I part exchanged my BMW as needed a bigger car for kids etc, but still wanted a quick car with extras. Pref no more than £30k.
This car did very well in surveys so I decided to buy one but wait for the ship of first 06 models. I was realy pleased with its looks when I collected it.
The car comes with a decent amount of 'toys' for the price but in my opinion badly needs reverse sensors. The only fault with it is high running costs (the turbo gobbles the petrol) its nice to have such a fast car in what doesnt look like a fast car, surprises some!
We were unfortunate to be involved in quite a bad accident (not speed related) and the car did my family proud the underneath got damaged the body kept surprisingly well and we were so well protected by it hardly felt a thing and not hurt at all. A good family car. I like it....roll on its repair!!!
THis car has peerless dynamics for car of the type. It's lovely to drive, more comfortable overall than BMW X5, VW Tourag, and Land Rover Discovery and weighs the best part of a ton less than all these. Not surprisingly it's in a different league entirely in terms of wieldiness and manouverabilty.
Not a true off roader? Try telling that to rally drivers, farmers, Aussies and Yanks who swear by them. It's considerably faster than my BMW 330CI Sport. It returns 22mpg so far on the urban cycle, which is better than advertised.
There is a Prodrive tweak available from main dealers which doesn't affect the warranty but improves the already blistering 0-100mph time by around three seconds. This is a great compromise 'utility' - as in 'useful' vehicle - and doesn't weigh 2.5 tonnes like other over-blown 4x4s, so it doesn't need complicated suspension and electronics systems. It's also less likely to fall off a mountain track or rut up your green lanes.
Unless you genuinely need a truck with seven seats or demand your car climb Ben Nevis, try a Subaru - it's a more reasonable type of 4x4 that won't hold up or irritate everyone else on the road. It will also, at the very least, bring a smile to your face when you press the pedal and leave the other 4x4s and a good many sports cars trailing.
My wife has owned two Foresters. The first was a 2.0 manual with an all-weather pack which she sold at 50,000 miles and after two years to a friend. It was promptly taken away by her husband, who gave up his Land Rover Discovery for it. Her friend had to buy herself another car.
That car would now be five years old and last reports were that it continues to give good service. Her 'new' Forester is a 2.0 auto and has done 75,000 miles in three years. Her work involves visiting farms and her hobbies include dog showing and field trialling. Her Subaru has been up and down forest tracks and over grouse moors. There are no creaks and it still feels solid.
The 2.0 auto is not very quick (the new 2.0 is said to be better) but Inverness to Reading in nine hours is a respectable time. Dealer service (Simpsons near Swindon and Bulldog of Twyford) has been excellent.
Our only gripes is that it is cramped for me (I'm 6ft 2in tall), could be more economical, and could be quicker, but otherwise it is impressive.
I have just bought a four-year old Forester and am really pleased. The quality is good, and there's a lovely note from the flat-four engine, and practicality is excellent.
Handling is excellent for a 4x4 and is very similar to car standards. Fuel consumption so far has been about 32mpg (which is better than expected), and I don't exactly drive like a granny.
With a young family I needed something sensible, and this still has a bit of character to it (rather than a Ford Mondeo/Vauxhall Vectra). It's a great car.
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