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#3184 of 3747 Update on Rear Fender Protector TSB
Apr 06, 2009 (9:28 pm)
Here is an update to my previous posts regarding the paint-chipping I experienced
on my 09 Forester X Premium.
After noticing (thanks to a heads up in this forum) that my Forester had
chipped paint in the rear fender areas (just in front of the rear wheels), I printed out
the TSB and made a service apptmnt at the dealership in Portland where I purchased the vehicle. The service mgr confirmed that I had paint chipping inside (but NOT outside!) the area of the larger clear plastic film fender protectors that were phased into production in Q1 2008, and requested warranty repair authorization from SOA. About 2 weeks later, the dealer had the auth and the repair
work was scheduled. It took 5 days to prep, repaint, dry, and install new, larger
plastic film protectors. The dealer gave me a loaner car at no charge for the week.
The repair work seems to have been done properly (ie the paint match is good and
the plastic film has no bubbles, etc).
Bottom Line: I wish it hadn't been necessary to have my brand new car in the body shop getting painted...and I maintain my reservations concerning the quality and
long term durability of the Forester's sheetmetal and paint finish. BUT - at least
Subaru recognized there was a problem, fixed it for future production, and stepped up and did what they could to make my early production vehicle right. I give them
praise for that, and barring any additional issues, my brand loyalty remains on
the plus side with Subaru.
#3185 of 3747 2009 cabin air filter
Apr 09, 2009 (7:25 am)
Has anyone changed the cabin air filter in their 2009 Forester? I'm having trouble removing the glove box. The directions in the manual seem incomplete. From what I've read, in previous years you release the retaining rod, squeeze the sides and pull it out. The sides on mine seem fairly rigid though, and I want to avoid cracking the plastic. Do the hinges release somehow?
#3186 of 3747 Re: 2009 cabin air filter [sflora]
Apr 09, 2009 (2:37 pm)
Yes, the directions are rather vague as to what position the glove box door needs to be in.
What seems to work for me is (warning: this is suggestion only - am not responsible for any damage that may happen):
Open the glove box door and disconnect the damper on the right side of the door (illustrations are in manual)
Close the door a bit (but not completely) and then pull straight up and slightly back until the door's hinge clamps pop off their hinge rails. This popping off will be pretty abrupt.
You can access the cabin air filter by squeezing 4 tabs inward on the front of the filter's cover.
The filter will then slide straight out.
I cleaned mine with a trusty vacuum cleaner (it's only a pleated mesh screen).
Reverse steps to put everything back together.
Or you can ask your friendly service tech to show you how.
#3187 of 3747 Forester with Leather and Stick?
Apr 09, 2009 (5:55 pm)
Is it possible to get a 2009 Forester with leather interior and a stick shift?
Ideally I'd like a Forester XT Premium with stick.
Any chance of this for 2010? Or anything beyond an X Premium with stick?
#3188 of 3747 Re: Forester with Leather and Stick? [nowakj66]
Apr 09, 2009 (6:51 pm)
Subaru had little luck selling XT's with sticks, and stick was dropped for 2009.
However, the year-long howl of enthusiasts may bring stick back for 2010
There's the X-Limited, which has everything the XT has, minus fog lights and turbo.
#3189 of 3747 from 2009 NW Auto show wrt 2010 Forester
Apr 10, 2009 (8:34 am)
Part of Edmunds Outback report contained this:
Unfortunately, Subaru won't be putting the six-speed manual and CVT into the Impreza and Forester for 2010. Company officials tell us the switch might not come until those models get full redesigns.
#3190 of 3747 Re: Forester with Leather and Stick? [kurtamaxxxguy]
Apr 10, 2009 (9:26 am)
Looks like the highest Trim Forester available with stick is the X Premium with weather package.
Once you go Limited with Leather it switches to auto tranny.
#3191 of 3747 Re: from 2009 NW Auto show wrt 2010 Forester [kurtamaxxxguy]
Apr 10, 2009 (9:27 am)
I'd be happy with 5 MT and leather. . . . .
#3192 of 3747 Re: Forester with Leather and Stick? [kurtamaxxxguy]
Apr 10, 2009 (9:55 am)
The X- Limited comes with fog lights.
#3193 of 3747 Re: Forester with Leather and Stick? [red927]
Apr 10, 2009 (11:36 am)
The X- Limited comes with fog lights.
Looks like X-L equipment list changed (some time back it didn't have fog lights).
Good to know.