2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: dont buy xt

2009 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5XT 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 4-speed Automatic w/VDC)

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dont buy xt
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5XT 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


The engine on this car (turbo) blew up in a remote location late at night in a snow storm. We had kids in the car. BAD experience. Totally unacceptable for a car with 9600 miles on it. Subaru paid for the rental car for the time my car was at the dealer; plus got them to pay me $1000 for my hassle and pay for free scheduled maintenance on the car for the rest of the lease term. I was told by dealer that turbo engines have an oil piping problem. The turbo gets starved of oil. The result is mechanical failure of turbo. Metal pieces somehow get into engine. Bye-bye engine.

Best Features

Overall package is not bad. Gas mileage better than my old suv. Lots of space.

Worst Features

Better quality control by Subaru (how about a functioning engine). improved stereo.
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