2009 Subaru Forester X 2.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Overall, the Forester is a good car, but cost cutting is evident in this model
Fogging up to rear light.
Some rattles at the front and rear.
Good handling, but rear suspension is quite noisy.
4 speed transmission is not smooth.
The engine is more powerful compared to the previous model, but still sluggish and noisy. I have to use premium fuel to make it perform more efficiently.
Paint coating easily scratched or chipped, especially around door handle recess areas.
Door handles feel cheap. The previous Forester has door handle protector.
Seats are uncomfortable, just like the previous model.
This new Subaru now feels more like a Korean soft roader; the quality and the sharpness of the previous model are now gone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th February, 2011
20th Sep 2013, 02:15
This is an update. I wrote the review above.
I already sold my 2009 Forester X only after two years of ownership due to annoying rattle problems, faulty rear suspension and below average performance overall. This is a warning to those thinking of buying a Subaru; rattle problems with Subarus in most cases cannot be fixed.
I'll never buy any Subaru products again until they improve the quality of their cars. It is no wonder that Mazda is now outselling Subaru.