2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Only if you love your mechanic

2009 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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Only if you love your mechanic...
By RLM on


2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


I've owned my Forester for 10 months, 11K miles on it and I'm considering a trade in. While this vehicle is exactly what I want in a car as a small SUV and I enjoy driving the car at times, overall the poor quality of the workmanship of the car makes me regret my purchase. I've had the car in for both a major repair (power steering replacement) and major annoyances (mystery noises from door panels, rear-door catch had to be re- welded, and buzzing noises from stereo). Honestly, I miss my 7 year old 125K car I traded in because that car had less body noise and rattling than this brand new car. I'm severely disappointed in the quality of this car and I am considering cutting my losses now.

Best Features

The Ipod Interface to the stereo is great if you are a tech & music lover. I love the roomy interior and style. For its size it gets good fuel economy. I recommend the all weather floor mats & trunk mat.

Worst Features

Better insulation and workmanship to reduce rattling noises!!! Better stereo that doesn't produce buzzing noises when bass occurs. Improve the comfort of the seats, seat height & head restraint angle.
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By carfind2
on 05/09/14 12:34 PM (PDT)

try gasket failure - defect in the car - that ruined the engine, my car's been in the shop for over a week now, and I'll be out thousands of dollars. car only has about 44,500 miles on it, ruined everything; just had an oil change last week.

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