Last post on Oct 11, 2008 at 6:31 AM
You are in the Subaru Forester
What is this discussion about?
Subaru Forester, Wagon
#68 of 72 Re: My 2 cents.... [pharmd718]
Oct 06, 2008 (9:25 am)
When I bought my manual trans Forester XT, my commute was 90% hwy driving. Then I moved and my commute is now 95% city driving (albeit not congested Manhattan). However, I still enjoy driving the XT. I usually drive conservatively but it's nice on occasion to be able to step on the gas and be pushed back into the seat
Oct 09, 2008 (10:44 am)
I can say that ours is very responsive - no lag at all. I've owned cars in the past that you hit the throttle and had to wait for a response, but our 09 Forester moves right away, immediately, at any speed.
The transmission is similarly responsive, especially in Sport mode.
I swear, I'd take this 4EAT over the 5 speed in my Toyota Sienna, any day of the week. No contest. In the van you have to wait for the 2-stage intake to open the 2nd valve, and the tranny takes longer to pick a gear also. Eventually, it's a lot quicker with its big V6, but it's not nearly as responsive, if that makes sense.
I'd like to see Subaru try a CVT or more ratios but IF AND ONLY IF it is as responsive as the current powertrain.
#70 of 72 Re: Auto Limited [ateixeira]
Oct 09, 2008 (11:50 am)
I'd have to agree. We've got a new Forester loaner from the dealer, as my wife's Forester is in for some work being done. The new Forester 4EAT is pretty good in terms of response. The car certainly feels more responsive than our '01 Forester. Still... wish there was another gear for high speed cruising.
#71 of 72 Re: Auto Limited [rsholland]
Oct 09, 2008 (1:41 pm)
I always thought a 5-spd auto would also be good. But in the case of my 04 Tundra 4-spd versus a 05 Tundra 5-spd auto, the gearing of the 4th gear on the 4-spd is almost identical to the 5th gear of a 5-spd. The extra gear is added in between 2nd and 3rd, where there is the largest gearing gap.
#72 of 72 Re: Auto Limited [rsholland]
Oct 11, 2008 (6:31 am)
That's why you got two speed-cam tickets in the mail this summer, and we only got one. LOL