Just moved from a 96 Legacy LS wagon to
an 03 Forester, prem. pkg with
leather. Car is a joy to drive and the
sunroof is as big as all outdoors.
Only have it for about two weeks so
can't say much more.
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!!
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
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).
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.
Agile, solid handling, comfortable
interior, smart front and rear
styling, good size tires, AWD
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
Purchased a 2003 Subaru Forrester XS,
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
Leather, heated seats and mirrors.
Sporty tires. Pretty silver color.
Arm Rest extension is too short and too
hard. Blind spot on the left side is a
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
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