1998 Subaru Forester GX 2.0L 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
Overall a great, practical, safe, reliable, fun car
The only problem I've had was a flat tyre. Apart from that, it hasn't missed a beat in the 6 months I've had it.
As a 17 year old boy looking for a car, I had expected to find myself in a Celica or Impreza, or something cool and sporty. Instead, I ended up in a SUV, and wasn't particularly excited about it. But in the last few months, I've started to love this car.
It corners better than any other car I've driven. Same chassis as an Impreza, an excellent all-wheel-drive system; I've thrown it into some fast and sharp corners, and it's never let go. A little tall, and the suspension is a bit soft, so any real sports car will obviously beat it, but beautiful handling, with nice, light steering.
Very practical interior, with huge cargo capacity with the rear seats folded down. I've thrown two mountain bikes in the back, without taking the wheels off, quite easily. Also, more compartments than you've ever seen in a car.
The only thing about the car I don't like is the 2.0L engine - it's really too small for the size of the car. If you have the option, go for the turbo version. I know I'll be putting a turbo on mine as soon as I'm off my P plates. There is virtually no headroom for overtaking, sitting on 3k revs in 5th at 100kmph.
Petrol consumption is quite high too, mainly thanks to the all wheel drive, but the amount of revs needed to get the car moving doesn't help either - another problem that would be fixed with a turbo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th April, 2011