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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon

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Subaru Forester Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Subaru Forester

  • Updated and improved, the new Forester is worth checking out for consumers looking for a versatile compact SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard all-wheel drive, availability of upscale features, high safety scores.

  • Cons

    Only one engine choice, price can be higher than most of the competition.

  • What's New for 2003

    Subaru's well-regarded Forester crossover sport-ute has been completely redesigned to be an even more enjoyable addition to your family. Engineers have given the tall wagon more interior room, a stiffer body structure, a revised chassis and more standard feature content -- all while keeping exterior dimensions the same and reducing the curb weight by 90 pounds.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

i personally love the car, i am a auto enthusiast and this car is just great. it has a very sturdy look and build quality. mine is 10 years old and has over 120k miles. i have replace the converter once and took it in for annual check ups and maintenance. one major problem is the the head gaskets and the oil. other wise the car is outstanding. the AWD is one of the best in the business and does its job really well.




Just not a great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Have had the car for ten years (bought new) and almost 130K miles. Many problems from the start, not the least of which was the flames coming out the tailpipe towards the end of the first year. Has needed much maintenance and repair over the years, and one important fact about subarus - they rust. So surprised in this day and age how rusty this car has gotten, and I'm very good about washing the car (including underneath). Wind noise bad almost from the start, and three trips to dealership never got it better. Very cheap interior materials, now looking to finally get new and better vehicle. Never again a Subaru!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

50,000 km and a huge

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Our 2003 Forester has been maintained by our dealer since purchased new in late 2002. From day 1 it has had a coolant leak, a fact that has been pointed out to the dealer at every scheduled service. The dealer, of course, could not find the source of the coolant lead until after the warranty expired, whereupon we were told that the head gaskets were leaking and the car had developed piston slap to the point where driving the car was ill-advised. The master tech told me that Subaru has told dealers to ignore the problem until the warranty expires. Last Subaru I will ever purchase; this was our 7th.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Most reliable car i've ever

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

I absolutely love my 2003 subaru forester. It has never left me stranded and has required the least amount of repairs of any car I've owned. The only repairs that I've done on it are wear out parts like brakes and rotors. I've recently (105,000k) had the timing belt, water pump, and most of the fluids replaced just as a pre-emtive strike to keeping this vehicle running as best it can well into the 100k's.



3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Wanted to love it; absolutely

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

This is my wife's car but I drive it more than her because she cannot stand the road noise, brake noise, lackluster A/C and other querks that cannot be fixed. My wife had wanted a subaru for a while so we traded in her truck for a forester to get better MPG and handling while keeping AWD for winter safety. It has been disappointing from the start. There is horrible wind noise above 35mph that gets exopentially louder with increased speed. Dealer and independent mechanics say it is window/door design and cannot be fixed. brakes squeel embarassingly loud regardless of pad type. It is mediocre at best in the snow - on par with most FWD cars. Head gasket went at 100K mi - $2,000 repair.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Made me a believer!

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Loved the car from day 1. I have rescued a number of people stuck in the snow with larger SUVs. A bit noisy in the cockpit but has never left me stranded. After close to 150K miles I think I'll get a new one :)



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Full 2003 Subaru Forester Review

What's New for 2003

Subaru's well-regarded Forester crossover sport-ute has been completely redesigned to be an even more enjoyable addition to your family. Engineers have given the tall wagon more interior room, a stiffer body structure, a revised chassis and more standard feature content -- all while keeping exterior dimensions the same and reducing the curb weight by 90 pounds.

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2003 Subaru Forester Discussions See all Started By

gherman131313
gherman131313
11-24-2012
2003 Forester 2.5X, 186,000 miles. Had head gasket replaced at 120,000. Now dealer says its leaking oil again (no coolant yet)! Wants $1,700. (NJ)....


krc2
krc2
05-18-2009
(Sorry - this may be a re-post)...


dordan71799
dordan71799
01-30-2010
I was told the fluid was coming from my rack. I had that replaced and it is still leaking. The power steering fuild levels do not drop even though I have leaked atleast 1/2 cup of red fuild....



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