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    2010 Subaru Forester

    Excellent!

    Pros: Bluetooth hands free!

    Cons: Navigation system little hard to understand

    I love the pearl color, the way it turns on a dime. and the gas mileage is great too!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2010 Subaru Forester - 2.5XT Premium (A4)

    Pros: Love the Puddle Lights.

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: Get one before they are all gone.

    This is our third Subaru an it is by far the BEST. With Ethanol free gas I get over 22 MPG in the City and have averaged over 33 MPG Hiway. It is good looking, packed with lots of goodies, solid and has no problems going in Snow of a possible 10 I'd give it a solid 10. Great job Subaru.

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    2009 Subaru Forester - 2.5X w/Premium & All Weather Pkg (A4)

    Pros: All wheel drive

    Cons: Lack of power

    Advice: Don't buy it if you are taller than 5' 10'

    No power. Needs a five speed automatic transmission. Sound system poor. Feels cheaply made inside. Dash controls feel like they will fall off when they are used.

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    2008 Subaru Outback - 2.5i (M5)

    Pros: I love the 'sport' shifting. Gives me better acceleration when getting on the freeway. As a second time Subie owner....I love the AWD!

    Cons: Cabin wind noise above 60mph is disappointing. After 14 years making this car I would have thought Subaru would resolve this issue.

    Advice: Just drive one......and fall in love with a Subie!!

    The 2008 Outback is responsive and handles well. The 170 hp, 2.5L engine is more peppy that I expected. Controls are easy to read and get to. Rear seat room is a little cramped compared to older Outback models, but front seating is comfortable. Plenty of cargo room in rear. I'm averaging about 23 mpg (combined city and freeway driving in L.A.)....not bad for AWD!! This is my second Outback.....I'll never drive anything other than a SUBARU!!!!

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    2009 Subaru Forester - 2.5X (M5)

    Pros: snow handling (AWD)

    Cons: stripped version/ questionable parts quality

    Advice: If you have to buy, byt premium or limited.

    Unhappy. The advertized price if for a manual transmission. (Have to add $1200 extra for automatic: (false advertising)). The version 2.5X is stripped down version. (removed roof racks, removed fog lights, manual A/C..) Once you start the car, have to wait for at least 3 min for the blue light (coolant temp low) to go away!!!! Had it for 2 weeks, developed a huge windshield crack (service manager needed a flashlight to find the microscopic chip..) Basically not built to be of outdoorsman quality. If you have to buy, do go with the premium/limited version. (do not recommend the stripped down model.)

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    2009 Subaru Forester - 2.5XT Limited (A4)

    Pros: It drives like a car.

    Cons: I haven't found any fault with it yet.

    Advice: Buy one with all the bells and whistles.

    I took a test drive on the back roads of Arizona. This SUV zipped right up a 35 degree incline with no problem. It was as if the SUV itself was having fun. There were some deep ruts in the road and I hardly felt them. The vehicle has excellent rock clearance. The seats are very comfortable. I traded in my 2008 Chevy Truck for the Forrester and I don't regret it one bit.

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    2006 Subaru Forester - 2.5X L.L. Bean Edition (A4)

    Pros: Very easy to handle--parking, etc.

    Cons: the RATTLE that has developed.

    Advice: Drive the Subaru before purchasing any other SUV.

    In the last six months my car has developed a rattle that appears to be coming from the passenger side of the car. What can be done to eliminate this rattle. Other than the rattle I am very pleased with the car.