I bought my Forester used (lease
return with 37000 miles), got the 30k
maitenance done and a clean bill of
health, then drove halfway across the
country and back. The sight lines are
great, adjustable seat height is
wonderful for me at 5'2". It's zippy
and I like the feel of the suspension.
MPG topped out at 40 (yes, 40) on the
road trip with a tailwind in Wyoming;
I average 28-30 mpg when driving in
the city. I would buy this car again
in a hearbeat.
Height adjustable seat, gigantic
sunroof, good sight lines. Roomy for
small size and good off-road. Winter
package with heated everything.
Better lumbar support and head rest
adjustment for shorter people. The
stupid cupholders, which have already
been fixed in later years. Wish the
back window on hatchback rolled down.
I've had my Forester for four years and almost
65,000 miles now, and overall it's been a good buy.
It averages about 27ish mpg, and it's still fun to
drive, with plenty of pep from its engine, paired
with our five-speed manual transmission. About a
year ago, we had problems with the clutch
shuddering when the vehicle was cold, but the
problem was fixed under warranty (apparently the
early models were built with weaker clutch plates
than needed). We've been tempted with the turbo
Foresters and the 2005, 250 hp Outbacks, but I
think we'll keep this puppy around a few more
years and a couple thousand more miles.
Handling in dry and wet weather, plenty of power,
fun to toss around corners and surprise BMWs and
Camaros with off-the-line performance, especially
in the wet.
I wish I had gotten leather. The cloth is starting to
look a tad dated.
Well, it all started well. Then the
warranty expired and so did the rear-
wheel bearings three times, then the
Catalytic converter... I loved this
car, now I can't wait to unload it. I
drive waiting for the next thing to
start buzzing, humming, or cracking. Oh
hey, the great oversized windshield had
to be replaced three times... But, the
silver lining is that you can sell the
car fast to dealers shipping overseas.
AWD is great. Survived two blizzards
because of my Subaru
Please, please, please make customer
relations a top priority. We know it's
not a luxury car, owners don't want to