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Great Car. Run Forrest Run.
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By run_forrest_run
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I enjoy the AWD excellent handling.
Premium package has all the
amenities; leather, heated seats,
heated mirrors and wipers, fog lights,
mudguards, 6 CD stereo (spring for the
speaker upgrade), climate control, and
a huge sunroof. I added the deflector
and took off my roof rails to cut down
on noise.

4-cylinder engine is zippy - has great
highway acceleration - more get-up and
go than the 6 cylinder Buick I
traded. Handling and parking are a
dream.

Now I know why so many Subaru owners
buy again. Before you buy check-out
their website partners. They have
discount deals when you support their
trading partners.


Best Features

Safety, sunroof, AWD, great visibility, quality fit and construction, versatile cargo area, climate control, averaging 30 MPG (60% hwy).


Worst Features

Power seat adjustment, hope to see hybrid engine offered.


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Wind noise
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By DavisJ
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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.


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


Review

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.


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Every Camper Needs One
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By KC in WA
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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).


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A Great Little Wagon
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By joybell
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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.


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