Join Date: Jul 2010
Car Year: 2014
Car Model: Forester Premium
I'm looking to replace my 2003 Forester 2.5 XS. It's had a lot of reliability problems but that could just this one car or model year, since in general Subaru's are supposed to pretty reliable. When it runs I've liked it - good handling and visibility, good for skiing and hiking trips, and trips to Home Depot or the beach, great for winter driving, lots of cargo room for a car that's also small enough to parallel park in tight city streets.
But one complaint I've had since I bought it has been tepid acceleration. I feel like dropping it into 3rd whenever I accelerate onto the highway or to pass. And I know it's not just my Forester because whenever I take my car in for service the dealer's loaner Foresters are just as bad and I've seen lots of complaints on the web, too.
One solution would be to get an Outback or Rav4 with 6 cylinders. But another would be a Forester Turbo. But I've seen scary comments about the Turbo - early self-destruction; expensive repairs, and the need to baby it - people on this forum have suggested oil changes every 3K miles, for example, which seems crazy to me.
Thanks in advance.