2011 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Good car for slippery road but

2011 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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2.5X 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Good car for slippery road but rattles
By pvp5 on


2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


I have been driving this car since November 2010, and I have mixed feelings about this car. On the good side, it has handled very well from last winter (heavy snow, ice and rain) with winter tires and AWD drive. Also, I have total 360 degree view for turning and backing up without needing a rear view camera. I also love the tight turning capability (useful for U-turn and tight parking spaces). The bad side is Subaru's failure of attention of details, particularly the moon roof, and driver seat. The moon roof rattles --particularly the build-in wind visor--when it is closed. This has annoyed me very much. Also, the driver seat is hard and so very uncomfortable for long drive.

Best Features

- Symmetrical AWD - Tight turning radius - Bluetooth - Large moonroof - Easy to access oil filter (if you are do it yourself type of person) - Timing chain - Good stopping/braking distance - Great 360 degree view for turning, and backing up without a rear view camera

Worst Features

- Moon roof particularly the build in wind visor annoyingly rattles when moon roof is closed. - Driver seat is uncomfortable for long drive (I fixed this by using a comfortable pad) - Below average standard sound speakers - Radio has few seconds delay after turning it on for the sound to come out
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By okcthunder1
on 10/09/11 11:39 AM (PDT)

I've had 4 vehicles from 3 different brands, including 2 Hondas, with moonroofs, and every one developed some kind of issue, whether it be rattles and creaking, to misalignment of the panel over time when closing it. I am concerned about the Forester with its oversized moonroof; my preference would be not to have one on my next vehicle. I totally agree and feel your pain-rattles right above your head are very annoying! I wonder if anyone else has experienced the issues mentioned by pvp5.

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