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2006 Subaru Forester Overview
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Based on 14 reviews
In an effort to draw in more of a male audience to accompany its wide popularity among female drivers, the 2006 Subaru Forester ups the horsepower, stiffens the suspension, and makes improvements to the manual transmission. This small SUV is a big seller because it combines SUV versatility and ride height with the easy feel of a car.
The 2006 Forester is all-wheel drive and comes in four trims. The previous 2.5S has been dropped and replaced with a 2.5X Premium. The base 2.5X, 2.5X, and 2.5X L.L. Bean edition all use a 2.5-liter, SOHC flat-4 engine that gets 8 more horsepower to hit 173-hp. The turbocharged 2.5XT Limited also gets a boost of 20 horsepower to hit a more respectable 230-hp in a DOHC version of he flat-4. Improvements to the intake manifold and exhausts on the XT Limited enhance overall performance. The standard 5-speed manual transmission has been altered to give more short-throw shifting. A 4-speed automatic is also available on all trims but the L.L. Bean.
Design changes to the front end, grille, and exterior lights were also done in the 2006 Forester. Bumpers are now body-colored, and turn signals are incorporated into the side mirrors. Because of the redesigned exhaust, ground clearance has increased by half an inch.
Owners of the 2006 Forester praise the turbo power and performance, though there is some turbo lag. The all-wheel drive continues to earn praise in snowy climates, even though the Forester is technically not an off-roader. Good gas mileage for an SUV, lots of headroom, and wide visibility are other plusses. The non-turbo lack of power is disappointing, along with an annoyingly revving engine. Legroom can be cramped in the back row.
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Subaru Forester Questions
Is There A Fix For Ongoing Problem Of Cel And Ccl?
The CEL and flashing CCL come on when: driving the engine "faults" but keeps running; when the engine fails and stalls out. When starting the car sometimes I do not hear the clicks after the key is t...
Tail Lights And Headlights Stay On After The Car Is Off On My 2006 Forreste...
I recently had a rear tail light replaced, the next day my tail lights and part of the headlights stay on even when the car is off. I have to disconnect the battery to get them to turn off. It's a 2...
Is There A Way To Plug In My Smart Phone So That It Will Play Through The S...
In my previous 1999 Passat I had a tape deck, and there was a tape cassette gizmo that I could plug into my deck and my my phone to listen to the audio books stored there through the car's speakers. ...
New Struts No Help
I just paid Midas 1314.44 for new struts on my 2006 Forrester LL Bean - you know the one witht he self leveling struts that do NOT come with the life time warranty? well, it did not help the ride at a...
Need Help With 2006 Forester Rear Shocks
Can anyone tell me what's the addiontional part on the rear shock for? It looks like an additional cyclinder on the side of the shock. I was given a KYB number 334344 (right rear) and 334345 (left ...