Paid $27k, 6mo later I wanted out of this car due to complete lack of power when I would go up into the mountains.
CarMax & Toyota only offered me $19k, so I went to Subaru since they offer a "Guaranteed Trade In Program", however they also only valued the car at $19k.
Unfortunately now I'm stuck in a car that I hate, and I will have to look into renting a more reliable car when I want to go up into the mountains.
Will NEVER make the mistake of buying a Subaru again:-(
driving up the mountains, the engine runs at 3-6 rpm.
Next time, do your homework BEFORE buying a vehicle!
Will be curious to find out what vehicle you think is gonna race UP mountains....
To say the Forester has a "complete lack of power" is uh....stupid.
jenn_outdoors, your write-up is really not a review.
It is more of a manifesto on purchasing the 'wrong' vehicle.
It sounds as if you needs would have been better served by the Subie Outback with the straight 6.
I dont know why you say NO power, i drove my base 2011 Forester up the white mountains in NH and it was a workhorse. Smooth shifting of gears both up and down the slope and registered almost 28 MPG. Maybe you need to press the accelerator gradually or something.