Subaru Forester Reviews from South Africa

2009 Subaru Forester XT P 2.5T

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5T Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Most fun 4x4 available today

Faults:

Absolutely nothing. My first car ever to have "Nothing to report" at its first service.

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails.

Thirsty if pushed above the legal limit.

Very capable off road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2010

2000 Subaru Forester GX 2.0

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Bland, but has great depth of ability!

Faults:

Fuel sensor became erratic after 80000km. Required a repair which was well done by the dealer.

Clutch became tight and stiff on cold mornings after 120000km. Heavy on the heels.

Front cup holder flimsy and poorly designed. Broke twice already under less-than average usage.

Rear suspension and fittings creak and rattle badly over laterally uneven roads after 100000km. Dealers at loss on how to fix this.

General Comments:

Drives like a sure-footed mid-size sedan rather than a over-sized SUV.

Feels stable and calm up till 130-140km. Engine becomes coarse and the car becomes twitchy beyond 150km.

Navigates wet / slippery roads with precision.

Interior design and trims appear cheap and understated. Upside is that it's tough and can really stand up to abuse. Careful maintenance will keep it looking in great shape.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2004

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews