I've had my Forester for a year and half now. Overall i like the car. It looks great but there are a few nagging annoyances. The ride can be a bit harsh. This could be due to the OEM tires. Lot of door and dash rattles. Fuel economy is avg at best. I avg 21mpg with about 80% city/20% highway. Stereo and speakers are very weak as well.
5 or 6 speed automatic which should improve mpgs as well. Better stereo and speakers. Improve ride quality and reduce rattles. Turn arrows in outside mirrors. Passenger seat needs height adjustment (sits way to low). Heated seat buttons in odd place.