2003 Subaru Forester User Reviews

2003 Subaru Forester Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 13 reviews

  • Performance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"awd" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
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"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Michael writes:
2003 Subaru Forester X Review
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Gas mileage, traction, reliability, ride and handling

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some cheap materials, not a lot of rear seat space

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Subaru Forester — Performance – acceleration, Decent braking, excellent handling, very good, much improved over previous generation Build Quality – Very good, only needed minor repairs, some cheap pieces, some minor squeaks and rattles Appearance – Good looking car, don't love the grey bumpers Cost of Ownership – 25-26mpg, very good mileage from a brick shaped, AWD car. Fun Factor – is this car fun to drive? Yes, it is very fun to drive, and has a good ride which is a hard combination to get right. It's really fun in the snow with snow tires.

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Tim writes:
2003 Subaru Forester XS Review
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Ride and handling, fuel economy

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It's not a truck but I can live with it.

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Love It — I got it to replace a gas guzzling truck. It drives well and handles great. Excellent on gas considering it's AWD. Good looking and comfortable. Pulls a small trailer so well I hardly notice it.

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Derek writes:
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lots of power + light weight + all-wheel drive + stick = very very fast...
has lots & lots of space for goodies and junks...

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lots of power = fun fun fun = 17 mpg

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Can Out-accelerate A Porsche Boxster And Carry A Full Drum Kit & P.a. System — 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.... plus, with aftermarket rims and tires, it handles just like a rally-car....

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Donna writes:
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Gas mileage and safety.

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Cannot think of anything.

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Good Car For Your Money ! — 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 distances! Good safe car. This car based SUV is easier to get in and out of than the large SUV's. Check it out !

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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walth writes:
2003 Subaru Forester XS Review
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highly rated vehicle, good experiences with it so far, plenty of top of the line safety equipment, AWD is excellent.

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slightly expensive to maintain

walth
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Love It — Like the new-age look without the new car price. Has top of the line features for a much smaller price. Most of these have wind noise on the drivers mirror (whistle) that can be fixed. We like the safety and comfort of Subaru.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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tseran writes:
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5

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Totally Reliable. Excellent in the snow.

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Only complaint - The front windows have no frame and rely on the rubber weatherstripping to stop wind noise. I had it replaced during the first month but soon after it started making noise again and I have learned to live with it.

tseran
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I Love My Forester — Comfortably tows a trailer. Comfortable on long trips. Nothing ever breaks. Decent gas mileage. Always starts right up. Count on replacing the Timing belt and front end gears when specified. Head gaskets seem to be a problem on a lot of these cars.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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typhoon908 writes:
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goo gas mileage, awd

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scratch on rear quarter

typhoon908
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Overall Good — runs good, all wheel drive good for snow, roomy interior,alarm, amfm cd, cruise. I use it every day around 80 miles per day. smooth shift and tight steering. all the power features work. it does have roof rack fog lights and rear cargo cover.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ling writes:
2003 Subaru Forester XS Review
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Gas saver, big cargo room

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appearance is a not very cute but OK

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Economic Factor Wins — manual car has good acceleration even when the horse power is not too big. gas mileage is great. Big sun roof. Great compact SUV with big cargo room. small torque make easy U turns. maintenance is pretty easy 6 years no major breakdowns.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kieran writes:
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Reliable, fuel efficient, good performance

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Not as well made as a german car, noisy inside at speed, rusts too easily.

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Great Awd For Every Situation — 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 well, goes though snow incredibly well and can be had with a 5 speed manual, which many others can't. With the 2.5L 4 cylinder, has just enough power to whatever you need with great fuel economy. Best of both worlds!

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Jameel writes:
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It's a nice luxuryous Subaru quality with leather seats and climate control

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Not too much of a family car, but has a nice touch

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Nice And Luxuryous And Sporty Suv Crossover — Excellent quality, great leather seating with climate control to make it like a luxurious sport utility crossover. Not too good for family. Also not too spacious. Has a pretty high off the ground clearence. Although people think it is a station wagon it is an SUV

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2000 Subaru Forester Reviews

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2001 Subaru Forester Reviews

2001 Forester S By Jeff

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2002 Subaru Forester Reviews

Good All Around Snow Car By wavesliderJ

Good all around car for commuting, carrying cargo, and driving in snow/offroad. Seat 4 comfortable or stores lots of cargo and gear inside or on the roof racks. Plenty of power and acceleration for ... Read More

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It has good acceleration, good for hill climbs. build quality sucks because it is expensive to maintain it. The parts are expensive and hard to find. Gas mileage is also expensive since it consume... Read More

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