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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • jefbakjefbak Posts: 19
    The lower rebate was a bummer. I don't know if it was because I purchased ours on December 31st or not, but I got the premium package for $21500.
    I really wanted the power heated seats.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    I think that 19,500 is a good price, and over $20k is too much. Be proactive and just e-mail the low bidder to see what their additional fees are. If you're comfortable trying it, tell 'em you'll come in & buy that day if they drop the fee, or see if they'll offer a couple free oil changes to make up for the cost of the fee, whatever's reasonable.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Guess I'm lucky to be on the West Coast. Very competitive market. Weekend ad prices for X auto's with some options $18.5k. Can't decide... go new or used. Don't like the 06+ front but the used market is crazy. A couple year old used ones with asking prices above new ones. Selling prices just a bit less.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It was the same thing last year, except the rebate was 2k on the base X and just 1k on the Premium and higher models.

  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    At these prices, go new - you'll get a better vehicle, fewer maintenance expenses, better price when you go to re-sell or trade, often a better finance rate, and that "new car smell". :) When the next Forester bodystyle comes out, you can see if you like the looks better and then upgrade without too big of a depreciation hit.

    We ran into that same dilemma purchasing our last 3 Subies. Started looking, expecting to purchase lightly used 1-year-old vehicles, and ended up buying new one 2 of the 3 times because it was actually cheaper to go new. The one time we did go with a used vehicle instead, it was because they no longer offered the trim we wanted (Outback 3.0R).

    I'm just north of you in the Seattle area - pretty competitive pricing here, too. You've got Carr, we've got Carter, Nos. 1 & 4 in national sales. $18.5 is very good for auto X w/options. I wonder if the factory-to-dealer incentives have increased... I know Forester sales were down slightly.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Amazing thing is, it's not Carr that has the deals right now. Carr has one on ad, but with fewer options. I really like the 03-05 X look. Not fond of the 06+ exterior redesign. Looked at the X Sport at the Autoshow, and while I like the new front there are no driving lights.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Get an '07 X, change out the grille with the nice X Sports mesh grille. I bet it'd be pretty easy to do or have done.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Bought a low mileage 05 X today... OTD for $16k. One owner trade on a new Saab (poor guy). Fair price. Looked at the 07's and just couldn't stomach the front end. I much prefer the black bumpers too.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Hey, maybe it was traded in for a 9-2X (the "Saabaru"). That would be one Saab I'd own.
  • dfpinedfpine Posts: 9
    I'm thinking of getting extended warranty on the 07 Forester 2.5 X I'm picking up this week. Does anyone know how much a dealer would charge for Subaru's Gold Plus 7-year/100K-mile plan would cost? I read that they have $0, $50 and $100 deductible variations... Would someone know the price points for them?

    I have AAA right now so if I get the Gold Plus plan I can get rid of it at an annual savings of almost $80. GEICO also has some basic roadside assistance plan for about $10 more per year.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    No... sales guy I dealt with was the same guy who took the Subaru in on trade. Bought a 9-5. At least it wasn't the 9-3. Last Saab I owned was a 85 900 turbo. Now that was a good car. Not the GM junk sold now.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I saw the same opportunity.

    We were paying $75 for AAA, in your case $80 over a 7 year period is $560.

    The warranty should cost about $1400 or so, so really the incremental cost for you is much less.

    Don't worry too much about a deductible, because even if you bring it in for 3 different issues, you only pay the deductible once, for each visit.


    PS My wife used the roadside assistance once (flat tire IIRC) and it was very effective.
  • dfpinedfpine Posts: 9
    Wonder if anyone has feedback on the factory security / alarm system on the 2.5 X on the 07 model. I see on the options list Subaru sells a shock sensor as an add-on for $79. Is that recommended? Does that make it more comparable to a typical after-market alarm? Would a dealer charge more than list price to install it? Thanks.
  • dfpinedfpine Posts: 9
    I'm gonna shop around for a 6-year/60K Gold Plus plan with $0 deductible. We don't plan on doing too much driving so this seems like a good deal compared with the 7-year/100K plan. The difference between $0 and $100 deductible also isn't that great to go with the lower-priced one.

    So far the best quote I got was $750 for the former.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    AAA alone would cost you $480. Go for it. Gold Plus includes roadside assistance.

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,880
    That isn't exactly apples to apples.. AAA covers me no matter what car I'm driving..

    Does the Subaru plan do that?


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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I believe AAA covers the card holder no matter what car they are in, even if you're in a friend's car. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    AAA has higher rates for family plans, though the $80 might be covering your whole family, I'm not sure.

    The company Subaru uses for roadside assistance cover the car itself, no matter who is driving. So it's backwards. :D
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,880
    I think $80 covers both drivers in our family.. (My wife already had it, and added me).

    Yeah... if you can give up AAA, it is a savings, but it is sort of two different things.. The extra benefits of the Subaru warranty definitely have a monetary benefit.. It just might be difficult to quantify exactly.


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  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    My dealer offered the plans at roughly half off the "retail" price. It was 350 for the Gold Plus 5 60K. I put lots of miles on mine...

    He showed me the Subaru sheet and what the "dealer" pays for it... They want to keep you as a customer in their shop...

    And do a search online. When I was looking, I found dealers who offered online specials. Not as good as my dealers, but maybe a hundred bucks less than yours. Your 750 is 100 bucks below "retail" I believe.

    And it doesn't matter where or which Subaru Dealer you buy it off of.
  • (I hope this isn't a double post, the forum is acting strange)
    I've been shopping for a Forester for a few weeks now. I had been thinking about a '03/'04 used Forester, but I am also considering a few new car options. One in particular:

    2006 Forester w/ premium package and manual transmission. I haven't been very ipressed with the automatic transission on the Forester, so the manual is fine by me. The car was used as a service loaner by the dealership, and has about 5,000 miles on it. I wouldn't normally like the idea of a service loaner because it's more or less a rental car -- "drive it like you stole it". But, with only 5,000 miles I can live with that fact.

    The dealer has made an offer at around $21,000. At first glance it seemed like a reasonable price:

    $22,569 dealer invoice
    $625 destination charge
    -$1000 customer cash incentive
    = $22,194

    But then I consider that it has 5000 miles on it -- that has to be worth something, I figure $1,000 (reasonable?). And you figure that it's not really a current model at all, the 2008 models are that far off, so that has to be worth something. On top of that I read about someone else buying essentially the same car, several months back (page 66 or 67, I think), with no miles on it for $21,000. SO, not sounding like a good price any more. What should I shoot for?

  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Too much in my book. When I was looking last week, one of the local dealers had a Forester X automatic rental return with 11k. They were asking $17k. Service loaner is the same as rental return in my book. Maintained but driven hard. I'd pass on it.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    I agree it's a bit too expensive... that would be an excellent deal on a brand new, no-mileage model. $20k would sound acceptable to me. Find out when its in-service date is to be sure of how many years of warranty coverage remain, so you'd be covered if any problems surfaced from its 5k miles of loaner use. If there were multiple problems over the remainder of the warranty period, you could always re-sell without taking too much of a hit. Or make them some type of offer... pay $21k if they include 6yr/100k gold warranty.

    Oh, if you do go for this one, be sure they re-set the ECU so the transmission will "learn" your driving style.
  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    Run Away Run Away!

    I got mine new same set up with a 22,900 dealer invoice and with all the rebates (including dealer loyalty) I would have gotten mine for 21,974 without the 5K miles. I ended up giving back one of the rebates (500) for the lower rate, so my final was 22,474.

    You would be better to go new. But that is a problem with Suby's is that they hold value so much that they very often lead you back to new. Oh, and take a look at the XT's...

    Check here on Edmunds, go to Kelly, etc. Run the numbers, they will tell you... TMC...
  • jefbakjefbak Posts: 19
    You can get a 2007 for that. I got an automatic PP with 0 zero miles for $21,500 on Dec 31.
    You should get a used car deal for that loaner (18,500 tops).
    They expect to loose money on it... It is a write off for the dealer.
  • As far as I can tell there is only one dealership in San Diego (Convoy area) and they don't inspire me much. Does anyone have a suggestion for another dealership? Also, the Convoy one is close to where I live, but I hear they can treat you badly if you don't buy from them. Is ther any truth?

    I expect to buy in the next month, though now I'm wondering if I should hold out for the June release of 2008's. After reading all these wonderful and informative posts, I've decided to stop looking for a used vehicle unless some miracle show up in my face.

    Thanks for thoughts and all the previous posts throughout these forums.
  • This is at a dealers--Kelly puts excellent condition (which includes maintainence records) at 17,795 and good condition at 16,520. Carfax says there are 4 reports, seems to say 4 reports for every car, so maybe that's the normal buy, return, auction, sell??? Anyone know?
    I have the car overnight and know they will pressure me to buy. I haven't bought the Carfax report yet--want to decide if I really want this or not. 2008's are coming out soon.
    According to dealer the car was registered at a marine base. That's all I was told when she looked at carfax. hmmm.
    I'd appreciate any comments.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Assume you're talking a X automatic. I looked at a 06 rental return with 11k that was in nice condition. Dealer was asking $17k on a weekend ad. I'd shoot for closer to $17k. Around the Portland area you can pick up brand new 07 automatic for $18.5k.
  • I just bought my first Subaru Forester 2.5X and I’m very pleased with my purchased. It was the base model, and the only extra option it had on it was the popular equipment group 1 (rear bumper guard, cargo tray, and splash guards) I didn’t need this option, as the car had everything else I wanted on it, it was the only one they had in stock, in the color I wanted, and I didn’t want to wait for one without this minor option, which they threw in, if I was willing to purchase the car right then. I went through an online quote

    Invoice $20,922.00
    Doc fee 58.48
    State Lic. 15.00
    Title 65.00
    County Tax 157.35
    State tax 1483.63
    Total 22,701.46
    Rebate -2000.00
    Paid 20,701.46
  • THis is a manual, with privacy glass (only option, I think). I want to try for $16, 400 out door, including full tank of gas. Am I crazy?

    Do Portland cars pass CA emissions? Maybe I should come up there? Any dealer suggestions?

    Thank you for responding.
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