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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,892 miles

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2009 Subaru Forester lights problems

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2009 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

May 102013


  • 80,000 miles


Compass display in rear view mirror went out, no longer displays direction. My friend has the same vehicle and his went out also. I believe this is a safety feature because it helps tell the driver what direction he's traveling when traveling in unfamiliar place.

- Lake Forest, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 202013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Forester. The contact received a recall notice several months ago but was informed that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was notified, but could not provide a date that the parts would be available. There are no failures at this time. The VIN was not available.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Dec 242009


  • 675 miles
The 2009 Subaru Forester has the light at the top of cargo inside and if it is dark you cannot see anything but the reflection of what is in the cargo area due to the brake light being inside rather than on the outside like other models I feel this is very dangerous, you might run over anything or anybody when you can't see out your back window in the dark. Fortunately I just took a mailbox down, not a person. Now I have damage to my new Forester and don't want to keep it.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

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