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Best car I have ever owned
Pros: Turbo and mileage
Cons: Love it all5 speed Turbo. Live in mountains outside of Denver, and this is the best vehicle that I have ever owned. I have the 'driveway from hell' - suffice it to say that the local towing company knows my house well - and this car has never failed me. Bought it in 2003 and in 2010 has 80K miles. Only maint is the usual - oil changes and new plugs and air filter at 60K. Runs like a dream and gets average of 23 MPG combined city/hwy, and better than 28 on I70 too and from the ski areas (which obviously has many long climbs). Overall a great car - am hard pressed to even consider a new one, although at 64 the joints are giving trouble in my left foot and may have to go with an automatic. You absolutely can't go wrong with this car. We own 3 Subarus ('92 SVX, '01 Outback, and the '04 Forester) and would never buy anything else. They are the best value around (nothing else comes close for the price) and the quality is about the best out there.
Pros: turbo/huge sunroof
Cons: driver seat is not automatic
Advice: you will not be sorry to own this vehicleTurbo is awesome. Sunroof is awesome. Dealership was excellent and very helpful.
Pros: all wheel drive
Cons: my black paint shows every nick, scratch & water spot
Advice: must have the turboThis vehicle is fantastic in the snow! Handles puddles like they are not even there. I feel very confident driving in bad New England weather. The turbo has plenty of power and the 6-cd stereo is better than average. Pleanty of storage in the hatch for our camping gear. (Wish it had a remote trunk release.) The heated leather seats are comfortable and the sunroof is huge! An awesome winter car...but it will never replace my Mustang GT Convertible in the summer. p.s. I find the service at my Subaru dealer is excellent.
Pros: Turbo engine coupled to all wheel drive via the standard transmission
Cons: Doesn't have as many performance accessories as the Subaru STI
Advice: Definitely buy the turbo versionThe Subaru Forester XT has great acceleration, all wheel drive and decent gas mileage. A sleeper of a performance vehicle with the versatility to actually carry larger items with the rear seat folded. A solid, well built, reliable vehicle that is fun to drive. The XT with the standard transission has more performance than the automatic but isn't available with the leather seats. Never the less the standard interior and seats are very nice. Insurance premiums are lower than the 11 year old vehicle it is replacing!
Pros: Overall Price
Cons: Bumper to Bumper Warranty
Advice: Get it nowThis is a great vehicle. I compared it to the Mazda 6 Sport Wagon and the Dodge Magnum (Wagon). I liked all of the features of this vehicle. It is good to note that this company has a solid reputation will it will continue to have one for many years to come. I got everything that you could have put in this vehicle and I went out and I did that for the other vehicles. It just came down to PRICE ! I could not get the same value from the other vehicles. I knew that I did not want anything less that 200 Horse power. This is also a great vehicle to purchase as far as insurance. Don't expect to get great gas mileage with any vehicle that has at least 200 or more horse power. Just try to get the best possible mileage for the vehicle that you want in this class. You won't get 40 miles per gallon in this or any other vehicle that has 200 or more horse power.. The Bumper to Bumper Warranty could be longer.
Cons: Fuel usage
Advice: Only buy the XT turboThis car is the best sleeper ever. Subaru's have always been great in the snow, but this one is a blast to drive all the time. Just make sure you buy the XT. The car is a well rounded vehicle, which will out run my SER-Spec V. See if you can find another 'family grocery getter' for 22 grand that can do that.
Pros: all wheel drive
Cons: back leg room
Advice: BUYVery good