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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • New Subaru Forester breaks cover
    Last updated 11:38 13/11/2012

    TALL POPPY: The new Subaru Forester will be in New Zealand in 2013.

    The new Forester has grown. At 4595mm, it's 35mm longer than before, while its 1795mm height is 15mm taller, and at 1695mm across the beam it's also 20mm wider.

    It also rides on a 25mm longer wheelbase of 2640mm which, says Subaru, means it will offer an exceptionally roomy interior, featuring increased rear seat legroom, and an enlarged cargo area.

    Cosmetically, the new model has a distinctive crease running down just under its waistline, while the new grille introduced on the Impreza is also included, and new bumpers and alloy wheels. Overall, it's a much neater, less quirky design. Equipment changes include a new infotainment centre with smartphone integration, along with Sat-Nav with a reversing camera, and in most markets, an upmarket Harmon Kardon sound system.

    The 2014 Forester will be available with two petrol engines for New Zealand. The base 2.5-litre boxer four will make 127kW and will drive through a six-speed manual in the entry-point model, with a seven-step Lineartronic CVT also available across the range.

    A new 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged flat-four producing 206kW will also be available, but with the Lineartronic transmission only.

    The fourth generation Forester will also get a modified version of Subaru's popular 2.0-litre turbodiesel, putting out 112kW, and for the first time will be offered with a Lineartronic CVT option.

    The Forester went on sale in Japan today, and will make its first public outing outside its native market at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 30.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    it's a much neater, less quirky design

    No agreement from me on either point. I think this new iteration moved a little bit back toward the "quirky" end of the meter.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited November 2012
    Slightly, but still very evolutionary.

    It looks like ... well, like a Forester.
  • FINALLY GOT ONE......2013 2.5X Premium w/ All Weather PLUS package (Cargo tray, body side molding, all weather floor mats, rear bumper cover, splash guards, auto dim mirror, luggage compartment cover **threw compartment cover in with deal**) MSRP = $27,096.....Got it for 24,500. Traded in a 2005 forester that needed ALOT of work done too it, prob over $1000, and the total price came to $16,000 with the trade. Tax (8.75%) and title brought it to $17,550. Not sure if I could have done better but it was my first time dealing with a trade-in and was very happy when we agreed upon the $16,000 number. (Upstate NY)
  • You might also tell him if your dad qualifies for the 1.9 you want it or your going to buy else where. That may help. Hopefully it can't hurt.

    My experience with dealers is the name I use for them "STEALERS"
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats. :shades:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    Agreed; congrats. Sounds like a good deal for all involved.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Has anybody purchased a 2013 Forester Limited in NJ / NY / CT area recently? I know one dealership in cali is discounting $4190 on all trims of 2013 Foresters. I was wondering if similar deals can be had around here. Thanks!
  • I purchased a 2013 2.5X Forester automatic with alloy wheel pkg, auto dim mirror/compass, splash guards, cargo tray and rear bumper cover from Grand Subaru in Bensenville, IL on Sat. The purchase price was $20898 plus TTL, Doc Fee for OTD $22,832. MSRP was $24,202. Worked with Dan in internet sales, who was very responsive and played no pricing games. The e-price sent was the price paid when I arrived at the dealership. He also worked to get the color with the options that we wanted from another dealer. The Forester was completely ready to go when we came in for delivery. The whole process took about 1-1.5 hour including arranging financing.
  • Has anybody purchased a 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X Limited Auto in Southern California area recently? Please let me know what would be the best price to buy. I would like to know the OTD Price, not the just the Car Price. Please share your experiences.Thanks!
  • Even I am planning to buy one 2013 Forester Limited in LA, California. Please let me know the out of the door price. Is it $27,550 out the door. I am targeting S26,750 out of door. Since my first quote offer $800 below invoice and the invoice is $25306- 800 = 24506. My assumption is 24506+10%(taxes and registration) will come to $26956. Please let me know if its possible
  • I got one for 24.7 plus tax title license. Msrp 28.7 in SoCal.
  • I bought an almost exact model Forester (with an additional rear camera) in December for $1,000 less (mine is $2,000 below the invoice) in a dealership near Chicago (Autobarn). you overpaid for a 2013 Forester premium with all weather plus package and popular package #3 (the new 2014 Forester wikk be out in april or may 2013 with CVT instead of 4-speed automatic and Subaru is trying to unload the 2013 Forester). It was for my wife and she likes the simplicity of 4-speed, that is all right for me.
  • Have you had any luck finding a dealer in the NY/CT area that discounts foresters similarly?
  • MSRP 27,997
    -4000. discount
    $23997. paid
    In Braintree MA. Seemed like a good deal with the 0% financing.
  • That is a good deal - who did you work with to get the deal? Did you like your experience there (are they high pressure, are they nice, etc)? Were there any shady additional charges (anything besides taxes, registration, 300-500 for doc fees)?

    I live within 90 minutes of them - seems like the best deal around.
  • I was on my toes every second of the way.....they all suck in my opinion. It was a internet special. They tried all the usual games. I checked everywhere locally, this was the best I could get....
    that was the price plus taxes & rmv costs and 299 doc fee
  • subibuyersubibuyer Posts: 1
    edited January 2013
    Looking to take advantage of the 0% incentive until 1/31. Although I'm pretty sure they will extend it after 1/31. Been shopping around and best quote was $3812 off MSRP.

    I see folks have been getting $4000+ off MSRP as early as last Nov, so I'm thinking I can get at least that much off.

    Have been tracking the dealer inventory and the forester stock had barely moved over the past week. Maybe 1 or 2 sold.

    What are u guys' take? Keep waiting? I know inventory will become an issue in terms of getting precisely what we want. However if significant savings can be had, I think it's worth it.
  • First time for an internet buy for any car since I started driving, long B 4 there even was a WWW. Some patrons are comparing pricing & performance, I would like to throw this into the mix & maybe help others in their auto-buying decisions. My first Subaru ever, I pick up a 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X PZEV (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual) on 25 January 2013 at Appleway Subaru in Spokane Valley, Washington state (close to the ID state line), I will be paying $26,447, no financing. My choice of Forester build is minimal 'glam' no I-anything, back-viewing cameras, Bluetooth nothing, or talking navigation gizmos. Took exact same model out for a 5-mile back country roads and freeway home loop in a bad weather day here. It handles very well in our snow, black-ice, hail and normal Inland Empire winter weather, it drove a charm, the 5-speed is the only model I would buy, 36 years of stick-shift cars (military and civilian) and coast 2 coast/overseas driving makes me an automatic disaster waiting to happen when I finally 'clutch in' fast on a (no clutch) auto brake pedal which is no clutch! Not even close to a fun end to that story. I got one of 3 in the 5-speed manual-tranny configuration that was delivered to the dealership on 23 Jan for my pick up. Was going to buy another MT 98% of 2013 models on the lot cars are now auto, and where the heck did a 6-shirt idea come from? IMHO that's 1-gear too many, I drive cars, I don't buy so-called 'smart cars' that drive me into situations my mind/body is tuned to a 5 shift manual transmission and more power to auto models buyers, just not for me. Happy hunting :-)
  • Thanks for Sharing the Price.

    Forester Limited

    I quoted :$27100 OTD price Timmons Subaru dealer (Long Beach), its a family owned dealership, the sales man i dealt with "RC". The buying experience is really nice. Only part i haven't done enough research is the warranty. I brought it for gold plus warranty $1000 with $0 deductible. I think i would have got it for $850 if i did enough research.
    I got my forester 100% financed by Subaru for 63 months @ 0% APR.

    Taxes slightly vary by city as well.
    So I got it for $24563+ Taxes = $27100 OTD + $1000 (warranty)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    I like the manual story, BA! It's difficult to compare apples-to-apples, though, if that's your out-the-door price. What was the final price on the car itself before tax, title, and license?
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Would like to know what kind of deal I got.. 2013 Subaru legacy x premium MSRP 26,484. Price paid $23961 OTD which includes 7.725% tax and all fees.
  • Jan 31, 2013 (9:08 pm)
    Would like to know what kind of deal I got.. 2013 Subaru legacy x premium MSRP 26,484. Price paid $23961 OTD which includes 7.725% tax and all fees. The discount off MSRP was exactly $4235. All I paid for was tax, I told them that I'm not paying for any doc fees or any other fees. So math was simple MSRP $26484-discount of $4235 plus tax 7.725% $1712= a out the door price of $23961. I also had them throw in all weather floor mats which is a $60 value. What are your thoughts? I haggled the most I could haggle, I really played hard ball to get what I got. I'm really curious to see if I got a average deal or just mediocre ? They made it sound like I stole the car, so I'm really curious to hear how I really did.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    If 26,484 was the MSRP before TTL, and you paid $23,961 OTD with that tax, I'd say you stole the bugger! Nicely done!
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Were any weapons involved when you stole that car? ;)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    Thanks for the further clarification (I should have read that message first!). Invoice on this car is over $24,000, so you were about 2K under invoice. They didn't make any money on the sale of your car, I'll just say that. They must have made it up in monthly incentives from the manufacturer, otherwise there wouldn't have been any point in them selling you that car!
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Above average deal then? After all said and done, the salesman said they were at the last day of the month and needed to 4 more new cars to sell. Is 2k below invoice a good score or typical? Thanks so much for the responses!
  • Yikes! 2 posts in my inbox on my 1st ever post. The base price was $27K, then I got to ordering a front-end hood protecting shield, they call it a bra, it's not, bras are what I had on an old Jeep Wrangler, made of leather, and pop on or off, this is molded synthetic and metal composite, and once bonded on it isn't coming off. It's another layer against the pebbles and ice chunks that breed all over my part of the Pacific North-west. Also back-up warning audio indicator (not viewer screen), a Sirius satellite radio install ($550!), window tinting, remote engine starter, and with tax, registration, license, tabs and it ended up at $31,500, and the Sirius radio packet I want is like $14 a month. Just music. I extended 3/36 to bumber 2 bumper 7/100 and added roadside help with that. It depends on what an end user wants out of the vehicle and where in the US they buy, plus what they have in barganing clout/savvy or trade in to off-set full cost of the extras they add or (like me) have removed like GPS as I don't need the HAL 9000 taking over my wonderful ride. "Turn right here Dave, proceed to drive off the cliff!"
    Probably a reference lost on any but Sci-Fi movie gurus.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,925
    It's not a good score at all.

    Rather, it is almost unbelievably fantastic! I'd say you did as well as you could possibly expect to do. The dealership staff weren't joking when they said you were getting a good deal. That said, they wouldn't have sold it if it didn't further their bottom line (assuming they sold those other three units, that is!).
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Awesome thank you!!!!! I also got 0% financing. I put $1000 down and my payment is around $365 which I'm ok with because its all going to principle. I was thinking about putting more down (like 5k) but being it only moved the payment down $16 per 1k it didn't make much sense, I'd rather have that money in my bank. Make sense? I hope so :)
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