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Needed a reliable car for daily use about town. Bought this car Sept 10,'15. Considered a Subaru because other family members have been very satisfied with their Subaru cars. Subaru engines & transmissions have a good reputation for being reliable well beyond 100,000 miles.


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2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
$ 25,999

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White SUV, 4 Cyl, Handsfree/Bluetooth Integration, Power Sun/Moonroof, Air Conditioning, Power Seat (Driver), Adjustable Steering Wheel...

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Walker's Renton Subaru
Renton, WA

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True SUV features (all-wheel drive, lots of stowage, tough engine) in an incredibly compact package. You can fit so much in and on this car (factory roof-racks). Still running great at 11 years.

Bought the Subaru as a winter beater. I use it as a Commuter vehicle in poor weather conditions. The all wheel drive is awesome and handles very well. These vehicles are very strong and have had good luck with is since my purchase. The only down fall i can currently see is, the amount of noise in the vehicle. Wind and road noise are an issue, but nothing from the body or drive line except the exhaust is a bit load as well. I bought a 2005 with 187,000 miles and now with near 200k, still running like a thief.

Pros: spacious, controls are easy, fairly smooth ride. Cons: O2 sensor and catalytic converter have lots of problems. P0420 issue is underestimated among people considering Subaru's, and probably keeps all the mechanics in business around the Northeast and any other area with plenty of snow and need for AWDs.

I've had three foresters in a row. Simply, they work. Easy to drive and maintain. few problems. Solid car. Can't complain

Its a Subaru. Needed second car with AWD for winter driving and low maintenance. 300 miles first month. Small gas line leak somewhere we will have to fix.

We loved the car so we bought it used from a reputable dealer referred by a friend. We paid $3500 for a 2002 with 154,000 miles. two weeks after we bought it we found out it needed a new transmission, new axles, timing belt, fuel pump...the list goes on at it cost WAY more than the price of the car. Moral of the story have a used car checked out by a reliable mechanic.

Loving the Forester as a second car. It's fun to drive and can get in an out of places that the BIG SUV's can't and won't dare go....

Love the car. Shape, color, visibility, space, simplicity, performance, all wheel drive, decent mileage...... My only issues are the noise from the window sealing and the car in general. Just turn the radio up louder. Love the car.

I bought the Forester because it has all wheel drive. It will be my car for winter driving. The 2002 Forester has great visibility and came with air bags and antilock brakes. The car is surprisingly agile and quick. The automatic transmission is smooth and there are no big jolts when it shifts.

Bought it because I had a 1999 and loved it. Everyday use. the engine power and the all wheel drive are awesome. Watch out for rust especially around the gas filler tube also the hatch back could rattle.

It's practical, comfortable and pleasurable to drive. No frills but exactly what I need and an excellent choice for the wet northwest. So far extremely pleased with the car.

Great awd. Great visibility. Safe. Mileage could be better. The one I bought was older. Had 218k on it when I sold it. Bought an 01 with 82k. Much better. Buy an older one with low miles.

Needed a reliable car for daily use about town. Bought this car Sept 10,'15. Considered a Subaru because other family members have been very satisfied with their Subaru cars. Subaru engines & transmissions have a good reputation for being reliable well beyond 100,000 miles.

Used Subaru Forester Information

The Subaru Forester is the vehicle most-recognized by consumers as the "non-wagon" Subaru. A family-oriented crossover, the Forester has a more boxy shape than does its brethren in the Subaru lineup. Used Foresters have proved to be popular vehicles among used car buyers in the United States. The Forester has won several awards, most recently 2014 SUV of the Year from Motor Trend and Best Car to Buy 2014 from The Car Connection.

Introduced in 1997 as "Subaru tough, Car easy" at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Subaru Forester initially mixed the Impreza platform with the Outback's powertrain, which proved a good combination. By the time the second-generation Forester was introduced in 2003, it was clear that Subaru had a hit. As with all Subaru vehicles, the Forester sported a boxer-style opposed engine and the company's much-acclaimed all-wheel drive system. On the used market, this second-generation Forester is the most commonly seen and utilizes either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

In 2009, the third-generation was introduced, featuring more contemporary style with a less boxy look and a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission option. The Forester became larger and more dynamic in off-pavement driving. The same 2.5L engines were still on offer in the U.S.

Finally, for the 2014 model year, the fourth- and current-generation of the Subaru Forester was introduced. This generation offers a continuously variable transmission (CVT), high fuel economy for its class, and a revised, more dynamic suspension. The introduction of an all-new Forester prompted many owners to trade in their previous-generation model for the new one, which added several third-generation Foresters to dealer used car lots.

No matter the generation purchased, though, the Subaru Forester enjoys a solid reputation for its reliability, family-friendly ergonomics, and "get out there and do stuff" Subaru personality.

Carfax currently has 2,583 used Subaru Foresters, 91% with no previously reported accidents. At the moment the average price is $27,108, while 86% have service records and 77% have had only one previous owner. You’ll also be able to find plenty of vehicles with Heated Seats, Handsfree/Bluetooth Integration and Power Sun/Moonroof.


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