Used 2006 Subaru Forester

$1,500 - $9,998
2006 Subaru Forester

2006 Highlights

Subaru has made many small but significant changes to the Forester for 2006. Foresters with normally aspirated engines have a new variable valve-lift system that bumps horsepower from last year's 165 to 173, while turbo Foresters have a higher compression ratio and redesigned intake and exhaust components for a 20-hp boost to 230 and cleaner tailpipe emissions. The manual and automatic transmissions have also been updated for better performance, as has the suspension. Interested shoppers should also note that Subaru has simplified the Forester's trim levels, freshened up the exterior styling and added more thigh support to the rear seat.


  • Standard all-wheel drive, two engine choices, availability of upscale features, class-leading crash test scores, rides and handles like a car.


  • Costs more than many competitors, tight on legroom in the backseat.

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Used 2006 Subaru Forester for Sale

Subaru Forester 2006 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A) Crystal Gray Metallic Anthracite Black leather147,524 miles
Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 XT Limited
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Subaru Forester 2006 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Steel Gray Metallic Graphite Gray cloth103,419 miles
Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X Premium Package
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Subaru Forester 2006 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Aspen White Graphite Gray cloth102,531 miles
Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X Premium Package
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Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X Premium Package
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Regal Blue Pearl Graphite Gray cloth131,723 miles
Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X
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Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X
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Crystal Gray Metallic Graphite Gray cloth27,036 miles
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Aspen White Graphite Gray cloth145,000 miles
Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X Premium Package
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Steel Gray Metallic Graphite Gray cloth190,551 miles
Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X Premium Package
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2006 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5 X PREMIUM CROSSOVER ALL WHEEL DRIVE POWER WINDOWS POWER DOOR LOCKS POWER STEERING SUPER CLEAN INSIDE/OUT! FRESH VA INSPECTION LOOKS RUNS AND DRIVES EXCELLENT! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~90 DAY POWER TRAIN WARRANTY INCLUDED~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Visit Universal Auto Sales online at to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 703-901-1880 today to schedule your test drive.

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Regal Blue Pearl Graphite Gray cloth112,054 miles
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Garnet Red Pearl Desert Beige cloth158,803 miles
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ONE OWNER CLEAN CARFAX ACCIDENT FREE AWD Visit Dependable Auto Sales online at to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 410-287-5171 today to schedule your test drive.

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Used 2006Subaru Forester2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition
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Crystal Gray Metallic/Steel Gray Metallic Desert Beige cloth88,340 miles
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Features & Specs

2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic5-speed manual
Horsepower173 hp @ 6000 rpm173 hp @ 6000 rpm173 hp @ 6000 rpm173 hp @ 6000 rpm173 hp @ 6000 rpm230 hp @ 5600 rpm230 hp @ 5600 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Great car but lots of repairs Starting at 120k.
I bought this at 100,000 miles for 8000. I'm on the fence on whether It was worth it or not. Been a good car but i've put some real maintenance dough into it. Pros: handling, acceleration, steering, quite roomy because of it's boxy shape and the seats that can fold forward. Really high clearance, all wheel drive, good suspension all means that this car can handle a wide variety of conditions, from poorly maintained roads to very wintry weather. I use my car for construction and enjoye the spaciousness in the back (especially with seats folded down) and being able to get places that big trucks sometimes can't get to. Cons: It's interior is quite delicate. I know I said I used it for construction, but I've had a number of cars before and I was disappointed with how easily the interior aged, dinged, scratched, and the upholstery tore and the carpet at the feet are tearing and wearing as well. The biggest issue is the major and minor repairs that you risk after about 120k miles on it, maybe sooner if you're not lucky. I guess this is true for most cars that aren't Toyota or Honda. I have put $3000 into it in four years. The big issues have been head gasket repair, multiple belt issues. The little issues have been thermostat, leaking and burning oil, emergency break stopped working, hatch stopped shutting, weather stripping coming undone and lots of air noise, leaking steering fluid. All this on top of a drop in gas mileage since I bought it, and "regular maintenance" like getting the timing belt replaced and fluid changes so looking back I would have looked for something maybe less 'nice' but more reliable. So far head gaskets are good, fingers crossed......
Watch those big ticket repairs.
No surprise here but this car is amazing in bad weather. I love driving this car in the snow, wind, rain and I feel very safe and secure while doing so. My main beef with this car is that it has about 140000 miles on it and I'm going to have to let it go because it needs some very pricey repairs. Repairs: -Head gaskets are leaking. It's basically a time bomb and I was quoted $1800 to replace the gaskets. -My front differential blew up. Luckily they found a used one and I didn't need to replace transmission. This cost me $2000 and it left me stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night. -3 wheel bearings ($300 each i believe) -Now my transmission is slipping. My gas mileage dropped from 22 to 17mpg. I feel like it's a matter of time before I do need to replace the transmission and that won't be worth paying since it will cost nearly what the car is worth. -I had the timing belt and water pump replaced at 100k miles. Standard procedure but just be aware if this has been done or not around that mileage as it cost about $1000. I have not had very many small repairs. It's been a fairly reliable car other than the above big ticket issues. I've noticed a lot of used Foresters around the same year are around that 130k mile mark so I'm guessing this is sort of the point in these cars life where you either dump a ton of money into it or sell it.
Great Practical Vehicle
I bought this vehicle with 76000 miles on it. It runs and drives like a new one! The AWD feature is amazing in the snow and on ice. The interior is a little cheap, but its not bad. It is a perfect car for us as we have one infant whose carseat sits in the middle of the rear seat. The boxer motors are bulletproof and as far as people saying it is like a rollercoaster.....its an AWD vehicle. There is going to be an obvious deceleration when going through gears. There is more friction to keep power to all wheels. I would highly recommend this vehicle.
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Honestly, the Subaru Forester never did it for me. I was not looking forward to this trip, driving the small SUV around southern Pennsylvania.

My day with the 2006 Subaru Forester was already off to a poor start, as I had accidentally downed a glass full of raw egg whites, which, at 6:30 a.m., I mistook for fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Clearly, I had every reason to disparage the car, but something miraculous happened along the way: Subaru made a believer out of me with the 2006 Forester.

What's the Glaring Difference, You Might Ask?
Well, the 2006 Forester is quite possibly the funnest SUV I've ever driven, especially the 2006 Forester 2.5 XT Limited, with its turbo version of the company's 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and a five-speed manual transmission.

It's not that the 2005 Forester was underpowered, though. In fact, several previous Subaru Foresters have had the ability to achieve 0-to-60 times quicker than even the V6 Porsche Cayenne.

Part of the new fun, though, comes from Subaru's removal of the precatalytic converter, which bumps the output of the standard 2.5 X from 165 to 173 horsepower. Likewise, the Forester 2.5 XT Limited saw the horsepower rating of its turbocharged engine climb from 210 to 230. These tweaks allow the 2006 Subaru Forester to achieve class-leading power for four-cylinder entry-level SUVs and second place, behind the Saturn Vue, in the six-cylinder category — even though the Subie is merely powered by a flat four.

Those concerned that these new engines might be more burdensome, though, to both the environment and their gas card, shouldn't worry, as a secondary air pump has been added to all models to improve emissions.

Dynamic Suspension, Nimble Performance and Even Good Gas Mileage
The 2006 Forester's suspension has been made considerably firmer than that of the 2005 version, without any penalty in ride quality. The improved handling became immediately evident from the vehicle's performance on the surprisingly sporty roads of southern Pennsylvania. Both the 2.5 X Forester and 2.5 XT Limited Turbo Forester that we tested were incredibly nimble and zippy, which certainly proved to be useful for dodging the numerous Mennonite horse-and-buggy rigs that seemed to appear from out of nowhere.

Subaru has also improved the shift performance on all of the five-speed manual transmissions for 2006; and the two Foresters that we drove, both five-speed-equipped, had effortlessly engaging shift action. Gas mileage for the 2006 Foresters is better than most small SUVs, with these manual versions, in particular, capable of as much as 26 miles to the gallon. And the turbo Foresters lose an average of only 2 miles a gallon compared to the normally aspirated 2.5 X Foresters.

In addition to these welcome enhancements, Subaru has also redesigned the front and rear of the 2006 Forester, with new bumpers, grille, headlights and rear window. The ground clearance has been raised to 8.1 inches to make room for a new exhaust system, although the vehicle has maintained its traditionally low center of gravity, which makes it one of the least rollover-prone SUVs of any kind.

Carlike Safety
Despite its impressive performance, the 2006 Forester is no slouch when it comes to safety. Since its introduction in 1998, the Forester has racked up the safety awards and numerous accolades, not the least of which have come from the notoriously nitpicky Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (for frontal and side crash test ratings).

The 2006 safety package includes improved all-wheel drive, multiple airbags, a strengthened rear crossmember which increases the Forester's rigidity, front-seatbelt pre-tensioners and front-seat active head restraints.

The Subaru Advanced Front Airbag System is exactly how it is described: it determines the weight of the passenger and then determines how much force to use. The airbag shuts itself off if the "smart" system determines that the front-seat passenger weighs less than 60 pounds. The 2006 Forester even features head/chest side-impact airbags for front-seat occupants.

The standard Forester brake setup is efficient and effective. The only improvement I can think of in this department would be the inclusion of the Brembo brakes that are found on the Forester STi turbo, which is sold exclusively in Japan.

It's What's On the Inside That Counts
I can't say that I'm head over heels for the 2006 Forester's exterior, but then again, I will freely admit to having an anti-SUV bias. Considering this, I usually judge sport-utility vehicles on the basis of their interiors.

In regards to the cabin, the Forester was already quite impressive in its 2005 configuration. That which was good about the vehicle has been retained, and the Forester has received a few other interior delights such as more luxurious seat fabric (even on the base model), passenger seatback net pockets and increased cargo capacity.

Subaru has also added a multifunctional center console, which looks just fine and actually provides some function, although we found it to interfere slightly with our shifting in the manual models.

The top-end L.L. Bean Edition of the car has been upgraded with a MOMO wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a shock sensor for the security system, and an expansion of the waterproof storage surface to the cargo area sidewalls.

What Next for the Forester?
With its generous safety package and carlike ride, the Subaru Forester has traditionally been a big hit with women, who currently make up 60 percent of the vehicle's customers. For 2006, the target is men. The 230-hp 2.5 XT Limited should go a long way toward putting more Y chromosomes in the seats. With its promise of broader appeal, the 2006 Subaru Forester could very likely go on to sell in big-league quantities in North America, especially given its base price of $21,795 plus $595 destination (the 2.5 XT will go for $27,895).

While I have already admitted to not being entirely enamored with the 2006 Forester's looks, the drive is still fantastic, with horsepower and torque to spare. For what the vehicle is, I could only think of one improvement for the model lineup: the importation of the Japan-only Forester STi turbo, with its 265 hp….

Used 2006 Subaru Forester Overview

The Used 2006 Subaru Forester is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A), 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), and 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2006 Subaru Forester trim styles:

  • The Used 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X is priced between $2,400 and $9,998 with odometer readings between 0 and 207821 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Package is priced between $1,500 and $8,988 with odometer readings between 39294 and 190551 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited is priced between $5,999 and $7,999 with odometer readings between 111116 and 147524 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition is priced between $5,677 and $5,677 with odometer readings between 89245 and 89245 miles.

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