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One of the most comfortable drives
Very comfortable car to drive - visibility, headroom, legroom all great. A little too responsive sometimes and expected the AWD to feel more capable but it struggles up our steep drive. Good clearance for dirt road drives though. All round very pleased with this car and felt we got the best choice.
Designed by gen. X or Y
Shiny aircon outlets on dashboard, reflect into rear-view mirrors creating glare. Constant false alarms with lane keeping & auto braking. Offside interior trim prevented foot coming off accelerator. Radio settings disappear without human intervention. Salesman couldn't tie cellphone into vehicle's Bluetooth. Auto engine stop when at traffic lights etc would drive anyone mad. Very poor instruction book; ambiguous & terrible grammar. Unreadable on important points & items. Jacking point is not where indicated in the book. Wheels often take in fa...llen tree branches on the road & jam into brake discs. Clock settings & others difficult to perform. Screen too bright in some circumstances & speedo unreadable in certain lighting. Dealer takes 6 hours to correct smallest faults.
Great car. Managed to take my 2008 forester on the beach, it went well for an AWD! Big interior, lovely style and quite cheap for uptake. Very good car and glad I invested in it!
The best part is how the car drives in wet weather! Never slides, and is very safe. Lots of air bags too.
Great price lovely to drive heaps of room looks good good with fuel economy i couldn't think of a better option when it comes to buying a new car today to go to the bakery after work with more pallets and ill need the vic rego papers today mate hope you have a great day
Perfect family car
This is probably the best car i have owned and i look forward to upgrading to the next model when its time.
The design maximizes the interior space with the rear seats folding completely flat. The design is comfortable and practical for our outdoor lifestyle and kids. Having a shorter wheel base makes it easy to park and drive in the city.
There is plenty of safety features and tech that I need. As for fuel. It's very efficient.
This car is everything I was looking for !
Stability of this car is very good especially when it is raining or when the roads are rough.
From the driver's seat , visibility is good for almost 360 degrees ! I love that. No other cars in this category can give so much visibility.Many other brands in this category have a hatch back window which restricts the rear visibility.
Running costs are very reasonable !
Best car I've owned
Our Forester has been a great family car. The all-wheel drive makes it feel safe and sure on any surface - especially in the wet and the dirt. It's perfect for camping and touring - 12 volt in the boot and integrated roof rails are a few features that stand out. It has a killer sub-woofer under the passenger seat which was a big surprise when I bought it. Much easier to park and manoeuvre in the city than bigger SUVs!
Has been very reliable - I've driven it from 95,000 - 129,000 kms and have had no mechanical costs apart from the usual brakes,...
a brilliant motor vehicle
A brilliant car purchased it in October 2015 with 169,000 km on the clock and now has nearly 250,000 km on the clock. Only non maintenance item that has needed to be replaced is the clutch at 210,000 km and it was the original clutch that was replaced. I have found servicing to be very reasonable since owning it and managed to have the timing belt done for less than $800 just recently. Mind you i am not using the dealer for servicing as you don't get the same service as you would from an independent mechanic
Great car but technology is not simple.
Unless you are good with technology and are a quick learner this car may not be for you. It can be very helpful if you understand what you're doing with the car, but to be honest it can be a pain in the back if you are not to switched on with the smaller details of the car. Still happy with the car but also learning new things about it everyday!
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.
2016 great improvement over 2010
We were happy with our old 2010 Forester. But somebody smashed it resulting in write off early in 2016. So we had urgently to replace. Insurance (RACQI) gave us a a good payout. Hoped to buy a slightly used model but they were almost as expensive as a new one. We managed to order one to be delivered off the boat, a fresh 2016 2.5Si. We had to accept the CVT transmission as our other must haves of leather, sun roof and max safety gear were only available in this model.
Its a great advancement the old 2010 which was manual and lacked all techno...
My ultimate car!
Living in Sydney and being someone who loves to get out in the wilderness and explore I needed a car that was going to cater for both! I've found that car in my Forester XT. Such a spacious, well designed and reliable car. Small enough to navigate through narrow Sydney streets but gutsy enough to go a little off road and get me to where I need to go!
What a great car so solid, just watch out the doors open really wide and can bang into other parked
Driving experience - this car is far Superior then our old Ford Escape, it drives smoothly and is higher off the floor so you can see further ahead, which gives you better ability to predict the traffic.
Just watch out when you open the doors they open very wide and you can easily hit other car that are parked nearby, especially dangerous when you have kids who are determined to open their own doors but not strong enough to stop the force of the door. I like the feature that tells us how many km's we have left before the fuel will run out.
The reliability has been fine we have only had the car for a couple of weeks it is way more economical then the old Ford Escape.
Subaru Forester 2017 base model
Great driving with my 2 young kids 4 bikes on the back and a canoe on the roof.
Very good reversing camera.
Good fuel economy and roomy inside.
Excellent vision to see out when driving which makes you feel very safe.
Wonderful to have a full sized spare.
Best car we have owned
Great features, drives superbly
• Excellent steering, acceleration, braking and suspension.
• Looks brilliant!
• Roomy interior.
• Quality construction as you would expect from Subaru.
• Wonderful safety features inc. eyesight camera which alerts you about things like lane departure and collisions ahead.
• One of the best 4wd’s in its class, IMHO.
• Cannot program automatic central locking after driving at a certain speed (eg, 10km/h). ...
Love it!! Super comfy for passengers as well
We have did tons of research to look for a car that can fit a driver that’s 6ft tall and still being comfortable in the limited space, as well as a big boot that can fit white goods. Very smooth performance and sometimes we even complain about the pedal being too sensitive. Plenty of legroom for back passengers, One tip on buying is to choose the non-leather seats, so much comfier and absorbs less heat in the sun.
Only complain is the vent for AC sometimes is not powerful enough for back passengers under Australian’s hot weather. Oh, and the car survived in a severe hailstorm with only two dints! Very impressive.
Sixth Forester I have owned, the first brand new one.
Update - Exhaust pipe cracking I quite often will power the car at low revs which seems to resonate pipe to break. Subaru after 3 yrs have redesigned exhaust with an anti resonator on it. It works.
Performance - I find power adequate, drives really well around corners, feels like a normal car. Often first away at traffic lights, no trouble keeping up with more powerful cars.
Economy - Starts poor (7.0 l/100k) gets better as everything freed up (5.9 l/100 K) , did that for a while, then went back up again to around the 6.8 mark. I was careful...
Good car for general use
The car is small outside but spacious inside. We can fit three child seats in the second row (if the child seat has got arm rest, it needs to be lifted up). It is easy to drive around and parking in the shopping centre is not difficult. Overall it's a reliable small SUV.
Great Car to drive - just needs more technology on the inside
Bought the car new at the end of 2017 for the growing family - 1 infant and toddler. Perfect size for the 4 of us.
Driving Experience - It's a pleasure to drive, nice and smooth, quite cabin and the viewing is fantastic, which is why we bought it over the Mazda CX5. Interior is great, but it does lack the refinements of others in the same class. My only problem is with the head unit and speakers. Speakers are of poor quality and I love listening to music in the car. Also the lack of apple and android car play is disappointing on a 2017 model car that you pay over 30K for. All in all very happy with the purchase
Constant DPF issues with Diesel model
We bought a new 2013 Diesel Forester as we do a lot of freeway driving and we thought the diesel would be economical. Any benefit that came with the Diesel engine has been offset by the constant returns to the dealer due to DPF blocking despite us doing the driving style needed to prevent the DPF from blocking. Of course the dealer charges a nice sum to do a forced regen to clear the DPF each time it clogs. The car has also always shuddered under load and significantly loses power going up an incline. This was our second new Subaru and it will ...be our last. I would definitely suggest that anyone thinking about buying one of these vehicles to think again. Subaru will tell you as long as you do freeway runs every week or so that the DPF will clear itself out and you'll avoid taking it to the dealer for a forced regen. This has not been the case with our vehicle. We have also been told by a Subaru specialist that eventually the DPF will go and will cost about $10K to fix. Not something to look forward to when you've paid close to $40k for the new car. If you google Subaru Forester DPF you'll be able to read plenty of similar stories.
Questions & Answers
we have recently purchased a 2013 subaru forrester with 165000 klm , 1 week after purchase preformed a dpf removal and clean , 600klm later dpf light on , another forced regen , drove to and from work 600 klms checked and the system had attempted 4 burns and completed 2 , wife took the car on a 500 klm highway trip and 250 klm in dpf light came on system check showed 5 attempted burns none completed .
can anyone explain what drives the dpf burn and what would stop the burn from completing ?
I have heard that the latest release coming in last quarter2020 is increasing the tow bar load to 1800kg, has auto door locking and front corner parking assist as standard on the S version.Is this true,should I wait for this release as we like to tow a van and the 1500kg is a bit light on?
Hi @ Grime, There is the possibility that there will be changes to the Forester but we do not have any confirmed specs as of yet. Please keep an eye on our website for any new vehicle announcements. The Subaru Team.
The tyre pressure as shown on the inside door panel is 230Kpa or 32.8 psi. The dealer who sold the car to me advised that the tyre pressure should be 38psi or 266Kpa. Could you please advise the correct pressure?
Regards Robert cowley
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