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    2/15/2005 10:20:11 AM

    2005 Subaru Forester - 2.5XS (M5)

    Pros: Interior is nice

    Cons: Too many repairs & rust

    Advice: Be weary and do a lot of research. Buy a used one so you don't waste your $.

    I bought a 2003 Subaru Forester XS in 2002 when the first new models came out. I like the way it looks and feels, but overall I have had many problems with the car, including many repairs and dealer problems. Repairs/problems include: 2 Airbags replaced, transmission recall/slips, windows leak water, knocking in back and front suspension, gas mileage deteriorated to 14mpg from 23mpg, rust, roof rack broke, rear seatbelt installed backwards, stock tires replaced at 25K miles, rear differential always low on grease for some reason, AWD not very good in snow or mud, and dealerships are bad to do business with. I really wish that it did not have so many problems, otherwise I'd like it better and would feel like I got my money's worth (and would not worry about possibly breaking down soon). Now I am disappointed and feel jipped. I am going to sell it soon and never buy another new Subaru again. The resale value on them goes down quickly also. The dealership service is horrible here. :(

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    2/13/2005 10:27:51 PM

    2005 Lexus RX 330 - FWD

    Pros: Smooth side

    Cons: I like all

    Advice: excellent SUV

    Excellent drive and very smooth. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a luxury SUV..

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    2/13/2005 2:45:32 PM

    2005 Hyundai Tucson - LX (A4) FWD

    Pros: The interior appointments and the way the dash board and controls are set up-overall shape of body.

    Cons: Little bit more road noise than a high end sedan-but I just turn up my CD's!

    Advice: Get it fully loaded and you will still pay less than the other brands! It is a fun vehicle ot drive!

    The Tucson is my first SUV!I researched alot of cars before deciding on the Tucson! I am a petite woman, but it doesn't over power me! I love the way it drives-I felt comfortable in it the first day. I look at more expensive SUV's and think 'mine is nicer'. I have leather interior, sunroof-the works! The interior and dash is as nice if not nicer that the more expensive SUV's. Love the adjustable console I am thrilled with my new Tucson-a present from my husband! Living in San Diego-I have enjoyed my sunroof-but with all this rain-I have felt secure in my Tucson! Drives like a dream!

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    2/12/2005 4:15:40 AM

    2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara - EX (A4) 4x4

    Pros: Real 4wd Capabilitt

    Cons: wheel on back

    Advice: Go get one you will not regret it.

    Totally agree with review. We were looking for a medium 4wd and had tested ALL the competition, Honda CRV, Rav4, Ford Escape, Nissan X Trail, Hyundai Toucan and a few others. We were rather underwhelmed by them all and had narrowed our choice to Rav 4 or CRV but we (my wife and myself ) weren't conviced by either really, The Rav 4 was a great drive but lacked serious off road ability and teh CRV was very practical and roomy biut also seriously lacked 4WD cred. Then we decided to stop at a suzuki dealer and dissmissevely looked at a Grand Vitara. The dealer wasn't too push and offderd a good price and invited us for a test drive. To be polite we obliged but once in the I coul;dn't here the negine (v6) and was blown away by the cabin quality and solid feel of it all. On the road it was suburb, really falt through corners, silky smoothm quiet I didn't know the engine was on and it was very very quick. I glanced the hi low 4wd gears shift and knew this was the real deal, not some softroader to be sneered at. Then when we stopped the dealer pointed out the sump guard and said the steel was galvanised ( a la Landrover) We were totally blown away, honestly, I am not Suzuki dealer in disguise but a genuinely impressed now Vitara Fanatic!!! Please try one and do yourself a favour. I can't wait uuntil I pick our upo!!!!!

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    2/11/2005 5:05:36 PM

    2004 Scion xB - (M5)

    Pros: Fuel economy

    Cons: No casette player available

    Advice: Go for it! A great deal on a great car!

    The xB was faced with the task of replacing the family's 1995 Escort wagon when it died at 162,000 miles, its first reliability issue. We were looking for a compact wagon with good fuel economy, decent interior space, and a reasonable price. And we got it. The car averages 35 mpg (manual), and has reached past 40 in highway driving, cost less than $15,000 with a no-haggle price (very well-equipped at that), and has more rear-seat room than our other car, a 1996 Dodge Caravan. We've also had no problems with reliability so far, with 19,000 miles, and have enjoyed the first two of the three complimentary oil changes provided by Scion. A few complaints include the lack of a casette player option and a very stiff and bouncy ride, and an underpowered feel at high-speed acceleration, but other than that it has proved excellent. Here's to another good 143,000 miles!

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    2/10/2005 7:10:14 AM

    2004 Ford Escape - XLT (400A) 4x4

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Poor seat design

    Advice: Try to take longer test drive..check for seat comfort.

    I purchased this Certified Pre-Owned in July 2004. So far I love it. Looks great, is very peppy when it needs to be and handles great. Fun to drive. Doesn't have the 'bouncy' feel of a truck or other SUV. The only downside I have found is the seat. I have yet to find a comfortable position. My thigh hits the end of the seat in such a way that my circulation is cut off after driving for a while.

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    2/5/2005 4:32:13 PM

    2005 Subaru Forester - 2.5XS (M5)

    Pros: Xs trim and seat heaters

    Cons: auto heater seems to need finer control

    Advice: do not be to cheap buy what options you will need to be comfortable.

    I am a master auto tech for a living and I bought my third Forester in the last three years last month. I traded in my 02 S with 43k for 05 XS. Last year I traded in my wifes Legacy L wagon for a 04 XS. I was going to swap her the 05 for the 04 but she is too comfortable with it. So hey guys things can go our way sometimes! No guilt! I work on new volvo's at a dealership for a living and still bought the Subes. The Subaru has the most well balanced AWD system on the planet in a affordable and practical design. Turning is good along with parking. Cargo space is good for a small rig. The electric seat in 05 is just what my creaky back needed. The xs is the best trim with the seat heaters and paint job. I cross country ski alot and the Subes have delivered with excellent results during rough weather and lousy road conditions for years. I carry chains in my cars but have only used them as hold downs for loose cargo or foot rests to put on my ski boots. The room inside is comfortable for me even being six two. The sight lines are super for handling the bad traffic around the Seattle area and of course the rain. The performance is good enough for what I do and prefer the fuel economy over zippiness. The climate control needs to be more accurate. The drive train is a good deal especially when it comes time for repairs. Subaru makes one basic set up so this limits alot of changes and 6 month only designs . The brakes are better than the first generation Forester the suspension feels stronger also. Looks like I will be keeping these Subes for a long time as they feel very right this time. The Crv and Rav4 are good rigs too but I feel they do not have the maturity Subaru has in making a small car AWD system. The cargo space is better in the Sube and as far as people complaining about the rear leg room ,hey your not sitting back there right? Good luck with your Subaru.