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2009 Subaru Forester

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  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    Local dealer has one '09 which they can get from another local dealer; car is close enough to what I am looking for but has some stuff I don't need.

    However, does it make sense to wait two months (the amount of time it takes to order an '09 forester from Subaru, I was told) ?

    These ones here are the first run, I assume. And I well remember what has happened to other first run cars I have owned (on my '04 Maxx, I missed several key safety improvements by a month - none were retrofittable). Waiting a couple of months gives Subaru some time to make some tweaks.

    On other hand we have raging commodity and oil price hikes going on, which sooner or later Subaru is going to pass on to us as form of price increase.

    Buy or wait ?? :confuse:
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    In the past we have seen them bump up the destination fee a little to cover rising costs, but no way they'll raise the price in the next few months. You could wait a couple months & see if they offer a $500 rebate by then, but I don't think they'll offer any rebates for at least 6 months, and I think Forester will be well received enough that it may not require rebates at all the first year. (Though the non-WRX Imprezas have been selling at a brisk pace and Subaru still brought a $500 rebate for those.) As far as ordering from the first batch - mechanicals and chassis are already proven, interior's essentially a carry-over from Impreza, they've got the safety thing nailed. Give it a good once-over for body panel alignment and interior fit. Tranny is the only thing I could see them changing mid-year (if they determine that's really holding back sales), but it sounded like the 4-spd drove well for you, so probably not an issue. Subaru probably hopes to keep using the 4-spd AT rather than 5-spd AT until their CVT is ready.

    If it were me, and I wasn't in a rush but wanted to own a new Forester sometime before mid-summer, I'd place my order now to get one just how I want it. Only reason I'd wait would be to have the All-Weather Package (avail. in June) if I were getting a Premium.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    what's in the all weather package, jeffmc? If it's better defrosters and stuff, then yes, I will wait. I can use those here in Portland.
  • mfletou1mfletou1 Posts: 508
    Well, that's not a fair comparison though..2006 CR-V is not the current generation, there was a new vehicle for 2007 that is substantially more polished. You have to compare that car to the previous gen Forester.

    I don't know which one is better between the 2008 Honda and the 2009 Subaru. I stand by my observation on the interior, though.
  • tkaytkay Posts: 99
    You are right on the 06.But I made a mistake in saying it was an 06. It is an 07 get confused with 09 coming out in early 09. Seemed like my CR-V was older, but one thing that I dislike is how the rear seats fold up,takes away room that I need. But the CR-V is a great vehicle, and Forester new design,longer wider seems to help the ride. Tuff Call!!!!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Comparisons to the CR-V are inevitable. That and the RAV4 will probably be cross-shopped most often.

    I did notice some cost cutting, like the mouse fur headliner, the plasticky sun visors, and thin carpeting on the 09 Forester I test drove. For the most part, though, that's par for this class.

    Also, I wonder if the LL Bean and XT Limited models will get some upgrades in that regard? I've seen pre-production models that indeed had different materials in those places.

    So as far as interior material quality, just because you've seen one model, don't assume that all are the same. Check out the specific model you are shopping for.

    I'll have to check out the CR-V again to compare the interior. I doubt it hurts that they use the platform for the RD-X, but then again, the CR-V is a de-contented RD-X, if you look at it that way.

    One pet peeve I have with Hondas is the dead pedal - or more precisely the lack thereof. Does the new CR-V have one? The old one didn't, nor did the Odyssey IIRC.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    I don't remember any dead pedal being in the '08 CRV I drove.

    As for interiors, the '08 CRV seems a little more refined than the'09 ForesterXT, and a __lot__ more refined than the '08 Forester.

    As for responsiveness while driving, both '08 CRV and '09 Forester XT responded quickly to accelerator input (the CRV shifted more quickly), but the "09 Forester, while it didn't make a fuss about it, accelerated very quickly as well.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's almost an entirely different seating position for some Hondas. You sit like you would on top of a bar stool, with your feet pointing down.

    On most Subarus your feet are out in front of you. I guess a dead pedal is more necessary.

    Still, my Toyota van has a Honda style seating position (very upright) yet it still offers a nice dead pedal.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Subaru's all weather package (AWP) consists of heated side mirrors, heated seats and heating element in the windshield.

    -Frank
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Subaru CAN'T get the climate control right. Even in 2008, it's still crappy. You're better off without it.

    The version in my 92 SVX worked flawlessly
    The version in my 05 LGT works flawlessly
    Never had a problem with the HVAC in any of my other subies either:
    94 Legacy Turbo (Took out the AC when we converted it to a race car last year)
    96 Impreza L (Took out the AC when that was converted to a race car about 6 years ago)
    88 XT6 (Working when sold at 150k miles)
    91 XT6 (Working when sold at 135k miles)
    97 Legacy L (Working when sold at 120k miles)

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    I'm not a fan of automatic climate controls, probably because I hate it when the fan is on full blast (too noisy) which seems to occur often with those systems. In any case, I'm perfectly happy manually operating the climate controls :P

    -Frank
  • Does Navigation have rear view camera function?
    Thanks!

    I am considering Honda CRV & Forester.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm not a fan of automatic climate controls, probably because I hate it when the fan is on full blast (too noisy) which seems to occur often with those systems. In any case, I'm perfectly happy manually operating the climate controls

    -Frank


    Roll up windows too?
    Rear Drum Brakes?
    Automatic Transmissions?
    CD/Tape/MP3 Players?

    Hee Hee, automatic climate control is coming and will eventually be as common as Air Conditioning in cars....

    Heck the nice thing about the subies is you can manual control the automatic settings so it's not really an issue.

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Roll up windows too?
    Rear Drum Brakes?
    Automatic Transmissions?
    CD/Tape/MP3 Players?


    Apples and oranges for the most part... except for automatic transmissions. And of course I insist on only driving manual transmissions :P

    Heck the nice thing about the subies is you can manual control the automatic settings so it's not really an issue.

    Which is exactly what I do ;)

    -Frank
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Why not roll up windows? That's even an HVAC issue :) And heck the switches and motors are more likely to break than a crank up window!

    :)

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    ..compared to the Forester, that is...

    Wrt turbos, the Forester turbo seems quicker _and_ gets better (or at worst the same) fuel economy.
    It has VDC and most of the other features of the Outback Turbo.
    It has auto climate, power seat,etc.
    It has more passenger room.

    So I wonder what the remaining selling points of the Outback are? All I can think of is nicer interior and different styling.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    At first glance it doesn't seem like much, but then it starts to add up... if you're comparing XT Ltd models, in addition to your points Outback has longer cargo area, engine temp gauge, SI Drive, 5-spd AT, availability of manual tranny, turn signal mirrors, power passenger seat, aluminum sill plate covers for all 4 doors & the hatch, halogen projector headlights, greater tow rating, rear LSD, and woodgrain trim (though that feature could be a negative just as easily).
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
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  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    Good points, and at least where I am shopping, the Outback XT is selling for about a grand more than the Forester XT. Not much difference in cost.

    other differences (comments?):

    Framed glass in Forester, open glass in Outback
    A bit more room around the Accelerator pedal in Outback than Forester
    Cleaner underside on Forester than Outback.
    No tail-happy handling on Forester .vs. Outback
    Different front seats and seat padding (I'm not sure where the Forester Power seat came from - it seems pretty comfy, possibly better than Outback's).

    As you mentioned, Outback has SI controls (Japanese Foresters apparently have this too). But not sure what benefit it is... SI either neuters the car (why does intelligent mode __cut__ maximum power rather than just roll off response?), or makes it hair-trigger (Sport Sharp). And yes Outback headlights are projectors, but their sharp cutoff is annoying rather than helpful.

    Not an easy choice, but for me, decider will be if Outback proves less responsive than the Forester (by responsiveness, I mean the drive system responding to the driver's input (pressing accelerator, shifting trans)) then the Forester will win out.
    I don't want the car taking a while to make up its mind when I have to pass somebody!

    BTW:
    Would be really nice if some folks from Subaru would join in the chat. I saw the last chat like that's dated around 2002 - a long time ago.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I asked, and nope. A mistake IMO.

    Even though rear visibility is excellent, i.e. the low rear window line lets you see everything in traffic, it would still be good to have a backup cam to help me line up a trailer, for instance.

    Not 100% necessary, but it would be nice, and it cannot cost more than $100. That's what they're sold for when sold seperately.
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