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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 No

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
/
  • 24
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


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 :)



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

03 forester 2.5x

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

I totaled my 98 Camry in 06/09 & decided I needed an AWD or 4wd car. I looked at Honda CRVs, Toyota RAV4s, & Subarus. After much research & many test drives, I decided I like the Suby. I like my Forester, it's a good car. However, it's had some issues. Had to replace water pump due to leak from weep hole right after I got it, I replaced timing belt at that time too to save $ in the future. Now it makes whistling noises when eng revs to 3-4k rpm. Think its cat-converter, but cant fig out for sure got an extension on 80k fed war, but having difficulty with dealers. Hope once things are fixed it'll last 200k.




A happy owner for over

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

bought it when it first came on the market. I am very pleased so far. I travel several times in this vehicle and feel very comfortable over long drive.




Genuine suv

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

Wanted an SUV for toughness and abilities. Looked at practically all and listened to what everone said - carefully. Had owned a Subaru wagon previously so deliberately left that to last. Absolutely no comparison, even went back to refresh my memory of the best of the competition. The Forester is relatively simple (not all bells & whistles of say Ford Escape) but does it all so much better - eg, space, comfort, access, reliability etc, etc. Yes, it could be better as nothing is absolutely perfect but the topper is that it is the safest SUV on the road. That and its clear vision from anywhere inside means most to me, and my family.




Joef's subaru

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

The vehicle has great acceleration, corners well and handles well in snow and ice. The visabilty is fantastic. The interior is well defined. Every control is within reach.



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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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Talk About The 2003 Forester

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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