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2005 Subaru Forester Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by racalinisan



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Reviewed: 2005 Subaru Forester

4dr SUV 165-horsepower 2.5L H4 4-speed automatic AWD

Why the 2005 Subaru Forester?

Exterior styling

After 3.5 years of driving it it still looks fresh.

Reliability & durability

No problems with the transmission, exhaust or anything major. With regular maintenance it has been problem-free.

Discounts & incentives

We got $750 in accessories and a great deal on our trade-in. It was hard to resist the offer especially with our 1st baby on the way.


AWD makes driving in any type of weather worry-free. It feels planted on the road even in snow with decent all season tires.

Fuel economy

Considering it was an AWD car, I expected something worse than our Protege5, but it was not far off.

Why Not the 2005 Subaru Forester?

Rear seat room & comfort

Rear seat room is a bit tight for larger people. Car seats are a little tight in both rear and forward facing positions.


When new, the engine was very quiet, but after a couple years it is very noticeable. On cold start, it vibrates quite a bit.

Safety & braking

Had a squeal in brakes for over the past year. Pads and rotors have been replaced, but it is still there.

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