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2009 Subaru Forester



  • pgb0517pgb0517 Posts: 84
    Thanks to all who responded on the Sportshift. It's been very enlightening. Guess I'll play with it sometime when I'm feeling ... sporty.
  • phdhuskyphdhusky Posts: 64
    When going around 65 I think the rpms are ~2500. You don't notice the engine rpms though and it is very comfortable. My gf drives a 2007 Cr-V and I drove that car around for a whole year. I can tell you that the Forester is more fun to drive than the CRV. You get a better 4WD system and no torque steer. The 4 speed vs 5 speed makes little difference in driver feel to me. You will feel like you are sitting higher in the CRV and lower and more carlike in the Forester. There are trade offs with both cars but I have been very satisfied with my Forester and I didn't want to buy the CRV as it is marketed toward mid 30's women with children and I am 21.

    The best thing is to go look at both cars and see how they feel to you. Send me a msg and I can elaborate on the issue.
  • birdboybirdboy Posts: 158
    For those still considering the Forester, I have owned one for a month thus far. Except for the cost cutting interior , in my opinion, I am very happy with the drive. Last night on a 3 hour Thruway trip upstate @60-65mph, I averaged between 29-31 mpg . This is the third trip with this milage and it still is brand new.
  • Replying to myself, I experimented last night with whether, by using Sportshift, you can start in 2nd (handy for snow starts). The answer: yes, but there's a trick to it. When in Sportshift the car does automatically downshift to 1st when you stop, but if you then bump the shift forward it will go into 2nd and start from there. Be aware that because of the gear ratio it gets going really slow in 2nd, but on a very slick surface I bet it would be great.
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    All my automatic Foresters since 2001 have started in 2nd when that is chosen. I guess that with the new Sportshift there is no "2" to select anymore, true?
  • Exactly--it's only P, R, N and D is at the bottom now, with the Sportshift slot to the left of that.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    very useful to know wrt the sportshift, thanks.

    My CR-V test drive suggested CR-V has somewhat nicer interior, but was not all that responsive despite the 5-speed (one pro review commented its trans doesn't use 4th gear all that much). CR-V ride was also much firmer than Foresters'.
    CR-V AWD, from videos I've seen, is weaker coping with hills than the Forester system is.

    However, CR-V is a tiny bit faster and gets a bit more fuel economy per Motor Trend's recent 2008 comparo.
  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302
    Remember kids, the 09's all have TC so I highly doubt you'd need to play with starting in L2 in slippery conditions. We'll have to see how she fares in real world ice or deep snow. Hopefully it's better than the Toyota set-up which favours not moving at all to spinning the wheels. There have been numerous complaints about that.
    On my test drive I took the F9 to a moderate uphill on loose gravel road. From a stop I floored it and it just pulled away at an initially moderate rate of acceleration with barely a sound. Beyond the lack of pebbles flying everywhere, I was most impressed by how smooth it was. Prior experience in the Highlander and CR-V and older Jetta gave the sense of the car fighting against you and against itself whilst the warning light and beeper screamed at you. Nothing like that with Forester. To be fair, the CR-V was the last gen. and I didn't take the new one to that spot but I don't think the AWD and TC have changed since 06.
  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,302
    I think the Motor Trend article compared FWD CR-V to the AWD Forester. EPA numbers for F09 vs AWD CRV are identical, and the acceleration for the AWD tends to hover around 10 sec for 0-60. So apples to apples the X is equally as fast and equally efficient.
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    I would say that is true. Here in this part of New England (MA) our snow tends to have a high moisture content, rarely light and fluffy. I have never had a problem with up to 9 or 10 inches of snow, even just leaving it in "drive", and I don't have TC. After that the front end tends to lift a bit, losing traction because of the ground clearance, but that seems to be due to the engine compartment shield that is no longer used on the 09.

    The only time I have ever got stuck was in 14" of very dense snow when I got high-centered because of the shield. Removing a few shovels of snow from under the shield brought me back in contact with the road and off I went.

    I have used "2" more when I want more control, no upshifts or downshifts while already moving. It also gives great control when approaching a corner and you want to slow a little but not use the brakes. Very much like a manual transmission.

    Areas with no other traffic or obstacles can be a lot of fun in the snow with a Soob! :)
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    There is worse pricing pain for Subaru buyers than in Canada.

    The roughly $29,500 Forester XT I bought here would have set me back $47,697.63 in Australia. :surprise:

    Blame their import tariffs and additional distributor markup.

    It's not the currency...aussie dollars are very close to USA dollars right now.
  • irollitirollit Posts: 20
    I just purchased a 2009 Forester 2.5X Limited with a moon roof. It will be here by the end of June. I ordered the "bubble" air deflector, thinking it would make less noise with it. Now I wonder if the mileage will be affected.

    I have read of people getting more than the 20-26 mph listed on the sticker. I do not want to jeopardize the great mileage that the Forester is capable of giving us.

    Does anyone have experience with the "bubble"air deflector and decreased mileage?
  • irollitirollit Posts: 20
    What are Subaru bucks? I asked for a rebate or incentives but got a negative answer when purchasing a 2009 Forester.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    If you have a Subaru Credit card, issued by Chase Bank (I think) your purchases on the card accru Subaru Bucks.
    Would suggest you read the application carefully - there are some potential gotchas from Chase.
  • board_jayboard_jay Posts: 22

    My 2009 Forrester Premium 2.5X w/all weather is due in at the end of June. I have been looking to see if there are any window side deflectors available for it yet for the front windows? I have had them on all vehicles I've ever owned and will miss them! Thanks.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Subaru of America is notoriously skimpy with the available accessory choices. Many Subaru enthusiasts end up ordering items from the accessories catalog Subaru offers to its customers in Japan. A reputable website for that is here's a link to their page with Forester interior/exterior accessories (there are other categories as well). Looks like a full set of the door visors runs about 23,700 Yen or $220 US. Good luck! - er=&volkey=
  • A lot of cool stuff on particularly like the "Center Corn Sole Pocket".

    Anybody know if the HID bulbs would work with the US headlight system?
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,747
    Weather Tech makes side window deflectors..they advertise extensively in Car and Driver and other automag pubs.
  • mwasnidgemwasnidge Posts: 28
    Maybe keep your eye on this thread: 66/

    US vendors are trying to get supplied through SOJ.
  • mwasnidgemwasnidge Posts: 28
    Anyone know what the moonroof air deflector will look like with the aero crossbars? Is it feasible to have both and not be too crowded up there?
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