Used Subaru Forester 4x4 2002 - 2008 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

2002 - 2008 review
Subaru Forester 4x4 (02 - 08)
  • Subaru Forester 4x4 (02 - 08)
  • Subaru Forester 4x4 (02 - 08)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Subaru Forester 4x4?

Subaru has consistently performed well in customer satisfaction surveys, and this Forester has continued that trend, finishing joint top of its class in the 2006 JD Power survey.

The good news for potential buyers is that owners report virtually no problems with either the reliability of the car or its build quality. The only common complaint was that the stereo wasn't up to much.

Similarly, owners have posted generally positive reviews online, and no recalls have ever been issued on the Forester.

You may be concerned that Warranty Direct says that claim rates on Subarus are very high, but that's more a reflection of the number of Imprezas on their books than any weakness on the part of the Forester.

Warranty Direct's only words of caution with this car are that clutches and driveshafts can give out at 60,000 miles, and that spare parts and some repairs can be expensive.

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