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2009 Subaru Forester



  • I've never had that problem in my '09 XT.

    Perhaps there is a partial clog within the cowl baffling that is preventing water entering the cowl from draining properly?
  • samiam_68samiam_68 Posts: 775
    Glass on the new Foresters is paper thin. That's why everyone is getting many cracked windshields.
  • birdboybirdboy Posts: 158
    thank you, actually the heated windshield was close to $900.00 the first time, and a bit less the second. This third time the crack was able to be repaired. I have $0 deductible, but honestly we all know claims are an issue especially when they are several within a short period. I have called Subusa and the issue is noted.Is there anything else I could do?
  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 303

    I take it this is OK to use on the plastics?
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    I have been driving for 44 years and have had over 55 vehicles. Counting the current 2, my wife and I have had 5 Foresters and I can tell you we have had more windshield chips in these than in all the other cars combined. No cracks though, just chips. Many I have been able to fix myself with the kits you can buy, but we have had to replace 3 windshields.
  • We bought an '09 Forester last January. Last week a small rock was thrown by a car coming toward us and chipped the windshield plus started a crack. Several hours later the crack was somewhere between 12-15" long. It started as a horizontal line and then made a downward turn. I've been driving for more than 30 years and this is the first vehicle I've owned that has had the windshield crack.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've had no problem, but be sure to read the label and any instructions in case they've reformulated.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've had the opposite experience.

    My wife cracked the windshield on her Mazda 626 twice, but my 98 Forester lasted 9 years without a crack, and our 09 is also intact.

    Keep in mind how upright the windshield is, and make sure you leave plenty of distance to the car in front.

    In your case I'm not sure anything could have prevented a crack - the car was moving in the opposite direciton and must've thrown that rock like a bullet right at you. :sick:
  • robm2robm2 Posts: 53
    My wife's '09 F-XT has had 4 chips that were repaired, and one rock that caused a crack. The crack was not impairing driver's view, and now that the snow is flying here in Canada, the crack is spreading.

    With the cost to replace the heated windshield WAY UP THERE, we're going to wait until winter rock season is done, and replace it next summer. This assumes the crack doesn't go crazy and wrap back on itself and impede her view.

    Hers is the most crack-prone windshield of any vehicle I've ever owned, (and that's a lot of vehicles).
  • birdboybirdboy Posts: 158
    With reasons that you can understand, the excessive cabin rattles and squeaks, most but not all , have been corrected, and now the 3 cracked windshields within a year , have taken a toll on my liking the Forseter. I now find myself paranoid when driving as to anything hitting my windshield even falling leaves. The sad thing is that all three cracks occurred on state toll roads , not off roads. does anyone know why this model seems to be prone to fast and easy cracking. Is it the angle of the windshield being almost vertical ?is it a thinner glass used? Is there anything that could be done aside from waiting for the next incident? As some of you also stated, we have been driving many years with other cars and have not experienecd this high number of cracked windshield reporting. Subaru USA was sympathetic, however when I honestly told them a small rock or pebble hit the windshield they said that this was clearly the cause and not the glass or design. I honestly do not feel that the last two cracks would have happened if it were another make vehicle. Perhaps the first one, but thats it. Please kepe reproting this issue and perhaps the quality care team will look into this as I know they must be reading these forums .
  • robm2robm2 Posts: 53
    Some glass companies offer a "diamond fusion" polymer coat that is applied to the windshield. At acts like Rain-X on steroids, and it greatly increases the strength of the windshield.

    This coat may cost $400-$600, but they will warrantee the windshield and replace if it gets cracked for 3-4 years, depending on the service interval you choose.

    I got this fusion coat on my STI, and I'm really happy with it. It's like having permanent Rain-X, and it has survived many a rock hit without cracking. We should have got it on my wife's F-XT.

    When we finally replace her windshield, we'll also be getting this coat on her windshield.
  • That's definitely something that I'm going to be checking into! I'd rather pay the extra money now than have to keep paying for replacing windshields, especially since we do a lot of driving on dirt roads. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,267
    Unfortunately, I really cannot comment until I experience my first chip or two. I have actually never had a Subaru windshield out-and-out crack on me. I have had probably 25-30 or more combined chips on three previous Outback windshields over about 160,000 miles, none "repaired," but none ever cracked (which was somewhat surprising given my extreme climate in Fairbanks, Alaska). So far, no chips on the Forester, but we shall see.

    I doubt it has too much to do with the angle of the windshield; it certainly is not anywhere close to "near vertical."

    If these are small chips in the middle area of the glass that are cracking, it probably does have something to do with the quality of glass. If the chips are at or near the edges, it is likely more bad luck than anything else; edge chips are always more likely to induce cracks.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,267
    Post topic, plus I installed my winter tires over the weekend.

    I managed to find a set of 16" silver-painted steel wheels from a 2007 Forester on which to install the tires. I like them! They look pretty good on the car, but the smaller rim size, combined with the winter tires, makes for a much smoother ride. They are even somewhat quieter than the stock tires, though there is a subtle hum at highway speeds due to the open block design of the tires (Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice, P215/65R16).

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    The steelies look good. I prefer them to the wheel covers now used on base models.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,267
    So do I. They are simple (no covers) and easy to maintain. Apparently, Subaru offers an optional 16" alloy wheel for the X; it is too bad they do not make that wheel optional for the Premium as well. I would prefer that both my sets of wheels were 16" rather than having the 17" wheels for summer use.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I like styled steel rims better as well.

    That thing looks ready for winter.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,267
    Hahahahaha; yeah, dirt and all!

    Oh, man. Speaking of "ready for winter," my neighbors cleared a swath between the subdivision road and their driveway, which includes a couple of steep grades, in preparation for sledding once the snow flies. The terrain is kinda rough, but I am so terribly tempted to take the Forester over it. The only thing holding me back, other than the car's only being two weeks old, is that the angle of approach is pretty dramatic and once I get down there, there is no easy way out if the car cannot make it on its own.... :blush:
  • 26cars26cars Posts: 19
    Wondering if anyone out there has been on the beach with their Forester (or other Sube awd). I have taken my past SUV's (Explorers/Expedeition/Ranger) out on the beach around Cape Cod & Plymouth, MA, but they had low range (seldom needed, however). The trails are mostly firm pack to somewhat loose sand; I had my Forester on a short stretch of beach to launch kayaks a few weeks ago and it seemed ok, but I don't want to get stuck. Any input appreciated!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I took my 98 Forester on the beaches of the Outer Banks, a couple of years in a row. Several times, too.

    It was a hoot. Back then it only had 7.5" of ground clearance, but it's light and with tires aired down to 18psi is floated well above the sand.

    I actually drove by a HD diesel pickup who has forgotten to air down his tires.

    The new Forester has wider tires, more than an inch extra clearance, and much better approach and departure angles. It should be fine so long as you don't stop in soft sand or go too crazy.

    Drive smoothly and definitely wash the undercarriage when you're done. Salt water causes rust, big time. All the full-time beach rigs I saw were rusty.
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