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Superb machine

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After having owned a WRX the Forester took a little getting used to, but it is such a refined a driver friendly car that this was an eady transition.
It handles really well for such a high car, and the cvt is crisp and responsive. The adaptive cruise control is really well sorted and helps make commuting far more palatable. It is a perfect size for the teens in the family and is a very manoevorable car in shopping centres. It is engaging enough in the twisties and manages light off-roading consumately.

Purchased in November 2019.

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Year2020
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Melmain

MelmainPerth, WA

  • 5 reviews

Incredible value for money

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Purchased in March 2019 for $43,000.00.

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Peterm

PetermPerth, WA

  • 5 reviews
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the best for this category of car

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Purchased in June 2019 at Subaru Dealers for $30,000.00.

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Year2018
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Evonne

EvonneSydney, NSW

  • 7 reviews
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It is great as a car, but not as a mobile entertaining tool.

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Purchased in March 2018 at Subaru Dealers for $37,700.00.

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Year2018
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Pierre

PierreShellharbour NSW

  • 16 reviews

S Edition for the money

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Purchased in August 2019 for $22,000.00.

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Year2011
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Daniel

Daniel

  • 3 reviews
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Ticks many boxes, very versatile.

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Purchased in May 2019 at Subaru Docklands.

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Year2018
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sylvia

sylviaSydney, NSW

  • 2 reviews

Love this car

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I use this car everyday for work and family and outings.
This car is brand new so it will be serviced yearly.
No issues at this point.
Fantastic car i would recommend it for all ages so comfortable and spacious .

Purchased in March 2019 at subaru sutherland for $43,000.00.

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Tristan Evans

Tristan Evans

  • 3 reviews

Love this car, I almost live in it.

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I have owned this car since March and it has not skipped a beat on the road or off the road. Great safety features that suit me for long driving trips and goes really well off the beaten track.

Purchased in March 2019 at Cricks Highway for $43,000.00.

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Kangaroo3d

Kangaroo3dHunter Region, NSW

  • 7 reviews
  • 12 likes

$170 diagnosis fee after Takata Air Bag Recall

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Purchased in July 2014.

Year2011
Anon

AnonSydney, NSW

  • 5 reviews

Love this car.

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Great for everyday use in suburban and off road. So great for camping because high ground clearance (same as land cruiser). AWD is great.
If serviced regularly it's a Good reliable car.

Purchased in February 2019.

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Tony

TonySydney, NSW

Navigation System Outdated And Not Current

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Purchased in February 2019 at LIVERPOOL SUBARU.

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levin

levinSydney, NSW

  • 5 reviews

Reliable and maintainable family car

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Bought it when it was 7 years old.
We used it for our family and it is always reliable.
We drove it across states, went to the snowy mountain. Never had a problem.

Purchased in December 2013.

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Year2006
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Raresense

RaresenseSydney, NSW

  • 8 reviews
  • 22 likes

Safe, Reliable and wonderful car to drive! Highy Recommend!

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Purchased in October 2017 at Trivett Subaru Paramatta for $47,500.00.

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ClarkKent3792

ClarkKent3792South East Queensland, QLD

  • 27 reviews

XT: Amazing ride quality, effortless torque, Swiss Army knife of SUV’s

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Purchased in January 2018 at Subaru Dealers.

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Year2016
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Marco Niere

Marco NiereGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 17 reviews
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TERRIBLE is an Understatement: AVOID Poor Quality and Over Hyped

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Purchased in October 2015 for $41,000.00.

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Really disappointed

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We purchased a new Forester recently and within the first couple of days an error appeared which disabled all electronic features. It is taking 3 weeks to get fixed. Not reliable.

Purchased in January 2019.

Year2019

AliG

AliG

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Serious Design Flaws and Product Issues

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Purchased in May 2013.

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Year2012

Shenanigans

ShenanigansBrisbane

  • 32 reviews
  • 2 likes

Great, but not perfect.

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Purchased in January 2019.

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Martin

MartinSydney

  • 5 reviews
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Love our new car!

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True, we are only 5 days into our new Forester 2.51 S but wow! Silky smooth to drive, plenty of power, amazing technology covering everything you could need. Real luxury car feel with soft leather and great finishes. Traded in an xc90 and loving our experience.
Did lots of research before buying looked at xc60, x3, discovery sport (awful reliability), Honda CRV, Mazda X5...the Subaru came out on top for us with plenty of space, awd, latest release and features, great price compared to all the others.
So far so great!

Badge2.5i-S
Engine Size2.5
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedJan 2019
DriveAWD

auslan

auslanBlue Mountains

Simply easy to use - teenagers love it

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Have just bought this demo car, after using it as a loan car for 2 months. Traded my old car once fixed as this Forester is too good to let go...
Love the safety features, anti-collision (both front and rear), multiple cameras whilst parking or reversing, as well as staying with lanes on motorways and busy roads. We downgraded from a 7 seater SUV to this 5 seater car, kids happy with this.

Badge2.5i-L
Engine Size2.5
TransmissionAutomatic
Date PurchasedFeb 2019
DriveAWD

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Questions & Answers

Clio

Clioasked

Does the reversing camera come with a warning sound?

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Leigh F.

Leigh F.asked

why does subaroo forester 2.5p not have remote windows in Australia

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Sophie M.

Sophie M.asked

Hey.

Im looking into buying a 2010 Subaru Forester MY10 2.0D 6 Speed Manual Wagon. It has 285,000 kms on the clock though. Turbo diesel model. Has anyone had any issues with this model? Or has one with similar kms'? Has a lot of km's and thats my only con to the car really! Just trying to see if its worth it or not.

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Marco Niere
Marco Niere

That’s a lot of kms and turbos can be expensive to repair and replace. Unless u get the car for next to nothing I wouldnt buy it, it’s a big risk

Marco Niere
Marco Niere

Also I would suggest that such high KMS would mean the engine would be very old and tired and towards the end of its life, car had probably been thrashed.Definitely worth paying a bit more and get one with lower KMS AND NON TURBO! I wouldn’t pay more than $1000 for it

ClarkKent3792
ClarkKent3792

If highway kms and well serviced, (and the DPF could be a pain on these ( Diesel particulate filter))and if a low price could be plenty of life left. Diesel buyers are typically not hoons, tend to look after their cars, generally. I have seen cars with 200,000 kms that were in incredible condition. Get a independent mechanical inspection, peruse Forester owner forums, then decide.


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