2004 Subaru Forester X 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand
A good car, not a brilliant one
Some of the plastic in the interior had bent with normal use, and no longer sat in place properly. Otherwise nothing.
The cruise control has trouble holding a steady speed. It ebbs up and down. Apparently something all Foresters do. It's not all that bad, but irritates the other drivers on the freeway a bit.
For a cross-over 4wd, this car has brilliant road holding.
The engine, while not having heaps of power, revs freely and is quite fun to drive. It makes a great sound with the boxer engine.
The car had great flexibility. Fold the seats down for a huge load, take the kids fishing, tow a big load, then will happily drive nanny to church.
The interior felt quite modern and trendy. The car looked great in general.
Felt very solid mechanically.
Servicing in Australia is outrageously expensive.
Parts are well overpriced (fortunately they don't break often).
Quite thirsty for the size and power (one of the down sides of the AWD system).
These are a good car overall, though I feel it was a bit overrated.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2010