Is this Subaru Forester a good purchase?

I am considering a 2009 Subaru Forester Suretrac, which I have seen at a local 4x4 Independent Specialist who has a good reputation. The vehicle was previously driven by a company rep and has covered 101,000 miles. Its advertised price is £8995, but he is fitting new front discs, has had the alloy wheels refurbished and is fitting new front and rear bumper panels. I have seen the work in progress. With this work completed the price would be £9500. It has a full service history. Would this be a wise purchase or am I likely to face heavy maintenance costs? Is the diesel boxer engine "unburstable"? My other consideration would be a Skoda Yeti. I could spend up to £15,000. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Asked on 19 October 2013 by RK, Lundin Links, Fife

Answered by Honest John
The Subaru boxer diesel had some dual mass flywheel and diesel particulate filter problems at first, but seems to be reliable now. Unlike Subaru petrol engines, the diesel is chain cam so that's good news. A 2009 XC book retails at £12,550 with 47,000 miles. 100,000 miles knocks that back £2675 to £9875, so it isn't overpriced.
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