. No major issues until transmission completely blew at 132K. Too early for an automobile to blow a transmission.


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My Subaru Story
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By pick417
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg,VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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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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Styling & Ride Height


Worst Features

Install metal timing belts and pulleys. Subaru stakes it reputation on reliability. They need to more to live up to promise.


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It's always something new......
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By photosbymatt
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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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.......


Best Features

All wheel drive, ground clearance.


Worst Features

Get rid of the 4-speed automatic and put in a 5-speed!


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Overall a fun and capable Subaru
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By cjphilip
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg,VDC (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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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


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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


Worst Features

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


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