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#3322 of 3748 bearing note and recall note
May 31, 2009 (9:19 am)
The Forester XT went on "stop sale" alert early in 2008 because some turbo engines were discovered to have bad bearings. Subaru issued a dealer check kit to test oil for excessive bearing wear. It seems some of them got missed as, aside from posts here, '09 Subaru Forester XT Reviews on Edmunds have several customers suffering from blown engines.
The other known engine problem is Recall ID 08V460000 and reads as follows:
SEP 11, 2008
2009 SUBARU FORESTER
SUBARU IS RECALLING 16,715 MY 2007-2008 LEGACY SEDANS AND WAGONS, MY 2008 IMPREZA SEDANS AND WAGONS, AND MY 2009 FORESTER VEHICLES. SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE THE CYLINDER HEAD-SIDE OIL SUPPLY PIPE AND TURBOCHARGER-SIDE PIPE IMPROPERLY ASSEMBLED.
VIBRATION WOULD OCCUR WHILE DRIVING AND, OVER TIME, COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN CRACKING THE PIPE WHICH WOULD ALLOW OIL TO LEAK. IF LEAKING OIL CONTACTS COMPONENTS OPERATING AT HIGH TEMPERATURES, AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE COULD OCCUR.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT FOR CRACKING OR AN OIL LEAK AT THE OIL SUPPLY PIPE AT THE CYLINDER HEAD-SIDE. AN ADDITIONAL BRACKET WILL BE INSTALLED TO INCREASE RIGIDITY OF THE PIPE AND THE PIPE ASSEMBLY WILL BE REPLACED WITH A MODIFIED PART. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 20, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected:
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. WVF-16
#3323 of 3748 dashboard distraction
Jun 01, 2009 (1:39 pm)
We like our new 2009 Forester. Except we find the two vertical fake brushed aluminum moldings to be distracting on the dash. Especially with the sun roof cover moved back. The brightness is distracting. Anybody else notice this? I don't want to paint it over, since its a lease.
Any ideas on how to reduce the glare without damaging the paint on the fake aluminum?
I notice that the high end model with leather seats has the vertical strips in fake wood veneer, less distracting. But we have the middle model with fake brushed aluminum.
#3324 of 3748 Are there any closed storage areas, besides the console?
Jun 01, 2009 (4:51 pm)
I just upgraded from an '01 Forester to an '09 XT, and I love it!! One thing I'm missing is storage with covers. My '01 had a small compartment on my door, another one to the left of the steering wheel column, and a larger one on the dash. I can't find any in the '09, besides the big console. Are there any small closed compartments within reach of the driver?
I really love the storage under the floor in the back. I'm able to stow my headrests there, since I need to remove them for car seats (for top tether use). I can also store my extra diaper bag there without taking up room elsewhere. Big thumbs up!
#3325 of 3748 annoying rattles
Jun 02, 2009 (5:19 pm)
happy to share that I have gotten rid of two rattles so far. I found that the rear seat locks had some play and creaked a bit. I used some foam to make a more snug fit. Creaks are gone. I also unscrewed and lowered the sunglass holder to find a large plastic connector rattling up there. Again used foam. rattle gone. I still have to get rid of the sunroof deflector rattle and the headliner rattle in the rear part of the sunroof.
I hope that someone from Subaru is reading this so that they can address these nuisance rattles.
#3326 of 3748 Re: Are there any closed storage areas, besides the console? [calessan]
Jun 04, 2009 (7:31 am)
My '98 Forester was amazing with its seemingly endless little cubbies, including one on each of all 4 door handles. Many were too small to be useful, but it was still nice to have places to store a pocket knife, small flashlights, or headphones for my cell phone. I miss those a bit.
Thanks for the tip on the headrest, I think our kids are too short (will measure) and it may aid visibility to remove them.
Jun 04, 2009 (11:02 am)
...is apparently the same as the 2009 Forester.
My servicing dealer got a 2010 in and could find no changes from 2009.
Some of the options packages are different, and hopefully some of the TSB's have been addressed.
#3328 of 3748 Re: 2010 forester [kurtamaxxxguy]
Jun 04, 2009 (11:10 am)
The models with GPS now get Bluetooth standard.
The X Premium model gets a power driver's seats.
Blink and you'll miss all the changes. At least they didn't cut out content, and in another thread someone mentioned prices did not go up.
#3329 of 3748 Re: Blown Forester Engine [subparu]
Jun 04, 2009 (5:05 pm)
I moved away from Plattsburgh in 96- sorry about your Forester engine
I just got the 2009 All weather premium package a month ago and it rides like a dream- had my last one for 8 years
Hope you'll be back on the road soon-past the old Valcour is my favorite road
#3331 of 3748 Re: 2010 Forester brochure now online [rsholland]
Jun 05, 2009 (7:23 am)
There's a new red color - Paprika Red Pearl. It comes in gray cloth on the X, black on the XT, and black leather in both Limiteds.
Anyone catch any other changes?