We've had a 2002 Forester S Premium for
a little over two years; and like it so
much that we recently replaced our other
car with a 2003 XS with the premium
leather package. Both are auto trans.
Drove the 2003 from Virginia up to
Acadia Maine and spent a month driving
in Maine and Western Massachusetts (3000
miles). No complaints, very similar to
the prior model (which is an excellent
vehicle) except for a flaw in the
driver's seat adjustment mechanism.
Auto open and close feature of the power
moon roof, new for the 2003.
The 2002 driver's seat height adjustment
is far more sophisticated -- both the
front and the rear adjust up and down
independently. The 2003 has been
cheapened with a single adjustment in
the front. Needs the dual adjustments,
or a power option.