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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • mkunzemkunze Posts: 29
    Looking at a 5-speed manual 2011 Forester 2.5X with alloy wheels and roof rack. MSRP $21,620

    What would be a good price I should be able to get? How much should I offer?
  • specdanspecdan Posts: 13
    Work with more than 1 Subaru Dealer.
    Know exactly what you want in the way of optional equipment etc.
    Get your hands on the Factory Invoice.
    Use Edmunds as a guideline, there figures though are old as Subaru has taken an increase in Pricing
    Work backwards off Invoice.
    Ply the 2 or more Dealerships against each other.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,303
    I agree; decide on any optional equipment now and plan that into the total OTD price.

    In which part of the country are you buying (or considering buying)?
    2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • mkunzemkunze Posts: 29
    St. Louis area, but bad news. I was going to take the train to Chicago (only $25.00) to get a green one Saturday, but someone bought it before I decided upon the Forester and before I could put a deposit on it. Looks like everyone else is sold out.

    I wonder when the 2012's will be out? I was a little let down, but I know to never chase a car deal. There are always other options and opportunity knocks all the time when purchasing a car.
  • georged4georged4 Posts: 34
    Sold out? There's plenty of 2011's here in the Buffalo area.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,303
    St. Louis is a great location - you could pick one up from anywhere in the Lower 48 and not have too long a drive to get home.

    I picked up my 2010 from Seattle two years ago and had a quick 2,200 mile, 48-hour jaunt home to Fairbanks. Saved $2,500 doing it, too. :shades:
    2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • mkunzemkunze Posts: 29
    The manual transmissions are all sold out. Plenty of automatics left. Lots of Subies in Colorado Springs I think. I'll check Buffalos zip code and look at the inventory. Subaru tends to have stock in the snowy areas.
  • forester5forester5 Posts: 4
    I bought a Subaru Forester Premium in St Paul MN last week with AWP plus #2 option/OTD price $26,755.00.I get a feelling I paid too much.Your input is appreciated .
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,303
    There is a large-volume dealer in Colorado called Heuberger (or something like that). I'm not sure on the distance to St. Louis, but you should be able to find a base manual at a decent price there if you strike out anywhere closer.
    2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • sandy12348sandy12348 Posts: 4
    Hi, there :) ,

    I am new here and planning to buy a new or Forester in Atlanta or nearby areas :D .

    Can anyone here provide any useful information on this (price and dealer name) :confuse: ?

    I don't know if Subaru has any referal program. If not, I would like to show my thankfulness in other ways (like providing a dinner?) :confuse: .

    Thanks in advance. :P

  • mkunzemkunze Posts: 29
    How does this sound?

    2011 Subaru 2.5X Manual trans

    $20,500 includes the alloy wheels, roof rails, floor mats, cargo tray and luggage cover.

    Plus 157.00 documentation fee and $10.00 temp reg fee
  • specdanspecdan Posts: 13
    Gotta have the Invoice to make an intelligent offer.
  • mkunzemkunze Posts: 29
    Unfortunately I can't get a hold of the invoice as I will have to travel to get my hands on it. According to Edmunds

    Total Price
    $20,470 invoice
    $21,620 MSRP
    $20,345 TMV
  • pjtippjtip Posts: 10
    Here was my deal for people comparison shopping:

    2011 2.5x Forester Auto with Alloy Wheel Package and Popular Equipment Group 1b.

    Sticker: $23,576
    Paid: $21,150 + $399 doc fee + taxes
    1.9% for 48 months

    Good luck!
  • podunk1podunk1 Posts: 11
    I think you ended up with a bette deal than I did yesterday.

    Sticker 2.5x AT with alloy pkg all weather mats 1A pkg & destination $23345
    Paid $21452 + $250 doc fee +ttl

    Buyers remorse set in quickly. Hoping I made the right decision. Been bouncing between a RAV4 & just about every other vehicle ever made for over a year :confuse: Couldn't wait any longer & just pulled the plug on this one.
  • pjtippjtip Posts: 10
    I know what you mean - I could get buyer's remorse from paying $10 for a $20 bill.

    I don't think anyone could go wrong between a Rav4, CRV and a Forester. All good cars.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 53,652
    I know what you mean - I could get buyer's remorse from paying $10 for a $20 bill.

    Now... that's funny... :)


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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Buy it before all the manuals are gone...

    My brother had to wait more than a month to get his, and that was before the quake!
  • podunk1podunk1 Posts: 11
    Buyers Remorse: 1st hour driving the new car hit the driver window down button..nothing. Hmm try again..nada. Reach for the manual figuring I'm too stupid to open a window...thunnnnk window's 1/2 down now & off the track & monsoon rain. Seriously?

    Straight back to the dealer it went. I'm looking at it as a weird type of good karma. My last "new" car was back to the dealer the 1st week for a door that wouldn't close (try driving that!) It lasted 180k in 8 years & still going, I just couldn't take the rust anymore. Hopefully I can break 200k with this one :shades:
  • mkunzemkunze Posts: 29
    edited May 2011
    Final deal:

    2011 Subaru 2.5X Forester Manual trans. Includes the alloy wheels, roof rails, floor mats, cargo tray and luggage cover.

    Sticker $21930.

    Paid $19,999.

    Plus 149.00 documentation fee.

    That's $500 less than my previous deal, and I think the best I could have done. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats. What color?

    Manuals can be hard to find, too...
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,303
    Agreed; sounds like you did great! Where did you end up buying?
    2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • mkunzemkunze Posts: 29
    edited May 2011
    I HAD to get a white one. Would not have been my son's choice, but when he mentioned that, I reamed him out for how lucky he is that we bought any car for him to use while at college. There is 1 Forester MT in Wisconsin, 1 in Michigan and 2 in Ohio. This one was the closest.

    I had to go to Chicago and then to Merrillville Indiana. The trains cost me $24.00 and $4.85. Averaged 30.1 mpg on the way back. Mostly highway, but not bad for a brand new car.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    1 MT per state, about. Hilarious.

    C'mon Subaru, build more of 'em....
  • I found this forum to be a great source of information when buying my last two Foresters (2010 was totalled by weather). Bought the replacement 2011 this weekend. Here is what I paid.

    2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium with All Weather Package.
    MSRP: $26,088
    Paid: $23,899 + TTL

    Emailed dealers in the Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana area. Had best internet quotes from Indiana dealerships near Chicago. Other dealers weren't willing to do as much discounting (or at least with initial internet quote).

    We paid $23,100 for the 2010 model with the same equipment+fog lights last July. So, not as pleased as last year, but happy to get a decent deal with dwindling supply.
  • mhertzlermhertzler Posts: 1
    I am looking into buying one of these in a few weeks but want to know what your advice is as to price? Its listed for $14,000. Is $12,700 too low to offer? I am sure I can't get out of there for less than $13,000 but don't want to divulge that just yet. Anyone?
  • That sounds like an amazing deal. I'm looking to buy a 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Premium with the All-Weather Package and a few extras. The MSRP comes to about the same as what yours was, but they're trying to get me to pay $24,146. Would you mind sharing which dealer you went to?

    Thanks much,

  • Hi,
    I'm not sure if you were asking me, but I got mine at Subaru of Wakefield, in Wakefield, MA. Their internet sales guy was great - his name was Jon. I do think that some factory to dealer incentives may not be in effect now, however.

  • budhinabudhina Posts: 8
    Couple of dealers have offered around $20,700 +TTL for a Subaru Forestor with :

    1.Auto Trans
    3.Roof Rails

    I was just wondering if it sounds like a good deal ? Can you please put in your suggestions..
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's $21,521 at locally.

    You sure they're including freight? If so hurry the heck up before they change their minds!
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