2008 Subaru Forester Overview


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2.5 X
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Average User Score

4.55 stars

Based on 13 reviews

Made The Best Choice Of Buying It by Albert
 — Love the car all around.. looks amazing. it handles perfectly on corners not much body roll which is fantastic for an suv but that is thanks to the boxer engine that it has. The front hood scoop gi... Read More
Amazing Car For A Great Value by Keith
 — I love this car! My Forester survived 40,000 in one year and toughed it out through its first Alaskan winter. It has performed flawlessly and has never been stuck in the snow. It gets excellent tracti... Read More
Awesome!! by Manny
 — Even though I have modified my Forester I would have to say that in stock form that it was still a fun car. The quality of the interior is pretty dang decent and spacious, plus I've already used it to... Read More

2008 Subaru Forester Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 13 reviews

2008 Subaru Forester

Not much changed for the Subaru Forester compact SUV in 2008. You'll now find stability control as a standard feature on the turbocharged trims with automatic transmission. In addition, the 11 trims got some minor equipment adjustments.  

When you differentiate between regular and turbocharged, keep in mind that the Forester has 2 engines: a 2.5-liter, 173-hp H4 model and a 2.5-liter, 224-hp H4 model. While you have your choice between a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission, all trims come with all-wheel drive. Cargo space comes out to 31 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 69 with the rear seat folded.

Overall, drivers like the 2008 Subaru Forester for its smooth handling, capable powertrain, and safety. On the other hand, things can get a little tight for passengers in the rear, and you get a bit more wind noise than you may have bargained for. While some see the Forester as a bit of an anachronism, this compact SUV delivers enough fun and functionality to stay competitive in today's demanding market.


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Subaru Forester Questions


Rear Noise. Bearings?

42 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

Check Engine Light And Cruise Control Light

The Check Engine Light (steady) and the Cruise control light (flashing) came on randomly one day. When I fill my gas tank up the lights go off until I get a little below the 1/2 mark. I've heard thi...

105 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)
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Subaru 08 Right Hand Drive

I am driving a 2008 XT Forester 2.5L (with Turbo) - right hand drive. I am having an issue with my Transmission control unit that sends flashing signal on my dashboard. The sensor is WL31711AL080. I...

26 views with no answers yet

What Is The Black Belt That Is On Rear Tires And One Side Is Broken?

I have a 2008 Forrester with 70,000. miles is this serious? Can I drive?

23 views with 1 answer (last answer 9 months ago)

My Subaru Squeaks Once It Hits 2500 Rpm But It Sounds Like It's Towards Bac...

Belts are all good and driving isn't different

83 views with 5 answers (last answer about a year ago)