Last post on Oct 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM
You are in the Subaru Forester
What is this discussion about?
Subaru Forester, Future Vehicle, Wagon
#573 of 3748 Re: 2008 or 2009 Forester [rsholland]
Mar 24, 2008 (3:32 pm)
Thanks for the valuable insight. Sounds like the general consensus is that the '09 Forester is a leap forward. The dealer sales reps think the 2009 is better. Everything I have read says that the 2009 is better. And the Subaru Crew says 2009 is better. That's pretty much unanimous in favor of the 2009. The only nod to the 2008 I am reading is that perhaps it is more unique among the small SUVs. But from what I gather, the 2009 still has all of the best Subaru genes, AWD, same boxer engine, but just bigger, quieter and better looking. I will test drive both the 2.5X and the XT, to see if I simply must have the extra speed. I wonder if they will have any first year kinks to work out?? The Japanese manufacturers are pretty good at getting it right the first time.
I don't have any Subaru bucks you have discussed here. I definitely need one of those credit cards. I will most likely wait a few months before getting the '09. Hopefully Subaru will come up with some incentives after the '08's are cleared out. My 2001 Trooper is still rock solid with only 59,000 miles. I really will hate to let it go when the time comes. It does not have 4WD but I don't need it here in Florida anyway. I have never taken it off road except for a dirt parking lot where it performed admirably. Unfortunately, I checked insurance rates. It would cost an extra $950/yr to keep the Trooper on the policy.
Paisan, you used to be on the Trooper forum, no?
#574 of 3748 Re: Temp (paisan) [tkay]
Mar 24, 2008 (3:42 pm)
On the '09 the temp light is a small thermometer, located just to the lower right of the Tachometer's center pointer hub.
Ouch wrt the Buzzard - best wishes that the shop gets your ride fixed up right!
Hopefully the deer in our neighborhoods don't decide to jump out when I go by at night!
#575 of 3748 I see the LIGHT (Kurtamaxxxguy)
Mar 24, 2008 (4:05 pm)
Yep, I noticed it just now (it looks like a blue candle) after a few minutes it went out. Hallelujah!!!!! Thanks for the info..... have to be careful at dusk and dawn because we have plenty of deer also..
#576 of 3748 Re: Temp (paisan) [kurtamaxxxguy]
Mar 24, 2008 (4:55 pm)
Erach! Would that just figure?! Hahaha, I was certain that a moose was going to jump in front of me when I bought my '07 Outback last year and drove it home from Anchorage. Happily, I made it home with no problems aside from the car's lack of a block heater and the temperature in Fairbanks at -40 that night.
#578 of 3748 Re: 2008 or 2009 Forester [tntmyth]
Mar 24, 2008 (6:00 pm)
TNTMyth, I loved my trooper! Cool to see other trooper owners still out there. A Forester while not a Trooper will provide a similarly reliable life as the trooper should have for you!
PS: Wanna sell your trooper?
#579 of 3748 Forester vs. CR-V
Mar 24, 2008 (7:19 pm)
So I've been cross shopping the CR-V and new Forester a little bit.
Its obvious to me that Subaru used the CR-V as its price point and packaging competition.
The Forester 2.5X Premium compares to the CR-V EX AWD, and the LL Bean compares to the EX-L. Price wise, they are literally within a few hundred of each other. The CRV EX AWD is going for invoice, give or take a few hundred $23,000...which is exactly the same as the Forester 2.5x Premium. Now at that price point, I think the CR-V wins in terms of feature content--the CR-V comes with a much better radio and a few other little bells and whistles.
And the higher end, the CRV EX-L AWD goes for right around $25. We'll see what the LL Bean Subie goes for. The EX-L CRV comes with a 270 watt stereo system, so it beats for the Forester in that department. The auto climate system is a bit more sophisticated, with digital readouts also...I think its fair to say the interior is a bit classier.
So my conclusion is that in order to stay competitive, Subaru will have to sell these for a little less than Honda's pricepoint...which should mean discounts on the Foresters.
#580 of 3748 Re: Forester vs. CR-V [mfletou1]
Mar 24, 2008 (7:37 pm)
It's not so clear to me that the CR-V wins in terms of feature content. Features that an LL Bean has that a CR-V EX-L lacks include:
-mute button on the steering wheel controls
-manual and sport modes on the automatic
-rear fold out tray and cup holders
-front and rear wiper de-icers
-more horsepower and torque
-weighs 180 lbs less
-greater ground clearance
-better rear visibility
-greater cargo accessibility
-more passenger room
-Radio Data System
-four setting heated seats
Instead, I would say that the '09 Forester is a serious threat to the CR-V and Honda should be nervous.
#582 of 3748 Re: Forester vs. CR-V [h2k2f2]
Mar 24, 2008 (8:06 pm)
I have been shopping the CR-V vs Forester vs RAV4 as well. IMHO, the CR-V may have a slight edge on interior quality for fit and finish. But the Forester has more comfortable seats and interior quality is still very close to the CR-V. Regarding features, it's really subjective. For example I prefer the center console that the Forester has over the fold out tray on the CR-V. And I would rather have the fold down rear seats of the Forester over the tumble forward rear seat design on the CR-V. Alows for loading longer stuff. Better rear visibility on the Forester. Engine and AWD are better in the Subaru. One important feature decision for me is...If I were out in a snow storm, I'd rather be in the Forester. Both are obviously reliable vehicles. Depends what you need the vehicle for and the weather where you live. Enjoy taking the time to compare all the details and really decide which is best for you.