Used 2003 Subaru Forester Wagon Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2003 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

182 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Forester model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
Wind noise
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By DavisJ
on

Vehicle

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


Review

When I first took delivery of my '03 Forester, there was terrible wind noise while driving on the highway. BUT, after a while this went away. Perhaps the moldings formed to the door frames. But if you are one who is suffering from this problem. Hang in there - it should go away.


Best Features

Interior and exterior styling.


Worst Features

None at this time.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Every Camper Needs One
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By KC in WA
on

Vehicle

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


Review

Bought it at invoice May 27th and been lovin' it ever since. We took it camping to Yellowstone with 4 adults (~2900 mi)and it performed well off and on-road (30 mpg average with a cargo box!). The engine seemed a tad winded on very steep grades. Handles great even in tight curves and with a fully loaded cargo box! We took it places where no regular wagon would ever dream of going. The only thing it didn't do was make hot chocolate for us while we watched a wolf pack at 6 am!!


Best Features

Wagon bodystyle, AWD, ground clearance, CD player that doesn't skip while driving on fire roads, Colour scheme (green with tan interior), 12 V outlets


Worst Features

Interior Scotchguard treatment or more rugged upholstery. Why doesn't a 20K vehicle have a standard security alarm? Few more hp (not via a turbo, I want the same mpg).


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

A Great Little Wagon
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By joybell
on

Vehicle

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


Review

I have had two Subaru vehicles that lasted over 10 years without major repairs. I hope that my new Forester will be just as economical, reliable and practical to own. I really did not want an SUV, just a Japan-made Subaru wagon. I feel that is exactly what I got, with a bit of SUV styling. It certainly has a lot snappier engine than the older Subarus (1.8L) that I owned, which makes it more fun to drive. I am very happy and looking forward to many years of ownership of my 2003 Forester X.


Best Features

Agile, solid handling, comfortable interior, smart front and rear styling, good size tires, AWD


Worst Features

Gid rid of the thick pillars behind the rear passenger sear, bring back the earlier Forester model taller "greenhouse" windows, design smaller head restraints. Provide standard mudflaps.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Out to Lunch on New Forrester Purchase
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By J.J.
on

Vehicle

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


Review

Purchased a 2003 Subaru Forrester XS, prem/lthr. Biggest complaint is a horrible blind spot on the left side. The right side is great. I use the rearview and side mirrors when switching to the left lanes on the highway. As an extra precaution I turn my head to the left and my view is seriously hindered by the panel that is between the side and rear windows. It's really a dreadful feeling as I feel as if it is "merge or die" and I hate to solely rely on mirrors only. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, then how do you overcome? Really interested in your comments. Am seriously considering a trade on a one-month old car. Many thanks.


Best Features

Leather, heated seats and mirrors. Sporty tires. Pretty silver color.


Worst Features

Arm Rest extension is too short and too hard. Blind spot on the left side is a challenge.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

2003 Subaru Forester XS premium/leather
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By merliech
on

Vehicle

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


Review

I purchased the car back in February, just in time for the snow! It handles wonderfully. Also, I'm just under 5 feet tall and can see perfectly out of this car. No problems with the car so far. Intend to keep for a long time. Also, had a great experience with the dealership.


Best Features

heated seats/windshield wipers, sunroof, upgraded stereo, AWD.


Worst Features

put a light on lock/unlock button, add power seat option.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT