2003 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 03 Forester 2.5X

2003 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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X Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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03 Forester 2.5X
By janderson5 on


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


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.

Best Features

AWD! w/Yokohama Ig20 snow tires I RARELY slip on ice! Roof-rack! Lots of cargo space. Split backseat. Mini-SUV shape on a sedan chassis makes for great handling! Suby safety! adjustable dr seat great for my 5'2" frame. lumbar support!

Worst Features

Beware the head gasket issue!
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