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post #1 of 231 (permalink) Old 03-29-2016, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone regret purchasing their Forester a little bit?

I think I bought the wrong car. And it has as much to do with me as it does with the Forester.

Me:

- single, don't need all this space

- not really outdoorsy, so I don't take this on trips to the mountains or anything. Though I'd like to, it's not something I do or have done.

- I really miss not having a manual transmission.

- I live in CA, so we don't get bad weather.The benefits of the AWD are vastly overstated for me.

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- even though I have the XT, the engine is sluggish unless you're in S# or S.

- the ride is bumpy, the car already rattles in places at 6500 miles

- the CVT transmission is just the most boring thing. I drove my dad's '99 Accord the other day and was pleasantly surprised by the ebbs and flows of the motor. 1999!

- the cheap, plastic-y interior shows scratches and skid marks if you so much as rub against it

- some concern about the longevity of the turbo and some alarm at how frequently Subaru engines and transmissions fail.

Some of it is definitely ignorance on my part--I didn't know much about turbos or AWD before buying, and I'm still learning even now. But the other stuff is just a slow realization that maybe I'm not at the place in my life where I need a car like this. First world problems, for sure, and I'm definitely grateful that I drive a brand new car that moves me around comfortably and safely. But I don't really have another outlet for verbalizing these concerns, nor an audience that might relate.

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not one bit... test drove it, played with it... no regrets.
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I would rather have a Chevy Colorado Duramax, but it came out about two years too late.
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Ya... Sounds like you bought the wrong car for you...
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@sliksal02
It is interesting that you started very good thread: How long do you plan to keep your Fozzy?
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I never regretted my purchase, XT is everything that I needed, perfect vehicle for family of 4 living in Chicago downtown. Other vehicles that I considered were much more expensive (and I could afford them)and I still think that XT was much better buy.
But I don't blame you, if I was single, I would be probably driving some small BMW with turbo inline 6 or WRX manual...
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No regrets here.

Foresters have good resale value, so you could get into another vehicle for not too much of a hit.
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Yeah, should've saved up and just bought an STI.

...on the other hand though...
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Don't regret it at all. I took several test rides before purchasing. I live in Denver and travel to the mountains frequently. I need the space it affords and value the AWD. But it sounds as though I purchased it for all the reasons you state you don't need it.

As others mentioned, trade it in on something that will make you happy. Life is too short to have regrets over a car purchase.

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I don't regret it one little bit. But I have a manual transmission, haul stuff in the back and on the roof rack, and drive up to the snow in Tahoe.
Sounds like you might be happier with a convertible.
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As Neall pointed out, Foresters maintain their value very well. You could sell it for almost as much as you paid for it, which you can't say for too many other cars. Then you could get what you want. Might I suggest a Corvette? :) That's my weekend/nice weather car and I love it. Sounds like it would be perfect for you. And you can get a nice, low mileage one about 5 or 6 years old for what the Forester cost. My other car is a Cadillac ATS and its resale value is terrible. You could get a 2 or 3 year old one with all the bells and whistles and have money left over after selling the Forester. It's a luxury sports car ... plenty of power and handles great.

My Forester is my daily driver and I bought it so I could keep my golf clubs in it all the time, have plenty of room in relative comfort, get decent gas mileage, and to be able to use it in the occasional winter weather we get here. The only regret I have is not getting the turbo model ... the 2.5 is pretty weak, but it's really sufficient.
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Thanks for the support, everyone... Yeah, the current plan is to ride out the depreciation hit for 2 years. @Beluga , funny you mention BMW! I'm hoping to get an M2, either a lease return or, if I've leveled up sufficiently in life, a new one. Gonna ride out the Forester for a little bit to make sure I really don't like it ;)

I actually researched what I wanted for over a year, and the XT checked off a lot of boxes on paper. But I only took two short test drives and really underestimated how much I'd miss manual transmission and low-end torque (had a Infiniti G37 Sport 6MT before this).
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Ive gone from an 08 FSXT 5spd to an 02 4.6is X5 and back to an 08 FSXT 5spd and regretted leaving subaru as did my wallet. Maybe you should look at the older sg9 foresters. The new foresters are a whole lot bigger body wise.
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I regret not getting a 5spd version.
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