Pros: "Great size, good clearance, sticks to the road"
Cons: "Dirt collects on back window, tire pressure touchy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my Subaru Forester as a true and trusted friend. I have traversed the country, built a home and filled it with supplies and materials, and traveled dirt roads daily in the desert where I live, and after 10 years it is still in very good shape. She may have developed some character lines, but I can't imagine a more perfectly sized and functioning car for me. The new Foresters I've heard are great but they are quite a bit bigger. Ce la vie!"
Pros: "Fun to drive, stable in bad road conditions"
Cons: "Less reliable than advertised, interior dials"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I bought my Forester new and have put a lot of miles on it in 9 years. The car has been a good one.
On the plus, it is fun to drive on the mountain roads I use it on - hiking and hunting. The car is really nimble on curvy, gravel roads and ice. It literally saved my life one time, when I tried to drive off a hairpin curve in New Mexico - that's another story.
On the negative side, the car has been slightly less reliable and maintenance-free than the Subaru reputation. The head gaskets blew in 100K mile, necessitating an engine overhaul. Also, the interior controls are very cheap. Dials wear down and do not work. I have had to replace the cable connecting the heater controls 3 times at about $190 each time.
Again, I have gotten good service out of the car. I hope to continue driving it a few more years. I like it, but I do NOT love it. I will probably buy a Toyota or Honda next time. I would buy a Kia before I bought another Subaru."
"I bought a 2004 Subaru Forester. It is an amazing car to have for a Chicago Winter, it never got stuck and handles great in unplowed streets. Has lots of room and great if you are an outdoors person.
But be very careful of some common problems that tend to occur with majority of Subarus.....The notorious Head Gasket leak which will cost you in the area of $2000 to fix. It seems that this occurs with all models, not sure if Subaru has fixed this problem in their newer models but It amazes me that no recall has been issued for the earlier models.
So far I had to fix the AC and replace the sun roof motor but I consider those wear and tare issues."
"I have owned the present 2005 Forester car for approximately 7 years. I love nearly every aspect of the car. This Forester has demonstrated to be reliable including handles great in every condition; particularly the snow! I have unquestionably put the present car to the test. I often take day trips in the summer, including I drove the indicated car for a 100 miles two to three times a week for two years. Currently, I use the car daily for commuting to worksites. It has it's "noises." still very few unplanned repairs. To this date, this car just broke down once for me. The indicated moment was due to a worn out belt. My single complaint is to what degree the brakes feel soft. I have had them checked in addition to replaced just as soon as worn; however they constantly feel the same. Though, I have had no difficulties stopping! My next car will positvely be another Forester."