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2007 Subaru Forester

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2007 Subaru Forester Review

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When the SUV craze took off in the mid nineties, the company which built its reputation on the all-wheel-drive category found itself without an entry. Subaru didn't take long to remedy this problem, giving birth to its first SUV: The Forester. Based on the Impreza platform, the Forester is basically a very tall wagon with some added ground clearance. As such, it retains all of the safety and stability features found in Subaru cars, but offers headroom and cargo space exceeding the popular Legacy and Outback wagons. Chock-full of options and with a choice of a normally-aspirated or turbocharged engine, the Forester serves up a bit more spice than either the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, and for not much more cash.

You'll Like This Car If...

If performance is a prime selling point, Subaru claims that a manual-shift 2.5 XT Limited can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds, which is rather swift for a compact SUV.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Because the Forester delivers a choppier ride than some rivals, it might not appeal to those who favor an always-gentle road experience. Refinement is roughly on par with the competitive Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, but it falls short of Honda's CR-V.

What's New for 2007

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Forester
Driving Impressions

Especially with the newly-tweaked turbocharged engine, Foresters are eager and frisky performers with just a touch of satisfying crudeness. Acceleration is especially snappy with the manual gearbox, which instills a...

... more youthful nature. Considerably snugger inside than Subaru's new B9 Tribeca, the Forester yields ample headroom in both front and rear.

Rear-seat legroom is fair, and toe space is excellent. On smooth surfaces at least, the ride isn't bad, though choppiness is evident. The turbo engine is a little buzzy, but not oppressively so, though road vibration is noticeable. Gauges and controls are ordinary but sensibly arranged.

Hill Holder
Manual-shift models are equipped with a Hill Hold feature that helps keep the Forester from rolling backward when starting on an upgrade.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
That's what Subaru calls it but, in fact, two distinct systems are offered. Manual-shift Foresters get Continuous All-Wheel Drive with a 50/50 front/rear torque split, while those with an automatic transmission are equipped with Active All-Wheel Drive, which incorporates a continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch and direct power to the wheels that need traction most, in response to changing conditions.

2007 Subaru Forester Details
Interior

Stepping inside, which is easy to do, the Forester's interior appearance is familiar, but modifications have increased its utility and comfort. A multi-functional center console features a sliding armrest, while, in the cargo area, floor bars are accompanied by four utility hooks. A passenger seatback net storage pocket has been installed in the 2.5 X, which also offers front and rear cup holders and a rear-seat folding armrest. Nearly two inches of thigh support have been added to the rear-seat cushion and the standard retractable cargo cover is high enough to accommodate tall items.

Exterior

Fresh from a makeover in 2006, the Forester's appearance has changed a bit to bring it a "more unified, sophisticated, and more modern form," according to Subaru. Smooth side cladding and more curvaceous rear glass produce a clean look. Last year's makeover included increasing the ground clearance to eight inches. The Forester sports a familiar front fascia, grille, four-lamp headlight cluster, bumper and fenders, and outside mirrors are bigger with integrated turn signals available. The heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension has been retuned for enhanced performance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All Foresters with the naturally-aspirated engine are called 2.5 X, and include head/chest side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, an AM/FM/Weather-band stereo with CD player and remote keyless entry. In the 2.5 X L.L. Bean Edition the durable finish on the floor and seatback is extended to the cargo area side walls, and also included are desert beige leather-trimmed upholstery with perforated Alcantara bolsters, a security system with shock sensor and a Momo wood/leather steering wheel. The 2.5 XT Limited, the sole turbocharged model, includes a premium package with leather-trimmed upholstery and sporty electroluminescent gauge pointers.

Optional Equipment

Subaru's premium package, available on the 2.5 X only, adds rear disc brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, eight-spoke alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, panoramic glass moonroof, heated front seats, automatic climate control and a six-CD changer.

Under the Hood

Subaru's 2.5-liter, horizontally-opposed (boxer configuration) four-cylinder engine is in naturally-aspirated form for 2.5 X models and turbocharged for the 2.5 XT Limited. Manual-transmission models have Continuous All-Wheel Drive, while those with a four-speed automatic transmission have Active All-Wheel Drive, which includes a continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch.

2.5-liter Boxer-4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 23/28 (automatic)

2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
224 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
226 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 21/26 (automatic)

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2007 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 379 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

A great car. I plann to buy another one saoon.

By on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,171

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "A great car for hauling a lot of things!"

Cons: "None"

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

"I have never had a problem with this car. Goes great in the snow which is a real plus where I live."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Sunday, May 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 158,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Super relilable and easy to rive anywhere"

Cons: "Head gasket replacement after 150,000 miles."

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

"This car has carried me and two dogs from coast to coast 4 times with never a hint of trouble. It has never let me down during snow and ice in Maine or hot conditions in Arizona. I never feel insecure in this car. In another couple of years I plan on buying another Forester. It's true that now I need another headgasket but in the 12 years I've owned this car all I have done is put in another set of brakes, get regular oil changes and new tires when needed. Not bad as far as I'm conerned."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Can't go wrong, just watch the head gaskets

By on Friday, February 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 182,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Versatile, roomy front seats, good handling"

Cons: "Cabin noise, oil and head gaskets leaks, back seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

180,000 miles and still going strong

"The best part about the Forester is of course its versatility: it has the ruggedness of an SUV, but handling of a sporty hatchback. I've been using it as my daily driver for over 12 years, and it still runs strong and gets the same mileage as it did coming off the lot. Power was never great, but it is adequate for most driver and situations and every time I replace the spark plugs, I can feel the boost. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, with good road visibility and seating position. The rear seats are not as comfortable, but they do offer good head room, and fold down nearly flat, making it possible to haul furniture. I self-installed a trailer hitch and have pulled several u-Haul trailers, further adding to the amazing value I've gotten out of this car. Only had one complaint the first 10 years of owning this car: the noise. This was in part due to the horrible Yokohama Geolander tires that come stock, but the larger issue was a design flaw in the window gussets that cause them to come loose and tear. Switching to high-end Michelins and replacing the window gussets has been well worth the money. Also replaced the stock stereo with a Sony bluetooth model. The factory subwoofer was Subaru proprietary, but I still get above average sound thanks to the large front speakers. As it hit the 10 year mark, some maintenance issues began kicking in. The front oxygen sensor went flaky and had to be replaced, then the spark plug socket seals started to leak causing engine misfires. With the right tools and some patience, I was able to fix both of these myself. Around that time there started to be a humming sound from the rear which turned out to be a failing wheel bearing. Found a local shop that did both wheels for under $600. The big maintenance caveat of the 03-04 Foresters though are the head gaskets, which will fail in the 150-200k mile range. Head gasket replacement in Subarus is a $1,500+ job as it requires lifting the engine. Mine are still holding, thanks to always using genuine Subaru "green" coolant with their coolant conditioner mixed in. This underscores why it's important to get the 30/60/90k maintenance done at a competent dealer, or shop that specializes in Subaru. Overall, would I buy this car again? Heck yes. It's gotten me from Wisconsin to Seattle, to work every day, and on some fun camping trips. It's an ideal car for a teenager to drive as it's safe and easy to manage, but not underpowered. If you're in the market for a used one, just check the status of head gaskets and oil seals - there's going to be some degree of leaking and it's just a question of how bad."

47 people out of 56 found this review helpful

180,000 miles and still going strong

runs today as if just off the lot!

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"PRO :Consistent gas mileage. Easy to drive. Quick off the start from red light. Important to keep filters clean, liquids full, and oil changed regularly. Good in the mountains. Not quite a truck, but plenty of room for toys inside and out. CON: A bit air noisy inside cab. Could use better air conditioner. Had head gasket redone in '14."

15 people out of 17 found this review helpful

One of the best cars I've owned!

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good power,fuel efficient,reliable,safe,roomy"

Cons: "wind noise, styling"

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

"I have owned my 2007 Forester Columbia Edition, automatic, for over a year and I love it. I bought it used in Dec 2014 with 90,000km (55,000 miles), now has 120,000km (75,000 miles). The only issue I have had was a bad AC idler pulley ($30) shortly after purchase. For a 9 year old vehicle I am very impressed every option works, no rust, and I have had no major mechanical issues. Before the Forester I've had mustangs, camaros, jeeps and various economy cars and non came close to the versatility or reliability of the Forester. I catch myself wanting to sell my Forester for something more "flashy" but it's such a great all-around vehicle I would absolutely regret it. The Forester is not the best in any one category but it is excellent in many and probably the most well-rounded SUV. I average 30mpg from a car rated at 25mpg, AWD is great in any weather, lots of cargo space (especially with the rear seats down), has adequate passing power but it can easily tow my sea-doo and trailer. Ride is good and comfortable on long trips but not the best I've had. Engine noise is very low but wind noise from the frameless doors is excessive. The interior is simple and made from high quality plastics. The tops of the doors and dash have textured foam padding which is stylish and comfortable to the touch. The arm rests are covered in a foam/leather (faux leather?) but are very comfortable for long trips. To summarize, the Forester is probably the best all-around SUV you can buy. There are competitors that are slightly faster, slightly better on gas, have slightly more space, etc. but they excel in one attribute in exchange for making another far worse. My Forester is part of the family now and I couldn't be happier!"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

LEMON!!!

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

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
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Nice interior; lots of "perks""

Cons: "Major Engine Failure; electrical issues"

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

2007 Subaru

"Bought a previously enjoyed 2007 Subaru Forester; manual tranny. Seemed fine. Approx six months later at about 150K, the cruise light began to flash and the check engine light came on steady. Oil started leaking furiously. Mechanic did a complete overhaul of engine, regasketing everything to the tune of over 3K (I bought the car for 5K cash) Has been having certain electrical problems as well. Less than a month after the engine job, it's leaking oil again. I have probably put another 5K into this lemon for nothing. To think that I USED to have a '88 Subaru Justy that ran and ran and ran. That thing was reliable as the day is long and as solid as a tank. Never again will I buy another Subaru as they are now junk. I really didn't want a car payment at this point as I just bought a high end stereo (custom) for this junkpile. I also just bought a brand new LS Tractor and am making payments on that thing."

10 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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