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1st Subaru after 17 years of Cherokees
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By babybob
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Since Jeep no longer made the Cherokee & gas prices are high, it seemed to be the logical choice to get a "highly regarded" Forester. I've owned it for almost a year & have 12500 miles on it. The car (& make no mistake, it is a car) gets decent mileage for this type of vehicle, rides peppily after a bit of sluggishness at the start, & gives a decent ride on a nice dry highway. The build quality of the body seems flimsy, tinny. Doesn't come across as a sturdy car at all. Has developed several rattles & a crunching sound in the rear when going over speed bumps/dips. Experience in the snow has been frightful, if not downright dangerous. Useless in SLUSH(!) in city driving. Won't even think of taking it offroad.


Best Features

Tasteful, simple, comfortable interior (rear seats are a bit cramped), huge moonroof, good all-around vision, heated seats, auto-dimming mirror, NO dark-tinted glass in the rear passenger & cargo area (I find it tacky & despise it).


Worst Features

Tires, Tires, Tires! OEM Yokohamas are useless. I was the only car continuously sliding (ABS had to work constantly) in downtown Montreal going from 1 stoplight to the next, on level ground. Unacceptable & won't be buying another one.


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Great Vehicle
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By jxlewis
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Pros: Handling and traction in rain & snow. Cons: Noisy fuel pump. Drives and handles well. AWD provides great handling in the rain and snow. Ride is a little too hard over rough roads and RR tracks. Seats are firm and comfortable. Front seat space is adequate if you're not overweight, height no problem at 6'3". Rear seat leg space is inadequate. Console and controls are placed well and easy to adjust while driving.


Best Features

Handling and traction in rain & snow.


Worst Features

Since purchase, annoying high-pitched noise coming from rear of vehicle-- most likely the fuel pump. Manual radio scanning preceded by a loud beep during every activation. Electronic stability control not available on this model year. Tires wear quickly and provide poor traction.No AUX jack for iPod.


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Forester 2.5X
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By Forester
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Great compact SUV, very happy with overall performance, will buy another Subaru after this. Having owned domestic vehicles over past years I made a great decision buying a Subaru.


Best Features

All wheel drive but you can not get too comfortable with it. I have had actually slid of the road with it twice going 60mph into lots of snow but it pull out of it like it was nothing. I was very very impressed.


Worst Features

Interior carpet, heater is not very good in the winter - it takes a while. Increase the power to 200 hp for the non turbo. Better car stereo please.


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Lacking Quality 2006
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By Robdisc1
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

My Subaru's main problem is its HESITATION on take off. It has about a 2 second hesitation when pulling out after pressing the gas pedal. Dangerous to plan your entrance into heavy traffic. Seems a bit life threatening. Also, the roof rack whistles pretty loud. I also get a burnt oil smell as it warms up. Lastly it gets door dings very easily. I've had a new car every year for the last 9 years. This one is the worst. The dealer told me the hesitation problem is being worked on by Subaru and I'd be notified; that was 8 months ago.


Best Features

The 4WD is awesome! It has pretty good power, and is set up nice inside.


Worst Features

Fix the hesitation before it kills someone. MPG is horrible, avg 22 mpg. Also others tell me that is their average. Better quality side panels and guards against door dings. Fix the roof rack whistling noise.


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2006 Forester X
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By subtex
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I traded in my 1998 Jeep Cherokee for the Forester. It was getting a little tired and I wanted something that would get better fuel economy and still have some off road capability. I wasn't disappointed in these 2 respects. The highway mileage is outstanding (31.6 on a recent trip) and the Forester is astonishing off road in deep sand and even climbing sand hills that we have out here in west Texas. It does however have a couple of annoying problems with the drivetrain management as mentioned in other Forester reviews. Those are the engine revving very high on cold starts and the drivetrain jerk at low speeds. Also the engine has a distinct lack of low end power in my opinion.


Best Features

Excellent off road capability and gas mileage.


Worst Features

Refine the engine management controls and give the engine a bit more low end power.


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