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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
Is It Necessary To Replace Fuel Filter On 2005 Xs Ll Bean Subaru Forester A...
I have been told that the fuel filter for the 2005 XS ll bean subaru forester does not need to be replaced because it is in the fuel tank. Is that correct?
Forester 2005 Llbeanedition
Hi, i have a forester 2005 LLBeanEdition. Recently i noticed that in the morning there is white smoke coming from the exhaust. The engine has a whistling sound too,when i accelerate.
I Just Broke Down In My '05 Forester. I Was On The Interestate And It Star...
The guys who looked at it said I was running on one cylinder by the end. They tested the ignition coil, the fuel pressure, cleaned the mass air flow sensor and checked for vacuum leaks, put in a ne...
Rumbling Right Rear Wheel When Making A Left Trun
grumbling, vibration from right wheel when making a left turn. Especially prevalent when making a left 360 degree circle.