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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • That was the total on the check. I gave them that much and they gave me the car. That included all taxes, tags, and registrations.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool, in that case I think you did just fine. Congrats again.

  • km24km24 Posts: 36

    What is a good price on a 2005 Forester XT Automatic Transmission? How good is the auto dimming mirror? Also for how long to you think subaru will continue to discount the 2005 forester into the new year?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check out the Edmunds TMV, ask them to beat that price.

    They'll discount 2005s as long as they have them. The bigger issue is, inventory will dwindle as they sell them off, I think many dealers are already out of 2005s.

    So, how flexible are you about color? How risk-averse are you? If you can find a 2005 that you like, hurry and buy it, or you might miss the chance.

  • I just checked the TMV vale of my car.
    Customer Cash Adjusted True Market Value $26,567

    What I paid $26523
    Differance of $34 bucks.

    Does that TVM take into account Taxes and Tags? If not then I saved like $1200 :)

    I am not that lucky ever...
  • Looking for pricing on a Forrester 2.5X 5-Speed. So far I've seen about 19,500 depending on a few options.
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    $19,500 would be extremely fair.
  • gmariegmarie Posts: 6
    Yes! I've gotten a chance to drive in lots of nasty weather already and I'm SO impressed. I have a tough commute from the seacoast up to northwood and between the bridges and rt.4 (and the logging trucks!) it can be pretty hairy. I still drive like I'm in my Jetta so I haven't gotten too arrogant (and hope I don't at all) in the snow yet.

    i do feel like the wipers get icy real quick. even with the handy wiperheater it seems like the blades are a bit thin. i may upgrade. I was travelling back from boston on newyear's eve and went through low-visibility snowcovered I-95 easily but for the wiper situation.

    -G in NH
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not sure, did it ask for your zip code when you calculated the TMV? If so they'd know the state tax rate.

  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    should I buy one now or wait and see what Subaru will offer next?
  • I have an offer of $21,700 (bottom line, walk-out-the-door) for a Forester X auto with premium package. This appears to be a good deal. Any comments/opinions? Thanks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That almost sounds too cheap. Ask what fees they will tack on to that price. Or freight?

    If you really get that price, let us know where you bought it!

  • I have the offer in writing from a local dealer. Based on my research, $21.7K is a great price for this car but there are a lot of experienced Subaru owners on this forum so I want to ensure I'm not missing something.

    I asked them for their bottom line, walk-out-the-door price and they responded with $21.7K "delivered" including the title/doc fee. I'm from NH so there is no sales tax.

    I'm waiting to hear back from another dealer but I don't think anyone will be able to beat what I already have. Once I finalize the deal, I'll let everyone know where I bought it.

    Thanks for the feedback.
  • km24km24 Posts: 36
    I called subaru today and they said that they would continue to discount the 2005 model year until May when the new 2007 line comes out but it may also end sooner if they run out of inventory.

  • Juice - I bought the Forester from Manchester (NH) Subaru for $21.7K. They didn't have the color I wanted (steel gray) so they immediately made arrangements to have one delivered. Overall, it was a decent buying experience and I would recommend the dealership.

    I've been driving an Accord during the past six years so the Forester is definitely a change for me.

    I have a few other questions/comments which I'll post in more appropriate forums.
  • Yes, agree on the wipers. Driving in sleet up Rt. 16 was tricky the other day. I was able to continue driving with a bit of ice on the wipers but saw others pulling over to scrape.

    We are most fortunate in this area. Many dealers to choose from keeps competition at a premium....dealers in New England seem to work with you on price more than elsewhere!

    Love my Subies!
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    I haven't been able to find any 2005 XT's left in my neck of the woods. I'm interested in finding out what all of you have been paying for the 2006 XT Limited (before tax and license). It already comes with leather and the sunroof and upgraded sound, so that only additions are special goodies like dimming rear view mirror, cargo trays and nets, etc., that I'm not interested in paying $$$ for. I've done some cross-country shopping and have found them for around $25,500. Thinking that the prices should come down when the RAV4/V6's come out because that will be some competition for them. What do you all think?

  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Samantha- I don't see the new RAV4 significantly impacting Forester sales. $25,5k is a good price for a 2006 XT Limited. I don't think you'll see Forester prices drop much until summer when the manufacturer rebates usually kick in.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Most people are reporting RAV4s at MSRP, with a few exceptions ( is one). The V6 will be in high demand at first, too.

    The Forester XT already carries a price advantage, so I'm not sure if there will be much impact.

  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    I've been quoted 25,400 on an '06 LL Bean. It includes splash guards, homelink, tray, net and tail piece. Price does not include tax and rebate. How does this quote stack up?

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