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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Subaru announced pricing and the 2006 is about $500 higher than the 2005 was initially, so add a $1500 rebate and you'll see prices at least $2000 higher at first. Bargain hunters should get a 2005 while there is some selection.

    Genga: yours is pretty loaded up, I doubt you'll see a 2006 any where close to that in price. With that mileage it's barely broken in.


  • gengagenga Posts: 2
    Frank and juice, thanks for the encouragement but as much as I did the research I had missed the great rebates on 2005s this month. My brother in law thought he had heard of low prices on 2005 Subarus and made calls and discovered that for $3000 more I could get a 2005 LL Bean. I called the original dealer Monday morning explained this and asked what their prices were explaining that I was considering buying a new car instead of the 2004. Manager was too busy said
    he would call me back in half hour but never did until late day and I was out. Next morning I called and learned that their own real post-rebate price on new Forester was $24300, and not the 27,000 he had originally quoted me.
    I had been getting quotes as low as $23,100 on the LLBeans
    from other areas. But this dealer already had my deposit and I decided that I would just take the one for $20,500. But with 21,000 miles and not certified
    I wanted my mechanic to look it over. Dealer went bonkers and accused me of not trusting them and then said they had "bent over backwards" (never a good thing to hear from a sales person or an attorney) told me they had just changed the oil! and put in a new oil filter!....Heaven forbid I trust my own loyal mechanic over this dealer I had known for less than an hour heh? Anyway they got very unpleasant, the owner's daughter got on phone and told me I HAD to make a decision. I told her I had I wanted the car to be looked over by my mechanic. She agreed to it. They had already said two things to me that should have been large red flags the day I left deposit: manager said "you are getting great deal on this 2004 we are only making $100 over what we paid for the car"...and "Don't tell anyone what you paid for it" I laughed at the time and asked why not? I was told that it was "such a good deal" they didn't want people coming in expecting to do as well. Counter intuitive to me, good deals bring customers so I knew it was a sales line but didn't realize that they make more on a used car and wanted to get rid of this 2004. I cancelled order and got money back.

    I know I should have realized they had the bill of sale for the Brooklyn
    Bridge in their pocket for me but I was worn out. Buying a vehicle is very stressful and tiem consuming. I will be picking up a brand new 2005 LL Bean Forester tomorrow for $23,690 from dealer in Conn. I would not buy a postage stamp from the dealer of the preowned one. So for $2190 more than the 2004 XS Premium with 21K and only 16 months left on warranty, I have brand new LLB which has more features. I didn't bargain much, probably soemone could have done a few hundred better? But I am satisfied. I will post when I have the Forester. I just have to decide, crystal grey, green or white. Thanks all, Genga
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds good to me. Those are very, very well equipped, too.

  • sonycsonyc Posts: 9
    Hey all,
    I didn't know about this forum until after I bought my Forester yesterday!
    In any event, I paid 18995 + fluff stuff for a 2005 X Auto with no extra options. (NJ)
    Being a first time Subaru owner, I am not sure if this is a good price - I just hope it lives up to its rave reviews.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Great price for an auto, no doubt. Enjoy it and stick around.

    What color? Options?

  • mactelmactel Posts: 6
    Hello all - - I was quoted 27800 for this auto? Does this sound like a good deal? I know, I could get a n 05 at a really-really-really good price, but my wife liked the 06 styling. Out the door cost including all taxes will put this puppy near 30K. This price seems high to me for this class of auto, am I just cheap(this is your invitation to bash me)? This auto does compete with the RAV and CRV, right?

    I was leaning more toward the toyota highlander but my wife really likes the Forester. My compromise is that we get the Turbo! I test drove the X with premium package, it seemed good enough in terms of power. The salesman claimed the car would have more power after it was broken in; truth or fiction? I'm hoping that the turbo model will provide more power without it having that harsh feeling I have heard about. I'll take the Turbo out for a test drive this weekend.

    Anyone else have the new 06 XT? Thoughts...
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    That sounds like a pretty good price for a brand new loaded 06. And yes it is several thousand more than a top of the line CRV or RAV4 but then you get a lot more for you money :) The X has decent power and is more of a direct competitor with them. But once you test drive the XT there's no going back and performance wise, the CRV and RAV4 aren't even in the same class :shades:

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You might have the first '06 on the block, and that is the price you'll pay to have the hot new model. 230hp is a number no competitor can touch. Factor in the equipment levels and the size of the moonroof and it's in a class by itself.

    If you can wait, prices will come down, but right now I think that's par for the course.

  • sonycsonyc Posts: 9

    Its the base car in the grey color. They had one silver XT and a couple of red Xs. The inventory on the 2005s seem to be paltry at this time of the year.
    Being my first Subaru, my only concern is the reliability/longevity. I've always had Hondas in the past with excellent results - just routine maintenance pretty much guarantees reliability and longevity.
    thanks for your kind words.

  • duke79duke79 Posts: 7
    I'm getting ready to purchase a 2005 Forester XT this week. The current rebate on the 2005 XT is $1,750 (down from $2000 in May). What do you think will happen in July? Should I wait till Friday (July 1) and take a chance the rebate will be increased to try and move the XT models off the lot? Or just bite the bullet and buy the Forester with the $1,750 rebate.

    BTW: The kids just graduated from college so in April we purchased a 2005 Forester XS for my wife to drive. We are very satisfied with the XS and would probably get another except the only ones in our area have a sunroof ... and I'm tall enough that my head rubs against it! :( So the dealer has an XT without the sunroof and who can deny the joy of the extra power to a guy in mid-life crisis? ;)
  • mactelmactel Posts: 6
    Price paid for a 2006 Forester 2.5XT Limited, Crystal Grey Metallic: 27,703+TTL

    MSRP is 29,290

    I was told I paid 375 over invoice. I bought this car via a credit union service. Once I found the auto I wanted they searched for it finding the lowest price. I spent a total of maybe 15 minutes total on the phone talking to my credit union's auto buying specialist. I gave her my auto details on Friday and my new FXT was delivered to my home at 9am on Saturday. Paper work took about 30 minutes and then the keys were turned over to me by the delivery person.

    The only downside about this method of auto purchasing is that the auto had more miles on it than I originally expected, since it was driven from the dealer that is not very close to my location. Other than that, the whole process was painless. I know I could have gotten a better deal on a 05 FXT, but my wife fell in love with the little changes the 06 received. Since we plan to keep this car for the long term, we decided we better get the one we really liked. Plus, an another member said, we are the first on the block with an 06 FXT.

    After my first 100 miles, I have no regrets buying the FXT, albeit I have not filled up the gas tank with "Premium Fuel". I had thought about using mid-grade fuel, but the manual says to us regular fuel only if premium is not available. I know others have used regular gas in there FXT but I don't want to take a chance.

    Handling seems great. Power is amazing (seems like i have a V6 under the hood).:shades: Ride height seems just right. I love the turbo and my wife loves the size of the car. She is just glad we did not go with my original intent of buying a highlander. I'll give a more detailed review after a couple of tank refills. I hope I did not pay too much, but that is a moot point because the contract is signed and the car is my garage.

  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    "I hope I did not pay too much, but that is a moot point because the contract is signed and the car is my garage."

    That's the attitude. Nothing worse than second guessing yourself. I decided on an 05 FXT Prem due to the rebates. A little over $25 excluding TTL with every option except the turbo boost guage cluster.

    Of course more horsepower, better gas mileage, and improvements in the total package are always the order of the day, but I decided it wasn't worth the price differential.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    It may be easier for me to say since it's not my money but if you've found an 05 XT equipped the way you like, why risk having someone else buy it while you're waiting to see if you can save another $250?

    You must be pretty tall to hit you head on the sunroof? I'm 6'2 and don't even come close. That'll be pretty cool to have two 05 Foresters in the driveway... just don't let you wife behind the wheel of the XT or you may just end up driving the XS :P

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Buy now, you need a model with no moonroof and guess what - for 2006 that option disappears. Selection is dwindling and a reversal in the amount of the rebate seems doubtful.

    I'm serious, but it today, don't wait or you'll regret it. Stop reading this now and run.

    Why are you still reading?

    You are STILL reading? LOL. Go to your dealer now.

    You're not still reading are you? ;-)

    mactel: congrats on the new Forester!

    Don't say V6 around here, say H6. Besides, it performs more like a V8!

    Trivia question: which car in this list is the quickest from 0-60 per C&D tests:

    1) Lamborghini Countache 5000S
    2) DeTomaso Pantera
    3) Subaru Forester XT

    Hint: if you tire of the practicality, you can always step down in quickness to one of the other exotics.

  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    because once u get a f-xt it will be difficult to
  • duke79duke79 Posts: 7
    Ok juice ... I got the message! :blush: I didn't actually run to the dealer ...

    But there is now a new Black 2005 Forester XT in my garage sitting next to the Silver 2005 Forester XS (that was purchased on April 11 for my wife).

    I got it pretty loaded (by my standards) with the cargo mat/splash guards/rear bumper guard, cargo nets/spotlight, automatic dimming rear view mirror/compass/security system upgrade, armrest extension, and rubber floor mat options.

    The negotiations went pretty fast considering I was trading in three vehicles to get the XT. I got the great turbo-charged XT and they got a 1994 Plymouth Voyager (170,000 miles), 1997 Mazda Protege (113,000 miles), and a 2000 Saturn SL2 (42,000 miles). The kids graduated from college and the cars came back home to roost. Of the three I traded in the Saturn was really a piece of junk. Never again ...

    Since we had just gone through the process a couple months ago once the negotiations were completed the paper work went really fast. I told the finance officer that if I had to listen to the extended warranty speech again I was going to mark them down on buyer survey. ;) Needless to say I just signed off on the form.

    Thanks for the push to the dealer! Those two Foresters look pretty nice sitting next to each other.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    OK, now I'm jealous! Take it back! LOL

  • This message board has been very helpful as I prepped for my negotiations. I hope my info helps someone else. Picked up the first 06 off the lot(Buffalo, NY) Friday. Paid $23,143 including Tax, Title, and all other fees. MSRP was $23,963. Included Spalsh guards, Bumper Cover, Cargo Tray, Rear Gate Bar, Tailpipe Cover, Cargo Net & tinted windows.
  • i'm looking to purchase an 05 x by summer's end and would like any help re. a good price to shoot for and any dealers worthy of a recommendation. i'm in san diego, ca and am willing to travel as far as arizona for the right price and buying experience. btw AAA has a new car buying service which is supposed to eliminate all haggling, etc. they recommend south coast subaru in costa mesa but as of yet the dealer rep has yet to return my calls or email. guess they don't want to sell a car. thanks for the help.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    as of yet the dealer rep has yet to return my calls or email

    Well that's one way to eliminate any possibility of haggling :P

  • upsunupsun Posts: 2
    after weeks of test drives i finally settled on the Subaru Forester. the two runners up were the Hyundai Tucson (bad gas mileage on the V6 and not enough power on the 4 cylinder) and the Honda CR-V (i really thought i was gonna go with this one, but on my second test drive it was painfully obvious that when pushing on the gas pedal it took a few seconds to actually go-i'm no speed demon by any means but this didn't feel right to me). anyhow, that brings me to my question. i'm still debating on buying either a new 2005 model or a slightly used (no older than 2003 with no more than 20,000 miles on it) model. in my online searching it seems that used foresters with the above specifications are really retaining their value (good if you are buying new, not so good if you are buying used). so that led me to check out the 2005's (i'm aware that the 2006 models are already out and that there is currently a $1500 rebate being offered). so far the best offer i've gotten is $19,996 on a 2005 Forester 2.5 X Auto with an Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror with Digital Compass and a Security System Upgrade. i could do without these features, especially the auto dimming and compass, but this is what is available. am i going to do any better than this? if so how and with whom? also suggestions on places to look for reasonably priced used subaru foresters would be great. any input is appreciated. thanks.
  • bkardonbkardon Posts: 2
    I'm looking to buy my first new car and hope to get some advice. I requested a quote through and the dealer quoted:

    msrp 22,820
    internet sale price 21,220 (I suppose this is because I went through
    rebate 1,500
    total price 19,720

    Should I try to bargain this down or am I already getting a deal close to invoice via that internet discount? I'm tempted to see if he'll drop it $1000 dollars just to see if he'll meet me somewhere in the middle. Any advice?
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    The best you can realistically hope to get is within a couple hundred of invoice (minus rebates). It's possible to go under invoice and you can always low-ball the dealer but don't be surprised if your offer isn't accepted (or even countered).

  • jlybpjlybp Posts: 1
    Hi, I'm in MA. I got a quote from the dealer in June. I could get a 2005 Forester X with Auto about $18,500 (after the rebate). I'm sure they will drop it $1000 for you.
    Good luck!
  • manamalmanamal Posts: 434
    Subarus depreciate slowly. Act quickly, and get one of the remaining '05's for maybe a few grand more than an '03.
  • upsunupsun Posts: 2
    $18,500? that was my first offer to the dealer in houston texas and he said he couldn't do it. said the lowest he could go was $18,995 on a manual. the best i could get on a forester 2.5X in automatic (msrp 23,057-had a few add ons) was $19,815. i could hardly get him to budge from his first offer of 19,996 :(. maybe better deals could be had in june, i think the rebate was $2,000 then (although you would think they would want to unload them by now).
  • henonhohenonho Posts: 1
    do you have any extra accesories when you bought the car?
  • graham4graham4 Posts: 1
    Recently purchased "06 Forester 2.5x in Raleigh NC for 24729.
  • went to dealership in CT last night and priced a black 05 XS, auto, moonroof, spoiler and cargo tray for $23500 - that price includes the $1500 rebate.
    I really want this car but am not sure if that price is good. Also, it doesn't seem like they're desperate to get rid of them....
    Help! I need advice.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    What does Edmund's TMV calculator say the price should be? It appears to be a couple of hundred high for the southeast but Subarus are always in higher demand in New England.

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