First Subaru owned-5 weeks
By JLRN on Saturday, May 21, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 652
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Very happy, look forward to driving it in winter"
Cons: "Much larger than 2015 model., pref. that one"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought the forester after months of research using both typical-internet reviews on numerous auto sites, and car forums, excluding those obviously biased, ie Subaru's own sites, or dealerships; and informal-asking family,friends, coworkers, and even approaching people in parking lots, as they exited their Subaru. This was not an easy decision, I'm ok with & accustomed to used cars, thanks to a friend i had who could fix almost anything auto related (from head gaskets to replacing the transmission for my beloved '95 manual Land Rover-died after 300+ miles) & that got me through 18 yrs, no car payments. Then ,my oldest son's car died in Jan. (3 words: used Jetta- diesel) 3 mos. after he bought it, so no money for another used car; as a mother, well I did what most moms will-gave him my little 2002 Saturn SL 5speed (great car-no electric windows, door locks, etc,none of the computerized extras, planned obsolescence, that seems standard in newer cars). At this point in my life. I wanted a reliable car, im a nurse, and we have enough used cars (middle son has a used 2002 Subaru Outback,he paid $2800 in 2014. Only needed brakes). I chose the Forester based on what i read and heard, it was consistent positive reviews, with supportive objective data; family & friends, and those subaru owners people were kind and very pleased to tell me their story, when i explained why i was asking. They're cars that people expected to last (with care & maintenance), and thats what i heard-the only reason an owner sold or traded in their subaru-was to buy a newer one, or change from SUV to a sedan; the loyalty is impressive- not one regretted getting a subaru, & for many, it was not their first. I didn't meet many with the 6 speed though. But dealers didn't have any older manual foresters to sell; I'm taking that as a good sign."
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