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#85 of 134 SPORT mode always on?
Mar 04, 2011 (3:20 pm)
We just bought a 2011 Subaru Forester with the 4-speed automatic transmission about 3 weeks ago. We notice that as soon as we start the engine (with the transmission in P), the sport mode indicator on the dash comes on. And it stays on no matter which gear we are in.
Is that right? I thought the sport mode indicator is supposed to come on only when I shift to D and then pull the stick to the left (so that it's left of the D, below the + and above the -).
Does anyone else observe the same in their Forester?
Thanks in advance.
#86 of 134 Re: SPORT mode always on? [slices17]
Mar 04, 2011 (4:28 pm)
I believe you are correct, the light is malfunctioning...
#87 of 134 Re: SPORT mode always on? [slices17]
Mar 05, 2011 (9:43 pm)
The "Sport" green light should only be on with the gear shift lever to the left. Defective. Take it to the dealer.
#88 of 134 Re: SPORT mode always on? [priggly]
Mar 06, 2011 (7:32 am)
The "Sport" green light should only be on with the gear shift lever to the left. Defective.
But make sure the lever is NOT to the left first!
#89 of 134 Passenger seat
Mar 07, 2011 (2:58 pm)
We rented a '10 Forester last year and loved it overall with one BIG issue: For some bizarro reason the passenger seat is set an inch or two lower than the driver's. My wife and I both found this very odd and offputting. Hard to figure why on earth they would design it this way.
Now we're on the market and I'm wondering if the '11s have this as well and if anyone knows if it will be fixed in a '12 redesign. I see a number of other comments on the internet about this, so I don't think it's just us....thanks
#90 of 134 Re: Passenger seat [thrasher1]
Mar 07, 2011 (3:47 pm)
The passenger seat is set at a fixed height, while the driver seat can be adjusted up or down. Because of that, yes, the passenger seat is often lower than the driver seat. Since it is not a "problem," it is hard to say whether it will be "fixed" in future years, but having a passenger seat that also has a height adjustment would be a nice feature!
#91 of 134 Re: Passenger seat [xwesx]
Mar 07, 2011 (8:06 pm)
Thanx but I don't remember being able to get them level no matter what the driver's adjustment. At best you'd have to put driver's seat in max low position. A buddy of mine has a '10 and says this bugs him too, so I don't think I'm crazy. Baffled at why they would design it this way. If they fix -- er, redesign -- in '12, the Forester would be at top of my list.
#92 of 134 Re: Passenger seat [thrasher1]
Mar 08, 2011 (3:03 am)
Hmmm, you may be right about that. It does sit quite a bit lower than the driver seat in our car, but I prefer an upright position so ours is set fairly high; it makes the ride much more comfortable for long trips, which are not infrequent occurrences.
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Mar 08, 2011 (8:47 am)
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#94 of 134 Re: Passenger seat [thrasher1]
Mar 08, 2011 (9:52 am)
In my younger days, and when I had more time, I would have figured out a way to add spacers and lift the seat an inch or so.