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2014 Subaru Forester



  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 694
    am kinda down to a Forester or CX-5.

    Be sure to check local dealer service availability of each. Both makes have few dealers in some areas.
  • cpmunkeecpmunkee Posts: 2
    I am just starting out and I am interested in the 2014 forester 2.5i...but I kind of want the rear view camera. is it worth it to spend the extra $ for the next trim up?

    How did you guys get below invoice what is invoice? on Edmunds its pretty high...
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 694
    I am just starting out and I am interested in the 2014 forester 2.5i...but I kind of want the rear view camera. is it worth it to spend the extra $ for the next trim up?

    The higher trims also have a MUCH better driver's seat with lumbar support, and privacy glass that reduces air conditioner load. The standard seat is a back killer.
  • I've been told there's a 3 month wait to order a Forester. I'm looking for the Premium w/Nav in Black and was told there's none of them in the country. I can get a Limited but I don't want the leather and I need the satellite radio, the only way to get that is with the Nav. The salesperson told me there are very few of the Premium w/Nav, if someone wants Nav they get the Limited.
  • cpmonkeecpmonkee Posts: 12
    how much more did you pay? what was ur invoice? what was your otd price? its hard to find a standard premium with no options
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,459
    In the grand scheme of things, three months is a drop in the bucket. If you can negotiate a good price, order the car you want. Those three months will be gone in no time, and often they show up well before the anticipated date.

    When I ordered my 2010 Premium, the estimate was 6-8 weeks. The dealer called back in two to say that it was on the lot. :shades:
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • cpmonkeecpmonkee Posts: 12
    do you negotiate a different price like add on for ordering? before or after ordering? when do you negotiate the price?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,459
    I apologize for the delayed reply.

    You don't have to treat the car any differently for an order than for a vehicle on the lot. When you order the car, you make any and all decisions about trim, "packages," accessories, etc. Some of them are factory-installed, others are port-installed, and a few may even be dealer-installed. After determining all items included with the car, you negotiate the price. Once everything is agreeable, you place the order (often requires a deposit [$500 is typical]) and wait!

    If you are financing the car, the rate is dependent upon the applicable rates at the time the car is taken into inventory; the dealer cannot sell the car until it is included in inventory. They don't necessarily have to take physical possession of the vehicle, but they must have a VIN (vehicle identification number) and MCO (manufacturer's certificate of origin). The good news here is that rates often improve ofter the wait time. :)
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • nvflashnvflash Posts: 4
    I have an odd problem. My wife picked up a 2014 Forester 2.5i last month and loves it. I drove it and found that I had problems seeing the speedometer especially when I'm wearing sunglasses. I figured it was due to the gray interior. I decided to get one myself after seeing her 32 MPG. I picked up a 2.5i Premium with the all-weather package with a black interior thinking it would have better visibility with the speedometer. As it turns out it didn't help. I asked the dealership, this morning, if they had anything after market to replace it. They didn't but showed me the one in the XT turbo model that was dark black with white numbers and it was perfect. I called Subaru and they basically said too bad we can't interchange the speedometers.
    Any suggestions? Thanks.
  • samiam_68samiam_68 Posts: 775
    File a complaint with NHTSA. Maybe, if enough people complain, they will ask Subaru to issue a recall since this could be considered a safety problem.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    Any other '14 Foresters owners receive surveys? I've had two so far, one from JDPower and one from some private group apparently hired by Subaru.
  • krellu7421krellu7421 Posts: 8
    edited June 2013
    '14 Forester LTD owner.
    I also had two surveys first from the private group hired by Subaru
    and then from JD Power.
  • Need to find out if I am about to over pay for a new 2014 Subaru Forester. I like the car and trusted the people I dealt with, but after reading some numbers on here, I feel like I am not getting a good deal. Here are the numbers - appreciate any and all feedback.

    2014 Forester 2.5i premium
    All Weather Package
    Popular Package #2

    MSRP $26,961
    Dealer Invoice $25,203

    Price $25,403
    Tax $1028.00
    Other small fees

    Out the door price $26,802.89

    Dealer is throwing in cargo tray and offers two oil changes a year, free state inspections for the life on the car, and a 250,000 mile/10 year transmission and drive train warranty.

    I can't get the car until August, because the color I wanted was nowhere to be found, so I have only paid $500.00 to order the car.

    I am excited for the car, but want to make sure I am getting a good deal.
  • nvflashnvflash Posts: 4
    I got the same model, but the next package up, for $1,236.00 under invoice but not the free oil changes ($73.00 each) or the extension on the warranty. The final price was 26,803.00 with all fees and taxes out the door.

    I had the same issue as I wanted a pearl white one. I had made arrangements to sell my car the following weekend. They looked all over the state and to the west but couldn't find one and I couldn't wait until July when it would arrive. They offered more off on a black or dark gray but living in the mountains on dirt roads those colors wouldn't work. I walked the lot and decided on silver or bronze. They found a bronze. I'm very happy with the color as it is different than what's out there.

    If you got the CVT in it you'll love the mileage. You have to learn to light foot it but I'm getting more than the 32 mpg highway advertised. Going from an SUV that got 17 mpg I'm overjoyed and the Foresters clearance is higher. Come on snow. I'm in Nevada.

    The safety of a Subaru is amazing. I bought the first station wagon in 1979/1980 and ended up hitting a horse on a highway going 55 and walked away. I saw an accident by Lake Tahoe on Tuesday where a 1992 Cadillac was on the wrong side of a 45 mpg highway and hit a 2010 Forester head on. The Cadillac driver was lifeflighted out, the Forester driver walked away after ending up on top of the steel barrier on the side of the road. Both cars were totally demolished.

    This would be our fourth Forester. I liked the new size and design and after my wife bought a 2.5i base model in June I bought the one described last weekend.
  • nvflashnvflash Posts: 4
    After talking to and emailing to Subaru of America, the dealer, the parts person, even the shuttle driver a solution was found. The shuttle driver recommended polarized sunglasses. I went and bought a pair and it worked. At least I can see the gauges clearly now. Pretty funny the shuttle driver figured it out when the rest were baffled.
  • ronaries10ronaries10 Posts: 64
    edited July 2013
    I am looking to buy 2014 forester , auto w/ backup cam , all weather pkg, heated seats, and have no time urgency on buying. As a retired person, I'd like to find best price I can . I'm in Ohio but could travel to buy elsewhere. Eventually likely to relo to Seattle area. I can afford to finance thru bank, or special Mfgr rate if available...but major issue is total price.
    My questions are-
    1. Which models will have equipment I want, and
    2. When is the most likely best time to buy the model indicated? I could wait til intro of the 2015 possibly...
    Thanks all advice!
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    edited July 2013
    The Premium trim level (and above) will get you those features. Note that the AWP is an option on the Premium CVT, but is standard on the Premium 6-speed, Limited and Touring trim levels.

    Usually your chances of getting the best deal is at the end of the month, as dealers try to meet sales quotas.

    Good. Luck. The new Forester is very nice. :)

  • laszlo9laszlo9 Posts: 36
    If you add the All Winter Package or get it factory installed there is not much difference. To get deals is on items that the dealer does or outsource. Undercoting - paint protection etc.
    I would see on the Internet what is available at what cost and with those figures go to several dealers and see who would really want to sell you a car. The winter package is great and it is worth the investment in snowy winter country. You should haggle for a set of winter tires on rimms. All those can add up to a fairly good figure. Drive the car on a really crappy day to see how it behaves. In nice sunshine all cars will run well.
  • rose920rose920 Posts: 14
    I drove the Forester today with polarized sunglasses and could not see the speedometer or the data on the top of the dash where the temp and time should be. It is the only thing holding me back from buying one.
  • nvflashnvflash Posts: 4
    I did notice when I first tried the polarized sunglasses that the cheap ones, $25 at CVS, didn't work as well as more expensive ones. Maybe try this? Keep your receipt just in case it doesn't work.
  • rose920rose920 Posts: 14
    I bought expensive polarized sunglasses with a gray lens and it was really difficult to see. My daughter was in the passenger seat and could not see it and she has phenominal eyesight. I also had difficulty with the backup camera screen. Not while backing up but trying to read the other info on there. I do have cataract which will be taken care of in a couple of weeks (1). what kind of sunglasses did you buy? And how is the screen at night?
  • rose920rose920 Posts: 14
    Someone on here said that if you do not have 20/20 vision, then you can't see it at night either.
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    edited July 2013
    So far in a hot NW summer my '14 XT's black exterior gets hot, but not quite as hot as I expected it to. Perhaps Subaru put more IR shielding into the vehicle glass this iteration? Also, the XT's windows don't fog up like those in my older black interiors did (am so glad there's little vinyl inside the Subie !!). :D

    Still, I wish Subaru offered warm gray as alternative to Black interiors.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 694
    Also, the XT's windows don't fog up like those in my older black interiors did (am so glad there's little vinyl inside the Subie !!).

    You must have the Touring. My 2014 XT Premium has lots of vinyl as part of the seats. I don't notice a plastic smell so far..It is just one day in my garage!
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    Yes, mine is a touring but minus eyesight and the other new tech. Leather's pretty darn stiff but hopefully will wear well.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 694
    Have you gotten used to the nearly silent engine yet? It only sounds like a Subaru under max throttle. I don't really miss the noise from my 2010 XT. :)
  • gene28gene28 Posts: 8
    buying a new one? We found a 2014 Forester that apparently owner decided she wanted to go back to Honda CRV. It is at a Honda dealership as trade in. I compared to buying one new and we may save $2000.00 give or take maybe not even that much. Dilema I like the Honda dealership location and sales person much better than the one at the Subaru dealership. While it is of course still under the warranty with Subaru if anything comes up lets say I get oil change and various servicing done at the Honda and I in big trouble if any major comes up? I know very little about this and would appreciate any advice. Thank you.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,459
    The factory warranty is still in place, which means any warranty issues come up, you should take it to the Subaru dealer of your choice. There aren't any issues with purchase vs. service location.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • kurtamaxxxguykurtamaxxxguy Posts: 1,798
    The '14 XT's drive train's definitely quieter, and the new CVT's more responsive than the '09 XT I drove before. :)

    Consumers Union says Forester ride's not cushy, and granted, the '14 XT telegraphs undulations in roads. But ride's not harsh - potholes are better handled than by Allroad or Outbacks I compared Forester to, and speed bumps get dispatched quickly.
  • saedavesaedave Chicago, ILPosts: 694
    Not only quieter, but way more efficient: It is too early to put an exact number on my city mpg increase and it could be almost 1/3 better!
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