Last post on May 22, 2008 at 12:40 PM
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Subaru Forester, Car Buying, Wagon
#217 of 225 New Owner of 09 Forester
May 14, 2008 (4:46 pm)
Just wanted to introduce myself if you havn't seen me post.
Just got a new Sage Green 09 Forester AT Premium PZEV. It's got wheel arch moldings, sport grill, spoiler, cross bars, rear bumper cover, splash gaurds.
Been lots of fun so far even though only 200 miles
#218 of 225 long wait for side protectors
May 15, 2008 (5:42 am)
Looks like Subaru shipped the cars before the parts. Getting Subaru Door Protectors (lengthwise body colored protective strips) takes a month or more. Hopefully my subie will remain undinged until they arrive.
#219 of 225 Re: New Owner of 09 Forester [phdhusky]
May 15, 2008 (9:40 am)
Congrats, that sounds sweet.
I liked the green, but my wife has had 2 green cars in a row, so she opted for Blue.
#220 of 225 Body Side Molding (kurtamaxxxguy)
May 21, 2008 (1:41 am)
KMG are you installing the moldings or the dealer? What did they cost?.. Have you changed your mind on a 1st. year model ?
#221 of 225 Re: Body Side Molding (kurtamaxxxguy) [tkay]
May 21, 2008 (7:17 am)
dealer's doing it but parts are back ordered.
other than dash/headliner squeaks, Subaru seems to have done good job with '09 forester, better than other 1st year'ers I've owned.
May 21, 2008 (7:19 am)
Got my VON, so I called SoA to find out how I can track it from production to delivery. Hope to hear back from them soon.
#223 of 225 Re: '09 XT at around 1300 miles [kurtamaxxxguy]
May 21, 2008 (8:03 am)
Nice to hear you like your new car. Had you looked at other vehicles to compare before you bought this? If yes, why did you choose the Forester over the others?
We are looking at a Turbo Forester, Rav4, and RDX.
Any suggestions? Thanks!
#224 of 225 Re: '09 XT at around 1300 miles [redrose1]
May 21, 2008 (12:24 pm)
My observations for what they are worth (your mileage may differ )
Rav4V6 had nice engine and decent seats, but sluggish transmission, heavy-feeling handling, was noisy on Oregon roads, Fit/finish in back felt cheap, rear door promised to get in way of loading/unloading, no rear bumper. One advantage is it burns regular gas. With same options as Forester XT came out more expensive. Weak AWD compared to Subaru and others suggested I keep looking.
At auto shows and dealer walkthru, interiors felt cold and angular, though seating was good. At least $3000 more than Forester. Mileage is worse than Forester, and engine seems typical Honda (it lives for revs). Reading several reviews claiming RDX has harsh noisy ride , and only one Acura dealer nearby who came up medicore in BBB ratings, said it was time to move on.
#225 of 225 Re: '09 XT at around 1300 miles [kurtamaxxxguy]
May 22, 2008 (12:40 pm)
I love the 2GR V6, in fact I bought a Sienna and the engine was a big reason.
The RAV4 has the wrong-way swing out door that blocks the curb side, and poor visibility.
Honestly I preferred the Sienna. You can even get AWD. If you go with a Toyota at least sample the Sienna. Much more room, same price, nicer inside, power sliders, etc.
I know, I know, it's a minivan. We love ours.
We also have an 09 Forester on order.