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2005 Subaru Forester

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 26/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2005 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 329 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality, reliability, comfort, safety, versatility"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2006 Subaru Forester now has 102,000 miles, and I have never had a single problem with it. It's comfortable, safe, goes places most other cars could not go, and gets 27 to 31 mpg on the highway. Over the years, I've owned VWs, Toyotas, Nissans, Fords, Chrysler products, and GM products. Of all these cars, my 2006 Subie is simply the best. I liked it so much I bought a new 2014 Subaru Forester."

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality, reliability, comfort, safety, versatility"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2006 Subaru Forester now has 102,000 miles, and I have never had a single problem with it. It's comfortable, safe, goes places most other cars could not go, and gets 27 to 31 mpg on the highway. Over the years, I've owned VWs, Toyotas, Nissans, Fords, Chrysler products, and GM products. Of all these cars, my 2006 Subie is simply the best. I liked it so much I bought a new 2014 Subaru Forester."

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality, reliability, comfort, safety, versatility"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2006 Subaru Forester now has 102,000 miles, and I have never had a single problem with it. It's comfortable, safe, goes places most other cars could not go, and gets 27 to 31 mpg on the highway. Over the years, I've owned VWs, Toyotas, Nissans, Fords, Chrysler products, and GM products. Of all these cars, my 2006 Subie is simply the best. I liked it so much I bought a new 2014 Subaru Forester."

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality, reliability, comfort, safety, versatility"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2006 Subaru Forester now has 102,000 miles, and I have never had a single problem with it. It's comfortable, safe, goes places most other cars could not go, and gets 27 to 31 mpg on the highway. Over the years, I've owned VWs, Toyotas, Nissans, Fords, Chrysler products, and GM products. Of all these cars, my 2006 Subie is simply the best. I liked it so much I bought a new 2014 Subaru Forester."

Not so great

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: needed more reliable car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I used to be a Subaru person. My whole family has owned many subarus. Unfortunately, my experience with the 08 Forester has put me off Subarus for a while. Good: AWD really is awesome- probably the best 4wd/awd system available. Great amount of space So-so: Gas mileage was pretty low consistently (usually about 22mpg) Bad: Very unreliable Expensive non-stop maintenance. After four years this car started falling apart. In the last two years it has needed a lot of repairs: exhaust work, head gaskets, sway bar links, suspension work, valves, sensors, plugs, belts, clutch, etc. I expect an older car to need things like a timing belt and brakes (yes, it needed those things too) but I think the amount of work this car needed was way beyond upkeep for a six year old vehicle. Eventually, I gave up after I learned of another thousand in repairs that would have to be done in the next few months. After calculating the money I spent on this, I determined I could afford to pay for a barnd new (pretty nice) car for two full years. Yikes. Subaru, what happened? I loved my 98 Forester and never had to do anything to it...."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

One of the greatest SUV's out there.

By on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Sport feel, high quality, AWD, very responsive"

Cons: "Stiff Suspension, slightly underpowered"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the car new in 2006, from Michigan, and imported it to Ontario. I can't complain, I have never had any problems with it. I do all oil changes myself and maintain the car regularly. It is great in the winter, and the AWD system provides ample traction. The engine is slightly underpowered, although there is nice power delivery and power is great at slower speeds. I have once floored the gas, and the car was quite sluggish, and gave a loud squeal. The interior is very nice, and very high quality. Overall I would recommend this car to anyone, although I might suggest getting an XT variant if you're looking for a little extra power."

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