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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • mickxianmickxian Posts: 7
    Hi Gurus,
    i want to buy a 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg,VDC ,this is my first time to buy a car~i have no idea before until i see this forums~thx your guys~and here is Edmund's TMV calculations
    MSRP Invoice
    National Base Price $23,495 $22,079
    F9G Popular Equipment Group 2 $564 $410
    Includes wheel arch moldings and splash guards
    F9S Premium Sound Package 2 $547 $356
    Includes iPod interface, iPod/phone console tray and subwoofer/amplifier
    R8D Security System Shock Sensor $127 $83
    B8A Floor Mats, All Weather $69 $39
    Destination Charge $665 $665
    Total with Options $25,467 $23,632

    i am in south california, How would I go about determining a good starting offer on my part? and what do your gays think the best OTD prize is?
    best regard
  • phdhuskyphdhusky Posts: 85
    Just start by getting quotes from your dealers around the area. I know up here in CT I paid 23200 for a car with an MSRP of 25800. (Not the OTD prices) Your convinence fee may be different also, so OTD will be diff. Personally I wouldn't get the sub/amp I would just do it aftermarket and get better ones. You should easliy get below invoice which i did and I got their holdback taken off also but took some negotiating.

    Hope this helps
  • mickxianmickxian Posts: 7
    what options did you get? and what is your final prize? i want to get a better sound system~but i have no idea of that~ :cry:
  • phdhuskyphdhusky Posts: 85
    My options were, wheel well covers, bumper cover, sport grill, splash gaurds, wheel locks, rear spoiler, and crossbars. Final was 23200, that's not my OTD since it will vary from state to state.
  • mickxianmickxian Posts: 7
    i have got Internet price from a dealer~$24170(inc options requested)include
    Destination and Advertising not include tax, licence, Doc fee or any dealer installed accessories

    do your guys think i can make more down?
  • phdhuskyphdhusky Posts: 85
    If this is the same vehicle you said a few posts back with a MSRP of 25400 with destination i think you can do least 1k. Just basing this off my deal.
  • mickxianmickxian Posts: 7
    OK~thank you very much~
  • go_car_go1go_car_go1 Posts: 4
    formally know as the 2.5X LL Bean. Got it for $400 below invoice. MSRP with options
    $27794, my cost $25414. This includes destination but excludes taxes, license, and doc fees. I may or may not trade my car which affects taxes. This is the Chicago Land area. I ordered it as a PZEV to be nicer to the environment, (and supposedly 5 more HP), although not required in Illinois. I was told it can take up to 8 weeks. I liked the combination of utility, safety, AWD, mileage, and good outward visibility and I will finally have heated side view mirrors. Some little things make a difference.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds very familiar, I paid the same (within $100) and ordered the same thing, PZEV even.

    The cool thing is if incentives appear, I get them. Hopefully you would too.

    I'm not holding my breath given demand is hot.

    I will also apply $1600 Subaru Bucks to my deal, which will lower the actual price paid. :shades:
  • rodojvrodojv Posts: 5
    I was wondering if anybody knows of a website where I can get OEM Subaru accessories with instructions for a do-it-yourself type of guy?
  • mickxianmickxian Posts: 7
    i have got Internet price from a dealer~25,300 out the was 2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg with auto transmisson
    It has the ipod interface, luggage compartment cover, splash guards, rear bumper cover, and the tailpipe covers

    do your guys think i can make more down?
  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 323

    What were the MSRP and Invoice for the features you have listed?

    Where do you live?
  • mwasnidgemwasnidge Posts: 28
    Got this internet quote from a local dealer for the below package with my vip program discount:

    Premium w/ All weather package:

    Body side molding
    Wheel Arch molding
    Splash Guard kit
    Fog lamp kit
    Puddle light kit
    Rear bumper cover
    Luggage compartment cover
    Cargo tray

    "The Forester premium with all weather package and additional options as you requested would have a MSRP of $26,284.00. The VIP program would allow you to purchase for $23,787.00 plus taxes and fees. This price is 2% below invoice"

    What does everyone think this deal? I might wait another month and see what June incentives and rebates are on offer because I get those on top of the VIP program discount.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I didn't think the Premium w/AWP would arrive until June, did you actually see one at the dealership?

    Price sounds great. I'm surprised they accept the VIP program for a brand new model that wasn't even supposed to have arrived!
  • mwasnidgemwasnidge Posts: 28
    Haven't seen one on the lot--this is just internet pricing, copied and pasted from the dealer. I wasn't aware of the All Weather Package coming in June. If there's a decent incentive and or low financing next month, i'll probably get it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    At the launch cars101 said the AWP would not be available until next month, but it's great that it arrived early.
  • mickxianmickxian Posts: 7
    2009 Subaru Forester
    2.5X 4dr SUV AWD w/Premium Pkg,VDC (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
    MSRP Invoice
    National Base Price auto transmission
    A note about advertising fees $23,495 $22,079
    Optional Equipment $697 $454
    E9A iPod Interface $223 $145
    O9A Luggage Compartment Cover $166 $108
    P9A Splash Guard Kit $132 $86
    Y8M Tail Pipe Cover - Dual Exhaust $98 $64
    P9J Rear Bumper Cover, Bulk $78 $51
    Destination Charge $665 $665
    Total with Options $24,857 $23,198

    and iam in south california the dealer give me $25,300 OTD~
  • phdhuskyphdhusky Posts: 85
    Just FYI I paid 25200 OTD in CT for a car with MSRP of 25800. You prob could try go a little lower but not much.
  • mwasnidgemwasnidge Posts: 28
    Anyone have any input as to what kind of incentives may be available next month or in the near future? I don't think the dealers even know until the day before though. From what I can see models haven't been moving off the lot very fast here in WI. I also notice that there are really good incentives for other imports like Nissan and Toyota available at the moment for the new model year. With my VIP program discount and something like $1000 off and 3.9 financing, I would probably wet myself!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They really don't know.

    Even if they did, I doubt they'd say anything, as it could make a customer wait until next month, and they could even change their minds. The dealer could lose a sale.

    OTOH, they can suggest you come back next month if they suspect it might increase, and you were leaving anyway.

    Keep in mind they lowered prices for the 2009s, so in a way the incentives are built-in. I do think they will appear eventually, but I have an order due in June or July and I'm not holding my breath.
  • mwasnidgemwasnidge Posts: 28
    All good points.

    I suppose I should be happy with anything under invoice and low financing...

    I'll wait until June and then take the plunge.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds like a plan.

    I'm not sure if mine will arrive in June or July, so we'll see. I just got my VON so I'm trying to get an ETA from SoA.
  • willyb1264willyb1264 Posts: 4
    Hey guys, is $18748 a good price for a base 2009 X with manual transmission? That price includes the doc fee but not tax or title. This is in Maine, which gets the PZEV version.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587

    Heck yeah! That's great. I don't think I had seen one yet under $20k, then again I've been focusing on the Premium and LL Bean models.
  • willyb1264willyb1264 Posts: 4
    I need buying advice. The dealership doesn't want to put the quotation in writing (so I can't shop the deal, goes their explanation) and the place is two hours away. What, then, can I do to bind the dealership to the deal before putting down a deposit and driving all that distance?
  • Hi guys,

    I'm very excited to make my first car purchase and my boyfriend has been combing this website for some great tips and advice. We wish there was a similar website for all of our purchases and decisions!

    We're in the middle of shopping for a financing deal but it appears as though the Subaru dealer's 4.5% is hard to beat...

    I'm looking at the 2009 Forester - Premium package with automatic transmission. So far, we've contacted a number of dealers with the CT area and the best we've been quoted has been $22660 but I'm not sure if this includes all the other fees such as the doc fees etc...

    Is this a fair price? On Edmunds - it appears as though the invoice price is $22744. Does this include all the fees (doc fees)?

    Thanks for the advice - we're noobies to this whole process :)
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Good choice—and congrats!

    The price sounds pretty good. My only recommendation is that you may (?) want to consider the LL Bean (soon to renamed "Limited"), which comes with heated seats, outside heated mirrors and a windshield deicer—all real benefits in the winter. The model you're considering offers this as an option, but I don't think that package will be available until sometime in June.

    We have these features on our Forester and WRX—and would never own a Subaru without them. Once you've experienced those bun warmers on a frosty winter morning, I'm sure you would agree. :)

    If you think it will be too expensive, you might consider the Impreza Outback Sport, as those features are standard—and the car is much cheaper than a Forester. Another benefit of the Outback Sport is that it handles better than a Forester.

    FWIW, we have a Forester, an Impreza Outback Sport, and an Impreza WRX—so I'm speaking from experience.

  • Wow - your driveway is saturated with Subarus!

    We were initially considering the Outback Sport and the Rav4 but I am leaning towards the Forester because of the size and looks :)

    I think we may drop by a dealer again soon to check out the leather seats and extras in the LL Bean...

    My boyfriend was trying to convince me to get the Impreza WRX but maybe he can upgrade to that car soon...

    Thanks for the tips Bob.

    - Lindsey
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    The Forester is my wife's, the Outback Sport is my son's, and the WRX is mine.

    All those items are grouped together in what's called the "All-Weather Package," or "AWP."

    The heated seats I often use on chilly fall and spring days, not just in the winter.

    The heated outside mirrors are useful year-round. What they do is "dry" the mirrors in rain and snow, so that they can be used in those conditions. I see it as a safety feature. It's hooked into your rear window defroster, which has a timer. So you would need to turn it back on every 15 minutes or so.

    The windshield deicer helps keeping snow and ice from building up on your wipers while driving in a snow storm. It also speeds up cleaning your windshield if your car has been sitting outside in a snow or ice storm overnight.

    Good luck! :)

  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 323

    The fact that they don't want to put it in writing is a possible red flag.

    If you still want to go ahead with the deal, YOU can put it in writing just as well as they can. Email them the exact constraints of your deal. Including any options. The price you will be paying, etc. Be very specific!!! Have them respond to you that this is the deal you both are agreeing to. The reply in the affirmative on top of the email that you sent them should be binding enough.

    They may just want to get you on site and then pull a bait and switch...or maybe not... ya never know.

    You are still fully able to "shop the deal" without having something in writing from them. Let them know you know this. Be confident when dealing with them. Remember, you can always walk away. They are the ones that want YOUR money. BTW, have you shopped the deal already so that you know you are getting the price you want for the car you want???
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