2003 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: What a great ride

2003 Subaru Forester - Consumer Review

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

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What a great ride
By Zarfo on


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


Never owned a Subaru before, always
had honda, VW or Dodge. When my 94
Dakota was failing I saw the re design
of the Forester, they took a sick pup
and made it look good. I insisted on
the 5 speed cause the auto trans in
the Dakota was poor and I was giving
up a V6 to a 4 and I pull a small
trailer. Well the Forester does a
better job then the Dakota. The
handling and comfort are great. Drove
1400 mile to Florida loaded down for
vacation with ease and got up to 32
MPG. Ski trip to Vermont should prove
it's worth in real snow. I'm ready to
trade in my wife's 02 VW Jetta for
another Subaru. I'm very happy with my

Best Features

Styling, comfort,(better seating then our Jetta),fit and finish and no rattles yet. The head and fog lights, wiper deicers, heated seats and no antenna to get broken off. The no roll back feature is good too.

Worst Features

More horse power with out going turbo, who wants to always pay for high test gasoline. Better speakers for the stereo system.
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