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Good All-a-round Car
By kdburnsforester on
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2005 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
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The Forest XT provides excellence in almost every category w/o much sacrifice. The turbo provides excellent acc + other recent improvements produces enough power at 2200rpm's to climb a 5% grade in 5th gear w/o engine "lug-down," resulting in better gas mileage. So far, my combind highway/city gas milage has been 27.4mpg - highway almost 29. The XT /w premium adds luxury to a practical car. The "competition" (Rav4/CRV/Liberty) does not offer comparable features, performance, or handling: more comparable to an X3/Touareg/Freelander. More car for the $$.
Favorite Features
Turbo/torque, premium pckg, low center of gravity, excellent handling, awd /w viscous- center locking dif (only /w man trans - auto has cntr trnsfr-clutch), crash test scores + safety, visibility, "Boxter" reliability record
Suggested Improvements
Upgrades to hill-holder clutch including turn-off switch, low-range, 6th gear on man trans (above current 5th gear), updated steering wheel /w climate and audio, stiffer suspension, extra inch of clearance.
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