I live in the state of ds and I need a vehicle that can be driven in changing weather. I love my Subaru Forester because it gets good gas mileage, and is rugged enough for the harsh south Dakota winters on ice and in snow. It is four wheel drive and is great to drive, comfortable, smooth handling and extremely reliable. I bought it brand new in 2004 and it has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. It has over 129, 000 miles on it and I never had to get any work done on it until it hit over 100, 000 miles. It is been a great vehicle. In a few years I will buy a brand new car and it most likely will be another Subaru. The dealership is great. Maintenance is great. It is a reasonably priced vehicle that fits my budget. It is been paid off for 9 years and I love having no car payments. It is roomy and is perfect when I transport my crafts for craft shows.
Nothing I haven't told you …. I love this car.
I love my car, I love everything about it. . The size is just right it has 4 doors which is great and I love and it's all wheel drive. . . Goes great in the winter time. . Use it first before the blazer that we have also. . . Gas mileage is not all that bad either. We bought this used back in 2011 I think it was and has been great all of this time. . . The only thing I do not like about it is the engine light is on. The last Subaru we had did the same thing worried about it all the time was often told not too but we ended up having to have engine trouble so got rid of it. . . Now this one is lite and it has been quite a while showing the engine light but we haven't done a thing to it to get it to go out beings we had that trouble with the last car. It's still running good and its 15 years old. .
Reliable winter ready transportation.
All wheel drive is very helpful in winter weather. I also have a small sailboat that is trailerable with this car. I find the lift gate hatchback is helpful for loading groceries or hardware store items. I also love the roof rack options available through Subaru products or after- market items. My vehicle is about 15 years old so some repairs have to be expected but I have been told by mechanics that Subaru's in general burn or leak oil. I have had to repair this issue but in general find it to be reliable transportation. Love it and would strongly recommend it.
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Moderate Overlap FrontG
Driver-side Overlap FrontN/A
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) *
Driver airbag (SRS)
Dual-stage front passenger airbag (SRS)
Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags (SRS)
3-point seatbelts on all seating positions
Height adjustable shoulder belts on all outboard seating positions
Child safety rear door locks
(3) rear child safety seat anchors
Active front seat head restraints
Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
Front/rear 5-mph impact-absorbing bumpers
Side-impact door beams
Daytime running lights *
* Optional Safety Feature
Safety Recalls (2)
Certain passenger and sport utility vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions were produced with an improperly manufactured transmission parking rod. When the transmission selector lever is placed in the "P" (Park) position, the transmission park mechanism, which is intended to hold the vehicle, may not engage. The vehicle could then move/roll without prior warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
Dealers will replace the automatic transmission parking rod assembly. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during January 2003. An interim owner notification will be sent during November 2002. Owners should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
Certain sport utility vehicles fail to comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies." In the event of a crash, the front seat belts could unlatch, which could result in injury to the seat occupant.
Dealers will replace the left and right front seat belt buckle/latch assemblies. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Feb. 24, 2003. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
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