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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • capitanocapitano Posts: 509
    The issue hinges on the residence of the car buyer. If you are a New Yorker and buy your car in Florida you can get the credit for the sales tax paid in Florida since it it unlikely that a dealer in Florida is authorized to collect NY sales tax. However, if you are a resident of Florida at the time of purchase you are exempt from the New York sales tax.

    From the NY DMV site: (

    "If you were not a resident of NYS when the vehicle was purchased, use form DTF-803 to receive a non-resident exemption from NYS sales tax."
  • Thanks guys for all your response. Actually this vehicle might drive in both NY and FL as my wife and kids will stay in FL whenn I work in NY. And I will keep my FL residence. I do not intend to avoid 8% tax in NY. We contacted the dealers there but they cann not have one in their inventory.

    So I just pulled the trigger this afternoon and get the 09 forester, limited version, auto transmission with the following options: rear bumper cover, all weather mats, Auto dim mirror with compass and homelink, and puddle light kit.
    the color is green.

    The price is 25000+1500 tax + 198 tag +398 dealer fee. The dealer also give us a full tank gas.

    But I donot what service special the dealer usually offer. Any inputs? The premium version sells very well in FL too. The dealer we talked have no inventory. So we go for limited version.

    Thanks again for all your help! :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats, we also have a Limited.

    I think you got a good price and supply is short, so you were lucky, in a way. A few of us had to order a car and wait several weeks.

    Limiteds are awesome, don't look back! The perforated leather is nice and you will find a lot of other little extras you may not have seen at first.
  • giomangioman Posts: 5
    Just wanted to give some info into my buying experience at the end of July!

    I just leased a Dark Gray Forester 2.5x AT with Popular Eq. Group 1A and Tail Pipe covers for $287/month including tax in the Philadelphia PA area. I could not believe how effective the fax attack method got me a great price. MSRP: $22,609, Invoice: $21,223 and my price: $19,999. That's $1224 below invoice. The lease breakdown was as follows:
    36 Months, 15k,
    money factor: .00175(4.2%)
    Residual: 59%

    I am thinking this is good deal? Any one else getting this?? The only thing extra I paid was registration.
  • packrfanpackrfan Posts: 50
    The buy-price sounds great. What did you put down?
  • giomangioman Posts: 5
    Nada.......first payment and registration which amounted to $430.
  • It looks like a good deal.
  • packrfanpackrfan Posts: 50
    Without cranking one of the calculators on the deal, with zero down, seems like a great deal. there are several other posts earlier in this thread with opinions on leasing vs. buying but assume the lease path isthe right one for you. Congrat's on this & know you'll enjoy your new sub!
  • Hello,
    I am newbie for subaru, here is the what I can get from a local dealer:
    2009 forester 2.5x premium with all weather package, automatic.
    There is some other accessories in the list, but the car won't arrive until tomorrow,so we don't know the details.
    Invoice price + dest= $23831,
    The dealer said OTD is $24000(he didn't answer my question of how much is the TTL) Tax here is 6.85%
    Is this a good deal? Thanks!
  • giomangioman Posts: 5

    The best way to know if you are getting a good deal would be to solicit multiple offers from various Subaru Dealerships in your area. I sent out 19 faxes for dealerships within a 50 mile radius. I got back 9 offers. I also recommend waiting until the end of the month because the best deals are usually had during this period. I was lucky because the end of the month for July ended on a weekday.

  • Thank you for your reply. We are still contacting with another dealer who has similar car and ask him if he can beat the price. There is only 5 subaru dealers within 50 miles. We will wait and see.
  • cackercacker Posts: 9
    hi all
    does this deal sound good?
    $26,620 invoices cost (incl, splash guard, cargo net, rear bumper gaurd, fuel & fuel surcharge, wheel locks, $685 dest cost)
    residual $15,498.30
    money factor .0016

    $2797.89 up front
    - $1310.09 tax, NYS 8.375%
    - $699 acquisition fee and DMV
    - $424 cap cost reduction

    $363.87 per month
    36 mo lease, 15K miles per year
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I still can't believe these 59% residuals. Shop around and you'll see competitors' residuals are a lot lower, usually in the low 50s.
  • bears2bears2 Posts: 14
    That's not a bad price. Heuberger Motors in Colorado Springs has the best prices I've seen on these cars. I was quoted just over 22K for the same car (everything but tax). They also deliver anywhere in the country. I ended up with an XT for $24,300 and no other dealer would match that price. Good luck.
  • I'm just about to purchase a 2.5 x Premium with AWP. The maintence plan was offered, but I am not sure it's worth it. The dealership I am purchasing from is not the closest one to me so I am unlikely to get the car serviced there, but the plan is valid at any Subaru dealer.

    Any experiences with the maintenance plan? Is it worth it?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You could apply for a Chase Subaru credit card instead, then use the rebates to pay for your service. It might end up costing you nothing.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    The maintence plan was offered

    Is it a maintenace plan or an extended warranty? I know some dealers offer free oil changes etc but those are only good at the selling dealer.

  • It was a maintenance plan for 2 years/24,000 miles. It's being offered at a discount. They said I could use it at any Subaru dealer. Basically, I guess it I'm paying up front for the routine maintenance
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 63,023
    I wouldn't do that...


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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I would not bother, because your first major service isn't until 30k miles, so that first 24k miles isn't costly either way.

    Fitzgerald Subaru offers every other oil change for free, so one every 7500 miles. I'll do the alternate ones myself.
  • I am shopping for an 09 Subaru Forester XPremium pckg and after reading this message I have asked for prices at Heuberger in CS. They seem pretty good. What was your experience buying there? You know, first time internet buyer jitters.
  • How much did the delivery cost?
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Fitzgerald Subaru offers every other oil change for free, so one every 7500 miles

    Actually, they're offering every oil change for free since the maintenance schedule in the Owner's Manual specifies one every 7500 miles. You've just made a personal decision to change it twice as often :P

  • bears2bears2 Posts: 14
    My experience has been great so far. They didn't have the XT in the color I wanted (dark gray metallic) so they got one from another dealer (one that previously would not match Heuberger's price!) on the same day. I pick it up on Friday so I will let you know how it goes. I'm pretty confident...Heuberger is one of the top Subaru dealers in the country in terms of units sold. They didn't call me repeatedly or try any hard sell techniques on me like so many others...probably because they are a volume dealer and don't have to resort to low life tactics. One dealer who "guarantees" they will beat any deal in Colorado (Mike Shaw) refused to match Heuberger's price. They are also doing 4.9% financing on the car. Another positive is that they quote prices that include everything except tax.
  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 323
    I got my car at Heuberger. It was delivered at no cost above the quoted price. I thought things would go pretty smooth, but they didn't. Short story, 8 weeks later, I still don't have all the keys for my car. It has been a very painful ordeal and I have wasted a lot of time and energy getting what was supposed to have come with my car originally.

    The issue: when they delivered the car, they did not deliver all the keys & fobs and one of the tools from the back was missing. They would not have delivered it with the owners manual if I hadn't 've driven down to check out the car before I purchased it, and noticed that it was not in the glove I asked about it. They also did not clean it before delivering it (grease on the upholstery). It had a dirty rag in the console box when they delivered it.

    To make a very long story and tedious ordeal short... I contacted them right away to let them know things were missing. A week later, I got an email saying things were ordered. Suffice it to say, they never ordered anything. I think because the keys cost $100 each to replace. DO NOT LOSE YOUR KEYS!!! It'll cost you $150. A far cry from the $3 version. :P

    They first sent up a dirty old tool and a key fob, both from a previous years model and not even close to the ones that were missing. They also sent up some cleaner, so I could clean the car myself, as there was grease on the upholstery. The cleaner solution was fine, as I wasn't going to go down there to have them detail it. Major disappointment that they didn't deliver my brand new car detailed.

    There has been a lot of emailing and telephone calls over the last 8 weeks to try to get my stuff, that was suppose to come with my car. After I got the comptroller involved, I received the 4 missing items. However, after getting the keys reprogrammed, I found that one of the keys sent up was not laser cut to fit my I need yet another key and I have to go yet again to my local dealer to get the keys programmed. (Which costs $50 BTW, just for the programming, so DO NOT lose your keys.)

    I was concerned that after all this hassle, they would not pay the $100 that I was being charged for I have to go back and get this all reprogrammed again after I get the right laser cut key. So, seeing that I was exasperated with the ordeal just to get my keys...the cashier at Dellenbach (my local dealer) called over the owner. He heard what was going on and is taking care of it so I will have no out of pocket. That was such a relief, and he will be dealing with Heuberger in my stead. Thanks goodness!!! It has been an ordeal just to get the items which were suppose to come with my car originally...hopefully by the beginning of next week...or into week 9, I will have all my keys & fobs and working.

    Things would have gone smoothly, I believe, if the car had not been transferred from another dealership. However, that is no excuse for the total waste of time and energy I have had to spend on this over the past 8 weeks...

    I would not recommend my salesperson. And the internet manager, when I called him to fix the issues actually hung up on me. When I got the comptroller(she was great) involved...that's when things started to happen (I should have done that a LOT sooner). Yet,to date the issue is yet to be completely resolved.
  • bears2bears2 Posts: 14
    Wow...what a nightmare. Thanks for the heads up about Heuberger. When I go to pick up the car later this week, I will check to make sure everything is included and the car is detailed. I put down a $500 deposit for Heuberger to secure the car from another I imagine there is little incentive for them to sweat the small stuff (if I walk away it's $500 profit!). Could be interesting. Hope your ordeal is over soon. Thanks again!
  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 323

    If you walk away, you get your $500 back! They don't get to keep it. The deposit is just to "hold" the vehicle. They had asked me to pay $1000 deposit. Curious the difference...

    Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 323

    I forgot to mention that they did try to add on a dealer fee for $389 (after they had given me my quote.) After I didn't contact them for a week, they wrote and said they would delete that charge. I think that was just my salesman trying to make extra $$. So watch for that as well...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sad that dealers still pad pricing with surprises like that.

    What if we told them we had a "$389 customer fee" that they had to pay to earn our business after we shook on the deal? :D
  • mleomleo Posts: 10
    I have a lease that will end in NOV but I am shopping now so I don't have to rush on a making the right deal. I want to have enough time to negotiate and get multiple offers so I don't go in needing a car tomorrow.

    A few questions -

    How long is it taking to get a new Forester? I would like to order the exact color/options I want.

    Can I go to a dealer now and make a good deal knowing that I won't be finalizing my deal until Nov.? Could I make a deal, go in and order/lock in, put down a deposit and wait?

    will going in at the end of the month still be an advantage with the way I want to go about it, or does it not matter?

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