2003 Subaru Forester Overview

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Avg. Price: $6,190
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Avg. Price: $6,758

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4.55 stars

Based on 13 reviews

Great Awd For Every Situation by Kieran
 — Reliable as hell, never needs repairs! Always starts, good fuel economy, good off-road with car-like performance on-road. Would suggest this AWD to anyone looking at a little 4X4. It tows a trailer... Read More
Good Car For Your Money ! by Donna
 — Everything ! Love yhe perfomance in handling when trying to avoid an accident once. Big money saver because of good gas mileage and no need for any major repairs. Love driving this car short and long ... Read More
Can Out-accelerate A Porsche Boxster And Carry A Full Drum Kit & P.a. System by Derek
 — it's the rare XT model they made for a couple of years before they realized the gearing was too short... does 0-60 in 5.3 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 13.8 seconds.... how many sports cars can do that.... Read More

2003 Subaru Forester Overview

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2003 Subaru Forester

Though it was probably responsible for kick-starting the crossover trend, the 2003 Subaru Forester gets a major overhaul this year in an effort to stay competitive with the growing number of car-like SUVs hitting the market.  Blending the versatility and cargo room of an SUV with the safety, maneuverability, and comfort of a sedan, the Forester has remained a popular family car.  For 2003, the body and suspension have been stiffened and brake size increased for more stable performance, while overall weight has been reduced to accommodate more standard features.

Trim names have changed for the 2003 Forester.  Now available as the base 2.5X and 2.5XS, about the only thing that's stayed the same is the full-time AWD and the 2.5-liter, 165-hp H4 engine with choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.  New standard features on all Foresters include bigger 16-inch tires and keyless entry.  In addition to ABS brakes, dual front airbags, and foglights, the 2003 Forester gets standard side impact bags, active head restraints, and a Hill Holder system that finds the right gearing to prevent rollbacks.  The 2.5XS adds electronic brakeforce distribution to its front and rear disc brakes (the X only has front discs).  The IIHSA gave the 2003 Forester its best pick for a compact SUV.

On the outside, a bigger grille and redesigned taillights are most noticeable on the 2003 Forester.  Fender flares increase in size and halogen headlights are added.  Interior rear legroom has been enlarged slightly, though the backseat is still most suitable for children.  Cargo room remains the same, at 64 cubic feet with the split-folding seats down.  Drivers love the reliability and strength of the AWD on snow and ice, and parents appreciate the safety and reliability of the 2003 Forester.  Handling and turning ratios also get high marks.  But owners feel the Forester is in need of a power boost, and the most common complaint was the inadequate tires.  There is also mention of road and wind noise and a confusing climate control system.

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Sunnyfourcorners
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Tail Lights Won't Shut Off.

The running-tail lights will not shut off. The brake lights are fine. They shut off. It's the automatic tail lights that will not shut off. I have read the manual, worked every switch and dial and n...

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Dinsmore
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Problem Starting.

2003 Suburu Forester sticks in parking gear and does not want to crank over. Eventually it will start by jiggling the shifter and withdrawing the key and reinserting it. Any ideas?

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Corinnenk
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I Have A 2003 Subaru Forester. My Speedometer Has Not Worked In Quite A Wh...

10 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Robert Lanza
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Can I Drive My 2003 Subaru Forrester 2.5x At Without The Ac Belt For A Coup...

the tensioner pulley on the air compressor drive belt is shot. I ordered a brand new brake and adjust bolt and clamp and that whole deal but I am just wondering if I am still able to drive without...

23 views with 3 answers (last answer about a month ago)
Komnenus
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I Have A 2003 Forester That Had A 2.5l Engine. I Replaced It With A 2.0l Im...

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