2003 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 2003 Forester

2003 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Review

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By Dan Stosuy on


2003 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


Generally happy with the comfort, driveability, economy, and utility of the vehicle. However, three complaints in order of severity: 1- In the winter, once the cabin has warmed to the selected temperature, the climate control system blows cold air on your face and hands, and super heated air on your feet. Subaru has not acknowledged that this is a problem. 2- Wind noise around the driver's window, and 3- the tires wear fast, have poor snow traction, and are noisy. Also, their size results in a speedometer and odometer error of nearly two percent. Think about that when your warranty runs out 700 miles before it should.

Best Features

Good handling, comfortable front seats, good visibility, engine performance, gas mileage, audio system, fun to drive.

Worst Features

The automatic climate control system needs a major redesign, especially as it performs in winter. Having the A/C kick on on a dry, 20 degree winter night does not make much sense to me. I would also suggest changing the shape of the tail gate to allow four foot horizontal clearance.
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