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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • mactelmactel Posts: 6
    Price paid for a 2006 Forester 2.5XT Limited, Crystal Grey Metallic: 27,703+TTL

    MSRP is 29,290

    I was told I paid 375 over invoice. I bought this car via a credit union service. Once I found the auto I wanted they searched for it finding the lowest price. I spent a total of maybe 15 minutes total on the phone talking to my credit union's auto buying specialist. I gave her my auto details on Friday and my new FXT was delivered to my home at 9am on Saturday. Paper work took about 30 minutes and then the keys were turned over to me by the delivery person.

    The only downside about this method of auto purchasing is that the auto had more miles on it than I originally expected, since it was driven from the dealer that is not very close to my location. Other than that, the whole process was painless. I know I could have gotten a better deal on a 05 FXT, but my wife fell in love with the little changes the 06 received. Since we plan to keep this car for the long term, we decided we better get the one we really liked. Plus, an another member said, we are the first on the block with an 06 FXT.

    After my first 100 miles, I have no regrets buying the FXT, albeit I have not filled up the gas tank with "Premium Fuel". I had thought about using mid-grade fuel, but the manual says to us regular fuel only if premium is not available. I know others have used regular gas in there FXT but I don't want to take a chance.

    Handling seems great. Power is amazing (seems like i have a V6 under the hood).:shades: Ride height seems just right. I love the turbo and my wife loves the size of the car. She is just glad we did not go with my original intent of buying a highlander. I'll give a more detailed review after a couple of tank refills. I hope I did not pay too much, but that is a moot point because the contract is signed and the car is my garage.

    -mactel
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    "I hope I did not pay too much, but that is a moot point because the contract is signed and the car is my garage."

    That's the attitude. Nothing worse than second guessing yourself. I decided on an 05 FXT Prem due to the rebates. A little over $25 excluding TTL with every option except the turbo boost guage cluster.

    Of course more horsepower, better gas mileage, and improvements in the total package are always the order of the day, but I decided it wasn't worth the price differential.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    It may be easier for me to say since it's not my money but if you've found an 05 XT equipped the way you like, why risk having someone else buy it while you're waiting to see if you can save another $250?

    You must be pretty tall to hit you head on the sunroof? I'm 6'2 and don't even come close. That'll be pretty cool to have two 05 Foresters in the driveway... just don't let you wife behind the wheel of the XT or you may just end up driving the XS :P

    -Frank
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Buy now, you need a model with no moonroof and guess what - for 2006 that option disappears. Selection is dwindling and a reversal in the amount of the rebate seems doubtful.

    I'm serious, but it today, don't wait or you'll regret it. Stop reading this now and run.

    Why are you still reading?

    You are STILL reading? LOL. Go to your dealer now.

    You're not still reading are you? ;-)

    mactel: congrats on the new Forester!

    Don't say V6 around here, say H6. Besides, it performs more like a V8!

    Trivia question: which car in this list is the quickest from 0-60 per C&D tests:

    1) Lamborghini Countache 5000S
    2) DeTomaso Pantera
    3) Subaru Forester XT

    Hint: if you tire of the practicality, you can always step down in quickness to one of the other exotics.

    -juice
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    because once u get a f-xt it will be difficult to
  • duke79duke79 Posts: 7
    Ok juice ... I got the message! :blush: I didn't actually run to the dealer ...

    But there is now a new Black 2005 Forester XT in my garage sitting next to the Silver 2005 Forester XS (that was purchased on April 11 for my wife).

    I got it pretty loaded (by my standards) with the cargo mat/splash guards/rear bumper guard, cargo nets/spotlight, automatic dimming rear view mirror/compass/security system upgrade, armrest extension, and rubber floor mat options.

    The negotiations went pretty fast considering I was trading in three vehicles to get the XT. I got the great turbo-charged XT and they got a 1994 Plymouth Voyager (170,000 miles), 1997 Mazda Protege (113,000 miles), and a 2000 Saturn SL2 (42,000 miles). The kids graduated from college and the cars came back home to roost. Of the three I traded in the Saturn was really a piece of junk. Never again ...

    Since we had just gone through the process a couple months ago once the negotiations were completed the paper work went really fast. I told the finance officer that if I had to listen to the extended warranty speech again I was going to mark them down on buyer survey. ;) Needless to say I just signed off on the form.

    Thanks for the push to the dealer! Those two Foresters look pretty nice sitting next to each other.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    OK, now I'm jealous! Take it back! LOL

    -juice
  • This message board has been very helpful as I prepped for my negotiations. I hope my info helps someone else. Picked up the first 06 off the lot(Buffalo, NY) Friday. Paid $23,143 including Tax, Title, and all other fees. MSRP was $23,963. Included Spalsh guards, Bumper Cover, Cargo Tray, Rear Gate Bar, Tailpipe Cover, Cargo Net & tinted windows.
  • i'm looking to purchase an 05 x by summer's end and would like any help re. a good price to shoot for and any dealers worthy of a recommendation. i'm in san diego, ca and am willing to travel as far as arizona for the right price and buying experience. btw AAA has a new car buying service which is supposed to eliminate all haggling, etc. they recommend south coast subaru in costa mesa but as of yet the dealer rep has yet to return my calls or email. guess they don't want to sell a car. thanks for the help.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    as of yet the dealer rep has yet to return my calls or email

    Well that's one way to eliminate any possibility of haggling :P

    -Frank
  • upsunupsun Posts: 2
    hello,
    after weeks of test drives i finally settled on the Subaru Forester. the two runners up were the Hyundai Tucson (bad gas mileage on the V6 and not enough power on the 4 cylinder) and the Honda CR-V (i really thought i was gonna go with this one, but on my second test drive it was painfully obvious that when pushing on the gas pedal it took a few seconds to actually go-i'm no speed demon by any means but this didn't feel right to me). anyhow, that brings me to my question. i'm still debating on buying either a new 2005 model or a slightly used (no older than 2003 with no more than 20,000 miles on it) model. in my online searching it seems that used foresters with the above specifications are really retaining their value (good if you are buying new, not so good if you are buying used). so that led me to check out the 2005's (i'm aware that the 2006 models are already out and that there is currently a $1500 rebate being offered). so far the best offer i've gotten is $19,996 on a 2005 Forester 2.5 X Auto with an Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror with Digital Compass and a Security System Upgrade. i could do without these features, especially the auto dimming and compass, but this is what is available. am i going to do any better than this? if so how and with whom? also suggestions on places to look for reasonably priced used subaru foresters would be great. any input is appreciated. thanks.
    upsun
  • bkardonbkardon Posts: 2
    I'm looking to buy my first new car and hope to get some advice. I requested a quote through cars.com and the dealer quoted:

    msrp 22,820
    internet sale price 21,220 (I suppose this is because I went through cars.com)
    rebate 1,500
    total price 19,720

    Should I try to bargain this down or am I already getting a deal close to invoice via that internet discount? I'm tempted to see if he'll drop it $1000 dollars just to see if he'll meet me somewhere in the middle. Any advice?
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    The best you can realistically hope to get is within a couple hundred of invoice (minus rebates). It's possible to go under invoice and you can always low-ball the dealer but don't be surprised if your offer isn't accepted (or even countered).

    -Frank
  • jlybpjlybp Posts: 1
    Hi, I'm in MA. I got a quote from the dealer in June. I could get a 2005 Forester X with Auto about $18,500 (after the rebate). I'm sure they will drop it $1000 for you.
    Good luck!
    :D
  • manamalmanamal Posts: 434
    Subarus depreciate slowly. Act quickly, and get one of the remaining '05's for maybe a few grand more than an '03.
  • upsunupsun Posts: 2
    $18,500? that was my first offer to the dealer in houston texas and he said he couldn't do it. said the lowest he could go was $18,995 on a manual. the best i could get on a forester 2.5X in automatic (msrp 23,057-had a few add ons) was $19,815. i could hardly get him to budge from his first offer of 19,996 :(. maybe better deals could be had in june, i think the rebate was $2,000 then (although you would think they would want to unload them by now).
    upsun
  • henonhohenonho Posts: 1
    do you have any extra accesories when you bought the car?
  • graham4graham4 Posts: 1
    Recently purchased "06 Forester 2.5x in Raleigh NC for 24729.
  • went to dealership in CT last night and priced a black 05 XS, auto, moonroof, spoiler and cargo tray for $23500 - that price includes the $1500 rebate.
    I really want this car but am not sure if that price is good. Also, it doesn't seem like they're desperate to get rid of them....
    Help! I need advice.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    What does Edmund's TMV calculator say the price should be? It appears to be a couple of hundred high for the southeast but Subarus are always in higher demand in New England.

    -Frank
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