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My 2015 Forester 2.5i Premium has manual tailgate. Handle is recessed now, is not as easy as it was in my 2007. Can I get this changed to a power tailgate?
 

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The handle and release are the same on the power gate as the regular gate, but it just has a powered arm to open the gate.

It is not worth whatever the cost is anyways, they are slow and occasionally glitchy.

I am sure it is possible though, but it wouldn't be cheap.
 

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It is not worth whatever the cost is anyways, they are slow and occasionally glitchy.
This.

When at the dealer, the salesperson was demoing the tailgate to us, and it even screwed up on him (and he plays with them everyday). That and the forced Atari navigation system is what made me buy the XTP instead!
 

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Adding power rear gate to a 2014-2015 xt premium?

Thinking about buying a 2014-2015 xt, but don't want to spend the extra $5,000 on a touring model when all we really want is the power rear gate.

Has anyone done this install to their premium model yet?
 

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http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f62/can-i-get-power-tailgate-aftermarket-346609/

As I said there, it is surely possible, but likely cost prohibitive.

Comaparing photos, you can see the difference. The upper left side of the hatch is where the hydraulic arm is that does the lifting. Note the differences.

Some that I can think of: Rear hatch trim area (white, where the arm comes out of), adding buttons to the drivers compartment and the bottom of the gate, new key fob and/or reprogramming, wiring, lifting mechanism.


 

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It also is glitchy, slow, and all around pretty useless.

I only use the power opening when I am walking up to the vehicle with a shopping cart, so the gate is open when I get there.
We use ours almost exclusively. Love it. Especially the 'memory height' function which allows me to mount the roof-top cargo box where I want it (rearward) and prevent the hatch from hitting/breaking the box.

Great feature. Not sure I would attempt an aftermarket solution, that look more troublesome than it's worth. But it definitely was of value in the decision to go with touring model.
 

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It also is glitchy, slow, and all around pretty useless.
We mostly got it so my girlfriend doesn't have to open and close the tailgate manually, though, with hindsight, we could probably have lived without it. While it is slow, I just press the button as I'm walking to the car, so it's already open when I get there.
 

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I do not care for the power rear gate on my Forester. I see it as a future problem and actually am not happy with how it performs. Just my thoughts.. Good luck in what decision you make.
 

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I do not care for the power rear gate on my Forester. I see it as a future problem and actually am not happy with how it performs. Just my thoughts.. Good luck in what decision you make.
^ what he said. Im inpatient, cant wait for the thing to open or close. Just too slow for me, and dont want to deal with the motor going out after extended use.
 

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Thanks for the input all!!!

We are going to look at the Forester XT's this weekend and try to decide if we want the Premium or touring model
 

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Install power liftgate option (XT Premium)

Does anyone know if it's possible to install the power liftgate components on a 2015 XT Premium with a manual liftgate?
 

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Possible? Yes, of course. Practical? We've talked about it a bit, and the consensus is that is would be a lot of work, and not inexpensive.
 

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Possible? Yes, of course. Practical? We've talked about it a bit, and the consensus is that is would be a lot of work, and not inexpensive.
Thank you for your response. I had not seen this thread and had asked my question in a separate thread that was merged into this one.
 

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I have a XT Touring with the power liftgate. Is there anyway to open it manually?

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The trunk is used primarily for my dog. In the case that his tail is sticking out of the opening, is there any way to stop the trunk from closing while in motion?
 

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I have a XT Touring with the power liftgate. Is there anyway to open it manually?

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The trunk is used primarily for my dog. In the case that his tail is sticking out of the opening, is there any way to stop the trunk from closing while in motion?
Hold the button on the exterior, just above the license plate. Tapping it will open with power, holding it will just unlock so you can open manually.

If you see the door closing on his tail, grab the bottom of the door. The pressure will trigger the obstacle sensor and stop the closing. I don't think his tail would be enough to trip the sensor alone though.
 

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Here's a video of me causing the gate to reverse:

gate_reverse.mov

Try it yourself to get a feel for how much force is needed.

I think closing manually would be a good idea when your dog is in the back.
 
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