I bought a Forester 15 months ago when I moved to 8000 feet elevation.
The Forester performed flawlessly through 55 feet of snow in a record winter.
But, it's four cylinder engine and four speed transmission struggled at this elevation, especially in hilly terrain.
And, it was just a bit too small.
Since we were otherwise very satisfied, we traded it on an Outback with the 3.6 engine and 5 speed automatic.
After 18,000 miles, we traded it for $2500 less than we paid for it and still got a good discount on the Outback.
What a difference.
The Outback has plenty of power and leg room.
The Limited has very nice features.
It's a good value compared to similar crossover vehicles.
Engine and transmission are well matched.
Interior finish is better than expected for a car of this price.
The AWD is great, whether you need it or not.
It's got great traction and a very tight turning radius.
In my opinion, it's one of the best looking crossovers.
The selling dealer (Sierra in Monrovia, CA) threw in the free maintenance while under warranty which is a convenience.
The only problem we've had is a driver's window that won't go up without stopping several
It goes up a few inches and stops.
That means you have to repeatedly press the switch.
Two trips to the dealership have not resulted in a repair.
We're ready to go to another dealer for warranty service.
Commenting on your window issue. We have a 11' 3.6R Limited and have the same issue with out passenger front window. We have taken to dealer and this is a "known" issue with the model and there is no fix for it yet.
Also, we have only 13k miles on our Outback. We purchased in July 2011, so it will be a year soon. Recently the charge indicator light has been coming on when starting the vehicle after it has been sitting (cold start). It goes off after a few minutes, however dealer has told us this happens with Outbacks. Not a good answer to me, so we will see.