2006 Subaru Forester - X 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.
2005 Subaru Forester - X (M5)
Pros: Performance, Performance Performance. Safety though being able to get out of the way - fast!
Cons: The automatic heating/ac system is funky, I always revert to manual.
Advice: Get the salesman lost! lolHad an 2003 Forester X, liked it a lot, appreciated the AWD, elevated visibilty, and that it was compact enough to park in Boston's Chinatown. Wasn't as wowed by the creature comforts and performance, which was competent but nothing beyond. When I went looking for a new one on lease-end, I tried an extended test-drive (got the salesman lost, so he had to phone the dealership for directions home! ;-) of the XT Premium. Big SMILE! Yes, I am paying a price in slightly lower gas mileage, and dishing out for premium, but after nearly 10K miles, I'm happpy everyday. From the power leather seats, stadium sunroof, stability control, great acceleration and hyper-adequate sound system, I'm always happy looking out over the turbo scoop.
2006 Subaru Forester - X w/Premium Package (M5)
Pros: Large sun roof and 6 disc CD changer
Cons: Seat comfort.
Advice: Make sure you take and extended test drive -- not just around the block.If the dealer had checked tire pressure, I would have liked the vehicle even better. Tires had 40-45lbs instead of 29/28 which made the ride harsh and noisy. With adjusted tire pressure, the ride, quiet, handling improved markedly. It's hard to believe this is a 4cyld since it drives more like a 6 except the rpm's are greater but still extremely quiet. The power driver's seat is a must have to adjust for a comfortable position and the rear seat room is a bit sparse.
2006 Subaru Forester - X (M5)
Pros: who cares with all the other problems
Cons: drive train is very unrefined - engine hesitates especially in hot weather, transmission has rough downshifts
Advice: don't buy oneEngine hesitates especially in hot weather and worse with AC on - hesitation can be up to 4 seconds - very dangerous when you are trying to pull into traffic and the damn thing won't move for 3 or 4 seconds. Now that it is cooler the hesitation is not as bad but still happens when the defroster is on, meaning that the AC on on. Subaru is supposedly working on a fix. Lots of rattles from dash, headliner and from the back. Transmission is unrefined, because it sometimes downshifts roughly when you are slowing down for a stop. Its newest trick is the throttle not closing when you take your foot off the gas. You can be going 40 or 60 for instance, take your foot off the gas and the car goes merrily along at the same speed, just as if you had the cruise control on. No word from the dealer as to what the problem may be.
2006 Subaru Forester - X (M5)
Pros: Agility and crispness of handling make this vehicle tough to beat.
Cons: Light the vanity mirrors for the ladies.
Advice: Consider purchasing the Premium Package, it is well worth the added investment. This will get you heated seats, mirrors, and windshield band, 6 CD changer, four wheel disc brakes, power driver's seat, bodacious moon roof, and automatic climate control.Subaru has it right for niche markets that require well-engineered vehicles in severe climates. We purchased a 2004 Subaru Outback and the 2006 Forester was absolutely the right addition for our family. The Forester offers a much tighter yet responsive ride and the visibility is phenomenal. While still a new car, we can tell this vehicle and combination of vehicles is a winner!
2005 Subaru Forester - XT w/Premium Package (M5)
Pros: Fun to drive and excellent economy
Cons: Room at backseats and annoying seatbelt beeper
Advice: Compare w/ similar small SUV's and you'll end up w/ a Forester.Actually my Forester is of 2006 vintage. It has exceeded my expectations in almost every way. Great quality, handling and reliability. With the manual transmission version I got 31 mpg on long trips.
2005 Subaru Forester - XS L.L. Bean (A4)
Pros: Giant sunroof
Cons: rear seat leg room
Advice: Get one..... it will make you feel smart!This is my second Forester,and I thought how could they possibly make it better? Subaru somehow managed to do so. Love the handling, braking, and how everything is wrapped in leather. Rear seat room is slightly improved. My daughter does not think of it as a 'Mom Mobile'. We pull our pop-up camper with our Forester, try that with a Honda CRV. The giant sunroof is a must have!