2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5L EJ253 SOHC H-4 from North America


Excellent car


Not much has gone wrong, other than the power steering rack sprang a leak a month ago. The dealership I purchased it used at replaced it under the extended warranty.

Other than that, no complaints.

General Comments:

Excellent car. 21 MPG average, and 24 if I never rev past 3000 RPM. It's quite comfortable, and seems to have decent power.

I do have a few minor complaints about it.

1. Electronic throttle. There's a slight delay (less than a second) from when you press the accelerator pedal to when the engine starts to rev.

2. Rattles. There is a heat shield that rattles all the time, as well as some of the rear cargo area trim, and the front passenger side door trim.

Other than that, I love the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2012

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Any modern car with head gaskets leaks before 200000 km KM is seriously poorly engineered


Head gasket leaks at 95000 km service. Treated by the service agent as though this is a normal occurrence. Apparently this is a common failing of the 2.5 litre boxer. This is a seriously deficient design for a modern motor, and a brand of vehicle that is touted as reliable and well engineered. Head leaks have been a problem since the 2.5 litre was introduced around 2000. This is a poor response by the manufacturer. Obviously the market has not taken them to task over it and moved away in droves.

This is my last Subaru, despite the fact that they are designing a new engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th October, 2010

2006 Subaru Forester X Premium package 2.5L non turbo from North America


Subaru reliability is a myth


One head gasket replaced under warranty, started leaking again within 5000 miles, still leaking. Dealer won't fix even under warranty.

The 2.5L non turbo cars have a design defect that will eventually cost the owner some serious cash, especially if the head gasket really starts leaking and starts a fire from all the oil leaking out.

Don't buy one!

General Comments:

AWD is incredible in the snow, reasonable MPG, can't think of anything else good to say.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2010

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5L from North America


An overrated gas guzzling cheap piece of junk that masquerades as a midrange car. Don't buy a Subaru


Cooling system started leaking 3 weeks after we got it. Improperly tightened hoses from the factory or so they said. I still have had pesky cooling system leaks from day one. Most recent required replacement of the gaskets on the engine.

Also have had oil pan leaks. Pan gasket replaced at 22000 miles, but I still see drips every now and then.

Noisy window motors, rattles when partly open unless all the way down.

Plastic interior parts scratch easily and are cheap and chintzy overall.

It's been in the shop 2-3 times a year for other things like false dash lamp warnings and poor mileage also.

If this is supposed to be "Japanese quality" then I am definitely going back to Ford come November at trade in time!

General Comments:

Dealer service has been average not exemplary. Often long wait times for parts. Subaru dealership service has not gone out of their way to make me feel like I made a good choice buying a Japanese car. I wish that I had purchased a new Ford Fusion instead. Perhaps trade in on one in 6 months.

Subaru has not been anything special; no pride or love of ownership. It's a very over rated car that is not at all worth half of what they ask for it.

Buying a Subaru was a mistake. My neighbor's Toyota Camry is a much better put together car and cost him less than my Subaru, and has never been in the shop once. Never again will I buy a Subaru, nor will I recommend one to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2009

2006 Subaru Forester XT 2.5 liter turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Performance, space, both on and off road credentials


Nothing major has gone wrong with the car so far.

Spot lights have blown out a few times, but that's it.

Rear brake pads need replacing next service.

General Comments:

Great all around car, and a good choice for the someone that wants understated performance from this versatile car.

The turbo spools up casually, and is nice and progressive, although there is a slight lag.

As it's an AWD 2.5 turbo, it is thirsty, but nothing more than what you expect (around 400kms per tank).

Seats in the XT could be a little more curved to the body, and a long drive can make you a little uncomfortable, but besides that, the driving position and vision are excellent.

Steering is sharp with good feel, and the tiptronic box is good but a little laggy, and more for show than real use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2009

14th Feb 2010, 16:28

Couldn't agree more with this review. I have now had my 06 Forester XT for over a year, and it's a wonderful all around car. Interior can feel a little cheap next to its more expensive rivals, but hey, I bought the car knowing that.

The turbo lag can bog you down at times, but once it picks up, it always brings a smile to your face. The tiptronic box is not as effective as the auto box off the blocks, but works well for compression braking and off road driving where you want to lock a gear in.

Seats are a let down, and do not supply the lateral or lumbar support needed; this is my only real gripe with what is an all around great car, lots of fun to drive, surprises many hot sedans on the road at the lights.