2009 Subaru Forester
81,109 Miles | Merrillville, IN
$12,998
est. $187/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
95,107 Miles | Jacksonville, FL
$11,599
est. $167/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
187,816 Miles | Englewood, CO
$6,999
est. $101/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
168,276 Miles | Aurora, CO
$7,700
est. $111/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
143,347 Miles | Medina, OH
$6,988
est. $101/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
131,452 Miles | Burbank, IL
$7,280
est. $105/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
135,272 Miles | Raleigh, NC
$7,999
est. $115/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
134,593 Miles | Holiday, FL
$6,500
est. $94/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
190,548 Miles | Port Charlotte, FL
$5,991
est. $86/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
46,685 Miles | West Springfield, MA
$10,321
est. $149/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
125,845 Miles | Manassas, VA
$7,195
est. $104/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
167,093 Miles | Spartanburg, SC
$5,322
est. $77/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
80,746 Miles | St Augustine, FL
$8,999
est. $130/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
102,249 Miles | Philadelphia, PA
$7,995
est. $115/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
89,931 Miles | Golden, CO
$12,000
est. $173/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
74,045 Miles | Philadelphia, PA
$9,962
est. $144/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
113,285 Miles | West Valley City, UT
$9,250
est. $133/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
124,719 Miles | Tacoma, WA
$10,988
est. $158/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
137,893 Miles | Virginia Beach, VA
$6,895
est. $99/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester
173,838 Miles | Lenoir, NC
$6,000
est. $86/mo

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2009 Subaru Forester Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.0
2 Reviews
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.5
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.5
Reliability
3.5

2009 Subaru Forester Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2009 Subaru Forester - It has been reliable since I got it 7 years ago.

Forester Owner
Nikiski, Alaska
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
It has never broken down or done anything that it shouldn't have - it is reliable! It's sure-footed on ice, and handles snow very well. It's just about the perfect size - neither too large nor too small. The gas mileage is pretty good, but not what it was when it was new. It's about 100 thousand miles now.
Story
So here's what happens - every October I buy an extension cord so I can plug the block heater in during the winter, and every August my husband steals the extension cord for his smokers to smoke his fish, and it disappears. We've been doing this for over 20 years, until I bought this Subaru, which has a hidden compartment in back. He can't steal my extension cord now!
Pros
I love the AWD - much better than front-wheel or 4-wheel drive; very secure. It's comfortable to drive, and visibility all around is good; you can see behind you. There are plenty of airbags and it feels pretty safe to drive. I like the tire pressure sensors that let me know if the tires are soft. The outside temperature display is very handy (if sometime a couple of degrees off), as is the Trip-A and Trip-B mileage indicator (even though only on displays at a time).
Cons
I call the color ubiquitous grey, because it's pretty common. Sometimes the steering wheel locks, and you have to jerk it back and forth in order to get the key to turn. Some of the security features are annoying - just try to unlock the door using the key instead of the fob, the alarm will go off (and yes, there is a way to disable it, but it's not easy to figure out). And extra keys are expensive and cannot be found locally. Oh, and the worst feature is the emission system/check engine. Here's what it does - if you fail to put the gas cap back on securely it triggers the emission system,... (more)

2009 Subaru Forester - A Mixed Bag

AL
Crookston, Minnesota
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
2.0
I love the size and feel of this vehicle. It's a small SUV so it doesn't feel overwhelming to drive, but it's nice to be elevated more than a sedan. It fits lots of gear or people comfortably and is know for its safety features, which I appreciate. However, I've been disappointed with the number of repairs it has needed after only 65,000 miles and six years of ownership.
Story
It's not fun, but it's memorable! I live in Minnesota and had my car parked outside a large building one winter. When I went out to my car a few hours later, there was a huge dent in the hood. An enormous chunk of ice had fallen off the building and smashed into my car, leaving traces of ice all around it. Needless to say, that wasn't a fun surprise!
Pros
There's plenty of storage room and the back seats fold down, which is great for hauling. The size is perfect - not too big and not too small. It's sporty and fun, but not too flashy. The seats are comfortable, even for longer trips. The price point and resale value are great. I'm glad it has side airbags and I definitely feel like the safety features are high quality. It also has great visibility - I don't feel like there are a lot of blind spots.
Cons
It has not been nearly as reliable as I hoped. I've had many mechanical issues that are unusual for only 65,000 miles, including spark plug replacement, AC replacement, transmission fluid line rusting and leaking, gasket replacement and more. I've spent a lot of money on repairs that I was not expecting, based on how reliable Subarus are supposed to be. Additionally, the gas mileage is not great. I get about 21 miles per gallon on average, which is less than I thought it would be when I purchased. I purchased a basic version, so there's nothing special about the features inside.

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