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2003 Subaru Forester - Consumer Reviews

2003 Subaru Forester

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Never thought we'd..............
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By K&M
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Vehicle

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


Review

Never thought we'd own a Subaru. In
fact, Subaru wasn't even on our radar
screen until we checked safety ratings.
I went from a Durango to the Forester
and I can honestly say that my wife and
I love this car, er, SUV, er crossover,
er, whatver they want to call it!
Anyone looking I'd say go to the Subaru
dealer and just buy one! It's a great
car year 'round, but especially in rain
or in winter. Can fit plenty of things
inside. Our Forester just plain works.
We're now thinking of eventually
replacing my wife's car with a Subaru.
We're glad we discovered how good they
are.


Best Features

Availability of a 5spd, ride, reliability, climate control system (like heat fast in the winter and arctic air in the summer), overall soundness of the build, AWD, great MPG, fun to drive.


Worst Features

A little more of a comfy seat would help for long trips, more sound deadening material that works at higher speeds, and a higher end stereo as an option regardless of trim level.


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Much better than expected
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By gdgg
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Got the 2.5X after looking all small
SUV's and test driving the CRV and
Escape. The Forester had the best
ride/handling/road manners. Downsized
from a extended minivan (family of 4)
haven't missed it, not even on our long
summer trips. Put a Thule box on carry
gear for trips and camping. Overall,
the car surprizes us with how fun it is
to drive and how refined it is for a
small car. My wife would rather drive
the Forester than her Lexus ES300!
Turbo would be great fun, but has even
worse fuel economy.


Best Features

AWD system, power, looks, seating position/comfort (9 in height difference between drivers), performance, standard features, safety features.


Worst Features

Interior trim quality(plastic scratches easily), Interior carpet quality(shows wear with minimal use), fuel economy could be better for a small car.


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Forester Fun
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By Derry
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Vehicle

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


Review

No problems; drives like a dream in snow
which we get a lot of.


Best Features

AWD.


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GREAT VALUE AND QUALITY
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By ScienceChick
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Needed to retire my Mustang convertible
from daily driver and wanted a
practical vehicle that could actually
go in bad weather. Generally don't like
SUV's, but co-worker has a 2001 S that
has been excellent. My car is totally
stripped down, yet it still has so many
basic features like power windows,
doors, and cruise control. Standard
cloth seats, A/C and CD player are good
enough for me, but 6-CD, leather,
moonroof, and climate control are
available on higher models. No other
smaller hatchback (Ford Focus ZX5,
Mazda Protege5, Toyota Matrix)had
anywhere near the cargo room.


Best Features

Nice redesign of interior and exterior, Pacifica Blue exterior color, AWD, ABS plus front & side airbags, cargo shade, storage compartments, car-like ride, available Subaru accessories from dealer


Worst Features

Six-speed manual, White-faced gauges would look cool :)


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Excellent vehicle!
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By Mrs.Bean
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I very recently purchased a 2003
Forester 2.5x after months of
researching & test driving. Not only
was it a pleasure dealing with the
sales staff, they were extremely fair.
The car/truck/wagon is perfect. I'm a
new mom, and we love to camp and hike.
The Forester is a perfect for going to
the grocery store as well as going for
a day trip to the mountains. I must
admit- it's feels "cooler" than a
station wagon, while not being a gas
guzzling SUV. It's been a pleasure to
drive!


Best Features

Height is perfect for getting kids in and out-- no bending or reaching. Great features if you are outdoorsy- weather band info, seats fold down to sleep.


Worst Features

More leg room. I'm short, so it's great, but my husband is 6'5" and looks like Fred Flintstone in it (although he does like driving it!)


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