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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Reviews

2003 Subaru Forester Wagon

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


Review

This is a wise choice for a small SUV.
It handles surprisly well on the road
and has very good visability. I didn't
expect as much quickness from a four
cylinder. Decline the winter package
and buy a remote starter.


Best Features

The ground clearance, safety rating, visability, gas mileage, internal spare tire, rear hatch raises instead of opening to the side like the CRV. small compartments to store CDs and sun glasses.


Worst Features

More power is always invited, and the interior is no frills, the back seats are small so that when a car seat is intalled the fronts have nowhere to recline.


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Can't beat the value
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By Crockett Actuary
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Great handling for an AWD vehicle.
Great visibility, headroom (I'm 6'4"),
and front-seat legroom. Excellent
cornering. Could use a tad more
passing acceleration, but it's only a 4-
cyl, and is fine. Liked the pre-2003
exterior styling more (was more
unique), now it looks like a Honda.


Best Features

Front-seat roominess & visibility and handling


Worst Features

A bit more engine pep. I understand the '04 is adding an optional turbo- charged engine, which probably takes care of that


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First time Subaruer
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By The Katster
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The height of the vehicle is great to
get in and out of the vehicle. I find
the get up and go a little sluggish,
especially on a fresh start/pull out.
The feel of driving is fun and
enjoyable on long trips. The cargo area
is extremely handy in comparison to a
standard car with a trunk.


Best Features

Cargo bay and lots of storage compartments


Worst Features

Need light in the glove box, lighted mirror on passanger sun flap and compartment for CD cases


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Made the right choice
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By Barry W
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I did the research and study on several
SUV models and test drove several,
including the Forester. My wife had her
heart set on a Forester but I was not
yet convinced this was the best choice.
Knowing this was her car we negotiated
a deal and purchaced a 2003 Forester.
The longer I drive it the more I'm
convinced we made the right choice. Our
fuel milage has been averaging 26-29mpg
and it's a pleasure to drive.
The Forester seems a little small for me
but not bad, and it's a perfect fit for
my wife.


Best Features

auto dimming rear view mirror. (I would have never thought it important but now I'm spoiled by it)


Worst Features

maybe a little more arm and shoulder room for us bigger guys and when my back aches I could use a bit more lumbar support then given by the seat.


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This is a great car!
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By bigdanhall
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2003 Subaru Forester Wagon X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I am totally pleased with this car, it's great. I
am 6'4 and my wife is 5'6 so we were looking
for a car that would fit us both. It had to be
roomy to travel in and I have this thing about
simplicity and sturdiness. This has been an
excellent choice. I love the zippiness of the
Forester, it really has a bunch of pick up.
Definetly get the 5 speed Manual.
We have about 10,000 miles on it and it has
proven to be reliable and fun to drive. You can
get this car for less than $18,000 if you wheel
and deal right.Subaru should offer leather and
sunroof on 5 speed manual.


Best Features

Fun to drive, feels very zippy. Great stock tires (Yokahama). The dependability of Subaru. AWD is excellent! Feels stable on slippery roads. Antilock brakes standard. The body style is very user friendly. Is a great deal for the price.


Worst Features

Body feels like tin and dents easily. A mid door body strip would help protect the body from parking lot dings. More fun gadgets on the interior. Only has one auto window setting (drivers side window goes down automatically with one push). Windows should have an auto up/down feature


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