Review: Subaru Forester (2002 – 2008)
Very useful off-road yet an enjoyable car-like drive on tarmac. Looks and feels classier than its predecessor. Well built. Owners rate it.
No diesel version. High running costs. Gearboxes and clutches can be problematic.
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Subaru Forester (2002 – 2008): At A Glance
- On average it achieves 99% of the official MPG figure
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