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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited February 2013
    They gave you way above market value for the trade so I don't even think the answer to that question matters. ;)

    Try so see what people pay on average, but it varies a lot depending upon your zip code. A bargain in Alaska is not even a good deal here in the DC area.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,504
    A bargain in Alaska is not even a good deal here in the DC area a fleecing anywhere else.

    Fixed that for you, AJ!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Thank you! :D
  • danielldaniell Posts: 128
    edited February 2013
    Wait, wait... it's got a bit more options than I thought.

    Forester X Limited MSRP $26,995 + Auto Dim Mirror/Compass with Homelink $292 + Body side Molding Kit $252 + All Weather Floor Mats $72 + Rear Bumper Cover $92 + Rear Spoiler $386 (this is nuts) + Splash Guard Kit $147. With destination charge of $795, total MSRP is $29,031. I paid almost 27K, average for my zipcode according to After $2,500 trade in + $2,700 insurance check + $1,400 Subaru Bucks, tax, etc. ended up financing the balance of 22k, 63 months, 0%. Quite happy overall.

    In terms of equipment, phenomenally little is changed between this 2013 Forester and my 2002 Forester S with Premium Leather package. The 2013 has extra some safety options, bluetooth, audio controls on steering wheel, HD radio, ipod connectivity, and that's about it. It loses the CD changer (1 disc only), casette player (obsolete even in 2002). Much more room in the rear seat, much worse handling, seems cheaper inside. Drivetrain seems very similar, as it actually is almost the same with only minor changes to the motor. Fortunately visibility remains very good. I have a tire tread gauge, and I measured the tire tread - it's only 8/32"! If this trend of "shaving" the tires continues, soon you will have to buy new tires 3 months after you buy the car!
  • zilchzilch Posts: 6
    edited February 2013
    24,326 sticker.
    20,754 sale price
    +499 doc fee
    +124 title/registration fee

    +622 sales tax NC 3%

    OTD: $22,000

    Second deal on table:
    Forester 2.5x Limited, sticker 28.299. Worked them down to 26,000 out the door (NC 3% sales tax included).

    Hope this detail helps anyone get a great deal on 2013 Forester 2.5x with alloy pkg or the Limited. I did not get the Limited because the diff, as you see, was $4,000 for stuff I don't need that I think won't last.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    only minor changes to the motor

    While I would like to see DI and maybe a tad more power, at least it's a timing chain now. The oil filter is also super easy to access, if you change oil yourself. MPG crept up a tad.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,504
    Minor changes in the configuration of the stuff under the hood, but the motor itself is significantly different, and all in good ways.

    The only thing I miss about pre-2009 Foresters is the far better handling (and steering feel as part of that). Everything else on the 09-13 generation is heads above.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No coolant flow through the head gasket being among those significant differences.
  • zilchzilch Posts: 6
    Wow, the best feature I see new since my 2009 forester is that the new one (2013) has the oil filter right on top of the engine, next to the oil filler cap. I change the oil because I want it done right and want to use synth, and now I can get rid of the ramps and never go underneath again.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,504
    Well, I suppose that's true if you want to suck the old oil out the dipstick tube, but it still seems easier to me just to pull the plug (or, better yet, put a Fumoto valve on it the first time you change the oil) and drain it. The Forester sits up high enough that you don't even need ramps if you have the valve.

    I hate the location of the filter on the '09-10 units, with the exhaust pipe wrapped around it.
  • zilchzilch Posts: 6
    edited February 2013
    yeah, a little excited there, about the filter on top. thanks for the tip on the fumoto plug - I assume that is the good one. We just got her the 2.5x alloy pkg almost identical. Even better than being easy, oil changes will be so much cleaner.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Man, good point. With a Fumoto valve I bet you could change the oil in the amount of time it takes to drain the old oil out, just about. Would be incredibly easy!
  • bwaabwaa Posts: 13
    I leased a Forrester a few months ago and the sound system is just absolutely horrid, when Rihanna's Diamonds comes on the radio, sounds like it's coming out of a can. Am I the only one with this problem?!

    And I put down 800 and am paying $325 per month until 2015, does that sound fair for this car?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    All of Rihanna's music sounds like that, no matter the source. ;)

    Subaru isn't known for great audio, so I'd look to aftermarket upgrades if you're an audiophile.

    We're not, so to us it sounds fine.
  • bwaabwaa Posts: 13
    true, true, Diamonds is a horrid song. But the sound quality took me by surprise - I hadn't heard anything that bad since I had a CD walkman in the early 90's.

    Actually, when I plug in my old iPod Mini from 2003, the sound is fine. I can't understand it. But CDs, radio, my newer iPod? Forget about it.

    But glad to know it's not just me! I wish I had noticed it when I was test driving. I'm low on funds so I can't exactly upgrade it at the moment. :/
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,504
    edited February 2013
    I think the sound is fine, but then I'm not too picky about it as long as it has good range. I mean, it is in a car, so the other noises of driving are bound to disrupt the purity of the sound. That's good though, as I need to interact with my vehicle, and sound is part of the feedback.

    The Subaru's default equalization is quite tinny and requires you to turn the volume up way too loud. I usually put Bass at 4 and both mid/treble at 8. Then, I can put the volume at 20 while cruising and the equalization is fine along with the volume.

    I will say, though, that the Fiesta's sound is much better. :P
  • Looking to buy 2013 Subaru Limited several dealer quotes from NJ. Has anyone had better quotes?
    Best one currently
    MSRP $28,479 ( Limited, Destination, Mirror/compass, Body side molding, Bumper cover,Splash guards) no other dealer installed equipment.

    Invoice $26, 546

    Car price $24,395

    7% Tax= $1,707.65

    4 year Registration and tags $316.

    Tire Tax $7.50

    Doc Fee $ 269

    OTD = $26, 695.15

    0% financing for 63 months
  • MNC,

    I think you can get it for 23,918 OTD. Not including your registration....$24235 with registration.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,504
    I think you're dreaming! But, good luck to MNC if the hunt for a better deal continues.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,504
    I think you're dreaming! But, good luck to MNC if the hunt for a better deal continues.

    It is a 2013 model, but they'd be selling it at a solid loss if they let it go for that price.
  • I bought mine for that, it just took a little negotiating plus its the last day if the month so hd has leverage. I know for a fact he can get this price....
  • If you can't get it for $23,900 I know for a fact you can get it for $24,400 ($500 more) .
  • It did get better. Just finished the deal. Yesterday nothing today everyone can deal. I could have saved another 300 but I would have to drive 150 miles round trip and take 4 hours out of my life so it would not be worth it.

    MSRP $28,479
    Invoice $26,546

    Car price $24,100

    Tax 7% $1687
    NJ Tire Tax $7.50
    Title/Tags/Reg 319.50
    Doc Fee $ 315

    OTD $26,429
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Probably would have spent have that much on fuel. ;)

  • You got a new 2013 2.5 Limited for 23,918 OTD ( Car, options, TAX) ? Are you in the state of high taxes, know as NJ? I was offered a 2013 Limited demo with 2200 miles on it for $23,100 ( car price), but that was no deal.
  • Yes , $4335 discount off sticker plus tax. I know for a fact you can get your price slot lower. Talk to the GM.
  • I'm sorry, I was doing my math off your invoice price thinking it was MSRP for some reason... You did great!!!It would had been tough to go any lower. The least I think you could have got them down to (and this is with pulling teeth mind you) is $25834 Out the door/tax included. Any time I negociate, I always ask them to throw something in like a set of all weather floor mats. I definitely think you got a great deal and you should feel confident in your decision. I'm at work trying to read and type , so sorry about the confusion.. Great job!!!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,504
    Hahah; sorry, I should have been more clear when I said you were dreaming. The price you suggested would have put him about $4K under invoice, which was a ludicrous thought to me. $4K under MSRP makes a lot more sense. :)
  • jamesm7jamesm7 Posts: 2
    Tips for getting a good deal on a 2014 Forester Premium, auto, with winter package (heated seats)? Best offer I've found so far (in WA) is:

    25332.00 Bottom Line Price
    221.50 License
    150.00 Document Fee
    2482.54 Sales Tax
    28186.04 Delivered Price
  • shamilshamil Posts: 5
    Anybody had a good deal for a new 2014 Forester 2.5 Auto Premium in Texas or around?
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