Subaru Forester 79V (2002-2008) has been discontinued. See all Subaru Australia Midsize / Medium SUVs.
We’ve looked after it and has given us nothing but joy
We have a 2007 Forester X luxury manual and I will say that is the best car we have ever bought. It was our main family car for 7 years until we bought a Mitsubishi Pajero. The Forester is now our city car and gets used everyday, It only gets taken on long trips only so often.
It has only ever broken down twice both because of dead battery’s because we left the parking light on, not the cars fault. It has had issues one being the back left wheel baring that we fixed (the right one is now going), the head gasket and the radiator (both been rep...laced). We also stopped getting it serviced at Subaru since it doesn’t need special treatment from a dealer a third party is just as good and cheaper. We will need an upgrade soon but we are reluctant it’s such a perfect size it’s fuel efficient enough, reliable and safe. The standard petrol engine is still quick (8 seconds to 100). We have taken on the beach where other off-roaders struggle and we didn’t at all. Well done Subaru on making such a reliable and safe product I would recommend you to anyone.
Not as happy as with previous Forester
Bought the Forester Luxury 2006 model in 2010 and had it for 10 years. Just got wrecked in an accident. Looking back it's been an expensive car with many more things going wrong than with my previous 97 forester. Just recently the harmonic balancer failed and it nearly cost me the engine! Other failures were the thermostat, electrical fan assembly, wheel bearings and the usual, brakes and CV boots. It also had developed an oil leak which I'm told is normal too. The cost of parts is very high as are the timing belt replacements. Will buy a different brand this time after having owned four Subarus all up.
Purchased in October 2010 for $18,000.00.
Very Good All - Rounder 2006 Subaru Forester XT MY07
What a fun car to own and drive. :) It was always great around town and on long trips. Used to do 13hr/1,200kms+ trips from Qld to Nsw, plenty of power on tap when needed. This car could go anywhere,shops,offroad beach driving, drag strip, it did it all. :)
Ok all this positive stuff is getting boring... what issues did i have? :)
Bought the car with 100,000kms on the clock, around 160,000kms it started burning oil, when i sold it, it was burning 500ml of oil every 2,000kms. According to Subaru this is perfectly fine. I have spoken with...Lots of 2.5T subaru owners, and it seems that most burn oil. But i also own a 2003 wrx sti with a EJ207 2ltr turbo motor and it burns No oil. If you do your own servicing like myself and regularly check it you will be fine. :) Another thing is Secondary Air Pump Failure, can be expensive to fix, but there is cheap ways to fix it. please click the link for a write up i did on the Forester fourms. http://ozfoz.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=43707&sid=51e0fb428f0aabc99243315711bc1090 Fuel wise: 60L tank, only ever used BP 98. Best i did was 9.3ltr/100kms,500-550kms per tank on the highway driving like a grandma. Otherwise around town except 400/450kms a tank before fuel light comes, depends on the right foot.
The worst car I have driven in a long time.
This car is by far the worst car I have driven in sometime. Bought new in 2016, built 2015 there are constant issues. The temperate gauge stopped working. The horn stopped working. It grinds and has power loss when reversing and it's cold or is under pressure towing a trailer. Servicing is expensive. The boot doesn't shut when there is a tiny piece of grass sitting across the seal. The motor cuts out when idling, put your foot down to move forward at a round about or lights and it takes so long to take off that vehicles nearly hit you, scary. T...echnology taken too far. It has more beeps, alarms and wanting sounds than an air traffic control centre. I would never buy another. I could never reccomend this car. After coming from a Honda this is a disapointing car to say the least. This is a difficult car. The dealership in Albury are impossible to deal with. Rude and unhelpful. Stay clear. No issues with new cars. What a joke Subaru.
Better than a lot of newer cars
Drives smoothly and handles very well. Is very responsive even under light acceleration. Interior is quite nice and very fashionable for its time. Outside lines are a little plain but still better than much of what was released around that time. Overall the economy is good and it is such a pleasure to drive, both in handling and responsiveness, with a quiet smooth ride as bonus.
We Love It
Purchased this car due to the coming of our LOs and so far we have a great experience driving with this. Great technology, spacious and nice interior. One thing I like the least is the touch screen, it's very laggy and takes a while to process, even taking more than 5 seconds to pick up a phone call.
The 04 Forester XT (SG) does not disappoint. It has an AWD 2.5L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine pushing out approx. 110kw atw. It is reliable, sturdy and has very good handling. The turbo version provides approximately 350-400km on a full tank of 98RON which is the absolute recommended fuel for this vehicle, given it is turbocharged.
Why don't you get one and feel the power of the boxer engine and the turbo push you back into your seat?
Great all rounder with good reliability
Great car for everyday as well as getting out on the weekend. XT is relatively fast but handling is a little sloppy. The luxury model has a nice interior with a sunroof and leather seats but the stereo will likely need upgrading. Reliability thus far has been good with no major issues.
As the first owner of the car, I have been driving this car for about a year and so far have no issues with it.
My previous car was a Lexus RX330 and it was very expensive to maintain. Anyways, although I prefer the exterior of the Lexus over the Subaru, the interior does not disappoint. I absolutely love everything about the interior, as it is spacious, comfortable, easy to clean and very high tech. Also the fuel consumption is good for an SUV.
I loooove this car. I bought it second hand privately. It had a few little things that needed tuning but we have fixed all of that up and it is just my big Baby! It is reliable and cheap to run. Most comfortable car ive ever driven. And i feel 100% safe taking my daughter in it.. love love love
A station wagon with off roading capabilites
The 2006 MY07 Subaru Forester XS is our second forester, replacing our old 1998 GX, we were originally going to look for an XT but this beautiful black with beige cloth interior XS stumbled upon us and it was difficult to say no to it. The XS in the MY07 model includes a rear roof mounted spoiler, tinted windows, climate air conditioning, 6 disc changer and a few changes in the interior including the gear shifter. The performance with the 2.5l Boxer engine is fantastic, it can do 0-100 according to Subaru in 10 seconds, but we think it's a lot...quicker. The handling is good, noise is fairly quiet. I like the interior alot, only there is not much room at all in the back seat so it is not good for a massive family. Overall the 2nd generation Forester was fantastic.
Meets all my needs. Have owned various makes of vehicles and this subaru is my favorite suv.
The 2.5L can keep up with all other suv in this category. Comfortable and reliable on long trips
Heavy on fuel on short trips. Freeway good , 8.5L
Happy with my choice
As good as it gets for the price.
I have loved this car since new, it's the 2007 XT. It handles like a dream, goes like a rocket with the 2.5 litre turbo engine and the fuel economy is reasonable averaging 10 litres per 100km although it does need premium ULP. It easily towes a 24ft. boat and the interior space is enough for a couple or small family. There is one major issue though which is common with tubocharged Subarus. When just out of warranty, the secondary air system failed which causes the engine light to come on and the cruise control becomes inoperative. Was quoted $4...,000 to fix. As this system is very unimportant I chose to leave it as is. Still love the car even without cruise. It is a drivers car. For my next car I would probably go for something with parts which are not so expensive if such a beast is available.
The great all-Rounder 2006 XT
Having owned this car for almost 7yrs and done over 100,000kms I have to say it has been a great car.
The car truely is the best all rounder with performance, comfort, space, and usability.
Considering the way I drive it and it always being parked outside, I have had only a few minor annoying problems.
1. Drivers window switch and motor broke twice and needed repair (common fault it seems)
2. Rear self leveling suspension died - mainly due to dirt roads I assume
3. Wind noise from pillarless doors (later discovered a very easy fix)
4. CD stacker jammed (another common fault apparently)
5. Front CV joints needed to be replaced (again dirt roads and water are their enemy but my friend)
Reliable Subaru Forester 2006
We have been driving this car for 2 years. Bought at mileage 150K. Still going strong. Reliable family car. Camping twice a year, loading 2.5 seater kayak, family with three teenagers, no problem. Decent fuel economy. The only reason not to give 5 star is the boot space is not very generous compared to other SUV such as Outlander.
2007 Subaru Forester XS and 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5IL
Purchased my Forester in Jan 2007 and I have done 175,000 klms thus far.I travel to the Blue Mts and Sydney a lot
and it has adequate power for cruising along the m4 etc.Easy to park, good fuel economy like the styling and interior lay out .. I luv my" Stephane "Forester ...
Update Sept 2014..New radiator .Seam was leaking at the top $500 to replace at local garage. 200,000 klm was $1900 for service in Sydney,Timing Chain Water Pump etc.
2017 still good so far and treat her good .252,000ks now just the usual running costs tyres etc ..It won'...t be long I guess for some added costs .Have is serviced in Springwood . Dec 2017 Alternator packed it in new one put in by NRMA shop Penrith around $900 Head gasket developed slight leak ,I preferred to just to not worry about it. over time so no worry.
Purchased in May 2017.
Sold to my son- still going well
Excellent build quality. Good visibility (take out cargo barrier.
Dealer service over-priced at $330. Will get done privately.
Quiet ride. Cruise control unnatural feel (better on Outlander).
Creature comforts basic.
Hate electric windows that need ignition on. Citroen does it better allowing windows to be closed after switching off motor.
great grip on road.good fuel economy < 9.5L/100 (auto)Not as high as 2008+ model.Low centre of gravity, so less likely to roll over than other 4WDs.
Auto accelerator touchy- Camry is better.Plastic dash panel scratches easily.Rattly cargo barrier/cover blind.Tyres Geolandar wore unevenly under 40 000 probably due to poor alignment.
Great car , practical ,easy and great to drive , our 2nd subaru in 12 years.
We had our old L series for 12 years and naturally looked at updating to Forester.Checked out the competition but you cant go past the solid and reliable Forester.
Ours is a 2006 X Auto a former NSW ambulance car with bull bar and cage.We bought it from Moorebank car auctions and have just had it for a year.Done some big trips in it and mainly does round town , its a little thirsty but you don't buy a Subaru for economy.
Best roof racks are Thules (got ours 2nd hand off ebay) and the cargo barrier is a must,especially if you have little ones ...
Great car, not perfect.
Bought a 2006 model subaru forrester with 130,000kms, base model x 79v. owed for about a month.very safe to drive, wife loves it. so easy to drive, cup holders everywhere. plenty of storage, boot is good size.plenty of power. drivers seat is ok but passenger seat is hard and uncomfortable, maybe will soften up in time. power windows can cost big dollars when break as i found out. drivers auto up switch gets stuck on up mode and burns motor out, $150 for aftermarket regulator $200 plus for second hand switch to fix ,plus install $130! =$500 plus..., would have to sell your arm to buy new subaru parts. air conditioning isnt that good, my 95 model commodore has better air conditioning. doors dont seal well, making a noising freeway trip. tight back seats.all problems that such a new car shouldn't have. a little disappointing but is great to drive. Update, owed the car for around 3 years 60000kms or so.Have now sold the car, put 2 secondhand air conditioners in both had same issue. new subaru compressor are $1000 or so aftermarket $700. If you want working ac buy somthing else. Fixed the power window a second time with a genuine motor, pain of a job. Reliable but expensive to fix if does break. All wheel drive safe Air conditioning, seats, power windows, door seals
The Dreaded Head Gasket
Great car. Functional, comfortable. Ours is a 2003/2004 model and we have owned it since new. It's always been serviced on time and it's done 140,000kms with a lot of that driving around Sydney, and many interstate trips Sydney - Brisbane, Sydney - Adelaide, Sydney- Canberra. We have just discovered a faulty RHS head gasket, and after a lot of detailed checking and counter checking with several experts we are up for a repair bill of around $3,000. Not avoidable as we wish to do many more kms in this car. Apparently some of this model had fault...y head gaskets which can reveal themselves at around 140,000kms. Subaru corrected the problem in later production. We are not happy and unfortunately have to bear the cost. We expected better as we have owned 5 Subarus previously, all trouble free. So if you're thinking of buying a 2003/2004 Forester, have a mechanic put it on the hoist and inspect around the head gaskets. Comfortable, reliable and very functional. Reasonable economy averaging at about 10kms/litre overall city and country. Can get noise transference into the cabin on some surfaces with highway driving. The head gasket problem was unforeseen and we deeply annoying due to cost and the fact that we have always serviced the car on time. Since publishing the paragraphs above we have continued to own the car until last month. We did an additional 50,000 kms in it taking the total to 190,000 kms approx, all trouble free - brilliant. It was still performing flawlessly. When we sold it we achieved a good price which confirms that these cars have good resales value.
Purchased in October 2003 at McGrath Subaru.
Questions & Answers
Started the vehicle this morning and let it idle for 90 seconds with my foot on the clutch...dog escaped so I took foot of clutch and got out to retrieve dog (all up...about 30seconds).
Heard a gear grating noise behind me and watched the car jump forward, then stall. Bugger said I.
Put dog away and went back out to the car.
Got in - tried the gear stick and it balked at all gears. Started the car with foot on the clutch and engine started, no problem. No engagement of gearbox.
Went to engage gears - which I couldn't, so I took my foot of the clutch which promptly stalled the engine.
Gearbox stuck in 5th gear.
Any body had a similar experience? Time for a new gearbox?
Hi @ Jon M, We're sorry to hear of your experience with your Forester. We recommend having your vehicle inspected and diagnosed by a Subaru service retailer to see what can be done for you and your vehicle. The Subaru Team http://bit.ly/2WZZ8yv
I am looking to buy Forester which is 2008 and driven 220ks, Is it recommended to buy such high ks in petrol with 2.5 lts engine?
Hey, i dont know a huge amount about cars. But as long as the car is well looked after it should be ok. But that is high kms for a 2008 model.
Make sure the timing belt has been changed.
Check the service history, if not consult a mechanic that you trust to give the car a going over.
Thats not a big mileage these days but just ensure that the service history is up to scratch and as previously mentioned the timing belt has been changed i know of a 2009 model that has nearly 450,000 km on the clock that has only had consumables replaced and is immaculate
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Release date||July 2002|
|Discontinuation date||Feb 2008|
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.