"Here's what I like!
Flexablity - good enough gas milage for an around town car - but also enough car to handle towing, big loads on car top and lots of room inside the back for hauling everything from full size file cabinet for office to a load of rocks from the country for my garden. I have occationally used it on some pretty rough low maintenance forest service roads with a high degree of confidence in my ability to get home again!
I have had some maint. issues that have made me less then perfectly happy - including wheel bearings, engine seals and clutch replacement."
"This is my 6th Subaru. I've owned it for 9 years. My last one i owned for 8 years. They just keep on running. Because I care a great deal about the vehicles I own, I take care them mechanically and keep them clean inside and out. I believe this extends their life and their reliability. Subarus are sturdy & built to last. I feel safe in mine but I drive safely. I love the snow and I am not hindered from driving in it. They are good on gas but I just wish they were even more gas efficient."
"I absolutely love my forrester!!! I have a 2000 Forrester with 250,000 miles on it. 100,000 of which were added since 2009. It is a 5 speed manual transmission, 4 cyclinder and all wheel drive. It gets me through anything. I have taken it two tracking on ATV trails and backpacking in nomans land and no problem. Great on gas and for a small family, no problem with being roomy. For its small engine size it has a whole lot of zip. I would and do recommend this car to anyone I know, that is either looking for a new or even a used vehicle. As long as you are willing to put the love into them and keep up with their maintenance they will last virtually forever!"
"First the good stuff: this 2001 Forester has been with me for seven Minnesota and Colorado winters and it is a champ in the snow, on hills in the snow, and getting out of on-street parking. The ABS has saved me from crashing into oncoming highway traffic. The cargo capacity of this car is terrific, too, for a smaller SUV.
Onto what has gone wrong. Had I gotten rid of this car at 75k miles, 10k miles ago, I would have been thrilled with its performance to that point. The last month, after I hit 85k the car began to tank. First the rotors and an O2 sensor. Fine, those are sort of normal for an aging car. Then a fluid leak. THEN, I got an undiagnosable engine misfire which caused the failure of the catalytic converter. I haven't fixed these last two problems yet, but that's at least a $1500 bill, over $3000 on that car this month alone."
Pros: "I got below book and am very happy with it."
Cons: "No CD player."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had this car for about 6 years for the last three years the only maintenance other than new sticker and oil changes has been new front brakes and replace a small piece on the exhaust pipe. This car has 3 separate pieces on tail pipe. I only had to replace one. I plan to keep it for a long time. No rust."