2006 Subaru Forester 2.0 X from Singapore

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

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.

2006 Subaru Forester X Premium 2.5 non-turbo from North America

Summary:

Couldn't ask for more given its price

Faults:

Air pollution sensor failed at 5000 miles. Replaced under warranty.

No other problems.

General Comments:

Just got back from a 3100 mile road trip, and was very happy with Forester. Good seats, great handling, low cabin noise. Average about 25 mpg which should go up as the tires wear and the engine gets a bit looser.

The engine has plenty of power and the 4-speed automatic shifts smoothly. In fact, the 2006 Forester is a sporty vehicle that is fun to drive because of its low center of gravity.

2 things that I have done to the original vehicle is that, at 500 miles, I changed the lousy OEM tires to Goodyear ComforTreds (greatly improved handling and ride and no tire noise) and I added sound damping material to the doors and the rear cargo floor. This resulted in a couple of improvements: the stereo sounded much, much better and there was a significant reduction in road noise.

Subarus have a distinct personality and you have to read the owners manual to operate the vehicle correctly.

Will probably replace the "donut" temporary spare with a regular tire spare since on a long road trip I wouldn't want to be bother with fixing a flat immediately.

Overall, the fit and finish of the car is very high and its all-wheel-drive system provides a lot of traction in bad weather situations. Also, a very safe vehicle with a 5 star rating.

Update March 2012:

Previously reviewed this vehicle when it was new, and thought an update would be a good idea. I haven't had any problems with it, and get regular service at the dealership.

Glad I did the sound-damping project when I first bought the vehicle, because the sound system is now super and the cabin is quiet at high speeds.. It's fun to drive on long interstate trips or just around town to go shopping. I feel very safe in it especially in bad weather.

Gas mileage is very good at 28 mpg on the interstate. The car handles like a dream doing 85 mph or higher. Car can get up and go, and it brakes well.

Not a lot of leg room for rear seat passengers.

Glad I bought it, and expect to get at least 250,000 miles from it if I live that long. But if I do, I will buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2005

14th Jan 2006, 16:16

How did you add sound dampening material to the doors and rear cargo area? I just got a 2006 X Premium and I'd like to do the same. Send me a message at mw@hhresidents.org.

12th Jun 2006, 18:36

I would also like to know how you added sound dampening material to doors and rear cargo area. Would be great if you could email me at df108g@yahoo.com thanks.