Poor performance, high maintenance
Poor paint quality was the first thing I noticed.
Poor tire wear quality even after appropriate rotations, balancing and alignments.
Check engine light constant until I had to change a block sensor in the gas tank. Nobody except Subaru knew what that was, but was a very high-priced item.
Road noises coming from rear after speed balance and rotation. Turns out wheel bearing needs to be replaced at 57,000 miles. Seems I'm the lucky one compared to other posts.
Brakes wear out faster than any car I've ever driven. This is another high-priced item.
I drove a Honda Accord LXI for 11 years and outside of normal wear and tear spent less than 2,000 in maintenance in 11 years. I only purchased the Subaru because I was tired of the color of my Honda and I wanted a mini-SUV. The Forester had great safety reviews, which was a major concern.
Very unusual and high-priced maintenance on this car makes me want to dump it. Every time I take it in to the dealer, I can't get out with less than $500 in repairs. For a 6-year old car with 57,000 miles, I've had it.
The best thing I can say about this car... it handles great in the snow.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th March, 2005