2006 Subaru Forester Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2006 Subaru Forester X 2.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Nice car, but annoyed by the dealer!

Faults:

Rear suspension has sagged 15-20mm.

Front left shocker noise.

Excessive oil consumption.

Drivers seat becoming uncomfortable.

General Comments:

Normally only has a driver in the car; occasionally a family of 5.

Keep getting flashed by other oncoming traffic for high beam headlights, as the rear of the car sits down all of the time.

Had to put in 1.5 litres of oil in last 11000 kms!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th August, 2007

2006 Subaru Forester LX 2.5 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance27200 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Beginning to have doubts about Subaru quality

Faults:

Car shuttering when started up. Continued for a while with the check engine light coming on and the cruise control indicator light flashing. The dealer explanation was the number 3 cylinder misfired. Only 27,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car started with relatively good gas mileage, but I have noticed a decline in the last several months.

There is a hesitation sometimes when accelerating that does not feel like the normal transmission shift delay.

Dealer states number 3 cylinder misfire may have been due to bad gas...however, I noticed other comments posted regarding number 3 cylinder misfire.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th December, 2006

23rd Mar 2007, 19:31

I am having the same problem with mine (2.5 turbo), they say that bad gas could be it, I have gone through at least 5 tanks since the first time it started. I am on a first name basis with the Service Manager at the dealership now. I have researched it and I hove been led to the conclusion that it could be a capacitor, coil or and ECU. I am going to have them check it out in a few weeks so that I can get a loaner car. It is sounding more common than I thought though. Make sure that you change gas stations to see if it could be bad gas, I suggest you try Sunoco or BP, they are good and ONLY run premium! That should make a difference. Don't run cheap gas in it! I have 22,000 miles on mine and I treat it like GOLD!

2006 Subaru Forester 2.0 X from Singapore

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance2000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Mazda 323 1.6A

Summary:

A real feel good car for the price!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great machine, excellent visibility all round. I love the handling and the boxer engine which I MUST have at some point in my life (V8 is next). Isn't too large for parking in the city. Consumption here in Singapore I have averaged 8.8km/litre (city driving always). Rock steady and confident. I also find taxis are kinder to me (last car Mazda 323!). Only negative attribute is the rolling noise when more than 80 kph. Think it's the tyres and perhaps some additional sound insulation may help. Engine is silent with a characteristic induction growl when opening up from 2000rpm. My passengers respond with a WaugH! ( always ). But no boxer sound can be heard as the exhaust is very muffled.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2006

2006 Subaru Forester LL Bean 2.5 gas from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3500 miles
Previous carSubaru Forester

Summary:

Excellent!

Faults:

Not a thing, unless you count the cracked windshield I suffered within a week of getting the car in November. However, in Montana, one rarely makes it through a winter without a trashed windshield.

General Comments:

I thought my '01 Forester (S) was a good car - make that great car - but the '06 LL Bean model is fantastic. It may look like one of the original Foresters, but it's much better. More power, more rear seat leg room (very welcomed), a stain and wear-resistant cargo compartment floor (LL Bean model only, I believe), better gas mileage in my new auto transmission model than with my former five speed.

The new lights are great and, along with the driving lights, really light up the night and brings out the shine in the eyes of the deer that are ubiquitous in Western Montana.

The leather seats are very comfortable and look nice. The paint and fit of panels and interior bits are first rate. However, the ride's a little harsh - it may be the Yokohama tires, but I doubt it. I think I read in a review before I bought the rig that the suspension was made a little stiffer. The good news is, it doesn't lean so much in turns as my old one did.

I suspect this car will be as trouble-free as my '01 and that's a blessing. After owning about ten cars through my lifetime, I found the '01 to be the best car I've ever owned (and that included an Infiniti G20 which I did not get along with). I think the '06 is going to be an even better friend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2005

22nd Dec 2005, 10:38

This review makes me want to go out and buy a Subaru Forester L.L. Bean model now! Sounds like a very good automobile.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 14 reviews