2003 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: 2003 vs 2002

2003 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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XS Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic w/Premium Leather Package)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
2003 vs 2002
By Nova Tony on


2003 Subaru Forester XS AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Leather Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


We've had a 2002 Forester S Premium for
a little over two years; and like it so
much that we recently replaced our other
car with a 2003 XS with the premium
leather package. Both are auto trans.
Drove the 2003 from Virginia up to
Acadia Maine and spent a month driving
in Maine and Western Massachusetts (3000
miles). No complaints, very similar to
the prior model (which is an excellent
vehicle) except for a flaw in the
driver's seat adjustment mechanism.

Best Features

Auto open and close feature of the power moon roof, new for the 2003.

Worst Features

The 2002 driver's seat height adjustment is far more sophisticated -- both the front and the rear adjust up and down independently. The 2003 has been cheapened with a single adjustment in the front. Needs the dual adjustments, or a power option.
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