2008 Subaru Forester

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After receiving a number of updates for 2007, the 2008 Subaru Forester gets revised exterior and interior trims on Sports models including STI-style front bumper, black painted surrounds for headlights and taillights, new 6-spoke 16-inch alloy ...
After receiving a number of updates for 2007, the 2008 Subaru Forester gets revised exterior and interior trims on Sports models including STI-style front bumper, black painted surrounds for headlights and taillights, new 6-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels, silver-painted roof rails, and leather-wrapped shifter and parking brake handle. The Forester Sports 2.5XT also receives body-color roof spoiler with LED high-mounted stop light and 17-inch 10-spoke STI-style alloy wheels. Turbo models equipped with optional automatic transmission now feature the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) version of Symmetrical AWD, along with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability system and traction control. Added to the L.L. Bean edition are a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink feature, rear cargo area carpeting and standard cargo accessory tray. An audio system with upgraded speakers is standard in the Sports models and L.L. Bean.
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Quick Facts
  • Engine: 170 - 224 horsepower
  • Seating: 5 passengers
  • Driving Range: 286 - 429 miles
  • Drive: All-Wheel Drive
  • Cargo Capacity: 28.9 - 30.7 cu. ft.
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  • Styling8.8
  • Performance8.8
  • Interior8.7
  • Quality8.5
  • Recommendation8.7
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  • Styling10
  • Performance8.0
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality9.0
  • Recommendation10
Superb car with some flaws by Moritz from Huntsville on 08/09/2011. Trim: 2008 Subaru Forester 2.5 X, Owned 3 years.
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Pros: The car handles extremely well, both in wet weather and in snow and ice. The front seats are quite comfortable, though a little more padding on the seat would help my sciatic nerve on long trips. The manual transmission shifts well except into reverse. I always have to coax it in several times before it engages. The brakes are excellent. The A/C--Heater are excellent. The ride is as smooth as I want it. It can tow a decent load, both in the luggage area as well as with a trailer. I have had people asking me if I wanted to sell it! My fuel economy is at 26 city and 31 highway. Only once did it dip to 24 mpg, when I was hauling a trailer.
Cons: My greatest gripe is the "hill assist brake." I wish there were some way to turn that annoying feature off because it engages at the slightest incline and requires me to use far more gas than normal to get started. When I am backing down a slope, I have to accelerate to start the car, causing me to lurch backwards. This can be tricky and dangerous when backing up in tight quarters.. Another gripe is that my battery gave out after only 10,000 miles!! I tried to find a warranty for it, but there seemed to be none in the new car paperwork. A third complaint is the tires, which wore down after only 25,000 miles. Expensive! Finally, the rear seats are a bit cramped for four people
Overall review: Overall, for the type of car that it is, I would buy another Subaru. I really like the all-wheel drive over the four-wheel drive I had before. Also, for the size it is, 26/31 mpg for me is quite excellent.
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