2001 Subaru Forester S AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I spent 8 months trying to find the right car. I thought it was the Forester so I bought a new one. In the beginning it was great but after the 3 year warranty ended, problems began. I have replaced all the tires, all the rotors, both oxygen sensors. The car gets poor gas mileage (about 18 mpg) and I literally watch 1/8 of my gas gauge disappear after I start the car in the morning. I can't get the check engine light to turn off and I feel like every month there is something new to replace. I have 55k miles and I don't abuse the car. I am disappointed with Subaru's 'reliability' and am looking for a different manufacturer to buy from. I think they use cheap parts.
Nice looking interior - doesn't look cheap like many of the new cars with gray plastic molding. Versatile.
Reliability, new cup holder design, higher quality parts.