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Old 01-22-2013, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrived this morning at Keystar Rothwell. I should be able to drive one tomorrow.
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Dare I say, that your first pic with the front view looks a little like a....minivan!

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Pricing is uo too.

Forester 2.0i manual $30,990
Forester 2.5i auto $32,990
Forester 2.0i-L manual $33,490
Forester 2.5i-L auto $35,990
Forester 2.5i-S auto $43,990
Forester 2.0D manual $35,490
Forester 2.0D-L manual $37,590
Forester 2.0D-S manual $43,990
Forester 2.0XT auto $43,490
Forester 2.0XT Premium auto $50,490

EyeSight is a $1500 option for the Forester 2.5i-L

http://www.carsales.com.au/news/medi...-heights-34661
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Arrived this morning at Keystar Rothwell. I should be able to drive one tomorrow.
Great work Bandit.

I've booked my test drive for 3pm tomorrow with Keystar Rothwell ,my local dealer is not offering test drives until Saturday the 2nd Feb

Enjoy your first drive mate

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Great work Bandit.

I've booked my test drive for 3pm tomorrow with Keystar Rothwell ,my local dealer is not offering test drives until Saturday the 2nd Feb

Enjoy your first drive mate

Cheers
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I got a call from local dealer yesterday and they are offering test drives as from tommorow the 24th hey...

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I had about 5 mins to look at the cars, as they were parked out the back hidden out of view of the general public. I was the first customer to see them.

My observations were;

1. The larger size is obvious.
2. I wouldn't say they are 'Wow' cars. They look good, but don't really stand out.
3. The XT grill, is slightly different (looks better) than the NA grill.
4. The XT front bumper/lower front end looks good on the darker colours, gives it an aggressive look.
5. The black slits on each side of the front bumper/lower front end are fake and have no holes in them and look cheap up close.
6. Cars were locked so I couldn't sit in one, but looking through the windows the interior looks much better than the old one.
7. New wheels/rims look great.

Enjoy your test drives!
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Pricing is uo too.

Forester 2.0XT auto $43,490
Forester 2.0XT Premium auto $50,490

Subaru Forester XT hits new heights
What are the key differences between these two trims?
Leather seats, EyeSight, Sunroof?
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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From the Brisbane Times;

Subaru Forester ramps up value, safety

Drive - No Subaru Forester Diesel Auto
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What are the key differences between these two trims?
Leather seats, EyeSight, Sunroof?
I haven't got thr specs yet, but a review from Drive had the differences as,

"Itís available at two price levels. The Forester XT is $43,490, and gets 18-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare, a sunroof, six-speaker stereo,

The bells-and-whistles Forester XT Premium is $50,490. Over the XT it gains an electric boot-lid, sat-nav, leather trim, heated front seats, power driverís seat, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, push-button start, auto headlights and wipers with de-icers, and the EyeSight safety system as standard."
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but looking through the windows the interior looks much better than the old one.
Basically we've deen it before in the Impreza. Interestingly "Wheels" magazine in its latest review has said the interior is the 2nd worst of all the SUV's except for the awful Nissan X-Trail. Why don't Subaru look at the interior of a 5 year old VW Tiguan to see what classy design and quality materials can do?
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I see caradvice has posted up a Aussie Review- 2013 Subaru Forester XT Review |*CarAdvice
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Is a 10% discount off the rrp achievable within the first six months from release date?
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Basically we've deen it before in the Impreza. Interestingly "Wheels" magazine in its latest review has said the interior is the 2nd worst of all the SUV's except for the awful Nissan X-Trail. Why don't Subaru look at the interior of a 5 year old VW Tiguan to see what classy design and quality materials can do?
I think Subaru want to create that utilitarian effect which might suit a few people but the market research folk don't seem to get that most of us buyers are in fact (ducking for cover) Mums and Dads.
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Test drives done, if you get a chance I highly recommend having a test drive, both the 2.5i-L CVT and 2.0i XT Premium put big smiles on my face (The XT Premium is a Weapon ) and compared to the SH the SJ is a huge improvement with the suspension , steering , CVT and the sound insulation making the new beasts an absolute pleasure to drive.

I'm looking forward to picking up a 2.5i-L CVT as soon as possible ,BTW the L doesn't come with LED DRL's in the headlights.

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Thanks for the photos Ian, I didn't get a chance to drive one today, hopefully tomorrow.

The Subaru web site had been updated to include all the details of the 2013 Forester.

http://subaru.com.au/sites/subaru.co...r_brochure.pdf

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