2003 Subaru Forester User Reviews

2003 Subaru Forester Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 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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PROS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"awd" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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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:
2003 Subaru Forester X Review
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5

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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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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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typhoon908 writes:
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goo gas mileage, awd

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scratch on rear quarter

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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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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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Jameel writes:
2003 Subaru Forester XS Review
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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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Paul writes:
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One of the best vehicles on the road - very reliable.

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Not the most beautiful beast on the road, but not ugly.

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They Sell Like Hot-cakes, Even When They Are Used. — Really like the all-wheel drive and the roomy interior. Standard Stereo is pretty sweet, too. Not sure yet about the gas mileage. Doesn't seem to be as good as it is listed in the blue book, but it is fine.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Bradford writes:
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haul stuff

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going fast

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Good — holds lots of stuff. doesn't break down like american cars. handles decently for a steel box with wheels. way too slow for my tastes. four wheel drive a must have for snowy conditions, also makes empty parking lots in winter much more fun

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

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2013 Subaru Forester Reviews

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2012 Subaru Forester Reviews

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2011 Subaru Forester Reviews

Good Car By olepolar

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