2003 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Good car for bad weather

2003 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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XS Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Good car for bad weather
By Alex on


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


I bought this car with 65,000 miles on it, now it has 100,000. Nothing wrong with engine or transmission. Forester showed high safety standards on the wet and frozen roads. I like the way Subaru handles the road and ability to drive in the all kind of weather with reasonable gas efficiency for AWD. From other side, car is obviously underpowered. And it is kind of difficult to pass other cars on the highways, it just can't get speed fast enough. So, if you are looking for a safe and reliable vehicle without any fancy design or performance, then Forester will be a right choice.

Best Features

All wheel drive, safety, high reliability

Worst Features

Too slow for AWD, and too noisy (has no windows frames).
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