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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Subaru Forester Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Subaru Forester

  • Practical, well built and enjoyable to drive, the Forester offers an excellent balance of upscale features and all-weather drivability.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Standard all-wheel drive, two engine choices, availability of upscale features, class-leading crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Price can be higher than some of the competition, tight on legroom in the backseat.

  • What's New for 2005

    The base engine is enhanced this year with electronic throttle control, and a new four-speed automatic transmission is available. An air filtration system is now standard on all Foresters. Also new this year is the 2.5 XS L.L. Bean Edition, which includes a myriad of interior and exterior trim enhancements, rugged cargo area trim and a self-leveling rear suspension.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



8 yr review- my lemon

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

It has taken me from point A to B and been reliable in that aspect..but Everything Else about it just sucks. Transmission constantly shifts and is starting to slip, Lack of power going through the Rockies, squeaks and rattles galore, horrible wind noise, will barely start in 20 degree weather, paint is chipping away all over the car, plastic interior is flimsy, speakers suck, and the list goes on. It hasn't been terrible, but it hasn't been good. I want to mention I have always garaged the car, maintained it since day one, here in CO we don't use salt on the roads so why the paint issue? It only has 78,000 miles on it. Check Consumer Reports, I'm just waiting for head gasket to blow




Love this car, but...

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

We love our 2005 Forester! It is a ton of fun to drive, and the leatherette interior with heated seats is very good for all of the bad weather we have here in the Pacific Northwest. This is one of the better quality SUVs for the money and the AWD is great!! However I do have one small issue with it. We barely hit 80k miles on our Forester and we already need to get the head gaskets replaced, which have set us back another $2,000. This has been the only problem with the car and it is running perfectly other than this issue, however we did some research and it is a HUGE problem with Subaru engines throughout the lineup. If you can get over that though, this car is definitely worth the money!!




Great first car!

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

This is my first car, which I got for a steal, considering it has a shocking 192k miles. I was very weary about getting a car with that many miles, but it was the only Subaru available in my budget. Subarus have been in the family for years and I know they are reliable. Whoever had this car before took good care of it. Regular maintenance was done and I found nothing wrong. I've had her for a few weeks and she runs great. I plan on keeping her maintained enough to get another 100k miles. I love my Forester and now I'm making fun of my mother, who drives an Impreza sedan. My car is way cooler then hers.




2005 subaru forester

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I recently purchased a 2005 Forester with 95k miles on it, and will be using it as my college vehicle. It had 2 previous owners and no accidents reported. It appeared to be mechanically sound. So far, it has been an excellent vehicle. The ride is smooth, and it handles nicely. Some complain about power on these vehicles - I have had no issues with power. I drive plenty both in town and in the country where I live. It is excellent in both settings. I have no issues with getting up to speed on the freeway. My gas mileage has been an acceptable 20-22 mpg, and I expect it to be a little better when I take it for my first long trip on the highway. So far, this vehicle has been a joy to own.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

160k miles and still going

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Bought this specifically for long distance commuting on the highway and it's been a great car, 110k miles before I had anything break on it. Great highway mpg 25-26.



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Noisy like a jeep wrangler

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

My ownership experience was short, and for good reason. This vehicle is deceivingly small, slow to respond to driver input, and extremely noisy. The windows are prone to extreme wind noise, and there is no good fix for it. Autotragic transmission felt as if it was on life support at 50,000 miles. If you have to buy one of these, look for a stick shift. Gas mileage is decent for an AWD vehicle, I think that I averaged 22-23. If you are looking for a roomy family vehicle, keep looking. My old Honda Civic was bigger than this tin can.



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Full 2005 Subaru Forester Review

What's New for 2005

The base engine is enhanced this year with electronic throttle control, and a new four-speed automatic transmission is available. An air filtration system is now standard on all Foresters. Also new this year is the 2.5 XS L.L. Bean Edition, which includes a myriad of interior and exterior trim enhancements, rugged cargo area trim and a self-leveling rear suspension.

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Talk About The 2005 Forester

2005 Subaru Forester Discussions See all Started By

missdev
missdev
03-19-2012
I purchased a 2012 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium (automatic transmission) in November 2011 with 4 miles on it. Since the get-go it has had issues, but we thought that some of them might work themselves...


saxy
saxy
08-09-2006
I'm trying to determine what kayak carrier will work satisfactorily with my 2005 Forester....


srush
srush
06-30-2009
Hi can I fit 225 60 16 on a 2005 forester...



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