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- Forester S4 2.5i-L (2013-2018)
Good vehicle wife loves it!
Recently upgraded to the new Forester from our older Outback. Second Subaru and love the dependability of the car, it has taken a bit of getting used to the key less entry as previous cars all had keys. The drive of the car is faultless and comfortable and teaching our daughter on her "L"s to drive in the new car has been quite easy and she is more than comfortable with its size.
really good handling love it I totally love it not a lot of noise in the car comfortable seats, average legroom, good Dashboard not expensive at all for a car! quite hard to connect up with bluetooth, didn't like the stereo, so it is an average car i reckon. ok
Fantastic all rounder car
This is my 3rd subaru forester. I originally purchased an old SF5 as a rounaround car and fell in love with it. Since then I've upgraded to a SG9 and now a SH9 because I can't fault them.
They can handle soft off-road and quite comfortable on the highways too. Lots of legroom in front and back even with child seat.
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.
Terrible stereo can only be paired to 1 phone!
The vehicle is a good solid ride. People who want to spice it up and select sports mode, or switch to economy mode, there is none of that. Put it in drive and there is only one setting. The stock tyres Geolanders seemed to generate a bit of road noise. The biggest annoyance is the stereo. It is crazy hard to setup and pair bluetooth and the system only has room to store one phone. The bluetooth always disconnects 5 minutes into the drive but switching off the stereo and doing some random things seems to reconnect it. Thank goodness it is relatively easy to replace it really is well below expectations from a modern vehicle.
Very Disappointed !
Extremely disappointed after purchasing new XT Premium 2016 model.
Very very annoying CVT transmission, jerky, you cant able to control the slow speed.
Very very bad steering and poor handling, have to hold steering with both hands all the times because it always shaky.
Bad Fuel economy
Bad road control, vehicle shakes alot on highways.
Sat NAV is totally useless
Herman Cardin speakers are not impressive, it sounds like pretty standard speakers.
Perfect car for everyday.
I love my forester. I purchased it just under 1year ago and I couldn't be happier. Previously I owned and Mitsubishi outlander, I wasn't never 100% happy with it but I have now found my perfect car. It has got everything I have wanted in my car and I and able to use it for my daily drive as well as taking it camping and fishing in the weekend with my major adjustment. The biggest down fall would have to be the fact that it has Pandora installed but is no longer available in Australia and no way of removing it or adding other apps to replace it. I have also be unable to sync my new phone to the Bluetooth system which is a huge inconvenience for me, as I spend a lot of time in my car daily.
Great car, love it, paid 37k for a car that we thought would last 10 to 15 years or at least 150k . but at 12k had to have a new motor fitted due to failed main bearings. At 0k we complained that the new motor sounded like the old one, at 34k another new motor, failed main bearings,cams and supports, Now number 3 new motor at 0km make same bottom end rattle as the other 2, glad for the 5 year warranty but what happens when that runs out, CVT trans has a lot to be desired as wll, slow shifting from R to D, lurching at lite throttle , will never buy another Subaru
MY18 Forester XT - best decision ever
With Bub arriving, it was time for an upgrade. This was the best decision ever. The seats are really comfortable, especially sitting at the back with Bub. I am easily car sick and the forester was sturdy enough for me that I wouldn’t be sick in the back even if I was travelling for an hour. Favourite features are the front arm rest in the middle, leg room at the back, and keyless lock and unlock technology.
Only negative I can say is the GPS isn’t great and sometimes gives a route that doesn’t make sense. Otherwise we’re very happy
- Forester S5 2.5i-L (2018-2021)
2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i L Special edition handling very good quality excellent great fuel economy great dealership service Bathurst Subaru .Like the compact size good leg room .Style is appealing ,simply love the new alloy wheels as standard they are so easy to keep clean ,sorry no apple car play.
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.
Questions & Answers
I have a Subaru Forester only done 107596 kms and is repeatedly failing to start for now reason.
Ignition lights all Ok but just dies on key operation.
No response from starter motor at all.
Can happen anywhere stuck at home some 45 Kms from home and have had it towed to workshop twice after being stuck in city.
Can anyone offer a solution
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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 ?
My Forester (2010 diesel) has had this problem appear after 250K ..I took it to the mechanic and he did a "burn off" after which it was alright for a while. Now the light is coming on and sometimes the engine light as well but it also disappears as well? Anyway I have had 6 Subarus and yes I love them but I wouldn't buy a diesel again and I live in the country definitely wouldn't buy one for city driving as the diesel need long highway country runs to burn off the soot? I really hope Subaru doesn't let the quality of their cars slip. All cars/makes/brands have "issues" it just how much it takes to repairs these which you need to take into account.. VW (never buy one) is on another planet with spare parts which you WILL need in dire course..I have been happy with all my previous models and probably would buy another or a Toyota which are probably the most reliable cars out..
after 4 months of constant issues with the dpf we removed the old dpf and sent it to western australia for an inspection prior to another clean , upon a camera inspection they discovered the insides were damaged $3500 later a new dpf aftermarket , egr and manifold clean and most important change in driving style ( drive it like you stole it and do not use 6th gear unless you are in 110klm zone ) and only drive in 3rd gear around the city. fuel consumption has only increased by .5l/100 klm but no lights or mechanic bills
since this we have the dpf light come on once then went out performed a scan and we had completed a regen burn 20klm ago which is half way to town
It would be worth checking whether the excessive oil consumption issue is contributing to the DPF build up. A class action (regarding these models 2011-14 Forester 2.5-litre, 2013 Legacy 2.5-litre, 2013 Outback 2.5-litre, 2012-13 Impreza 2-litre and 2013 XV Crosstek 2-litre) was settled in the US in 2014.
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||63 L||63 L||63 L||63 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||136kW @ 5800rpm||136kW @ 5800rpm||136kW @ 5800rpm||136kW @ 5800rpm|
|Max Torque||239Nm @ 4400rpm||239Nm @ 4400rpm||239Nm @ 4400rpm||239Nm @ 4400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,500 kg||1,500 kg||1,500 kg||1,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm||220 mm||220 mm||220 mm|
|Release date||Sept 2018||Sept 2018||Sept 2018||Sept 2018|
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