"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."
Cons: "Dealerships not helpful, aftermarket parts zero?"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great value. Lots of cargo room and trailer capable. Rides a bit rougher than some SUVs but handles well in traffic or town and does well on dirt roads and snow. Good mileage on the road30+ if you keep to the speed limits. 25 in the city."
"Quick heating and cooling. Easy to maneuver. Lousy interior, had to change the upholstery to leather every time I buy another Forester. No trunk light. Another disappointment that the car gets bigger and bigger. It is much bigger now than my first Forester before 2004. The same with Outback. But it saved my life and I love driving it."