I bought the car shortly after it came out. I wanted to wait at least a year before I submitted a review. So far I love the forester and have no regrets. I test drove the Rav4 and the mazda CX7 and felt the forester was the better car. Fuel consumption has been a bit disappointing. I am getting an average of 18mpg in mostly city driving. I have not experienced the rattling that was mentioned before however, I find the location for the heated seats very inconvenient. With the limited you get 2 additional speakers to which I added the optional subwoofer. Even so the sound is mediocre at best. Overall, the forester is not perfect. However, you get a lot for the money.
Huge sunroof. Ground clearance with full time all wheel drive. Soft comfortable ride. Lots of utility.
Move the heated seats buttons to the front. Replace the 4 speed auto with the CVT. Cheap interior plastics. Poor speakers.