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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Reviews

2003 Subaru Forester Wagon

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LOVE IT!
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By oro
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I hesitated to write a review, because
I wanted to see how well the car held
up over time. Well, it's been a year
now, so here I am. This is the first
car I've ever purchased, and I'm very
happy with my decision. Friends still
kid me about getting a WRX, but I say
to heck with it! In the last year, I've
been in an accident (insurance
covered), and helped 2 friends moved.
My Forester still keeps on going!


Best Features

The AWD is excellent for newbie drivers in heavy snow conditions, and I love how smooth the steering wheel is. I drove a friend's Passat and can't believe I considered getting it, because the smoothness just didn't compare!


Worst Features

Better radio. 1) Make it easier to put in CDs into 6 disc changer. No more hitting the Load button! Just add in the disc; it should be automatic. 2) The radio is difficult to navigate with that crappy knob on the right side. Redesign! You can do better!


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EXPERIENCE, MINE
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By VINCE R. NEUHEIMER
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

SUBARU IS THE MOST RELIABLE CAR I HAVE
EVER OWNED. WE HAVE HAD SUBARUS IN OUR
FAMILY SINCE 1985, AND I HAVE NEVER
EVER REGRETTED IT. THEY ARE A 100%
QUALITY VEHICLE, FAR SUPERIOR TO MOST
CARS ON THE ROAD. (I HAVE NEVER HAD A
LIGHT BULB INSIDE OR OUTSIDE BURN OUT)
RIDE


Best Features

RIDE, VIEW FROM ALL SIDE, AND THE COMFORT OF THE LONG TRIP. WHEN I TAKE A 300 TO 900 MILE TRIP ICAN GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND HAVE NO BACK PAIN.


Worst Features

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE OVERDRIVE INSTALLED SO WE CAN GET MORE THAN 26MPG ON A LONG TRIP. MY IMPREZA STATION WAGON FULLY LOADED GET ABOUT 32 TO 36 MPG ON A LONG TRIP.(I GUESS I MIGHT BE SPOILED BY YOUR CARS.)


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2003 vs 2002
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By Nova Tony
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

We've had a 2002 Forester S Premium for
a little over two years; and like it so
much that we recently replaced our other
car with a 2003 XS with the premium
leather package. Both are auto trans.
Drove the 2003 from Virginia up to
Acadia Maine and spent a month driving
in Maine and Western Massachusetts (3000
miles). No complaints, very similar to
the prior model (which is an excellent
vehicle) except for a flaw in the
driver's seat adjustment mechanism.


Best Features

Auto open and close feature of the power moon roof, new for the 2003.


Worst Features

The 2002 driver's seat height adjustment is far more sophisticated -- both the front and the rear adjust up and down independently. The 2003 has been cheapened with a single adjustment in the front. Needs the dual adjustments, or a power option.


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A wise choice and dun to drive!
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By DarwinTheDog
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

When I decided to replace my Nissan
Frontier I was a bit unsure about what
type of vehicle would best suit my
needs. I wanted more interior space,
better gas mileage and a more
comfortable ride. But I didn't want to
give up having 4-wheel drive, and
wanted to have some cargo room. I
looked at the Ford Escape, Jeep
Liberty, Toyota RAV 4, Honda CRV and
eventually the Subaru Forester. The
Forester is fun to drive (not like a
sports car, but for a small SUV it
handles very well), the fuel economy is
good, it has great safety features (#1
small SUV in Insurance Institute
Study), is reliable (according to
Consumer Reports), and comfortable.


Best Features

Of course I love the sunroof, but it was really the handling that won my over. Of all the cars I looked at and drove this was the most fun to drive.


Worst Features

A bit more room in the backseat would be nice. Would also like to see Subaru offer XM radio as an option.


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Very nice vehicle
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By EWG
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Test drove and priced several other
comparable models, but none matched
the Forester for features and overall
performance. I drive mostly highway
and it has lots of pep for a 4 cyl.
Anyone in the market for a small
SUV/crossover should test drive the
Forester.


Best Features

Easy to get in and out of, CD stereo is surprisingly good, new styling on 2003 model was a big improvement.


Worst Features

Minor complaints: I drive mostly highway and I get 28 mpg. It would be nice to get a little better mileage. The arm rest in in an awkward place for the 5 spd shifter.


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