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ok.. i am not a car person.. not at all.. dont even know the basics.. hahahlol
I have another thread i started over on the buying forum and it is very helpful.. .. but thought i better start a new topic for this..
can someone give me a low down on comparisons of foresters to others.. my 1st choice i think is the forester, i think it is pretty cool.. versus what similar vehicles are out there that are as good or almost.. so far i have tried to compare:
toyota highlander, rav4 and crv to foresters, maybe there should be more on my list?
not getting very far at all- i should go test drive them all i suppose but maybe you can help a little so i have a general idea first.
price wise at kkb i compared all basic models with awd or 4wd at 50000 for 2006 and got :
highlander $18140
forester $15600
rav4 15155
crv $15720

perhaps someone can just tell me yeah foresters are waaay better dont even look at the rest hahah lol.. but seriously trying to make an informed decision and that is hard when you know nada.
 

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My buddy has a CRV, and while I have no real experience with it, it sure doesn't seem like it was meant to drive anywhere but nicely paved roads.

My mom's husband has a Highlander, and it is a very nice vehicle. They love the way it drives and handles, and they've had few issues with it.

As for 2006, the Forester isn't as tall as the Highlander, I can say that much. I'm sure the Forester has more car-like on-road handling. Much beyond that, I can't tell you.

They're all probably good vehicles. You can look at Consumer Reports and get basic reliability info and such.

What you should probably ask yourself is "What do *I* want to do with this vehicle?". This will help you decide. If you like to hike, camp, etc then the Forester is the obvious choice (definitely more "offroady" than the others). If you haul a lot of things, maybe the Highlander (I really have no idea) has more cargo room. Maybe you have tall friends, and you need the vehicle with the biggest back seat.

In other words, as long as one of them isn't a badly-built car, I'd pick whichever one has the features most closely aligned with your lifestyle.

Of course, I'd drive all of them. There's no reason not to. There will probably be one you don't like at all, and that'll help you decide too. :)
 

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To me it boils down to the drive train in the vehicles you listed and as far as I'm concerned, the only one that isn't sub par or "pretend AWD" is the Subaru and I wanted it for better driving in bad weather mostly so that sealed the deal for me.

I wanted something with a great drive train first and foremost and then I looked at the rest of the vehicle but if creature comforts and style are a bigger concern for you than the motor and transmission, there are more stylish, well appointed and comfortable vehicles available than the Foz, good luck.

Here you go, this may help you decide if traction is of chief concern to you.

 

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Consumer reports MUST be taken with a grain of salt. They are advertisement supported and that does impact their ratings more than you'd think.

Drive them all, then rank them in order of preference. Do research about problems and positives that each of your top 3 have, and go from there.

Always buy the newest, lowest mileage vehicle that has the features you want, and that you can afford. Period.
 

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My buddy has a CRV, and while I have no real experience with it, it sure doesn't seem like it was meant to drive anywhere but nicely paved roads.

My mom's husband has a Highlander, and it is a very nice vehicle. They love the way it drives and handles, and they've had few issues with it.

As for 2006, the Forester isn't as tall as the Highlander, I can say that much. I'm sure the Forester has more car-like on-road handling. Much beyond that, I can't tell you.

They're all probably good vehicles. You can look at Consumer Reports and get basic reliability info and such.

What you should probably ask yourself is "What do *I* want to do with this vehicle?". This will help you decide. If you like to hike, camp, etc then the Forester is the obvious choice (definitely more "offroady" than the others). If you haul a lot of things, maybe the Highlander (I really have no idea) has more cargo room. Maybe you have tall friends, and you need the vehicle with the biggest back seat.

In other words, as long as one of them isn't a badly-built car, I'd pick whichever one has the features most closely aligned with your lifestyle.

Of course, I'd drive all of them. There's no reason not to. There will probably be one you don't like at all, and that'll help you decide too. :)
yes you are right, i should just go and drive them all.. :) thanks for your insights:icon_biggrin:
 

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I guess i am less bothered by looks than it being a solid car for the moolah.. heck i drive a 97 escort wagon at the mo, anything will be a step up.. cant wait! aww but my 1st baby is doing so well.. it really has served me well.

So you think these all get similar gas mileage?
 

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Always buy the newest, lowest mileage vehicle that has the features you want, and that you can afford. Period.
This is where my BF confuses me because he says not to waste money on newer ones.. that they arent built as well and to not look at post 06... i guess he is speaking from experience of taking apart his old toyota 4runner.. he was so impressed with its solidness.
He can have his opinion though, and then i can always ignore it... lol.. but is he right at all?
 

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Two big points about the Forester and Subarus in general are safety and reliability. Subarus always come out at the top of the annual safety ratings. Wander through the Member Mishaps Forum to find out about some of the horrible accidents that our members have walked away from.
 

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I don't want to say your BF is wrong... but he's wrong.

There is SOME truth to "older cars being better", but it's rare. The build quality on my 94 Legacy was MUCH better than my 95 Legacy, but my 98 Forester was just as good as my 94 Legacy (mostly). My 09 Outback is better than all of them, by far.

There were imperceptible changes from 06 to 08 for the Forester. Your BF wouldn't be able to tell them apart if he tried for days.

Buy the newest, lowest mileage one you can find.
 

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... not look at post 06
Is he speaking from a cost perspective or something he thinks has to do with Foresters? The Forester went through only evolutionary changes from 2003 through 2008. The current model dates from 2009.
 

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Two big points about the Forester and Subarus in general are safety and reliability. Subarus always come out at the top of the annual safety ratings. Wander through the --Member Mishaps Forum to find out about some of the horrible accidents that our members have walked away from.
yes that is a huge plus! you guys are really making want my forester now!!
esp after reading anti peeve thread. i want a huuuuge moonroof too!! yes i like camping and biking etc..
as a girl, i feel weird about going to look at cars alone.. but my bf isnt always free, should i just get over it and go anyways, i hate being a wimp.
 

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Get over it. Just go look at cars. What's the worst that will happen?
 

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Posting a location in your Profile might gain more regional responses. Also knowing what you plan on budgeting for your purchase will help.

Most definately you need to drive those other models you are considering to make a decision. Most responses are telling you buy a Forester. As far as your boyfriends comment, that does not apply to Subarus at this time.
 

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Posting a location in your Profile might gain more regional responses. Also knowing what you plan on budgeting for your purchase will help.

Most definately you need to drive those other models you are considering to make a decision. Most responses are telling you buy a Forester. As far as your boyfriends comment, that does not apply to Subarus at this time.
ok Bak, the worst that can happen? the dealer person would sell me something not good.. without the bf to tell me no it is a piece of crap lol... but i should go test them all then get him in for the final bit eh.
ok Good dog.. will do that... FL based btw.. hoping to spend 10,000 or under.. not bothered about newness because i am a messy artist and have mishaps... spilled paint over my escort etc, but want solidness, safeness, bad weatherness, and lasting power oh and something that i can haul art in of course.
 

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"want solidness, safeness, bad weatherness, and lasting power" - That's a Forester!

You will definitely want to get the cargo area tray for your Forester. It's an absolutely impervious, indestructible, custom fit piece of heavy duty plastic with a lip at least an inch high around the entire thing. Perfect for artists and others with a tendency to make a mess.

As for Good Dog's suggestion, what he means is that if you enter your location (town and state) into your profile, it will automatically show up over at the left of each post you make, letting us tune in to any locality-specific aspects of things. To do so, pull down Quick Links from the tan bar at the top of every page, select Edit Your Details, and take it from there.
 

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Is he speaking from a cost perspective or something he thinks has to do with Foresters? The Forester went through only evolutionary changes from 2003 through 2008. The current model dates from 2009.
I think he is speaking from perhaps more of the bells and whistles that can break.. like fancy pants switches and automatic things and he hates the plasticy looks of new stuff.. saying look at all that plastic inside the cabin, so cheap looking and badly made.
it is so refreshing to get other opinions.. and yes i will pro show him this thread and go, look see hah!
 

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"want solidness, safeness, bad weatherness, and lasting power" - That's a Forester!

You will definitely want to get the cargo area tray for your Forester. It's an absolutely impervious, indestructible, custom fit piece of heavy duty plastic with a lip at least an inch high around the entire thing. Perfect for artists and others with a tendency to make a mess.

As for Good Dog's suggestion, what he means is that if you enter your location (town and state) into your profile, it will automatically show up over at the left of each post you make, letting us tune in to any locality-specific aspects of things. To do so, pull down Quick Links from the tan bar at the top of every page, select Edit Your Details, and take it from there.
yes you are selling it to me! liking it..
i think i managed to add my location... let me see..
 

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Thanks for updating your profile. Looks like bbottomley is right about seeing fewer Foresters, there are not many offerings in your area. Would you consider looking outside of the Florida area? Just modifying the search in Auto Trader brings more results. Consider it a small road trip or mini vacation to check out a car. Many of our members have travelled greater distances to get their dream vehicle. Search Georgia for example or just modify your search for Orlando
Cars for Sale: 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS in Clearwater, FL 33761: Sport Utility Details - 279833912 - AutoTrader.com
 

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Thanks for updating your profile. Looks like bbottomley is right about seeing fewer Foresters, there are not many offerings in your area. Would you consider looking outside of the Florida area? Just modifying the search in Auto Trader brings more results. Consider it a small road trip or mini vacation to check out a car. Many of our members have travelled greater distances to get their dream vehicle. Search Georgia for example or just modify your search for Orlando
Cars for Sale: 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS in Clearwater, FL 33761: Sport Utility Details - 279833912 - AutoTrader.com
yes i may have to.. maybe more in hillier states like NC..
i like the look of that one you posted.. it didn't come up in my search for some reason.
 

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i got no answers on the similar posts i made on yotatech and crvownersclub.com forums..
you guys are wayyyyyyyy nicer.. think i like this club better
 
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