I am currently a college student in Missouri and I drive a 2010 honda fit w/112k miles on the clock. I have been given the opportunity to move out to Denver for an internship this summer, and was also looking into getting a different car in the near future. I love my fit, but there are a few downsides to it: it is low on power, it's an automatic, it always bottoms out on driveways/uneven parking lot exits, it can't transport that much weight whenever I want to move somewhere, no traction control, etc. I have always wanted a car that I could do some light-moderate off roading with, and I really like the 2009-12 foresters because there are a bunch of easy and cheap mods out there to make them more off road capable. I just worry that if I get a 2009-10 then it will have head gasket problems (the one I would be buying would have 100-140k on it since my budget is around $7500) or that if I get a 2011-12 then it will burn a lot of oil. I was mainly wondering if any of you guys have foresters from those years with high mileage, and if you have had any of the "common" problems that come with owning an ej25 or fb25. I also just feel like I could do a lot more exploring in colorado with all wheel drive and some ground clearance than I could with my fit. I am a college student, so unexpected repairs are something that I would really prefer not to have to deal with. I would be buying one with the 5MT.