$3,359 - $4,546
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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X Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,359 - $4,546
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 27 HWY

X Features & Specs

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats w/height adjustable head restraints
  • Driver seat height/tilt/lumbar adjusters
  • 60/40 split fold down rear bench seat w/head restraints on all seating positions
  • Woven cloth seat trim
  • Center console-inc: auxiliary pwr outlet, cup holders
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, digital dual-mode trip odometer, ambient temp gauge, engine coolant temp guage, low-fuel light
  • Pwr windows-inc: driver-side one-touch down, illuminated switches
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Electronic AM/FM/weatherband stereo w/compact disc-inc: (4) speakers
  • In-glass antenna
  • Upper dash storage pocket-inc: digital clock
  • Visor vanity mirrors
  • Overhead console-inc: dual map lights, storage
  • Dome light w/delay feature
  • Rear retractable cup holders
  • Silver metallic interior accents
  • Cargo area light
  • (2) cargo area grocery bag hooks
  • (4) cargo area tie down hooks
  • Dual cargo area storage pockets
  • (3) Cargo area subfloor storage compartments/(1) storage bucket
  • Cargo area cover
  • Rear 12-volt pwr outlet

Exterior Features

  • Two-tone paint
  • Aluminum-alloy hood
  • Roof rack w/crossbars
  • Textured gray body-side cladding & bumpers
  • Multi-reflector fog lights
  • Automatic-off halogen headlamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black fold away pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper/washer w/de-icer

Safety Features

  • 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

Mechanical Features

  • 2.5L SOHC SMPI 16-valve 4-cyl horizontally opposed "Phase II" engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD & "Hill Holder" system
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • All-wheel drive
  • HD raised independent front/rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • P215/60HR16 all-season SBR RWL tires
  • 16" styled steel wheels
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Speed-sensitive variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented front disc/rear drum brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 15.9 gallon fuel tank
  • Remote fuel filler door release

Options & Packages

Port Installed Options

Premium sound pkg 1 ($1,082)

  • 6-disc in-dash CD changer
  • Tweeter kit
  • Upgraded speakers
  • Subwoofer/amplifier

Premium sound pkg 2 ($562)

  • Tweeter kit
  • Upgraded speakers
  • Subwoofer/amplifier

2003 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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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

Shut off electronics, jump in Our Subaru. Time for a fun family trip.

2003 Subaru Forester X

This is the fifth Subaru I've owned. It's a perfect vehicle for my family. All have been wagons and manual transmission. I love the space. The hatch back allows ample storage for all our summer needs. I keep several bags, so we can jump in our car and head out for an adventure. Swimming, fishing, hiking or having a light picnic. Interior space is great having both leg space and elbow room with 5 passengers. The all wheel drive had kept us safe thru snowy Winters and rough forgotten back roads. Reliable engine and decent gas mileage, I won't own any other vehicle

- Jennifer B

The 04 Subaru that will not die.

2003 Subaru Forester X

Reliability -9. Fuel economy -5. Safety-8. Comfort-7. Non-turbo. No problems so far. It has 208000 miles and is regularly maintained. Oil is a must change every 4000 miles with synthetic. There is an annoying rattle fro. The catalytic converter heat shield but that is a easy fix. The screw usually rot off and there starts the rattle. Just wish it had better gas mileage because the constant all wheel drive chews gas.

- David W

2003 Subaru Forester: You get more than you pay for

2003 Subaru Forester X

At one point, I'm sure my Subaru performed really well on the road, as well as off of it. Now in it's 16th year, the quality of it has obviously deteriorated, yet I still very much enjoy driving it and it has been very reliable. Compared to older cars I've had in the past, this one has needed repairs sparsely. I see myself driving it for at least a few more years.

- Andrew C

the Simple but sturdy Subaru

2003 Subaru Forester X

The Subaru Forester is very reliable, has decent gas mileage, and can fit a surprising amount of stuff. We have not had many problems with ours and it seems to be a sturdy car good for road trips. It's a fairly simple car, and there are definitely ones with higher performance, but again it seems sturdy.

- Anon L

Great features for a medium car.

2003 Subaru Forester X

We have replaced transmission, brakes, and many small items..The one thing that breaks a lot is the u-joint. I like the car it has enough room to carry all my crafts and tent to shows every weekend..It has a get up and go for a nice medium car. Mine is standard on the gears shift great.

- Rosella S

Very Reliable Subaru Forester 2003

2003 Subaru Forester X

The car is extremely reliable and drives smooth, easy, and strong. The only complaint is how the gasket around the windows doesn't seem to seal the wind out and when driving at over 40 mph the wind coming in makes a very loud sound. However, the car is affordable and very trustworthy.

- Ross E

It has an incredibly protective plastic 'bra'.

2003 Subaru Forester X

It is incredibly spacious and durable. I'm able to hit curbs with abandon. I wish that I had a sunroof because my AC is a little slower than I'd like it to be. The stereo is perfectly Bassey. I wish there was a tape deck or an AV hook up, because Bluetooth hasn't been perfected yet.

- Sabrina C

Subaru forester '03-reliable and safe.

2003 Subaru Forester X

I love my car overall. Very reliable and safe, particularly in bad weather. Good speed and look as well. Also has heated seats and a plug-in for an auxiliary cord, which is very nice. Main issues are that it is old and has had recurrent transmission and a/c problems.

- Hannah M

It is super fast and very comfortable to drive in all weather conditions.

2003 Subaru Forester X

In love with this car. It is literally the most reliable comfortable fun car I have ever owned. It also rarely needs anything fixed and when it does need work it is very inexpensive and almost always a small not expensive easy fix. I recommend this car to anyone.

- Natalie J

2003 Subaru Forester review

2003 Subaru Forester X

My car is a 2003 Subaru Forester, it's been my first car and it has held up really well. It's been through mud, snow, rain etc. yet still goes strong at over 170,000 miles. It still has a majority of its original parts and with that kind of mileage is great.

- Anna F

Subaru's are made for pets and people.

2003 Subaru Forester X

Find the Subaru forester a very great vehicle to drive in the winter time and is reliable. Well in the winter time and in the rainy season and great in the summertime. It allows me to travel with my animals safely and securely on route to and from home.

- Karin S

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