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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-15-2014, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Can I add a power liftgate aftermarket? (merged thread)

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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https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...market-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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I also looked at this just out of curiosity and it looked like it was going to be pretty cost prohibitive.
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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.

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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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If you were closer, I'd offer you a straight up trade for the mechanical bits and interior.

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Thanks for the help and pics everyone!

It looks like way too much trouble and expense.
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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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Question 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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