I love my Forester. I searched far and wide ending on eBay for one with the right price and look, but the engine was a disaster just waiting to occur. I could hear some kind of rod knock but all the dealerships said it could run for another 100K. 10K later the car was at 115K and it cost $4400 to get a new engine. Now it's in good shape. It still only gets 20mpg compared to 27 by rating, but all the girls love it!
Great Forester, bad engine, had to replace at 115K miles. It's great for mountain biking trips.
Sort out the engine problems. Can you get leather seats, tinted windows, and a sunroof?