On April 3rd, 2009, we picked up a 2009 Forester 2.5X Limited in Sage Green. Little did I know the significance of this event…

By the start of 2008, my dad was realizing it was about time to start thinking about ditching his 2001 Passat wagon. As fun as it was, it certainly wasn’t getting any more reliable as it got older. I was the big car researcher in the family as a kid; my dad would toss out ideas and I would look into them, keeping in mind that this particular purchase would be for my mom.

One of those ideas was a 2009 Forester, which was freshly redesigned for the 2009 model year. I’d never given much thought about Subaru as a brand up to that point. Before then, you could reasonably consider me a Volkswagen guy, and somewhat a Toyota guy. My uncle did own a ‘93 Impreza wagon (which I don’t remember), and a friend’s dad owned an ‘03 Legacy L wagon, but my direct exposure to the brand was extremely limited.

We did the research, checked them out at auto local auto shows, and took some test drives...

(My uncle also bought a 2009 Forester around the time we were looking, which may have somewhat aided our decision...)

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Long story short, we ended up with a 2009 Forester 2.5X Limited... our first Subaru... and absolutely loved it.

But the story doesn’t end there... I soon discovered the numerous online Subaru communities and their vast wealth of knowledge, and I couldn’t stop learning as much as I could; more in-depth than I ever had been before. It was also about this time that I discovered Jalopnik (and later Offtopic/Oppositelock); my handle coming directly from this car. 8 years later, there are three Subarus in the immediate family, I’m still hooked on the brand, and I’m still here on Oppo.

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The Forester has seen a lot in the last 8 years; the daily grind, road trips, camping excursions, various adventures and misadventures... being the second car a younger Boxer_4 got to drive... and eventually, becoming mine two and a half years ago. The Forester has also taught me a lot in the last 8 years, both in driving skill and in car ownership. That learning still continues; this spring and summer I plan on tackling some projects and upcoming maintenance, both big and small, with the help of some amazing friends...the lot of us having gained a lot of confidence (and some skill) working on (you guessed it) another Subaru.

The last 8 years have been amazing with the Forester... and I’m looking forward to many more...

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Apologies if you saw this post earlier; you’re not going crazy, I assure you - it went live earlier than I intended, which has been fixed... 

(Also, look for a review in a few weeks or so when I finally cross 75,000 miles).