2002 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
This is my first Forester. I have a
complaint about the back doors: it
would be so much easier to get in and
out if the doors would slide from the
middle of the side (see mid-80's
Stanzas). My older friends have trouble
getting in and out. The front seats
need to be able to be more upright,not
reclining for driving. I have had to
add a pillow to keep my back straight.
Unfortunately I did not notice this
problem in test driving, only when
doing my regular driving. The car
handles well, but needs to be 2 inches
higher for ease of getting out for
these old knees. I love the quiet
engine, and it handles traffic well.
I like the sound system, I listen to
books on tape and it is just fine for
that. The ability to see out of the
windows for backing and changing lanes
is a big plus. Even with my arthritis I
can see that blind corner OK when I
took off the back seat headrests.
Raise the curb height about 3 inches,
and make it about 14 inches longer and
put sliding doors for the back. Better
seats-the backs of the driver's seat
needs to be adjusted straight up, or
more so than the 2002. Don't make it an
SUV! nor a Minivan. Don't need a third
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