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Hi Guys,

Trading in the Jeep for a Forester and have a couple questions regarding which one to choose. Any help would be appreciated.

My options are:
2009 Suburu Forester Black - 80,000 miles = $13,200 (carfax says +1350 for value, not major repairs except for seatbelt recall issue)

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2010 Suburu Forester Silver (sunroof) - 52,000 miles = $16,500 (carfax says +530 for value no major repairs)


Which would you choose? Any responses are a huge help!!

My thoughts are I am a little tenative about getting a car with 80,000 miles, since I know thats when some repairs begin coming, however with such a cheaper price tag its a tough decision......The 2010 looks like a great deal but is a little over my budget, however, I will have to go for it if ya'll don't think the 80,000 is worth it.

Having never owned a Suburu not sure what work will need to be done or how long the 2009's last for.

You guys rock thanks!
 

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Any information about the service records? I would look seriously at the 09. Check the engine cleanlioness, the 3 dipsticks in the engine compartment. Get a Subaru specialist to check it out. At 105K miles the timing belt, 4 idlers, water pump and tensioner should be done.That's about 1300 if you have it done. Pull a spark plug boot and see if it has oil on the plug boot.

When you drive it..insure the shifts are solid....Do it at say 2000 rpm and say 3000 rpm. When its warm, put it in 2nd and see if it runs right up to say 5800 rpm
 

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Welcome and glad you decided to get out of a jeep and into a a smart vehicle!

80k isn't much miles for a Subaru, if taken care of (like mentioned above)
The first thing that came to mind is when you said out of your budget. Having working at a Subaru dealership on the sales side, there's nothing worse the. Not being able to afford a car. Don't get me wrong, they are great cars and will hold up for a long time and keep their value. Just over doing the budget on any car makes it possible to have no car if too $$$

Like mentioned above, pay a 3rd party Subaru specialist to look it over. Use any and all needed parts/repairs as leverage in the negotiations.
Also see where in the us it has been (car fax)
Rust can do a # on any car.

Other then that I'd go to nada and look at the recommended value there (loan companies look there for value)

Good luck and post pics when you buy one!
 

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Here is info on 2010:
2010 Subaru Forester- specs, images, details, prices

Here is info on 2009:
2009 Subaru Forester

You can scroll down and see what is different/new for the 2010, etc.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of the first year of any new or all-new model/re-design. It takes time and miles to work all of the bugs out. So, I would lean towards the 2010. As adc said, get any and all service records. Dig.

Are they both automatics, are they both the same trim level, are they both containing the same options [all weather package, etc]?

Over the 2009, the 2010 gets this:
New on 2010 Forester
New all models, overhead Map Lights get 'Door Open' switch (light fades off).
New 2.5X Premium gets a 10way power seat with power lumbar
New Navigation now includes Bluetooth (Navigation is Option Package #10, available on Limiteds only. The mic is in the overhead console)
New Paprika Red Pearl (was on 08/09 Imprezas is you want to see it)
New Camillia Red now with Platinum interior (not off black anymore)
Gone Topaz Gold Metallic
4/24/09- this 2010 Forester page started with a few preliminary specs

They both have the timing belts to deal with...call it ~$700 for a shop to perform that task. [2009]At 80k mi, at 15k a year, you will do that repair in about 20months. [2010]At 50k mi, at 15k mi a year, you will do that repair in about 44 months...so delaying that cost by a few more years. Something to think about IMO.

If the 2009 had much better maintenance records, I would probably favor that one.
 

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They sure drove it alot....and there are some gaps...14,500+ mi between oil changes?
 

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I would not be concerned about an 80k miles Subaru. I just picked up my new to me 05' FXT with 152k miles on it, I could not be any happier. This is my 6th Subaru, all have carried me well into 200k mile territory with just routine maintenance. I would have a qualified shop check out your car, I can give you a recommendation if you like. Keep in mind you do have a major service at 105k miles.
 

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I recently bought an 03 with 160k miles on it. I have three co-workers who also own Subarus. One is at 230k miles, 200k miles, and 130k miles. So I wouldn't let the mileage deter you

And if you do your own work on your car the timing belt on the SOHC is very easy. Parts will cost you less than $300.
 
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