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2008 Subaru Forester Wagon

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Can't get this car any more; too bad
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By osvolant
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2008 Subaru Forester Wagon 2.5 XT Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I love the turbo engine. Getting 24 mpg routinely in suburban/highway driving. Leather seats in Limited trim very comfortable and main reason I didn't buy the Sport. Noisy at highway speeds. Very practical for light off-roading, trailer towing, hauling bikes, dogs, etc. with enough zip to make it fun (more sports car than SUV feel). Good in snow and mud, even towing trailer. Manual trans not available with turbo in '09- glad I got mine.


Best Features

Turbo engine, sporty firm ride, crisp shifting manual trans.


Worst Features

Firmer brake pedal feel, less road noise, 6th gear ratio for lower engine rpms at 70+ mph.


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Accelerator Problem
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By Sylvia Lucy
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2008 Subaru Forester Wagon 2.5 X Premium Package 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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There is one annoying problem that spoils the overall positive driving experience. The vehicle speeds up and slows down constantly while I try to hold a steady highway speed. The dealership ship says all the newer Foresters do that because of the computer settings. Subaru has made a flash program change computer settings for Impreza's that exhibited this problem but haven't gotten around to make a fix for the 2008 and 2009 Forester. I would suggest waiting until they have this problem solved before buying one.


Best Features

Small size, good visibility all around, manuverable.


Worst Features

Fix the pulsing acceleration and deceleration problem. It will drive you nuts on a long trip.


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By Pencilpusher
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2008 Subaru Forester Wagon 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Had a 2000 Forester. Got the 2008 with PZEV. Wish I could go back in time. The car idles wildly on start-up, reving up to 2000RPM then down so low it almost shuts off. Told by dealer this is normal. He gave me a copy of a service bulletin saying same. Suggests using gas without ethanol. Good luck finding that in PA. On 90 degree turns vibrates and sounds like going over rumble strips.Told this is normal, seals in rear end need to seat. Car rattles and sounds tinny. Man, wish I had gotten the Nissan Rogue, even though it was $2000 more. The new Forester is built a lot cheaper than the 2000. Most reviews for Forester are very good. Hope mine holds up.


Best Features

Great visibility, runs well so far after initial start-up, handles nicely. Very similiar in styling to my 2000.


Worst Features

Either stop selling PZEV or make it so it runs on the gasoline available in the areas they sell the car. Improve the quality of door fit. Get rid of the incessant rattles.


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Best Looking SUV
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By Bob Kelley
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2008 Subaru Forester Wagon 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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The lines on the car are classic, no swoops, triangular windows or forced styling gimmicks. Great visibilty and feelings of safety. Getting 28+ mpg on road. Replaced a Kia Sportage. It's like going from a tin can to a bank vault! Driving it is fun, and the lower center of gravity permits very even and contolled steering. All in all,a great car.


Best Features

Styling, visibility, drivability.


Worst Features

None, I think they"ve nailed it!


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Great Subaru...if you can still get one!
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By Matt
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2008 Subaru Forester Wagon 2.5 X 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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My wife and I were looking for a small SUV and new we wanted to look at a Forester. We started with a test drive of the new '09 Forester. We were really dissapointed. They just changed it too much. Luckily for us, the dealer still had a few new '08 Foresters on the lot. We snapped one up for $4K off of the sticker price. We love the look of the '08 better, and the front seats were much more comfortable. This car has plenty of power and good gas mileage for an AWD car. We couldn't be happier.


Best Features

AWD, Subaru build quality and realiability, high quality interior


Worst Features

Better base stereo, slightly more leg room in the back (which the '09 has).


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