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Pros: Sporty ride
Advice: Do some research before you buyI purchased the car for the All Wheel Drive as I live in a snowy area. It is an overall enjoyable car to drive, good acceleration, great on gas, feels much sportier to drive then it looks. I however was not pleased with the purchase and have traded it in after only 8 months and 14,000 miles for a Toyota. The car is a magnet for road debree. After 8 months I had more chips and dings on the car then I had with my old car with 130,000 miles. I had 4 warped rotors after only 10,000 miles, and they cut them instead of replacing them. The car began to hesitate and almost stall at times, it ended up needing an oxygen sensor at 11,000 miles, that is ridiculous. It was not the quality purchase I had hoped it would be. A lot of people praise the car on reviews, I cannot do that with a pure heart.
Pros: All wheel drive
Cons: Uncomfortable back seats
Advice: This is an oversized station wagon with no rear legroom for passengers.On the road the Forester handles like a car, unfortunately I could feel every bump and pot hole. It rides lower than an SUV, which is why I think you can feel the road more. There is no room in the back seat for anyone larger than a pigmy or a child under the age of eight. The reason for this is the narrow bench they put in. It needs to be at least 25% wider and pushed back. They could have lifted the seats up a bit since there is plenty of headroom to spare. This might help with the bumpy ride and the rear legroom problem. It has nice pickup with 165 hp, and the console layout is better than a CR-Vs. I did like the giant sized sun roof. The front legroom is nice, but it does cut into the already sparse rear legroom. It looks and feels like a giant station wagon. It might be great for getting groceries, but not for car pooling, or driving friends around in. With the exception of the rear cargo capacity, I wouldn't even consider this a utility vehicle. If you need an all wheel drive station wagon and you won't have any more than one passenger at a time, this would work out for you. Though you would be better off with an Outback Wagon. CD - Moline, IL
Pros: Acceleration and road adhesion.
Cons: As expected from a performance vehicle poor gas mileage.
Advice: Get the WRX but be aware that the Mitsubishi EVO 7 is coming up.The moment we drove of the lot and stabbed the accel pedal with the a/c on, I knew this is the car for me. I used to ride a sportbike and now it is collecting dust in the garage. The only thing I miss from riding is the openess and splitting lanes in heavy traffic. I was only planning to test drive and ended up taking it home.
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.