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I love this car
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By Carol Bevis
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2005 Subaru Forester XS L.L.Bean Edition AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I did my research through Edmunds, looked at CR and made my decision to purchase the 2005 Forester LL Bean. It has been a fantastic car, small SUV, perfect for everything. Great sunroof, nice leather seats, all automatic heater/air conditioner, and perfect size cargo area. Fuel mileage city around 26mpg. Can't wait to try the windshield wiper de-icer (actually I could wait). Never had a Subaru before and feel that this one is a true winner.


Best Features

The big sunroof and leather seats has to be my favorites. Oh yes, the 6 CD changer too.


Worst Features

Put a few features on the steering wheel.


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reliable car
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By bob
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2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Very roomy and handles well for a wagon. The 4wd is awesome. I can't figure out why it doesn't have privacy glass, it's ridiculous that they have not figured that out yet when virtually every other automaker has it. The sun is always shining in my kid's face. And the keyless entry is way too sensitive.


Best Features

Roomy, trunk space, reliability.


Worst Features

PRIVACY GLASS!


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The Perfect SUV
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By Andrew
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2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Wanted to get a small SUV, but not too small. I test drove everything in the market (RAV4, Escape, Liberty, Tuscon, Equinox etc.) The Forester beats them all. Picked the car up from the dealer and the next day packed it up with a wife, two kids, two small dogs and a weeks worth of luggage and beach equipment and hit the road. Tons of room, very comfortable and a great drive (all for the base X model). Drives like a car (unlike the other small SUV's I tried) and just feels huge inside. Love the handling and can't wait to battle the winter. Grabbed a 2005 because loved the Green (which they don't have in 2006), below invoice price and huge rebate. Surprisingly great car for the price.


Best Features

Base seats are incredibly comfortable and love the material. Large trunk space. AWD. Fuel efficiency. Standard safety features.


Worst Features

Better pickup (which I think they have in 2006 model), but unless you are into drag racing, not a big deal. Need grippers in the cup holders (doesn't hold drinks securely). More a/c vents in the back. Overall incredible car and the perfect car at this price level.


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More fun than a WRX or Mustang
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By bellis
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2005 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Quicker from a standing start than our previous WRX's and our '05 Legacy 2.5 GT turbo. No serious turbo lag felt in the XT, as well as being stronger through the gears. Doesn't handle as well as the WRX's, but it is a lot more comfortable and versatile, especially on a long trip or bumpy gravel roads. Mileage of 24-25 mpg in mixed driving with generous use of the turbo is excellent for such a high performance vehicle. A trip with 4 people on board through mountains (6,000 to 10,000 ft) did not diminish its performance/fun factor. Not as cute as the V8 Mustang we had, but feels just as fast and a lot better handling (safer) in inclement weather. Actually fun to drive in the rain.


Best Features

Turbo, gearing, versatility. It's a smile generator! It's appearance may not impress posers, but the driving experience impresses me.


Worst Features

A sixth gear for even more economy, but don't change the ratios of gears 1-5 so that the performance is not hurt. We drove the 2006 XT. It was slightly quieter, but it has revised ratios in its 5 speed manual and isn't quite as quick. That, plus the new 'styling' is why we searched around for a 2005.


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Lots of car for the money
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By Scott
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2005 Subaru Forester XT AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I purchased the Forester for my daily commute of 100 miles a day round trip. I gave up a perfectly good running Honda with 260K miles for the Forester and with the exception of gas mileage, I am very happy. The Honda was a consistent 32-36 mpg and this is around 24-26 on the highway, but with premium gas. Doing the math, that is comparable to 22-24 mpg running regular fuel. The car is FAST, fun to drive, practical, reliable (the Forester is built in Japan) and an excellent value for the money when compared to other vehicles. My ONLY complaint is the gas mileage. I would expect a little better with a 4 cylinder engine, but then again it's a turbo and AWD. Passing on the highway is done with ease.


Best Features

Turbo engine, sporty hood scoop, heated seats, climate control, 6-disk CD changer, AWD, and 5-speed.


Worst Features

The car NEEDS a 6-speed. That would bring gas mileage up to the high 20's or low 30's. Put the STI tranny in it.


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