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Subaru Forester

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
Subaru Forester 2006+ ... Edmunds.com First Drive due soon!
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  • solowalkersolowalker Posts: 118
    To my surprise, in Consumer Reports Aug. issue new car reviews, The review stated that the 2006 Forester has done away with the rear window opening separately. The reviewer stated that the only access to the rear was to raise the hatch..

    Rear window access is a feature that I need. I can't understand why Subaru would do away with this convenient feature....

    I haven't seen any '06 models on the lots around here as yet. So I couldn't verify it first hand..
    Is the review correct on this..? :(
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    "The 2006 Forester is an off-road vehicle fit for a New England liberal arts professor."

    Subaru's Small SUV Is Carlike in the Best Possible Sense (Inside Line)

    Steve, Host

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  • declansdaddeclansdad Posts: 118
    Subaru never had a rear window opening on any Forester...it's looks like they did away with the rear wiper heating element (or de-icer).

    Michael
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Rear window was always fixed.

    -juice
  • rubysubyrubysuby Posts: 6
    I am disappointed that Subaru did away with the unpainted cladding on the 2006 X. That is unless the dealer is wrong. They told me they are all monotone and all painted. For those of us who camp, bicycle and do other activities that are hard on bumpers or cars in general, the cladding is essential. It is a biggest reason why I bought a Forester instead of an Outback.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Say bye-bye to the unpainted cladding. I liked it, too. I think they just thought it was too "Dodge Neon", i.e. down market looking.

    You can still get two-tone in the LL Bean models, so he's wrong about that.

    -juice
  • rubysubyrubysuby Posts: 6
    I think it is rugged looking, not down market :mad: . I constantly get compliments on my car. Two of my daughters' friends parents have bought Subarus because they like mine so much. I deserve a kick back! LOL

    I guess love is blind when it comes to my Forester. :blush:
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Unpainted cladding is definitely more pratical in a "utility vehicle" but as Juice pointed out, it also smacks of entry-level which is counter to Subarus hopes of moving the brand up-market.

    -Frank
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,663
    Not so sure I agree with that Frank. BMW, Volvo both use unpainted cladding, although rather discretely; so does the Tribeca for that matter, and they certainly don't smack of being entry-level.

    Bob
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    I'll grant that there are exceptions but you gotta admit, there are way more entry-level models with unpainted cladding than there are luxury models. Besides, you got a better explanation for why Subaru decided to drop the unpainted cladding? :)

    -Frank
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,663
    I think it's the "amount" of unpainted cladding, not just unpainted cladding, per say. The vehicles I mentioned use it, but only where it makes sense, such as around the wheel wells, or down close to the lower body edge, or on the lower edges of the bumpers. Those are areas in which unpainted cladding makes more sense than painted surfaces.

    I think on these vehicles, it really is "form following function," rather than a "market positioning statement."

    Also, I'm not so sure it's just lots of unpainted cladding, but lots of matte black paint too that conveys a "base-level" image. Look at all the Ford trucks with black grilles and black bumpers. Those are the entry-level XL trim lines.

    So I will agree that lots of unpainted cladding or matte black paint, suggest entry-level models, but a little unpainted cladding doesn't convey that feeling at all. It all comes down to how it's used.

    Bob
  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    I was looking at a couple of them on the weekend. Although I love the unpainted cladding on my '98, I'm not really too keen on how it looks on the new 'face'. The way it comes up between the grille and the headlights really makes it look like an Escape, ew!
    Owen
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I love mine, too, it's scratch and dent resistant, easy to clean, easy to maintain.

    RIP.

    -juice
  • memikememike Posts: 3
    So, I gues it's true that you cannot get leather seats unless you buy the LL Bean model? My 2003 XS premium package included leather....I have a dog and need the leather....so, unless I go aftermarket, no leather without LL Bean? How odd.
  • memikememike Posts: 3
    I've looked at the 2006 Foresters (and commented on lack of leather unless you get the LL Bean edition) and now comes word that Subaru is going to be moving its model lines designs toward the Tribeca-styled grill and lines, which says to me that the Forester could be radically redesigned for 2007, beyond this year's headlight treatment and tailight redesign...
  • ejjejj Posts: 36
    I think the L.L. Bean has taken over the leather market. I wonder how the price compares to the old XS leather auto? (I don't think the LLB is available with a 5 speed?)
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,663
    Think MY2008, not MY2007 for the redesign.

    Bob
  • skygazerskygazer Posts: 4
    I'm considering buying the new model, 2006, but never driven any subaru before. How are they ? Are they comfortable? silent when you drive? Tell me what you know. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's a pretty broad question so I'll give a general answer.

    They're fun and full of character. The boxer engines have a unique sound and they tend to be small and sporty in each class they compete in.

    The Forester in particular has a short wheelbase so it's nimble and fun to toss around, great in the city to absord those potholes, too.

    The '06 got softer fabrics for the seats, the same cloth that's in the B9 Tribeca. You have armrests on both sides, so yes, they're comfy.

    Silent? Yes, in C&D comparison tests the Forester has been the quietest small SUV in the group in both tests it competed in. Just understand that as a class these aren't as quiet as most cars, of course.

    I've had mine for 8 years, and it's been to the dealer just once, for a recall. She's still going strong and I'd buy a new one but there's no reason to get rid of her because she's running great.

    Good luck with yours.

    -juice
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    I suggest you check out one of the multiple online resources like Edmunds and Consumer Reports that provide comprehensive reviews. Of course we'll be glad to answer any specific questions you have but for general driving impressions there's no subsitute for taking a test drive yourself.

    -Frank
  • skygazerskygazer Posts: 4
    For me its important that its not to noise, it has to be comfortable to drive. How are the sound systems in Forester? Good? Can you listen to music without having to put the volume at the highest to hear when you drive? Funny questions, I know, but thats me :-)

    Regards,
    Benjamin
    Sweden
  • ladywclassladywclass Posts: 1,684
    the guys can probably answer this question much better than i can ... but i can tell you that my 2001 outback is so quiet that i'm still surprised after 5 years ... sometimes i drive up behind people walking on the street or on a parking lot and they don't hear me (can tell by the surprised looks when i 'ease' past them!)

    and i like music fairly loud ...i've never been anywhere near the 'loudest' setting on the radio/CD
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I actually think my '04 Forester XT is quieter than my '00 Outback wagon was.

    -Brian
  • manamalmanamal Posts: 434
    The forester is considerably noisier than most sedans....Much noiser than my previous drive (Camry). It is also significantly noisier than the Legacy/Outback.

    As for stereo, I added on the Woofer and Tweeters, and think that the car has very good sound. I do not turn it up that high.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I play my stereo at volume 6 and can hear it fine. It goes up to 22 or higher, at least that's as high as I've ever had it.

    -juice
  • skygazerskygazer Posts: 4
    I do hope that the new model is better about the noise, it´s very important to me.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Great flick...

    Subaru did enhance noise suppressions on the 2006 models. I drove one and it did seem a little smoother and more quiet. Actually compared to my 1998, a lot more.

    -juice
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