"I keep cars a long time - about 8 years on average. This is the first vehicle I chose up front and bought new.
I'm a big fan of buying according to your planned use and needs. For me, the Forester hit all the important buttons: extra safe features, decent mileage, four wheel drive and reasonable ground clearance for minor off highway traveling (we car camp). It is also very easy to get into and out of - important because I have bad knees.
Remember I said I usually keep cars about 8 years? I've had this one for ten already - and I'm not tired of it yet, and it is in great shape closing in on 100,000 miles."
"2008 Forester Subaru was my first car and I only had bad luck. I only put money into all the time. I heard Subaru's will last over 250,000 as long as you take care of it. I sure did take care of it. I took it in the shop every other month because of leaks and more problems. The engine blew at 180,000. SUBARU 2008 forester are horrible cars. I hear the older models are better and Subaru's new models are made cheap and don't last as long. Have fun spending all your money"
Pros: "holds its value, safe, comfy, great off-road"
Cons: "small console"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Half of my family members drive Subarus, so when it came time to buy my first car I looked heavily into Subarus and Japanese cars in general. This car is by far one of the best investments of my life. I bought it with 140000 miles on it and I've put almost 20,000 miles on it and it's still purring like a kitten. My friends with big SUVs joke around about it's low horsepower and torque, but I can still drop the hammer on the interstate! My forester is one of the most versatile cars on the market: it's spacious and comfy, economical, easy to drive, and surprisingly great off road! I can keep up with my friend's lifted 4runner up in Georgia. I've never hydroplaned or even felt a tire slip in the rain thanks to the AWD. This car is the Little Engine That Could. Definitely recommend it to potential buyers."
"Noisy at highway speeds
Unreliable engine; replaced head gasket at 80,000 miles and this appears to be the norm for the 2.5L engine.
Needs a five speed automatic to cut noise levels at highway speeds.
Parts and service are expensive.
Poor quality and thin carpeting.
Radio reception is very poor.
Poor mileage for a four cylinder.
Spongy brakes and brake discs are too cheap and small."
Pros: "Reliable, comfortable, very stable in snow"
Cons: "Noisy, not great gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I have owned this car after purchasing it in 2008 as a demo. At the time of purchase, it had 10k miles on it. This vehicle handles so well in the snow, but have not really taken it off road. Not much power to get up I 70 to get to the mountains. But always starts up! My SO who owns an Exterra loves the lower center of gravity, says it feels so much more stable on both ice and snow. I feel more confident driving this in the snow.
My major complaint with this vehicle is the noise! Very noisy driving around town. Quieter on newly paved roads. Gas mileage about 23 mpg."