Bought an 09 Forester XT limited. With only 900 miles, the car died going down interstate. Had it towed to the dealership to find out the engine was blown and the service people had seen 5 of these, all with less than 1000 miles!! Since they are new, it will be a minimum of 2 weeks to maybe get an engine delivered, probably a month. I owned 3 outbacks and loved them, but this is unacceptable. Save yourself the headache, time and energy and buy a different brand!
Subaru needs to step up to the plate and do a stop sell on these engine before passing them onto the consumer. I have no confidence in my new car.
Good value, drives more car like than truck like. Car drives well and has good power with turbo. A person could get buy with out turbo,but may be a little under powered for some. Gas mileage avg 19-21 mpg back and forth to work. Transmission and all wheel drive work fine. Hood scoop and chrome like pedals and foot rest are a little kiddish on a Forester. People looking at Forester would want power passenger seat more. Good handling for SUV, seems nimble. Rear window overhang creates more dust and dirt on window and would be better without that design. Traded in BMW 325xi which is the most overrated car I have ever driven. Glad I purchased Forester over Toyota or Honda's equiv.
Just about the right size and sure-footed in winter.
Improve position of heated seated switch. Can't turn light on in back seat from front? Back seat I have been told by passengers is very uncomfortable. Satellite radio is an after thought with Subaru - they stick on a black box on your windshield for the antenna-looks great! Get automatic lights.
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC, Nav (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I am very disappointed with the features of this vehicle that are not working properly. The radio has poor reception and Subaru keeps telling us that it is a setting that needs to be changed on the radio itself, Unfortunately that is not the problem. When you fade just to the rear speakers the radio barely comes in at all and the reception is poor on any setting. The rim design on the 2.5X Limited is also poor the vehicle is sold as an all wheel drive for snow and other types of bad driving conditions, however when it snows more than 4" snow gets in the inner part of the rim and freezes over night causing the vehicle to shake excessively at 40 plus mph. We are being told to purchase other rims.
Sunroof. Heated Seats. The all wheel drive system is excellent while driving in bad conditions. The next morning is the problem!
Poor rim design, radio reception, better Subaru customer service. I do not believe a consumer should have the cost of replacing poorly designed rims in an all wheel drive vehicle. The radio is not easily replaced since the navigation system is part of it. Subaru should take care of these issues!