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Used Subaru Forester 2008-2013 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
  • Used Subaru Forester (08-13)
Used Subaru Forester 2008-2013 review
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Advice for buyers

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

It is important to look in all the usual places such as kerb damage to alloy wheels: stains, rips or tears in the seat fabric: scuff marks on plastic trim pieces; it is also worth checking for off road damage.

The Subaru Forester is more likely than most to be taken off the beaten path, and while it has underbody cladding to protect vital components; damage can still be done. Look for odd dents under the car; check that the exhaust hasn’t been knocked off its hangers and that the car isn’t caked in mud underneath. If it is left there, it can trap water and lead to rust.