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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Best year for pre-owned forester

SUBARU LOVERS,
I've heard that folks who drive Subaru vehicles become die-hard Subaru fans. Can't afford a new one, but would love to buy a used model. Which model years for the Forester are the best in terms of quality, low maintenance, and fuel economy?
If you have any tips for buying a used Subaru Forester, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks! I hope to be one of you soon.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 08:19 PM
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From the looks of your profile, you already have an '01 Forester. Are you looking for a newer one?

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Ok I just came from a wedding reception so take this with a grain then salt lick the lime and take the shot.. The later the better 2008 2009 2010 Stay away from them 2001's there nothing but problems. jk ..

Actually there all pretty good vehicles, Although their is a grain of truth to my reasoning with age and mileage comes the problems its a fact.. the newer you can get the better off your going to be, this is true of just about any mechanical device. Just get what you can afford and try to worry too much its a subaru after all.. and were all here to help if and when you have problems

None of them are low maintenance !

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Ok I just came from a wedding reception so take this with a grain then salt lick the lime and take the shot.. The later the better 2008 2009 2010 Stay away from them 2001's there nothing but problems. jk ..

Actually there all pretty good vehicles, Although their is a grain of truth to my reasoning with age and mileage comes the problems its a fact.. the newer you can get the better off your going to be, this is true of just about any mechanical device. Just get what you can afford and try to worry too much its a subaru after all.. and were all here to help if and when you have problems

None of them are low maintenance !
+ 1.

Just like buying any piece of machinery, the newer it is, and the less miles it has used, the better it will be. Personally, I'd go for ...the very bare minimum 2009.

The new forester x 2011 is dirt cheap atm. Compare it to Australia, we've gotta pay at least $40,000 $AUD for a forester X. Americans get it half price!

No cars are low maintenance to my knowledge :)

You wouldn't be risking your health by not seeing your GP at least once a year for a general checkup, so why would you risk your car by not maintaining it or maintaining it below what you should be doing?
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 06:05 PM
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It all depends on which body style you want. The new, taller (third generation) body style came in with model year 2009. I liked the older (first and second generation) shorter, more wagon-like style so when I was looking for a Foz recently I only looked at 2008 and older models. I wound up buying a 2005 model to replace my 2000 Forester L which I bequeathed to a family member. Couldn't be happier so far.

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It all depends on which body style you want. The new, taller (third generation) body style came in with model year 2009. I liked the older (first and second generation) shorter, more wagon-like style so when I was looking for a Foz recently I only looked at 2008 and older models. I wound up buying a 2005 model to replace my 2000 Forester L which I bequeathed to a family member. Couldn't be happier so far.
I also just bought a 2005. It has the same basic shape of the original but with cleaner lines and more refinement. the 2011 just does not appeal to me...I like the outback'11 much better.

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Depends if you want turbo or nonturbo.

Nonturbo, the newer the better, although certain years might have had better trim packages. They've pretty much only improved it with age.

Turbo on the other hand, I'd probably go 04/05 if you can find one in nice shape, as the 06+ have the secondary air injection system, which seems to be giving people plenty of problems.

However in 07 and 08 you could get the sport model in turbo or nonturbo, which is pretty nice. Although most parts can be added to the nonsport 06+ models cheaply enough.

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Stay away from them 2001's there nothing but problems. jk ..
My '01 has been amazingly reliable. Aside from normal wear and tear, which hasn't been that expensive. Most of the 'problems' were related to driver error, not the car. But if I had my choice, I would go for an '04-'05 5spd turbo, just because the turbo's are addicting and fun.
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I got a 04. I am glad I got this year, I didnt really think about looks when I was looking for a forester, but seeing others I think 04 or 05 is most visually appealing. But that is my opinion... I do remember looking for a later model (late as possible) cause later the better, as far as the gadgets inside go (I like the later gadgets like air cond knobs and CD player). The later the better technology....

Turbo will be a bit more maintenance in that you have to feed it 91+ octane, and watch the oil level, and it does eat more fuel than a non turbo of course, but thats about it! All foresters are great cars from what Ive been seeing on the forums, and mine has been great!


Good luck in your search!


Im glad I found a silver. Love the silver.. :)


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Oh btw, I was always told by father to look for something 100,000 miles or less.. Mine has 94k.

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subaru are low maintanance vehicle, are they?
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Well, there is that timing belt thing u have to get replaced at 100k..

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Fastest, stock
04/05 XT with manual transmission

Sharpest-looking, stock
07/08 Sports X, XT

Biggest interior capacity, stock
09-11 X, XT

Meanest-looking, stock
04/05 X, XT

Best automatic transmission for launching, stock
07/08 Sports XT, 08 XT Limited

Best automatic transmission for sporty driving, stock
09-11 XT

Best fuel economy
Any year X with a light right foot

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hey maverick, I also have an 07 A3 s-line dsg. handles great. fast too! love that car.
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i just bought a late 05 (the rounder frontend like 07) here in europe with 40,000km!!.. its like new..
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