2003 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Excellent Choice!

2003 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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Excellent Choice!
By jmcdonald on


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


I researched long and hard for a new
mini-suv and none compared to Subaru's
drive, interior, and special "extras"
(ie, HUGE sunroof).Traveling the
country on interstates, mountains, and
trails through sunshine, rain, and
snow, the AWD and handling has been
exceptional, making for a fun and
trusted drive.10K mi in 6mos and not a
single rattle or problem. Even with
only 165 hp, no problems passing or
climbing hills. Love the interior
styling and auto climate control--def.
worth upgrading to prem leather pkg.
Totally satisfied!

Best Features

Entire interior (including leather), heated seats, huge sunroof, gas mileage, AWD, auto dimming mirror w/ compass, 6-disc cd system, "tightness" of vehicle, automatic on & off of interior lights and headlights, automatic climate control, cruise control, history of reliability.

Worst Features

Visor mirrors need lights. A little more cargo room maybe (it's sufficient but could be better). Although much better than 2002, exterior styling could still be "pepped up" a bit.
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