Great Family Car, Solid Built Quality with SUV benefits
When I first took delivery there was a rattling sound in the back that took a long time to resolve. They managed to nip it after 3 days of checking. Some loose screws in the body work.
A year ago the timing belt broke when I was on a highway. Scary, but managed to struggle the car to the dealer. Timing belt damaged played havoc on all related parts. Thankfully it was covered by the warranty. Otherwise would have cost me over S$5000 work of repairs.
Apart from the two problems mentioned above, this car is amazingly reliable and predictable. While it is not the latest model, I am reluctant to replace it with a newer model just because it is newer. This car is not a looker and even ugly in some angles. BUT it is strong, fast, dependable - safe and the AWD is so solid. Recommended to several of my relatives and two of them bought newer models. All agree with me about the car. Must be the most underrated SUV in the market today.
Shortcomings - backseats too narrow - improved in the newer models. Also the newer models come with light pressure turbo.
Before I committed to buying this car I was hesitant in buying a Subaru. However, after extensive online search on the reivews and owner feedback convinced me that it was a good investment. HOWEVER - if in SINGAPORE - forget about buying it from the agent.
The car was "delivered" to me by a phone call to come collect it - covered in white dust - and fuel tank almost empty. Each time after servicing, my interior will have oil stains on different parts of the car. Pissed me to no end.
Good car, but crap agent. Fuji Industries should wake up to this. Cars cost so much in Singapore and people expect good service as a result. I would have upgraded my car to a newer Forester if it was another agent.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2004