Last post on Mar 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#39 of 70 2009-10 Subaru manual transmission
Feb 20, 2009 (10:51 am)
Replying to oregonboy, I too want a manual trans. Some of the magazines don't like the manual shifter in Subies. One of the few gripes about the 2009 Forester, it seems. I recall one editor suggesting the short throw shifter option, but that wasn't for the Forester, maybe the WRX. I guess the expectation to match Honda manual shifters might be too much. I drive a 2005 Scion xB manual and the shifter in not great, just OK. Any thoughts on the Subaru short throw option helping the feel of the shifter?
#40 of 70 Re: 2009-10 Subaru manual transmission [zec]
Feb 20, 2009 (11:20 am)
I don't understand what the complaint is with the manual shifter. I have absolutely no complaints with the shifter on my '09 WRX. It's the standard shifter, not the short-throw unit. I'm pretty certain that the Forester an Impreza use the same unit.
My recommendation is to go drive a 5-speed Forester, then make up your own mind.
#41 of 70 Re: Simple improvements [imm19]
Mar 06, 2009 (6:49 pm)
The cell phone holder is a $6 add on that you can buy at the dealer. It mounts under the arm rest. And also can be for your MP3 player, etc.
#42 of 70 Re: 2009-10 Subaru manual transmission [zec]
Mar 06, 2009 (6:51 pm)
I have the MT and have no concerns about the shifter. It is a shorter throw than my previous car. Either way, no big deal. It works.
#43 of 70 2010 Wish List
Mar 18, 2009 (12:50 pm)
I'm definitely going to trade in my '03 Forester XS Premi for a new car by the end of this year, before the tax credit expires, and am leaning towards sticking with the Forester. BUT, I would like to see a better tranny, more horses, if not an H-6 or a truly clean Diesel, a MUCH quieter interior, and yes, sun visors that slide back when swung alongside the side windows in order to block the sun where it too often shines.
And, don't be too tough on us nascent geezers, you young-uns. As we age, our vision and reaction time do diminish, and what might seem superfluous or dotty to a 20-something can be awfully nice, safe, and convenient to someone older, who like me at 56, is just starting to appreciate why all those laws and safety features for "seniors" were enacted in the first place. But, if you see that deadly combination of FL plates and a blue disability sticker ahead of you blocking the fast lane, don't hesitate to flash your lights and tell him or her to get outta the way!
#44 of 70 Re: 2010 Wish List [gmginsfo]
Mar 18, 2009 (1:34 pm)
Heck, you're not so old. I'm 64 and drive a new '09 WRX.
As to changes on the 2010 Forester, don't expect much, as it was just redesigned. The 2010 Legacy will be getting an auto-up driver's window (plus a complete redesign), so would expect other 2010 Subies to also get an auto-up driver's window. That's the kind of minor upgrades you're likely to see for 2010.
Mar 19, 2009 (8:12 am)
The salesman tells me "the seat was purposefully set low for safety concerns"
yes... because as in most other vehicles with normally positioned passenger seats, there has been a rash of people falling out of open windows.
Salesman are trained to say anything.
#46 of 70 Re: [orangelebaron]
Mar 19, 2009 (9:55 am)
I was told exactly the same story. I guess it does make sense. My wife 5' and really has no problem seeing the world through the front and side windows.
#47 of 70 Re: [orangelebaron]
Mar 20, 2009 (12:03 pm)
I think they mean the door protects better than the window in side impacts.
Still, they crash test on the driver's side, and it goes much higher than the passenger seat, which is the low one.
#48 of 70 Auto "On/Off" Headlights
Mar 29, 2009 (5:53 am)
I would appreciate having Auto On/Off Headlights. With all my traveling through Hampton Roads tunnels that can be helpful. I had this on my 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara and it was working just fine.