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Used Subaru Forester Ratings

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    1/15/2003 1:33:47 PM

    2003 Subaru Forester - XS (M5)

    Pros: Handling-Fun to drive

    Cons: That It had to be ordered and I had to wait weeks for it to arrive

    Advice: Drive one for yourself, and speak to other owners of this vehicle

    This is a comfortable and fun to drive car. Handling is excellent, with impressive cornering. It doesn't ride roughly like some of the SUV's I've driven or ridden in. It's lower profile doesn't make it feel like a tippy rollover threat. The visibility is outstanding. I'm getting good mileage too. Safety features are important to me and this car has several. The cargo space has proved ample for my trips to the Home Depot, and also for transporting two Golden Retrievers in dog crates with room to spare.

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    10/28/2002 3:14:05 PM

    2002 Subaru Forester - S w/Premium Package (M5)

    Pros: Humongous Moonroof

    Cons: Nothing

    Advice: Great value all-around

    I found this to be the best overall value in the compact SUV market. I based my decision for a new vehicle purchase on the best combination of gas mileage, safety, price, horsepower, performance (all-wheel drive), quality/reliability, value (consumer reports), appearance, and cargo space. The Forester came up tops overall. A great value for a great vehicle! The full time all-wheel drive is very secure and the handling is wonderful. It has performed admirably in all types of conditions from highway rainy down-pours, snowy ski-resort hill climbs, mountain hiking treks, windstorms and 100+ degree weather heading out to Las Vegas, to the daily work commute.

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    10/22/2002 1:18:06 PM

    2003 Subaru Forester - X (M5)

    Pros: tight and responsive driving feel

    Cons: a little under-powered

    Advice: considering a mini-suv? you gotta try a Subaru...

    This is the mini-suv that truly drives like a regular car. You can make tight turns at high speed without that 'tippy' feel found on some of the competition. More than enough interior room for cargo and great gas mileage. Overall a solid and dependable vehicle.

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    9/14/2002 7:54:24 PM

    2002 Subaru Forester - S w/Premium Package (M5)

    Pros: Sporty ride

    Cons: Quality

    Advice: Do some research before you buy

    I 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.

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    9/4/2002 9:05:36 AM

    2003 Subaru Forester - XS (M5)

    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

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    8/27/2002 9:25:52 PM

    2003 Subaru Forester - X (M5)

    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.

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    3/30/2002 1:53:10 PM

    2002 Subaru Forester - L (M5)

    Pros: Head room

    Cons: Get's dings easy.They need to improve this big time.

    Advice: If you don't like dings

    Good performance,not great.But that's what I want.I don't want my wife driving our kids in a car with 220hp.The faster the car the more trouble you can get in.This car is good for passing and getting on the parkway.