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21 City / 27 HWY

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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
  • Viscous limited-slip rear differential
  • HD raised independent front/rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • P215/60HR16 all-season SBR RWL tires
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Speed-sensitive variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented front/solid rear disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
  • 15.9 gallon fuel tank
  • Remote fuel filler door release

Exterior Features

  • Two-tone paint
  • Monotone paint
  • Aluminum-alloy hood
  • Pwr moonroof w/auto open/close
  • Roof rack w/crossbars
  • Steel gray metallic painted body-side cladding & bumpers
  • Body-color body-side cladding & bumpers
  • Multi-reflector fog lights
  • Automatic-off halogen headlamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Large gray metallic fold away heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/de-icer
  • Rear window wiper/washer w/de-icer

Interior Features

  • Front bucket dual-mode heated 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
  • Moquette cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Center console-inc: auxiliary pwr outlet, cup holders
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel/shifter/parking brake handle
  • Tilt steering column
  • Illuminated ignition switch
  • 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
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Electronic AM/FM/weatherband stereo w/cassette, in-dash 6-disc compact disc changer-inc: (4) speakers
  • In-glass antenna
  • Upper dash storage pocket-inc: digital clock
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Tricot 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

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

2003 Subaru Forester Owner Reviews

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Subaru Forester, great value, performance and long lasting

2003 Subaru Forester XS

I have had the Subaru Forester XS for 17 years and it has been a great car to drive. It has manual transmission, security system, audio 6 CD sound system and a huge sunroof that opens all the way. It has over 155000 miles and have not have a major issue or recall except for clutch replacement. The car handles great on all road conditions and is a joy to drive. The only downsides are the bucket seats are designed for skinny people, have to use a cushion on longer drives for comfort and there is no port to plug in an external device like a smartphone into the sound system. Otherwise it is a great car and my next car will be a Subaru.

- Robert W

Subaru Forester XS Dream!

2003 Subaru Forester XS

The wagon features heated seating in the front drivers side and passengers side. It also has a sunroof. There are many issues once you hit over 250,000 miles. Catalytic converters and batteries as well as alternators and other aspects of the car will need to be replaced. The AC leaks. The window motors will stop working after a while. It's expensive to fix most things with a Subaru because it is a foreign vehicle. It is very spacious and that is one reason I use it so much.

- Laura L

I love my Subaru. Great family or work vehicle.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

Great car for being sixteen years old. Green/gold. 4 door. Power windows. Power mirror. Am/FM. CD player. Cassette player. Lumbar spine support in driver seat. Hatchback w/ spacious rear great to work out of, carrying lots of groceries, or luggage for family vacation. Rear seats fold down for additional space. Compared to more modern vehicles gas mileage is below average.

- David G

Love my older Subaru and it is dependability.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

I love this car, it has over 175,000 miles and drives like a dream. I do have a small oil leak, but nothing that cannot be fixed fairly inexpensively. I can take it anywhere - I take my kids all around town, also out of town skiing, and on the mountain fishing and camping. My subi goes pretty much wherever I want it to, the all wheel drive really works well.

- Tamara K

16 years old and still running great

2003 Subaru Forester XS

My car has had typical issues of any car that is now 16 years old but it still works so great. It is super cheap but issues should be expected. There is so much room and its gotten a ton and I mean a ton of miles on it and still goes. I have been so grateful for my Subaru although even the letters are falling off the back of my car.

- McKinley B

Good, solid vehicle for everyday use

2003 Subaru Forester XS

Car is comfortable. Gives me a good view of the road. Feel safe driving it. Decent gas mileage. Power windows and doors. Rear window wiper blade and defroster. Rear seats fold down for easy loading. Has power outlets in the back. Air conditioning and heat work well. Had to replace one of the tube for front windshield washers.

- Jessica A

The sunroof is super large and it is like you are outside.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

The Forrester is reliable, comfortable and safe. It performs well in snow, rain and windy conditions. During the sub-zero weather months it starts up, runs well and the heat is amazing. The only problem I have had is the wind noise near the windows due to old age and the mirrors which, I believe Subaru has since fixed.

- Shell J

It's been great since the engine was replaced

2003 Subaru Forester XS

My car is, for the most part, incredibly reliable. The engine was recently replaced and it has performed wonderfully since. However, it seems my airbag is inconsistent, as the light for it flashes on and off regularly. I like the availability of space in my car and the leather seats are very comfortable.

- Lee N

It looks good and very reliable and all wheel drive!

2003 Subaru Forester XS

I love it! Only complaint is it's hard to get in back seat! Also trim for front windows don't keep air out very good! Great for driving long distance and very comfortable. Also great driving in rain , snow. Is fantastic driving on winding roads up and down! My husband thought he was a race car driver.

- Kathryn M

This 2003 Subaru Forester XS runs well & drives well.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

The only complaint I have about my 2003 Subaru Forester is that it can often be a hassle to start when the temperature gets to be below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Other than that, it's a smooth ride, comfortable interior, easily moves through snow and mud, and is genuinely quite a nice vehicle.

- Christopher S

Great Car, O2 sensor issues

2003 Subaru Forester XS

The car Runs great and it gets good gas mileage as well. The brand does have a known issue with the o2 sensor going bad due to the location on the bottom of the undercarriage causing a check engine light and requiring a repair before it would pass my states emissions testing protocols.

- Edward R

First family, starter vehicle.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

It's a great car, I am over 200,000 miles and its runs great. I am in need of new tires and struts right now. I have children, so it fits all three in the back seat. And I can still fit a stroller and groceries as well. The sunroof is one of the coolest features, it's pretty big.

- Audrey B

The trunk has great cover if you have stuff that you need to hide it.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

We had an issue with the daylight in the car. We didn't realize that they were on so it ran the battery out. Just make sure that you check that the light is off after you park. The seats are great. Very nice. Car runs great. Not the best on gas but it depends on where you go.

- Julia B

A vehicle that can get you from point a to point b while also being sporty.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

The long term build of this vehicle is amazing, these cars last for over 15 years. The gas mileage is great, and I love the fact that my car can handle any type of rugged terrain. I also love the storage space that my car has, because I can fit all of my large purchases.

- Kelsey C

Great car! Very sporty and family friendly. Great gas mileage and reliability.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

This car is the most reliable car I have ever been in. It is getting older in age but the quality is still great. I have put over 260,000 miles and still runs perfect. The inside is not too big or too small. I have two kids and they fit in the back seat comfortably.

- Mar T

Runs very good and gets good gas mileage

2003 Subaru Forester XS

It runs very good. I only have to fill the tank about every two weeks and it cost me about 25.00 every two weeks to run. The ac will freeze you out during the summer and the heater will burn you out during the winter months. It only holds 18 gallons of gas

- Melissa Anne C

Drives great in the Colorado snow

2003 Subaru Forester XS

I really enjoy this car. It handles amazing in the snow. The symmetrical all wheel drive really helps stay on the road in snowy conditions. The only downside of this car is that it uses a lot of oil. I have to top it off about every other time I fill up.

- Kayla H

My wonderful car, has so much space to store things in it.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

- Claire N

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