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2005 Subaru Forester Overview
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The popular compact SUV that handles like a car, or roomy wagon with the height and AWD capability of an SUV, the 2005 Subaru Forester gets a brand new model this year. Along with the base 2.5X, XS, and turbo XT comes a 2.5XS L.L. Bean Edition. Like the others, it features all-wheel drive, ABS, dual front side airbags, and power features. But it adds on Bean-embossed leather seats, a huge sunroof, water-resistant cargo area, and auto-dimming lights. It also is the only Forester with a self-leveling rear suspension.
All of the 2005 Forester lineup feature the 2.5-liter, 165-hp flat-4 engine, except the XT, which adds turbo power to increase engine output to 210-hp. A 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic are the transmissions, but the L.L. Bean comes with automatic only. Other new additions for 2005 include a new wheel design and a 3-spoke steering wheel. A power driver's seat is standard on all but the base 2.5X. The turbo XT has a Premium Package which adds the sunroof and leather seats found in the L.L. Bean.
The 2005 Forester is versatile in terms of cargo, with a cargo hold that expands to 64 cubic feet when the 60/40 split-fold rear seats are down. Owners like this SUV for its safety record, high ride height, and car-like handling around turns and in the city. The turbo engine is powerful and fast, and AWD is great in snow, sand, and rough weather. There is good visibility overall and lots of storage options. Disappointments include limited rear legroom, rattling noises, the sluggish non-turbo engine, especially when the SUV is full, and the need for more supportive seats.
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Subaru Forester Questions
"check Engine" Solid - Flashing "cruise" '05 Forester
I have an '05 Forester / 122k miles. Twice I've had the blinking cruise & check engine lights simultaneously appear. Both times I've managed to resolve the issue by filling the tank up with premium g...
Check Engine Light With Flashing Cruise Control Light
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Replacement Tire Matching
A tire dealer put 205/R60 16 tires on the drivers side and 215/R60 16 tires on the passenger side. This doesn't seem right to me and am worried about possible issues. The 215's were on originally. An...