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Love it!
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By AG
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


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I had 2002 Forester X for four years and I really liked it. But then traded it for 2006 XT and that's the huge difference! I love that car. I love the acceleration, and not only from the stop, but it feels like it always has more power and can jump forward. What a surprise for BMW drivers! Nice cornering, good braking. Drove in February on snowy and icy freeway between Detroit and Chicago - no problem with traction or anything else. When my lease expires in two years I will have another Forester, or maybe even keep this one. Money well spent!


Best Features

Acceleration. Braking. Comfort.


Worst Features

Fuel economy could be better. 5 or maybe even 6 speed automatic transmission with good support of active driving manners.


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OK Overall, Great in snow!
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By Higgledy
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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After driving this car for 14 months and 36,000 miles I am ready to trade on something more refined. In 36,000 miles I had one major repair--replaced the catalytic converter, covered under warranty. But the thing that bothers me most is the rattles, noise, and harshness that have developed in 14 months.


Best Features

All Wheel Drive is the best! Fun to drive and the hatch.


Worst Features

Refine car's interior: reduce rattles and road noise. Interior materials could be less prone to scratches as well as improved electronics.


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1st Subaru after 17 years of Cherokees
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By babybob
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Since Jeep no longer made the Cherokee & gas prices are high, it seemed to be the logical choice to get a "highly regarded" Forester. I've owned it for almost a year & have 12500 miles on it. The car (& make no mistake, it is a car) gets decent mileage for this type of vehicle, rides peppily after a bit of sluggishness at the start, & gives a decent ride on a nice dry highway. The build quality of the body seems flimsy, tinny. Doesn't come across as a sturdy car at all. Has developed several rattles & a crunching sound in the rear when going over speed bumps/dips. Experience in the snow has been frightful, if not downright dangerous. Useless in SLUSH(!) in city driving. Won't even think of taking it offroad.


Best Features

Tasteful, simple, comfortable interior (rear seats are a bit cramped), huge moonroof, good all-around vision, heated seats, auto-dimming mirror, NO dark-tinted glass in the rear passenger & cargo area (I find it tacky & despise it).


Worst Features

Tires, Tires, Tires! OEM Yokohamas are useless. I was the only car continuously sliding (ABS had to work constantly) in downtown Montreal going from 1 stoplight to the next, on level ground. Unacceptable & won't be buying another one.


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Great Vehicle
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By jxlewis
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Pros: Handling and traction in rain & snow. Cons: Noisy fuel pump. Drives and handles well. AWD provides great handling in the rain and snow. Ride is a little too hard over rough roads and RR tracks. Seats are firm and comfortable. Front seat space is adequate if you're not overweight, height no problem at 6'3". Rear seat leg space is inadequate. Console and controls are placed well and easy to adjust while driving.


Best Features

Handling and traction in rain & snow.


Worst Features

Since purchase, annoying high-pitched noise coming from rear of vehicle-- most likely the fuel pump. Manual radio scanning preceded by a loud beep during every activation. Electronic stability control not available on this model year. Tires wear quickly and provide poor traction.No AUX jack for iPod.


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Forester 2.5X
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By Forester
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2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Great compact SUV, very happy with overall performance, will buy another Subaru after this. Having owned domestic vehicles over past years I made a great decision buying a Subaru.


Best Features

All wheel drive but you can not get too comfortable with it. I have had actually slid of the road with it twice going 60mph into lots of snow but it pull out of it like it was nothing. I was very very impressed.


Worst Features

Interior carpet, heater is not very good in the winter - it takes a while. Increase the power to 200 hp for the non turbo. Better car stereo please.


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