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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Reviews

2003 Subaru Forester Wagon

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Piston Slap
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By Duke
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Vehicle

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


Review

Bought the Subie a month ago with 62K on the OD. The boxer engines are prone to piston slap and mine was no exception. I bought it stipulating that the piston slap would be remedied and it was (valves were adjusted).The car does what it's supposed to do - gets you around with decent gas mileage and sure-footedness in inclement weather. This suv is 6 years old and I am confidant I will still be driving it 6 years from now.


Best Features

AWD, reliability, fit and finish, fog lights, storage capability.


Worst Features

Piston slap needs to be remedied before purchasing.


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Don't do it!
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By g green
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon 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.


Best Features

All wheel drive and 5 speed has a bit of pep


Worst Features

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 Wagon 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!


Best Features

AWD, best AWD on the market hands down.


Worst Features

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


Review

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.


Worst Features

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


Review

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.


Best Features

Fog lamps and weather band radio.


Worst Features

Power.


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