Replaced the muffler because it got damaged by road debris.
There is no rust, and the leather seats have held up well.
Our 2002 Subaru Forester S has cost nothing to maintain beyond the normal stuff like tuneups, oil, tires.
My sister has the same car, but has 260,000 on hers. She is heavy on the brakes, drives in traffic all the time, steers hard and drives in bad weather often (Chicago). She has put a ton of money into hers; struts, ball joints, steering linkage, cats, plug wires, head gaskets, timing chain, and has replaced all the bearings and boots at least once. Driver's seat frame broken. Like anything else, it's going to cost you to drive hard. This is why it's hard to find a good used one.
You'll be able to drive the Forester for years, just don't abuse it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2012