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#3735 of 3748 Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters
Sep 28, 2012 (10:54 am)
Well after looking on and off at new cars for right about a year, I finally placed an order on a 2013 Forester on the last day possible. Subaru cut off factory orders a week ago in order for them to retool the assembly line for the 2014 redesigned Forester which goes on sale in November in Japan and in early 2014 in the US. Yes you read that correctly, the 2013s which only hit the lots in August, are already on the way out.
Based upon the early leaked info on the 2014s, I think I'm okay with getting the old model. While it never won any styling awards, I've always liked the utility-oriented body style and dislike the current trend towards swoopy and rounded with its associated loss of interior volume and driver visibility.
So anyway, this will be my 3rd Forester and will make it one from each generation. And who knows, maybe I'll get the next generation Forester in a few years when Subaru finally brings the STi version to the US
#3736 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [p0926]
Sep 28, 2012 (11:20 am)
You and Bob both!
Now all 3 of us have the current gen in our fleets!
#3737 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [p0926]
Sep 28, 2012 (11:37 am)
Which one did you get Frank? We got the Premium w/AWP, 4EAT. The color is Sage Green. It's a real nice car. Just had the factory trailer hitch installed.
Almost now wished we had gotten one with the AWP Plus package (adds upgraded radio w/rear camera, fogs), but Deb didn't want to spend the money, and this is her ride.
#3738 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [rsholland]
Sep 28, 2012 (12:24 pm)
Bob - Sweet!
I thought I had my choices of a new car narrowed down to the Audi Q5, Acura MDX or a BMW X3 and since the Acura was $5k less than the other 2, I was just about ready to buy one. But then I took one last look at the Forester.
Juice, you remember back when the X3s came out and there was the constant back and forth over whether it was worth the 50% more than the Forester? Well that all came back to me when I realized that a comparably equipped X3 is still almost exactly 50% more than a Forester. Of course I've come to appreciate the X3 more and realize that you do get a nicer car but I still kept asking myself if it was really THAT much nicer and did I really NEED those extra bells a whistles. The answer was of course, no I don't.
Anyway, since I was in the market for a luxury compact SUV, I decided to at least spoil myself with a loaded XT Touring: Nav, sport grill, puddle lights, interior footwell illumination, trailer hitch, etc.
#3739 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [p0926]
Sep 28, 2012 (12:28 pm)
I do, it wasn't even a "vs." thread, just a general crossover one that focused on the better performing ones (CX7, RD-X, X3, Forester, Vue Redline).
Back then the X3 had a really harsh ride so I wasn't a huge fan, but they improved the ride over time. Haven't sampled the new one, but price has really crept up, especially with options. They start at $38k but it's closer to $50k equipped.
Yours is loaded up, you lucky duck! Our 09 is a Limited but not a turbo, no Navi. Touring didn't even exist back then.
We should all show up to the next gathering in Foresters, that would be a hoot!
When will it arrive? 6-8 weeks, I guess?
#3740 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [p0926]
Sep 28, 2012 (2:01 pm)
Congrats, Frank! That sounds like a sweet ride. Are you trading out your current XT? If I recall correctly, your current one is MT?
#3741 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [p0926]
Sep 28, 2012 (4:19 pm)
Nice Frank. Would love hear feedback on the nav. What dealer did you get it from? Byer Subaru?
#3742 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [rsholland]
Sep 28, 2012 (6:29 pm)
Bob - Yes Beyer Subaru
Juice - They estimate 6-8 weeks but don't know for sure. I was surprised when they told me it could be that fast. Back in 2000 when I last did a factory order it was 10-12 weeks.
Wes - Yes I have a 2004 XT MT. I guess I'll sell it I really wanted to get another performance oriented MT SUV but you ca't find one anymore in the US. I even talked talked to an after-market shop about the possibility of dropping a MT into a new XT or buying a MT Forester Premium and adding a turbo but they didn't recommend either option. I guess cars today are too complicated to swap out components like we use to be able to do.
#3743 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [p0926]
Sep 28, 2012 (10:44 pm)
BUT in a few years you could always drop an STi engine and/or drivetrain in and then have the best of both worlds. Have read a couple of threads about that wholesale swap into Imprezas. Should bolt right up to the Forester.
#3744 of 3748 Re: Just ordered the last of the 09-13 Foresters [p0926]
Sep 28, 2012 (11:43 pm)
Still waiting for a reply from Subaru about my clutch along with two Subaru service managers. They acknowledged my letter (15 /9/12 ) and said they would reply shortly. Having considered a number of SUV's many without spare wheals I find the diesel Forrester very competitive - it just needs a functional clutch. Is your new acquisition Diesel, or is it too cold in your part of the world for such luxuries?