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2003 Forester

2003 Forester

Rating: 4.51/5 stars - 2003 Forester  35 reviews
Forester offers a base 2.5X model, uplevel 2.5XS, and due this Summer as an early 04, a turbocharged 2.5 XT. Unchanged for 03 is the X and... Read More
Forester offers a base 2.5X model, uplevel 2.5XS, and due this Summer as an early 04, a turbocharged 2.5 XT. Unchanged for 03 is the X and XSs horizontally opposed 2.5-liter 4-cyl engine. XTs offer a similar engine but with turbocharging for a boost in horsepower from 165 to 210. All come with manual or automatic transmission and all-wheel drive without low-range gearing. Manual-transmission models resurrect Subarus Hill Holder feature designed to prevent rolling on inclines with the clutch-pedal depressed. Antilock brakes are again standard, and are joined for 03 by standard head-and-chest-protecting front side airbags. All models use 16-inch wheels. Air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, tilt steering, CD player, and remote keyless entry are also standard. Leather upholstery is available on automatic-transmission XS and XT models fitted with the optional Premium Package. Minimize
Product Review Summary
35 Reviews from Epinions.com
Overall Rating: Rating: 4.51/5 stars
Reliability: 5
Build Quality 4
Roominess: 4
Seat Comfort: 4
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By: mkaresh in Cars & Motorsports at Epinions.com
Sep 15, 2002

What makes this the best compact SUV? (with link to my review of 2004 turbo)

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Handling, all-wheel-drive traction, interior style and materials, very fun to drive for an SUV

Cons: Awful tires, probably a bit weak with automatic, exterior styling marginal, not a true SUV

Bottom Line:
Practically packaged, styled very well inside, great handling for this class of vehicle, and affordably priced. The closest I've come to wanting an SUV. Read More at Epinions.com


By: annecal
Sep 26, 2002

Everything You Need to Know About the '03 Forester! (Written by someone who owns one!)

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Sensible size, AWD, fun to drive, safety features!

Cons: You might get a ticket when you blaze by that Navigator!

Bottom Line:
If you're thinking you need a car with a little more room, you owe it to yourself to check this car out! Read More at Epinions.com


By: BrianCam in Cars & Motorsports at Epinions.com
Jul 4, 2002

No More Frumpy Forester

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Roomy Interior, Drives like a Car, Huge Sunroof

Cons: Could use more power

Bottom Line:
Subaru virtually invented the car-based SUV concept, and the '03 Forester is proof they know what they're doing. The new Forester is better looking inside and out. Read More at Epinions.com


By: crash613
Sep 9, 2003

I LOVE this car

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Drives like its on rails, Safety features, the HUGEST MOONROOF I have ever seen!

Cons: No cigarette lighter, electrical power when ignition off, wet arms (read review) crappy radio.

Bottom Line:
Buy this car. You will not be sorry. One of the safest cute-utes out there. 2 words. HUGE MOONROOF. Read More at Epinions.com


By: ishinomoritdk
Jan 8, 2003

The Car-Based SUV

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Safety, Price, Amenities, Performance, Practicality

Cons: "wagon-like" shape and rear seats

Bottom Line:
The Subaru is safe, reliable, less expensive, a good performer on light offroad conditions and smooth on pavement. The Forester is practical and the best value for the buck. Read More at Epinions.com


By: raroach
Jan 13, 2003

2003 Forester: Best All Around

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Value, engineering, safety, AWD, handling, reputation.

Cons: Nothing of much significance; minor interior features I would make better.

Bottom Line:
If you are considering something in the small SUV class, you should give the 2003 Subaru Forester very serious consideration. Read More at Epinions.com


By: tinca
Apr 7, 2003

My Little Red Forester

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Everything. The handling, the lack of engine noise, the breaking, etc.

Cons: The CD player, wind noise and the service department where I bought my Forester.

Bottom Line:
If you want a nice, safe vehicle that's a joy to drive, buy a Forester. Read More at Epinions.com


By: davenj
Aug 4, 2003

Will surprise you. Test Drive it first before you judge it

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: MPG, AWD, ABS, fit and finish, safety.

Cons: Price=A bit expensive. Features=Can't think of any. Very pleased so far.

Bottom Line:
I would definitely recommend buying this car if you need an SUV, good tow vehicle (limit=less than 2000 lbs.) and good mileage. Read More at Epinions.com


By: dgcam55
Jul 21, 2003

Forester XS+ - much better than expected.

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Quietness/Smoothness, Quality feel controls, Gas mileage, AWD

Cons: Tinted rear glass as an option would be nice.

Bottom Line:
Go and test drive it. You will be surprised. Read More at Epinions.com


By: jfelten
Dec 17, 2002

Rugged yet refined

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Comfortable, safe, well equipped, decent gas mileage, large sunroof, good handling

Cons: Not many, engine vibrations more than normal

Bottom Line:
Great car for those who want an SUV like vehicle with AWD without the negatives of an SUV. Very comfortable, fun to drive, safe, and practical Read More at Epinions.com


By: fyschebone
Jan 28, 2003

Sweating the Details

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Capable, Agile, Practical

Cons: Transmission occasionally slow to downshift, a few design quirks

Bottom Line:
It does everything I need it to do without being a gigantic, gas-guzzling behemoth. Practical and accommodating. Read More at Epinions.com


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