Used Subaru Forester Ratings

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    2003 Subaru Forester

    Forrester

    Pros: AWD

    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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2010 Subaru Forester

    Car Reviews

    Pros: The sun roof, of course!

    Cons: Slow acceleration

    I love my Subaru Forester. It is very comfortable and is great for hauling kids, groceries, furniture, oversize items from the hardware store and more. The oversize sun roof is really nice, too. I live in northern Canada and it is dark.... I can let in all the available light and this improves everyones mood when you spend your winters living in the dark. The only complaint that I have with the car is that it doesn't have a lot of get-up-an-go. The acceleration isn't what it could be. The vehicle is small enough that it should be able to have the extra power. However, the all wheel drive is a great feature in the northern climate. The car is also great in the extreme cold. It just starts right up and actually defrosts in a reasonable amount of time. Overall, it is a great car and gets great gas mileage!!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2009 Subaru Forester

    Best for least

    Pros: Interior space

    Cons: No negatives

    I've never owned a car that has delivered the most satisfaction for the money. Remember, FOR THE MONEY. Was able to purchase in 6/2008 with no $ down and 0 % interest for 2 years. Not 1 problem and minimal maint.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2009 Subaru Forester

    Love my Subaru

    Pros: all wheel drive

    Cons: I like everything

    Love my Subaru

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2003 Subaru Forester

    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!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2010 Subaru Forester

    Forester SE excellent general use vehicle

    Pros: Handling and performace with reasonable economy, 'real' glove compartment, durability

    Cons: Fog lamps and privacy glass not standard across the line and idiot lights verses real gages for temp, pressure, voltage.

    Recently purchased Forester SE is proving to be a good choice. Elbow room aplenty. Averaging much better than advertized economy, all modes (without lead-foot). Good power, adequate for medium (300 mi) and hilly trips. I bought the SE trim to get real tires and wheels (16x65 vs 17x55) and to avoid the 'hole in the roof' (a small popup would have been acceptable). The 'push' from the rear wheels in lock-to-lock turns is a different experience, care on slippery surfaces in really tight turns may be advised (not tried yet). My biggest criticisms of the total lineup: [1] idiot lights, no temp, pressure or voltage gages (all trims). [2] Only high-end trims offer privacy glass, power seat(s) fog lamps (I installed post-delivery) and compass [3] only 3 exterior colors offered to get dark upholstery and carpet (which I got ...pastel gets dingy quickly... general complaint about all vehicles). [4] the assist handles should be 'A' pillar-mounted instead of roof-mounted (this may be a head-strike issue though). [5] Riccaro seats would be better (not available on everything out there unless you buy a premium gas-diet German or Swede).

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2010 Subaru Forester

    Unresolved Noise

    Pros: Sits up higher than my previous auto (sedan)

    Cons: Refer to review comments.

    I hear a 'clunking' type sound whenever I start my forward acceleration. It sounds like it is coming from the rear of the vehicle but the dealer service manager says it is the ABS computer under the hood and that it is common to this vehicle. I frankly do not believe that. It is proving to be very annoying, leading me to be completely dissatisfied with the car. I would not own another one.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year