2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 7 month review

2009 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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7 month review
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2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X L.L.Bean Edition 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


So I've had my Subie (1st time Subie buyer) for 7 months now and here are my thoughts. Overall, I love the vehicle. It handles very well (haven't had any snow yet to test the all-wheel) and is quite roomy. The only "problem" that I've had thus far is the paint on the plastic in the interior doesn't stick to the plastic. The paint literally wore off of the driver's door handle from my knee resting on it while driving! This occurred only after 3 months of ownership. The dealership immediately ordered a new door handle and handled the issue w/ the utmost professionalism. Problem is, when the car is out of warranty, I'm stuck w/ the problem. The silver paint scratches off very easily.

Best Features

Moonroof, handling, great visibility.

Worst Features

Gas mileage: in summer, with no air and moonroof closed I was getting approx. 27-29 mph. hwy. Turn the heat on and it goes down to 23-24.5 hwy. Fix the paint/plastic problem noted above. For 27K I expect much better quality in this regard. Move heated seat buttons to more accessible area.
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