On paper, the stats of the 2009 Subaru Forester is far from impressive. A 2.5L Flat Four-cylinder engine that manages to pump out 170 hp and stretch a 0-60 time to 9.7 secs. But almost ten years and ...
On paper, the stats of the 2009 Subaru Forester is far from impressive. A 2.5L Flat Four-cylinder engine that manages to pump out 170 hp and stretch a 0-60 time to 9.7 secs. But almost ten years and over 130,000 miles later, it is evident that this Subaru was not meant for speed but consistent reliability with surprising capabilities.
Start off with the design. Subaru hit this generation of Forester design on the head so well that almost 8 years and 2 cycles later, the design has barely changed. The major changes seem to be seen in the headlights and tail lights. The previous generation was short and wagon-ey, but this Forester almost started the movement for tall wagons with flat fours although turbos are more mainstream now.
The major winning point for this car is the symmetrical AWD system in that it doesn't fail in its simplicity. It just works, whether is going over parking lot curbs or off-road trails with gravel and mud, the wheels just manage to turn and move the car along.
And nothing breaks, but if it did, it was not a major problem. This car just hummed along for the last 130,000 miles with regular petrol, regular oil changes, and regular brake pads and tires. The only major service that needed to be done was a re-tuning of the engine- courtesy of Subaru due to a recall and a failing catalyst converter that seems to have failed for many other owners online. The replacement costs ranged from $600-1200 but considering other competitor's reliability, this cost must be setting some type of record.
The Forester falls short in cabin noise and speakers. The speakers are bad. Without the volume on above 3/4 of the maximum, noise from speakers is barely above a whisper. And ride noise from the wind at high speeds and wheels is pretty high. These two combinations take away from date night, but not much from adventure days. The seats and knobs almost seem like they are meant to get dirty and easily wipeable with durability.
This Forester feels like it can keep going like this forever and hitting 200k miles seems like it is only a matter of time and not parts and money.