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post #1 of 287 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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2019 - Forester Likes and Dislikes?

I have a 19' Forester- Premium model. After 3500 miles, here's what I like and dislike about the car.
Likes
- CVT transmission. Live in the mountains and it always finds the perfect RPM for power.
- Power. From all the reviews I read, I thought this thing would be a dog. I can hit 90 with no effort on 7 percent grades.
- Better gas mileage than my 2010 Forester.
- Xmode and Hill Descent Mode- Use this a lot for winter mountain driving. There are several steep icy roads where I have to creep down at 5 mph.
- Adaptive Cruise Control. It made my commute to San Diego 10 times easier than in my old Forester.
-Big back seats. Front seats are very comfortable.
Dislikes
-NO WAY TO MANUALLY SELECT gears in the Premium model. Those of us who live in mountain communities always use engine braking to slow the car down. I only have Drive and Low (the low is a useless gear because it is not the right gear for engine braking). In my old Subaru, it was either 3rd or 2nd gear.
- The Cheap black plastic molding around the LCD and media screen- it shows the smallest amount of dust. Wish they would have used a different material.
- Android Auto...I use it but I think it can be improved.

Overall I love the car but Subaru really should put a way to manually shift gears like in the old Foresters using the gear shift lever. I don't care about sporty driving, I just care about maintaining control driving down the mountain.

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You could have bought the sport if that is important to you.

I used to love manuals, but now I am all about the paddles.

Iíll never buy a car I canít control...for many reasons.

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I sincerely believed that there was a way to select the gears but the salesperson just didn't know. I thought the orange trim on the Sport model looked weird and I couldn't justify the price.

I have learned to use the cruise control to slow my descent but it doesn't work very well when following another vehicle on curves because the Subaru EyeSight will lose the car on a corner and speed up. Can't use it in the fog either.
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I only have Drive and Low (the low is a useless gear because it is not the right gear for engine braking)

Try using 'S' (or 'S#' if available) mode when engine braking is required. Braking seems a little more effective in 'S' mode in my 2014.
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post #5 of 287 (permalink) Old 05-26-2019, 02:07 PM
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Ya the orange trim is pretty bad (for me), but that is an easy, relatively cheap fix.

But yes, having paddles and using them effectively, can save a lot of wear and tear and $.

I only drive my 18 xt in S# with paddles. Itís great
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Yeah, just looked up a 2018 XT...nice. Ill trade you :-)

Slothman Ill give that a shot.

Thank You
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Google announced an updated Android Auto that will roll out later this summer. Hopefully Subaru gets the update out quick.

https://www.blog.google/products/and...new-look-io19/


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We really wanted to buy a new 2019 Forester. The lack of an XT option made it a no go. Crossed shopped most of the competition and then came back to Subaru. The Outback 3.6R is so smooth and responsive. We both love it. I need to build a 3.6 Forester after selling the XT.

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justjeeping- Looks like a good update. If the car is connected to WiFi, will it find it and install it?
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SuperRu- my friend has the 3.6 in their Outback. Their quick and powerful engine. However, I love the new updated 2.5 direct injection and CVT. Like I said, its very responsive and even when driving up steep grades, I never feel a loss for power. It is certainly much stronger than my 2010 Forester with the 4 speed auto.

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Google announced an updated Android Auto that will roll out later this summer. Hopefully Subaru gets the update out quick.

https://www.blog.google/products/and...new-look-io19/


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justjeeping- Looks like a good update. If the car is connected to WiFi, will it find it and install it?
My understanding is it'll update on the phone, so the vehicle shouldn't need an update.
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AA is based on the phone not the head unit.
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Google announced an updated Android Auto that will roll out later this summer. Hopefully Subaru gets the update out quick.

https://www.blog.google/products/and...new-look-io19/


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Android auto is run from the phone, has nothing to do with subaru. If google updates it, youíll have it then


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My daughter's 2008 Toyota shows the individual tire pressure of all four tires, plus the spare. My 2018 Forester has but one trouble light and even then can only sense four tires. With my utilizing a full-sized spare, doing five-way rotations at oil changes, I must pay to have my rotated spare tire's TPMS "relearned" at every rotation. This is both a pain and costly, considering that it's a new vehicle.
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My 2019 Forester will show the individual pressure of each tire. Not the spare. I'm "assuming" that after a rotation, they are correctly shown.
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