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Don't do it!
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By g green
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Car is awful. Had to replace wheel bearing, 2 head gaskets, clutch at 55,000 and am told my transmission is going, emailed Subaru about concerns and was told that is normal and I could purchase an extended warrantee-- yeah that will help after the fact. I have the hill hugger feature that freezes up and won't let you move.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive and 5 speed has a bit of pep


Suggested Improvements

Build a car that doesn't cost thousands to fix


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Be Careful with this one
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By ...
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I thought this car would be a great buy and at first it was. I love the way it handles, acceleration is good, gas mileage is fair. Now after owning it for not even two years, and still paying the sucker off I have not one but two count 'em two bad head gaskets, $1600 to fix, and it is a common problem. Just check msn autos reliability raitings. Bad head gaskets, it's what makes a Subaru a Subaru. Do not buy!


Favorite Features

AWD, best AWD on the market hands down.


Suggested Improvements

Aluminum heads! Are you kidding? I'm never buying a Subaru again... should've bought a Toyota.


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Good Car
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By billreed63
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The car has had excellent reliability. The gas mileage could be better based on the car's size and engine performance. The carpet is very poor. We already have a hole in the carpet from wear.


Suggested Improvements

Better carpet quailty.


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I like it and would buy another.
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By C Evans
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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It has had one major repair ... piston replacement (warranty), and it is under powered. But it does incredibly well in deep snow and in icy conditions.


Favorite Features

Fog lamps and weather band radio.


Suggested Improvements

Power.


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Good bang for your buck
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By R.J.
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2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Had the vehicle for about 3 years now. Very satisfied with the fit and finish of the car. It has a lot of standard equipment for a base model. The 4 speed automatic transmission is a little bit lazy getting the car moving. The Forester fairs very well in inclement weather; it is also a very highly rated vehicle safetywise by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), especially when compared against rivals in this price range. My only real complaints are the tight back seat and the antiquated rear drum brakes on the 2.5X, with the perpetual squeaking problem that a dealer rep advised me was just a poor brake shoe design inherent on this model.


Favorite Features

Safety ratings, all-wheel drive system, standard content and excellent build quality.


Suggested Improvements

More room for rear passengers. Disc brakes for the rear wheels; the standard drums have a perpetual squeaking problem no matter how often they are cleaned.


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