2009 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Three years of ownership

2009 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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Three years of ownership
By jassdsu on


2009 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/VDC, Nav (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


I recently sold my 2009 XT Forester.
When I bought the subaru I was passionate about it like most Subaru owners.
Love- that’s what makes a Subaru right…
We recently sold the car after owning it for three plus years.
Likes- the sleek design, fun to drive.
Dislike- poor MPG, small fuel tank, and overall carrying capacity.
With the Turbo model you have the same size fuel tank as the regular non turbo- the problem is your mpg is only 22 to 23 mpg,
I’m not sure what the size of the tank is but its insufficient and requires filling up on a
regular basis. Road trips would require extra stops to get gas- I’m not exaggerating- it’s a real design problem.
The panels on the outside of the car

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are pretty flimsy. My wife dented one by closing the door with her foot. I would equate the cargo capacity to that of a Sedan but the problem is you get the MPG of a truck. Price wise the MPG of truck atleast. Let me explain. With the turbo not only do you get low MPG but you have to pour Premium fuel into it otherwise you get an engine knock. In other words the cost to drive this vehicle is equivalent to a truck when you take into account the low MPG and price of premium fuel. Heres another issue. With the XT you have to change the oil every 3,000 miles otherwise youll have performance issue. What happens, “the heads get clogged” not sure what the means, it shuts down power to the

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motor- it sounds horrible. I once went 5,000 miles and had performance problems as described so I took it to a mechanic and for $100 he told me I needed an oil change. This happened twice and I dont neglect my cars as one may think. A car should be able to go 5,000 miles between oil changes. So all you house moms that forget to change your oil- this isn’t the car for you. Don’t plan on putting three kids in the back either- its too narrow and they will kill each other. Most SUVs are wider than this forester. Lastly what put me over the edge was a recent trip to the mountains, we were on a dirt road with an inch of slushy snow. We attempted to turn around and got stuck. Tires had no trac
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