Used 2008 Subaru Forester Pricing


Consumer Rating
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2008 Highlights

Changes are minimal for the 2008 Subaru Forester. Stability control is now standard on all turbocharged models equipped with an automatic transmission, and Subaru has shuffled the equipment among the Forester's many trim levels. One notable change is the L.L. Bean model's loss of its self-leveling rear suspension, which increased the pressure of the shock absorbers to compensate for heavy loads.


Pros

  • Peppy base engine, seriously fast in turbocharged XT trim, carlike ride and handling, standard all-wheel drive, reassuring crash test scores.

Cons

  • Scarce rear legroom, too much road and wind noise, automatic transmission is slow to downshift.

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Used 2008 Subaru Forester for Sale

Subaru Forester 2008 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Dark Gray Metallic 44,062 miles
Used 2008Subaru Forester2.5 X
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Subaru Forester 2008 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Dark Gray Metallic Graphite Gray cloth139,996 miles
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Subaru Forester 2008 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Steel Silver Metallic Graphite Gray cloth105,187 miles
Used 2008Subaru Forester2.5 X Premium Package
List:$8,495
Est.Loan: $174/mo
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Subaru Forester 2008 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Steel Silver Metallic Graphite Gray cloth176,618 miles
Used 2008Subaru Forester2.5 X Premium Package
List:$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
Subaru Forester 2008 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) Garnet Red Pearl Desert Beige cloth60,584 miles
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Subaru Forester 2008 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A) 180,186 miles
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Features & Specs

2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
MPG222222
Seating555
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Fuelgasgasgas
Horsepower173 hp @ 6000 rpm173 hp @ 6000 rpm173 hp @ 6000 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

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

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    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
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    G
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

Top Consumer Reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Subaru Forester

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Consumer Rating


175,000 miles few problems
Purchased used in September 2009.. Hard to believe it's at 175,000 miles and still runs smooth and responsive. Replaced rear brake pads one time. Most expensive repair. Right rear wheel bearing which is a common problem on Subaru. $450.00 repair. Most expensive maintenance item. Timing belt with water pump and pulleys. I paid $600.00. The dealer charges $1200 or more. Tires are an issue. Buy good ones and they will last. Yokohama seem to last longest. The seats are not good for long trips. Get a small memory foam pillow and that will take care of that. Weird stalling and idle problems started at 142,000 miles and traced to small valve on intake manifold. Remove electric hook up, remove two Phillips screws, spray valve with intake manifold cleaner and problem solved. Remove spark plug wires and inspect for oil. Valve cover gasket leaks common problem on these cars but I haven't had to replace them yet. Overall it's a good safe solid car. Nothing fancy but reliable when you work through the issues. Make sure when replacing plug wires to use spark plug grease on both ends of wires. Another issue. Headlights started leaking at 160,000 miles. Don't even try to fix them. Order new ones off Ebay for $300. You have to remove the entire front end to replace them. It's time consuming not difficult. It's 8 years old at this point and has held up well. Update February 2017. Still running well. Just replaced front and rear pads. And both oxygen sensors 184,712 miles. Update August 2017. 193,783 miles. Replaced valve cover gaskets. Surge and stalling again. Preparing to change out fuel injectors and gas pedal assembly. Most of the time it runs perfect but occasionally stalls. I also suspect it could be accumulation of bad gas. Update February 2018: 199,980 miles. Car running smoothly again. However, turned car over to one of my children in January 2018. He is now over 200,000 miles.
Fantastic Car! Buy it if you can!
This is a fabulous car! I have owned my 2008 Subaru Forester for about 2 and a half years now. It has been without a single problem the entire time. One of the things I love most about my Subaru is its versatility. It gets good gas mileage, but I have also used it for hauling huge items of furniture, kayaks, pontoon rafts, 5 people, all the luggage of a long trip for me and my entire family, and building supplies for my house. It is such as safe car as well. My wife was rear ended while in our in our 1998 Subaru Forester by a Ford F250 going fast when she was at a stop. The car completely absorbed the impact and saved her life. After that, we had to get another Subaru Forester.
Best car I've ever owned
Really hate to be the obnoxious reviewer who gives all five stars, but this car has earned it. It's more comfortable than Cadillacs I've owned and has great fuel economy for an AWD (though I wish Subaru would introduce a fleet of hybrids). I usually get 30mpg hwy, but I don't really drive city. 160,000 miles so far and no issues whatsoever. Definitely will buy another one in the future.
Used 2008 Subaru Forester Overview

The Used 2008 Subaru Forester is offered in the following submodels: Wagon. Available styles include 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 X L.L.Bean Edition 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), Sports 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A), 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A), Sports 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M), 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Sports 2.5 XT 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 4A), and Sports 2.5 XT 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M). Pre-owned Subaru Forester models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 173 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2008 Subaru Forester comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic. The Used 2008 Subaru Forester comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2008 Subaru Forester?

Price comparisons for Used 2008 Subaru Forester trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Subaru Forester 2.5 X Premium Package is priced between $5,995 and $8,495 with odometer readings between 105187 and 176618 miles.

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