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2009 Subaru Forester



  • I just bought the 2009 L.L. Bean Edition. :) I had a 2001 and 2005 Forester in the past and loved them. I finally decided to get the L.L. Bean edition. I did not get the nav. system (now I wished I had) but the radio sounds great but I would like to enhance it. I have read posts about subwoofers and tweeters. I am not sure how these work. Can someone please explain? I am a little nervous about adding things to my car. In the past, the service people have damage my car with scratches etc.... so I am a little nervous add these items. I am thinking about the Sirius radio. My car is pre-wired, so I have to buy the kit. Does anyone have Sirius radio? Is it worth it?
    Also I read that Subaru and L.L. Bean are not going to renew their partnership. I wonder why? :cry:
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    Thanks Frank. I knew it had been a while and didn't realize how long, but 2 years sounds right as I think about it. I had a disagreement with a host so it was easier to just go away, but I have missed the gang. :cry:

    Good to see the old-timers still here as well as all the new posters. This has always been a great group and an excellent place to share.

    You still have a great name! :)
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    In the 05 Forester it still mounts under the passenger seat

    :confuse: In my 04 the subwoofer is mounted in the left rear cargo comparment wall.

  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    Congrats on your purchase. What color? My wife likes the red Bean.

    Tweeters and the sub woofer are a great way to enhance the musical range of the sound system. The sub adds to the low frequencies, the bass, and the tweeters do the high frequencies. I have installed several of each myself because I always figure that no one works on my vehicles with the care I do.

    I just looked through the 09 accessory catalog and the tweeters look just like the ones I put into my 06. The car is pre-wired so accessories can be put in easily at the Port or the dealer. They go at the leading edge of the door where it meets the A pillar, just inside from the mirrors. There is a little cover that pops off and the wires are under that. The tweeters just snap into place after you plug the wires in, then the speaker grill snaps on to replace the dummy cover previously removed. The grill looks just like the dummy cover except for the small holes to let the sound out. This install is a piece of cake. If you can change a light bulb you can install them, really. The only tool needed is a small screwdriver to pop the dummy cover off, and you should put some tape over the tip so as not to scratch anything. That is the hardest part, and that is not hard.

    The catalog also says the sub still goes under the driver's seat. This is not pre-wired but everything needed comes with the sub, including excellent directions. This is a little more involved because the seat needs to be unbolted and tipped back so you can work under it. The wires get run inside the console and under the dash to the back of the radio where it gets plugged in. The electrical part is easy but the real work is running the wires. If one is handy it can be done in about 30 minutes, but is harder than changing a light bulb.

    The catalog says the part number for the sub is H630SSC000, and for the tweeter kit H6318SC000. It does say that the tweeter part number is for the X and the Premium, so you may want to inquire about the Bean, and what if anything is different.

    Good luck with your purchase!
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    That is strange. The part number for my wife's sub (H630SSA200) says it fits 03 to 05, and my 06 sub (H630SSA300) says 06 to 08. The subs look similar and both have the fork bracket, but her directions say passenger seat and mine says driver's seat. Hmmmmm...
  • samiam_68samiam_68 Posts: 775
    In the 05 Forester it still mounts under the passenger seat

    In my 04 the subwoofer is mounted in the left rear cargo comparment wall.

    The XT has it in the rear cargo area as standard equipment. The add-on subwoofer for non-XT models goes under the front seat.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Hey Frank...

    Aside from not being able to a get manual on the turbo, what do you think of the new Forester? Have you checked it out in the flesh and/or taken a test drive?

  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    Thanks for the info, that explains things.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,714
    The creaking/chirping in my '09 Foresters' front overhead light enclosure was a factory defect; cable covering that squeaked when rubbing roof, and lack of spacer between rear view mirror bracket and roof frame.
    I'm sure Subaru could come up with a more elegant fix than mine but my foam wraps around cable and between mirror bracket and roof have hopefully shuddup'ed the noise.
    There are still a few minor creaks/pops in dash over some bumps, but any car's going to make some noise over bumps. My former Maxx rattled a lot more than the Forester does, and my '03 Ions were buzz/rattle fests by comparison.

    The tweeters do add air to the sound. Good to know what is involved with Subwoofer install (a pity wiring has to be run, though).

    Apparently the suspensions are different between the X and XT series. The XT is more "sporting" and leans less in turns. IMHO, The XT ride's firm but not harsh - kinda like a WRX but with more suspension travel. The rear end tends to kick up its heels over speed bumps, though.
  • tkaytkay Posts: 99
    Hey! it worked. They (Subaru) must of got back to you and told you about the defect. Good for them. When I got my 09 Bean and discovered that moon roof, I was ecstatic.It sure beats the heck out of those 2 X 3 roofs most have. Gotta love that wind shield,well thought out.(my mileage is up 25MPG right now.(1500 miles)
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Aside from not being able to a get manual on the turbo

    Bob- Some aside... that's a deal killer for me :( Probably a good thing though since without the manual, I'm not tempted to want one :P Which is good news considering there's absolutely nothing wrong with my 04.

    I've not gone to look at one in person but from what I've read it sounds like they've made improvements in almost every area and my fears of the Forester losing some of its handling ability appear misplaced.

    Now if Subaru decides to re-offer the manual in the XTs in a year or two, then I'll be in big trouble :shades:

  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,714
    No, Subaru's said nothing in response to my describing my fix to them.
    They've been a fair number of hiccups on their my.subaru web site as well (having difficulty updating stuff, service contracts not being listed, etc.).
    Visiting some dealers for accessories, I've found they don't always have '09 parts lists.

    Perhaps the support infrastructure for this car's still evolving? :confuse:

    Wrt body-mounted rear-most door weatherstrips, they seem to be reforming to their original shape and are not being pitched by the added "wheel well" trim.

    I'm any other '09 Forester owners see a groove in this weatherstrip? The strips' grooving/additional lip starts from the lower rocker panel to about 6" above the rocker panel, then gradually blends into the weather stripping.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    I keep hearing rumors of an upcoming Forester STI—and that would likely have a 6-speed. ;) They've done it before, so there's no reason not to expect one in the future. Now they just need to bring it over here. -version-9646.jpg/photo/v./original.jpg

  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Yeah if they brought the Forester STi over here I'd really be in trouble!

    Anybody still have the link for the British car magazine comparison between the Forester STi and WRX STi? I'll never forget the woman driver's reaction to the acceleration and cornering of the Forester (to say she was surprised is an understatement).

  • Anyone have a pic of what the Sports grille looks like? Less chrome I hope!
  • skeletonskeleton Posts: 37
    Is Bluetooth included in the iPod kit?

    I was looking for Bluetooth but haven't seen it listed with any of the accessories.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    I have read a number of forums and participants and I have learn that many of them are like ‘mum’ or ‘grand ma’, i.e. It doesn’t matter what naughty the child is (i.e. vehicle) or how many faults the child (vehicle) has, ‘mum’ or ‘grand ma’ will always prise the child as faultless and look somewhere else for naughtiest child to justify the child faults. What lack is objectivity in judgments by fears to upset followers that want to read just one side of a coin?

    I have the most sympathy for owner of the new Forester who, perhaps of bad luck got in the first week of buying the vehicle some problems (little faults). I have also experienced these horrible disappointments that eat your flesh, just to be told by people, like here in this forum that he should be in high spirits with the rattles in his car, because many others vehicles has more rattles. Is this a consolation? Or more salt onto the wounds. Mates I have had a Hyundai Tucson for 3 years with more than 60K miles, and although the vehicle was not a proper off road I used the vehicle as a proper off road. Before I sold it I did not have any experience of any rattle and the vehicle was a Hyundai (supposed to be a junk vehicle).
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    Before I sold it I did not have any experience of any rattle and the vehicle was a Hyundai (supposed to be a junk vehicle).

    They are not junk, but there are people who have had their fair share of problems with Hyundais also. Citing Hyundai as an example of a shining star is perhaps the worst possible example. That's like saying I never had a gas tank explosing in my Pinto. :shades Unfortunately lately, no manufacturer, maybe except for Porsche is seems to be immune from issues.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    Sometimes I ask myself why all of this fuss about the Subaru reliability and its ‘Boxer’ horizontal engine (instead of vertical). The only advantage I can see is the center of gravity of the whole vehicle in comparison with the V6 or 6-in line or 4-cyl (vertical). There is, however, one point that is forgotten and this is the extra force of gravity on a horizontal piston edges that inexorably will eventually create problems in a boxer engine. This is what the physics law may say but I have seen few forums about the need to change piston rings after 80K miles for example. Subaru is an exclusive technological club and this is based fundamentally in its engine design that not body want to copy as a replacement if it is so great.
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