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GREAT VEHICLE
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By 4TIRES
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2005 Subaru Forester Wagon X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had it for 2 months now and did some camping (therefore loaded it a lot) drove in hilly roads and so far, nothing to complain about! Great purchase, great handling, good power/weight ratio. Good feature too, the hill holder that prevent the vehicle from going backward on an inclined road (excellent when you are fully loaded in a very steep road at a traffic light).


Best Features

Hill holder, fog light, trunk mat.


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New Subaru Owner
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By ICW
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2005 Subaru Forester Wagon XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


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Just got an automatic 2005 XT turbo Forester last week. Took it on a trip to New York city for Memorial Day weekend from PA (approximately 350 mile round trip). We love everything about this car so far! We were looking for a car with more cargo space than our two compact sedans, but were not interested in a large SUV or minivan. We have a 1 1/2 year old baby and what initially attracted us to Forester was its high safety rating by Consumer Report. We also are looking for a AWD or 4WD for the winter. After looking at various small SUV and wagons (Honda CRV, Toyota RAV 4, etc) we decided to go with Subaru based on many positive reviews. I personally love the extra power turbo provides.


Best Features

Turbo and the quick acceleration. Large sun/moonroof. Very well designed interior overall.


Worst Features

A bit disappointed about gas mileage and needs premium gas. Security system is not a standard feature. No arm rest.


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great all around vehicle
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By mcbrunl
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2005 Subaru Forester Wagon XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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This is our first AWD vehicle. We did a lot of research via web/word of mouth and were led to the Subaru Forester. We were not disappointed, it has performed in a very admirable manner since we got it. The ride is very comfortable, the gas mileage is very decent (around 24mpg). the handling is exceptional. We did have a couple of body discrepancies that came with the car, but dealership rectified them promptly. We are totally content with this vehicle at this time.


Best Features

Great vision, heated seats, handling, quality interior, comfortable seating.


Worst Features

Could have a better warranty, pricing is a little more than most (with comparable features), base engine could have a little more oomph (though I understand the 2006 models have added hp).


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Forester Fun
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By scooby
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2005 Subaru Forester Wagon XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


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This is a very comfortable and fun car to drive. Plenty of power when needed even though fuel mileage is not that good. Fit and finish exceptional.


Best Features

Nice leather seats. My wife really likes the heated seat feature.


Worst Features

Better fuel mileage. More legroom in rear seats.


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Worthy Audi successor
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By Phil C
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2005 Subaru Forester Wagon XS L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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"El Coche Frijol" (The Beanmobile!) replaced our Audi A4q V6 and in 3 months has won our hearts! With its comfortable interior, creature comforts, HUGE sunroof, excellent handling and good gas mileage (the Audi was terrible!) it is hard to beat. We wanted a comfortable, well appointed and nimble AWD car without a premium price tag and it delivers in spades. The combination of the White/Platinum exterior and light tan/beige leather looks very sharp and makes it a good "hot climate" vehicle. Important as we live in Texas!


Best Features

Comfortable seats, 6 CD changer, Weather Band Radio, HUGE sunroof. Ease of maintenance.


Worst Features

More sound insulation. Rain gutter.


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