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#2586 of 3748 2009 SUBARU FORESTER
Nov 06, 2008 (6:48 pm)
I am thinking about trading my 2002 Toyota Highlander 4cyl AWD for a 2009 Forester. I have had no problem with my Toyota it now has 105,000 miles but think this would be a good time. Everything I read about the Subaru's makes me wonder if I would regret this. I am concerned about the engine issue's in the past, and head gasket problem. I did test drive the Forester and really liked it! My other option is to wait for the Toyota Venza. Help! what do you think
#2587 of 3748 Re: 2009 SUBARU FORESTER [amiller1]
Nov 07, 2008 (7:31 am)
If you are used to larger vehicle then you might want to wait for Venza, which is more like Camry-based SUV and much bigger than Forester.
Subaru supposedly addressed the engine gasket issues around 2003.
#2588 of 3748 Cargo net installation problem
Nov 07, 2008 (7:35 am)
For my new 2009 Forester X w/premium, I separately bought a side cargo net from the parts department. The instructions tell you to drill holes where you find indicator spots (dimpled non-textured areas) on the side plastic. Using a magnifying glass I could not find any dimpled spots to drill. For now I just lay the net on the floor attached to the already installed bottom hooks, but there must be a proper solution.
Has anyone else self-installed the cargo nets on a 2009?
Do you just randomly drill holes in the general location of the net perimeter to screw in the anchors?
#2589 of 3748 Re: 2009 SUBARU FORESTER [amiller1]
Nov 07, 2008 (9:27 am)
Here on Edmunds we did observe lots of head gasket failures but nearly all of them were pre-2002 or so.
They went to a revised gasket material during the 2002 model year, as a running change.
The last generation Forester came out for MY2003 and did not show that pattern of problems, so I believe that issue is well behind them now - a whole generation later.
#2590 of 3748 Re: 2009 SUBARU FORESTER [amiller1]
Nov 07, 2008 (10:26 am)
Everything I read about the Subaru's makes me wonder if I would regret this.
What exactly have you read and when was it written? As has been pointed out, the head gasket issue was addressed 6 years ago and that's the only "engine issue" that I'm aware of. I haven't seen much in the way of complaints since then.
#2591 of 3748 Re: 2009 SUBARU FORESTER [kurtamaxxxguy]
Nov 07, 2008 (10:29 am)
Kurt- Remeber that just like the Forester, the Highlander has grown in size over the years. I'd have to check but the 09 Forester is probably fairly close in size to the 02 Highlander.
#2592 of 3748 Re: 2009 SUBARU FORESTER [p0926]
Nov 07, 2008 (1:40 pm)
From how stuff works.com: some Specs for the 2002 Toyota Highlander:
Wheelbase, in. 106.9
Overall Length, in. 184.4
Overall Width, in. 71.9
Overall Height, in. 66.1
Curb Weight, lbs. 3715
Cargo Volume, cu. ft. 81.4
Highlander's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produced 155 horsepower, while the 3.0 liter V6 generated 220 hp
Yes, pretty close to the '09 Forester (Highlander has more cargo space), and smaller than the current Outback.
#2593 of 3748 Would you buy a Subaru Forester again??
Nov 08, 2008 (8:14 am)
I need help about buying a Forester. I have never owned a Subaru and looking for some feedback on the pro's and con's. Is it as great as they say driving in the snow?? Are they as reliable as Consumer Reports indicate?? Do they have more or less problems than other similar SUV's ??? Wagons?? Maybe I am looking too much into this, its just with prices the way they are and I tend to keep my vehicles on a average of 7yrs I want to know as much as I can. So please whatever feedback would be very very appreciated.
#2594 of 3748 Re: Would you buy a Subaru Forester again?? [amiller1]
Nov 08, 2008 (9:31 am)
We currently have 2 Foresters and since 2001 have had 5. These all have been the most reliable and trouble-free vehicles we have owned, and since we have each been driving more than 40 years have owned a lot of vehicles. My wife's first Forester (2001) is still in the family and has continued to be without any issues. My brother has a Forester (2008) as does one of my wife's cousins (2002) , and her other cousin has a Legacy. None of us have had any real problems, and have come to expect that excellent value and service from Subaru.
We live in New England and have never had more competent vehicles for our Winters. We have a long driveway, about 100 ft., that rises to the street. Before our Subarus we had a hard time getting out to the street if there was more than a few inches of show. Now, we just drive right out to the street with no fanfare, even with 8" to 10". The AWD coupled with very good ground clearance makes for an excellent combination. I also have a 4WD truck (Tundra) and it sits most of the Winter. If there were 15" of snow I would take the truck but outside of that the Forester gets the call. The Forester is especially good with changing road conditions, snow, bear, then ice. It just takes it all in stride. No white-knuckle concerns.
My wife currently has a 2005 and she will be up next for a new vehicle. She will not consider anything other than another Forester. She has been very critical of every vehicle she has owned but never has complained about her Foresters. That tells me a lot about the overall value and performance, especially since she is a bean-counter and things tend to be only black or white.
I hope some of this is helpful, and good luck with your decision.
#2595 of 3748 Re: Would you buy a Subaru Forester again?? [amiller1]
Nov 08, 2008 (9:34 am)
I own a 2005 Outback six cylinder which is giving me superb service. But if I were buying today, I would choose the Forester which is shorter for parking yet has more interior room than my Outback...and also gets better fuel economy. The Forester also has about a 2" higher seating position for a better view of the road ahead. I believe the rear hatch opening is also higher which would have made loading my new snow blower easier.