Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,834 - $4,546
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
165
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,834 - $4,546
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
165
Seats
5

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Subaru Forester Models & Trims

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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A reliable car for over a decade.

2003 Subaru Forester

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.

- Michele S

Nothing I haven't told you …. I love this car.

2003 Subaru Forester

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. .

- Carla S

Subaru Forester: The Way to Get Around Just Got Easier!

2003 Subaru Forester X

The Subaru Forester 2000-decade series is a comfortable, reliable, easy-to-use and drive automobile. With plenty of room for storage on family trips, or when taking items to be recycled or moved, your vehicle provides the room and convenience for your task at hand. There is the folding bucket seats in the back for this extra cargo space, as well as the moon roof rack for tying items down needed on family trips. There's a 6-disc CD player, radio, air conditioning, adjustable seats for the driver and side passenger assuring ride comfort for miles. As long as you follow your maintenance plan, you'll be good to go wherever you go with the Subaru Forester!

- Brett K

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$20,845 - $21,645
$23,095 - $25,645

Horsepower

Horsepower
165 hp
165 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16
2.5L SOHC SMPI 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.6 in.
43.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
39.1 - 39.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.7 in.
33.7 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.8 in.
37 - 39.8 in.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/60HR16
P215/60HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
99.4 in.
99.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.7 ft.
34.7 ft.

Length

Length
175.2 in.
175.2 in.

Width

Width
68.3 in.
68.3 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3090 - 3135 lbs.
3095 - 3175 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
165 hp
165 hp

Torque

Torque
166 ft. lbs.
166 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
176 lbs.
176 lbs.

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 gal.
15.9 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 mpg
24 mpg

City

City
21 mpg
21 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
27 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety