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2009 Subaru Forester



  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    I guess that makes sense, although it seems odd that they would omit a safety feature that's available (standard?) throughout the product line, from the performance model.

    ... weight savings perhaps or a pricing target? :sick:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Maybe. I thought those were required for all models beginning with the 2009 model year.

    I love the active headrests. For me, they are quite perfect and help make long drives quite a pleasure. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I don't think so ... they're just sport seats, different priorities I guess.
  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302
    I think that looks are a big thing here. WRX gets the "sporty" single piece seatback with integrated headrest.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Oh, yeah.... forgot about that! Can you tell how often I ride in a WRX? :blush:

    I actually don't care how "active" the headrests are.... I just like the new shape of the headrests. They come to a point on the front of the top, and so will support the head in a perfectly upright position as opposed to the slightly (or significantly, depending on the vehicle) reclined position of the "old style" head rests.

    That means I can rest my head while looking straight forward as opposed to "looking down" with the old style. I hope that makes sense....
  • I just purchased a 2010 forester 2.5X. Right away I have a serious rattle/noise coming from the rear passenger quarter panel area. It sounds exterior or at least like something hitting sheet metal. It is NOT the rear seats as the dealer said...not unless taking the seats down and putting a heavy dufflebag on them doesn't stop that sound. I checked the spare tire and the tire well area for something but came up empty. I have an appointment with another dealership on Dec 3rd and would love to have some suggestions from you guys and girls as to what to suggest.

    The sound happens when the vehicle is traveling over rough road, especially when the roughness is on the passenger side. It is not tied to the suspension, but is affected by the size of the "bumping" as I drive. It becomes frequent at speeds of 15-30 but I think this is just because you pass over more "bumps" faster at those speeds. It IS there at slow speed and at high speed. It is driving me nuts. I don't mind little rattles or buzzes, but this is way more. HELP!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Probably a loose exhaust heat shield.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    If you can find an appropriate place to do it, I would recommend that you have someone drive your car while you are in the closest seat, or the cargo area, in order to pinpoint the rattle better. you could even take a blunt tool, like a small ratchet or a 1/4" driver, and put it against the area if it sounds like it is beneath the plastic cladding in the cargo area.

    I have an appointment on 12/23 to address my door rattles (I hope!), but I just know the dealership is going to say they didn't hear anything, even though this rattle is so consistent I could set my watch by it. I also have started hearing a rattle in the back.... it is quite loud and almost drowns out the door rattles! My initial suspicion is the latch on the rear seat-back behind the driver's seat.
  • Excuse my English, I live in Quebec. I had a rattle comming from under the roof liner where the middle seatbelt is attached to the roof. They did put some foam and now it is better. In fact, I had all the rattles (roof, doors and dashboard) and all is OK now. So, I hope that your problem. You should get somebody to seat in the back and try to find the rattle. This is the way that I found it.
  • birdboybirdboy Posts: 158
    I have had my 09 Forester in service for rattles for several days. Although it drives very nicely, the constant rattles are annoying to me to no end. I have been in a Lexus 350, Hyuandai sonata and BMW x3.. all have slight rattles as well , but not like mine. I have pieces of foam stuffed all over including duct tape on the rear seat back latches.To date both door panels were taken off and foam put in, sunglass compartment dropped and foam put in, entire sunroof headliner replaced, Cargo compartment rattle was eliminated. The latches on the rear seats do not fit snug and the seats rattle and squeak when driven on bumpy roads.
    the worst noises however are coming from the top of the armrest when I rest my elbow on it. naturally, the service manager took the car for a drive and said all was quiet except he did observe the armrest rattle and said their was nothing he could do about it. I tried explaining to him that all these rattles are subject to both road smoothness, speed travel and even more importantly the temperature The rattle in the sunroof header is worse since being replaced.
    I will monitor the rattles a bit longer and then go to the next level with my dissatisfaction.Any suggestions are welcomed.
  • hrs3hrs3 Posts: 2
    Can anyone report what your RPM is at 70mph & 80mph in 5th gear (manual trans)? The specs state that 5th gear ratio is 0.78, which seems kind of short. It's hard to find a demo car with a manual to test on the highway. Just don't want the engine to be screaming at 4000rpm on a long road trip.

    Thanks in advance.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Work with the dealer, and call 800-SUBARU3 if you need SoA to step in.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    It is a little short, but it is not going to be at 4000 going 80, though 3500 does not seem far off the mark. I have not run mine at a sustained 80 mph, so I am not sure of the exact RPM, but, at 70, it is a little under 3000.... maybe 2800-2900?

    Here is a photo running mine at 68 mph:

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You'll find all the gear ratios here:

    The XT is geared tallest. It has the taller final drive ratio of the 2.5x manual, combined with the tallest overdrive gear of the 2.5 automatic.

    If you want UBER-tall gearing get an Outback CVT. At 80mph it's barely idling along at a hair over 2000rpm. :surprise:
  • I test-drove both the Manual and Auto versions of the 2.5X. Even with the differences in the top gear ratio and final drive ratio, I found the top gear RPM to be almost identical: 70 mph ~ 2800 RPM. I found I could cruise in either at 80+ mph without the engine being as thrashy as my Toyota 2.4L. When I read that Consumer Reports found that the Manual got 2 mpg better in their testing, I'm looking forward to the Manual for myself. 67 days and counting...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It actually got 3 mpg better in testing. 25mpg vs. 22mpg.

    Best among non-hybrid SUVs by a wide margin.
  • Hi, I got this one also (the armrest) and they put some Silicone Lubricant Spray on the rail of the armrest and it did work, no more rattle there.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    ...owning the only small SUV to make both the IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2010 and Consumer Reports Best of the Best most reliable! :shades:

    Enjoy the day, folks!
  • Congrats on owning such a great SUV. Would the same hold true for the 2010 Outback?
    Undecide between the Forester and the Outback. Two things stopping us from getting the Forester are the low passenger seat and the unavailability of electric passenger seats(Canada).

    We enjoy road trips and am concerned that the above complaints will make these trips less enjoyable.

    Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    In my more motivated days I'd already have figured out a way to put some spacers to raise the passenger seat half an inch or so.

    I modded my Miata's seat track. It wasn't hard at all.

    I just gotta find the motivation. Shouldn't be hard, a few washers on the seat bolt mounts. How high you can go will depend on the length of the bolts. On my Miata I bought larger bolts from NAPA and raised 'em 3/8".

    I also got the dead pedal back about the same amount, 3/8" or so.
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