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Cons: Seat comfortHigh maintenance cost
Cons: The car is noisy.Great car with good snow handling performance. Solid with a surprisingly sporty feel when you drive it. It has been and still is very reliable.
Dependable & Versatile
Pros: All wheel drive in snow, rain, awesome
Cons: Want better than 23mpg. Clutch could be sportier.Bought in 2002 as soon as 03 model came out. Original battery and spark plugs still after 100k. All electrical working great. Catalytic replaced under warranty before 75k. Besides cat, no other issues; this car is amazing!
Pros: Responsive handling and commanding view. Room
Advice: Try and get aftermarket tires.Seems solid enough, but don't like the frame less windows. Clutch is an on/off affair that engages too low and too abruptly. Reverse, with it's straight-cut gears, is often hard to engage. Changing the cabin air filter is a joke-and I hear the headlight bulbs are too! Great highway performer, and very competent on gravel and snow, OEM tires Yokohama Geolanders 900 are pathetic--no lateral traction and touchy. Good steering, Reasonably good seats. Auto heat is hard to get used to with its design to not work for 3-5 minutes on cold days. Love the sun roof! Roomy
Pros: Seat Warmers
Cons: Gas Milage
Advice: Excellent vehicle... you will pay for the safety via gas milage.We purchased a 99 Forester in Northern California, who knew we would be living in Chicago within 8 months. All of the safety features (AWD, traction control, etc) began to shine... we were so thrilled we purchased a 2003 Forester upon our return to CA. Perhaps the only reason we traded in our beloved Bam Bam (99), Californians don't typically undercoat their cars... oops. Up in Tahoe last weekend with the first good snow I was reminded why we love that car. While others we chaining up, we cruised right through -- seat warmers and all. :-) The 2003 has been a dream -- we call her Mattie (americanization of Matta, Japanese for 'another'). She'll be with us for a long while.
Pros: Seating and abilty to see... easy to park also
Cons: keyless entry and no driver arm rest on the right side.
Advice: Test drive......ask about the arm rest or look at updated version...I can sit the most comfortably I ever have in a vehicle and I have the best vision ever. I am getting used to the keyless entry with an alarm. I actually put the seats down and carried 72/72' blinds home today. So far so good. I have a 2004 Forester.
Pros: Climate Control
Cons: Needs a bit more power
Advice: Nice practical transportationGood quality, nice looks, great gas milage for all wheel drive.