Bought this as second forester for our family with teenagers starting to drive. Excellent reliability, not tippy like other SUVs. Only complaint is lack of attractive exterior appearance. Doesnt bother me. About 20mpg city/25 highway with automatic transmission. Looking to get another used forester as my other teens start driving.
Reliability, excellent handling esp. on ice/snow/wet roads, excellent steering/turning radius. Easy for new drivers.
Very satisfied with my 99 Forester L. I
have only had to do regular oil
changes, new tires, a tune-up, and
front brakes in 5+ years. Factory tires
only lasted about 45K miles, but
current Goodrich Long Trails have 60K
with plenty of tread left. Subaru
dealer added coolant conditioner
earlier this year as part of a factory
recall. Very fun to drive, I would
definitely buy one again.
Drives and handles great compared to
most SUVs. Plenty of storage space for
a small SUV.
Needs a second cup holder up front.
Needs a little more leg room in back
Although Subaru is known for reliablity
the Forester may not be. My Forester
had 2 sets of wheel bearings replaced in
under 50000 miles, went through 2 sets
of tires in the same time. The ABS
system locked up causing the need to
replace the brake pads. The coup was a
leaking head gasket at 57000 miles.
Thankfully just within warranty and in
time to trade it. Thanks Subaru
Traded in a Toyota for this model. Boy
am I sorry. First service was after a
brake recall and brakes never sounded
the same since. Blew a head gasket at
60,000 miles then 10,000 miles later
needed a full transmission
replacement. Now, I'm suspected
another head gasket problem. This
shouldn't happen on a subaru ( I was
told). Do you think I was just
unlucky? I'm trading it in and cutting
my losses- good riddance!!
Internal storage. Fair amount of
pickup for a four cyl.
With my experience - a 100,000 warranty
would be nice! Also, how about
repositioning the cup holder - nothing
like cold coffee and warm soda!!
I bought this car about 6 months ago
and I have had only one problem and
that was with a leak in my windsheild.
I love this car I gets me to all the
good lakes in the Wa area and it gets
good gas milage for an SUV also.