2010 Subaru Forester 2.5x Premium from North America
So far, so good
My first Subaru... Enjoying it immensely. Downsized from a Honda Odyssey, which I had for 12 years and 146000 miles. Much smaller than the van, but has the all weather package, which has come in handy this winter so far -- especially the butt warmers.
Inside dash area is plastic, but lightweight and easy to clean. Moon roof is excellent.
No problems so far. The drive is nice.
As one person commented, the radio is not top of the line, but when you use the Aux input or CD player, the speakers do a nice job.
I wanted a small SUV, and the fact that the Forester is AWD all the time was a plus. I hope to have this car for 12 more years and 140000 miles. My dealer has been helpful, and although I received a notice for 3750 mile service, they advised that I didn't need to bring it in til I hit the 5000 mile mark -- or even the 7500 mark per the mechanic. Put air in my tires and checked fluid at no charge.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2011
Keeping even air pressure is essential with Subaru AWD, since the torque split between front and rear is based on rotation difference. With one under inflated tire, the center diff will slowly but surely wear. Subaru viscous coupling unit is manufactured by NVG (no. 1 American AWD unit manufacturer). It's a strong unit as long as it's well maintained. In 1999, Jeep abandoned the design for a more compliant and reliable design: Gerotor pump multi-clutch (NVG247). Subaru will follow in 2008 with a similar NVG design. Still, even tire pressure is essential, though less critical on components.