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Pros: POWER / AWD
Cons: No leather seats / low gas millage
Advice: Great car that is fun to driveI have had a 1991 Celica GT and a 1995 Acura Integra GSR and loved'em both. I just purchased a 2002 WRX and so far so good. + s, lots of power, fairly quite ride (compared to my GSR, very quite) steering is very different but that is due to the AWD. I like the car so far. Althought, I miss the great Honda stick. It's like butter...lol. -'s not the 'chick magnet' I thought...guys seem to flock to it (heads up ladies). Anyway, I would recommend the WRX. I kinda of wish that I had got the wagon, it has a lot of room/versitly(sp).
Pros: Ride Quality
Cons: No Complaints with this restyled Subaru offering
Advice: My best advise is to buy it if you like it. You won't be disappointed.I'm happy to have the first posted review on the 2003 Subaru Forester. I can not recommend this vehicle more. It combines all of the features I was looking for in a new vehicle-not necessarily in an suv, as I didn't limit myself to any particular class of transportation (I also looked at a Toyota Camry). The driving position is ideal, the ingress and egress of the vehicle is first-rate, handling is just fine, noise levels are commendibly low, and the pickup and roominess are excellent. Oh, and parking is easier than with some of the big sedans out there. This vehicle, as improved for 03, would appeal to anyone looking for an suv, wagon, or sedan. It's as if Subaru planned it that way. Actually, I think they did. Highly recommended, top score. I'm happy with my choice. You will be, too.
Pros: The AWD and Power
Cons: no fold down rear seats on the sedan model
Advice: buy it, its worth every pennyI recommend a test drive, i love this car... it has great acceleration and great handling. overall i recommend this car over any other in its class.
Pros: Handling; extensive standard features list; Reliability
Cons: Interior design
Advice: Enjoy it!The GT Ltd. is a lot of car for the money. We looked at the Audi A4 & BMW 325xi but could not justify the $8G-$12G's difference in price. It has an extensive list of standard features not found in the other cars that would jack up the price difference even more. The GT handles quite well with its AWD and performance suspension although it is a bit below an BMW or Audi. Performance is adequate and I would suggest Subaru look at putting the WRX motor in as a performance option. (The 6 cyl. is overpriced). You also get to use regular unleaded gas versus the German's thirst for premium. The interior could use some restyling. It needs to be updated but it is comfortable and full featured. All in all this is about value. For less than $25G's actual price paid, you get an AWD car that handles very well, has most every option you can think of and has an excellent reliability history. You have to spend another $10g's or more to find a better car.
Pros: The versatility of the interior cargo space.
Cons: Automatic climate control. When activated the fan starts out on High, which can be annoying. It would be better to start on low or medium-low.
Advice: Test drive the vehicle for more than 30 minutes and test everything.Acceleration is very good, cornering is surprisingly good despite the size of the vehicle with very little lean. Braking is good which is attributed to the four wheel disc brakes. The vehicle rides very nicely and handles well. Sound system is quite good. If you can afford it, the premium sound package with subwoofer and in-dash CD changer are worth it. The weather-band (WB) feature on the radio is very useful. I never seen a WB in a vehicle before. Packed with lots of features to impress most drivers, the price is more than justified. Very satisfied customer here.
Pros: THE KEY
Cons: NO SUNROOF. ONCE YOU HAVE HAD ONE YOU NEED ONE.
Advice: DO NOT HESITATE! BUY IT AND FORGET ABOUT ANY REMORSE. GOOD CHOICEThis car is vastly different than my previous car (2000 civic ex with 200hp). Unfortunately it was stolen. The 'I' is special. it accelorates, makes curves and is generally alien to me. I wake up each day and look forward to driving my unnamed car. So far the turbo is a mystery to me. The 'brake-in period' is performed not very strictly. I bought the 'I' because it is fast and can handle abuse. That is how I drive. With regard to the positives, it is fast, handles well at all speeds, braking gives me confidence, even at very high speeds. The interior fits as a glove ( no not O.J.'s). Everything is right there at the reach or touch. As for shortcomings, below 3000 rpms, Fred Flinstone rips me off the line. I have plans for the future, but for now STOCK is paramount. I'm used to a GS-R motor and I could wind that motor forever. Not with the 'I'. (more future plans). 18's would improve handling. (future). All in All I truly love this car. When I learn to drive it properly that joy will be magnified greatly. I need good advice on how the improve a car which is almost perfect to begin with. Respect the car and other drivers and the rewards will surely follow. MORE INFO TO FOLLOW WITH ' MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP'. .
Cons: Cup holder placement
Advice: A five minute test drive doesn't do it justiceAmazing acceleration, especially in rain or on dirt. I will often go out of my way to find a dirt road on the way home from work. This car in one word - FUN!! BTW- The picture at the top of this page is of 2001 model, look at profesional reviews to see the redesigned 2002 model.