Close to perfect
The six-disk CD changer would not eject CD after first use. Dealer ordered new one and replaced under warranty. Dealer said they'd seen this problem before.
I became a Subaru buff with the purchase of my 99 Legacy L sedan. Having previously owned Toyotas, I quickly came to appreciate the security and handling of all-wheel-drive.
So when I needed a car with a more flexible interior, I stayed with Subaru and bought the Forester. I've not regretted that decision.
Other than the somewhat higher seating position, you feel like you are driving a car. Unlike the unwieldy, gas-guzzling truck-based SUV, the Forester is a pleasure to drive. It combines comforts such as cruise control and heated seats with mechanical features like the viscous limited-slip differential - all standard equipment on the S model.
I also like the non-Rambo image of the Forester and Subaru's emphasis on respect for the environment.
No car is perfect, but for me, this one comes close.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2002