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SUBARU FORESTER Used Car Review

Subaru joined the 'soft-roader' SUV club in 1997 when it used the platform of its famous Impreza small car as the basis for the Forester. The model has become the Japanese brand's most popular model in Australia, as well as being one of the country's favourite SUVs. Currently into its fourth generation, an all-new Forester has been unveiled and is due in late 2018.

Pros

Cons

  • Fantastic all-round visibility
  • Clever Eyesight safety tech on more recent models
  • Ride comfort consistently good across generations
  • Permanent all-wheel drive (most rivals use a part-time AWD system)
  • Servicing costs higher than average and limited capped-price program
  • Full-size spare reduces boot space
  • Cabin design lacks flair and premium feel
  • For light-duty off-roading only
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2016 Subaru Forester MY16 2.0D-L Grey Continuous Variable Wagon

  • 88115 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspected and road tested for your peace of mind. With over 2000 late-model quality passenger and commercial vehicles available under cover at one convenient location, our best price first fixed-price philosophy equals better value for you and provides a simple no-haggle, no-hassle vehicle buying experience.

$28,977
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
13/05/2021

Top2010 Subaru Forester S3 MY10 2.0D AWD Premium Silver 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 167845 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2010 SUBARU FORESTER...SUROOF,LEATHER, NAV, TOWBAR, 17 ALLOY WHEELS, AND LOG BOOKS. Family owned business , operating and servicing NSW for over 30 years. Any vehicle Inspection welcomed , with two conveniently based locations we have everyone sorted. Revesby NSW Yard - Centrally located 25 minutes from Sydney Airport. Home of all your used car needs for all of Milperra, Condell Park, Bankstown, Panania, Padstow, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights and Padstow Heights. Elderslie NSW Yard

$11,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
13/05/2021

Top2018 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 56200 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 Subaru Forester S5 2.5i Wagon 5dr CVT 7sp AWD [MY19] ONE PRIVATE OWNER WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY AND LOW KMS!! FEATURES INCLUDE 2.5L SUBARU BOXER ENGINE REVERSE CAMERA SYMMETRICAL ALL WHEEL DRIVE EYE SIGHT TECHNOLOGY!! 7 SPEED AUTO AND MUCH MORE We are Perth's FAVOURITE Subaru Dealership! We are an Authorised STi Dealer where customer service comes as a standard feature! PERTHS LARGEST CHOICE FOR SUBARU ONLY 2 MINUTES FROM PERTH CBD - 200 + Used Cars - Over 400 +

$34,990
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
13/05/2021

Top2014 Subaru Forester 2.0d-s 6 Sp Manual 4d Wagon

$19,500
Cooranbong, NSW

11/05/2021

Top2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.5i-L CVT AWD Luxury White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 91211 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 Subaru Forester S4 2.5i-L Luxury Wagon 5dr CVT 6sp AWD [MY18] SPECIAL EDITION FORESTER!! GREAT CONDITION WITH LOW KM'S - TOP OF THE RANGE FEATURES WITHOUT THE PRICETAG FEATURES INCLUDE 2.5 L SUBARU BOXER ENGINE REVERSE CAMERA ELECTRIC TAILGATE SUNROOF LEATHER SEATS SYMMETRICAL ALL WHEEL DRIVE We are Perth's FAVOURITE Subaru Dealership! We are an Authorised STi Dealer where customer service comes as a standard feature! PERTHS LARGEST CHOICE FOR SUBARU ONLY 2 MINU

$30,388
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
13/05/2021

Top2018 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i Premium CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 60180 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4

ADELAIDE’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT DEALER – 6 LOCATIONS 350 VEHICLES Our philosophy is simple, to sell the best quality vehicles at the best possible price. How do we do that? By hand selecting every vehicle and keeping our overheads down. * Established 1999 * We can come to you! Home and workplace appointments available. * Trade-in’s welcomed, all makes and models regardless of age or kilometres. * Finance available, same day approvals, both family and business packages. * Inter

$34,990
Cheltenham, SA

Dealer used
13/05/2021

2010 Subaru Forester S3 MY11 S-Edition AWD Blue 5 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 237995 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4

2010 Subaru Forester S3 S-EDITION Wagon 5dr Spts Auto 5sp AWD 2.5T [MY11] - Highly Collectable S- Edition with exclusive STI refinements - Take home a piece of JDM History! - 193KW EJ25 Turbocharged Engine - 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating - 17 Inch Alloy Wheels - Reversing Camera - Cruise Control - GPS Navigation - Xenon Headlights - Electric Sunroof - Bluetooth and many more. Audi's Flagship Dealership can offer you: - Just 5kms from the Sydney CBD & 7kms from Sydney Airport -

$15,880
Zetland, NSW

Dealer used
12 minutes ago

2008 Subaru Forester S3 MY09 XT AWD Premium Blue 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 225737 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

If you are after something cheap and cheerful, our range of Budget cars will get the job done. Budget cars may have covered a little more road in our beautiful country, or may have a few more blemishes, but nothing that affects safety. Budget cars often have a few more dents and scratches or show a little more wear and tear. But rather than spend the time and money to recondition them like we do with our Warehouse retail used cars, we pass the savings along to you.

$11,458
Mile End South, SA

Dealer used
12 minutes ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.5i-L CVT AWD Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 109575 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ADELAIDE’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT DEALER – 6 LOCATIONS 350 VEHICLES Our philosophy is simple, to sell the best quality vehicles at the best possible price. How do we do that? By hand selecting every vehicle and keeping our overheads down. * Established 1999 * We can come to you! Home and workplace appointments available. * Trade-in’s welcomed, all makes and models regardless of age or kilometres. * Finance available, same day approvals, both family and business packages. * Inter

$27,990
Morphett Vale, SA

Dealer used
17 minutes ago

2003 Subaru Forester X 5 Sp Manual 4d Wagon

$4,250Negotiable
Gorokan, NSW

22 minutes ago

2016 Subaru Forester 2.0d-l Continuous Variable 4d Wagon

$25,400Negotiable
Wheelers Hill, VIC

27 minutes ago

2008 Subaru Forester 79V MY08 X AWD Black 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 314898 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

`Quality vehicles at affordable prices`` We offer great service in finance with our partner Ezilend, past credit problems are ok, click here for no obligation pre approval. https://ezilend.com.au/p/ACSG We are a small family owned and operated business located in Western Sydney just off the M4 between Parramatta and Penrith. With over 15 years experience in selling and financing vehicles, we do everything required to provide a quality vehicle every time. All of our cars come with Roadworthy

$6,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
27 minutes ago

2000 Subaru Forester 79V MY00 Limited AWD White 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 165167 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2000 Subaru Forester 79V MY00 Limited AWD White 5 Speed Manual Wagon

$5,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
27 minutes ago

2012 Subaru Forester S4 MY13 2.5i-L Lineartronic AWD Grey 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 161630 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4

We have over 300 good quality cars at unbeatable prices, Auto or Manual, SUV or Wagon, Coupe or Convertible, Sunroof , Hatch or Sedan,Petrol or Turbo Diesel, 4x4 or 4x2 All cars are workshop tested, and optional parts and labor warranties are available . Trade-ins are welcome and we pay top dollars for them, and for interstate buyers transport can be arranged .Finance can be arrange at best rates for all customers. We are located in Western Sydney. Call us today for the best deal 02 9625 8

$21,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
27 minutes ago

2019 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i CVT AWD Blue 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 66791 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i AWD, Immaculate Like New Condition, Automatic & Subaru Warranty Until 2024 The highly sought after Forester, loaded with features & everything you want in your new car. Spacious, comfortable & low fuel economy are only a few things to say, also looks great in Blue! A few features are: Sport Alloy Wheels Reverse Camera Touch Screen Display Climate Control Cruise Control Heavy Duty Tow Bar Lane Departure Warning Pre Collision Safety System Plus so much mo

$33,920
Greenway, ACT

Dealer used
32 minutes ago

2008 Subaru Forester X 4 Sp Auto Elec Sportshift 4d Wagon

  • 131430 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Full service history. Great condition. Roof racks and tow bar. Road worthy certificate.

$11,200Negotiable
Whitfield, QLD

35 minutes ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.5i-L CVT AWD Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 43783 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Ever popular wagon with the powerful 2.5 litre boxer engine, six speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, sat nav, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, safety of AWD, alloy wheels, reverse camera plus more. Low 43000 kms, one owner with full service history. None nicer.

$31,977
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
42 minutes ago

2014 Subaru Forester S4 MY14 2.5i Lineartronic AWD Luxury Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 195297 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Limited Edition Subaru Forester Luxury auto AWD SUV Wagon in the ever Popular Bright Silver Mica...!!!! Yes this vehicle has the Leather Seats and Alloy Wheels and will pass any Test...!!!! Be Quick as it wont LAST...!!!!! We are Located in Western Sydney. We are a family run business and have been serving the Sydney area for over 45 years. We pride ourselves in only re-selling the best quality second hand cars. Every one of our cars come with a valid Pink slip / PPSR and Clear Title. All of

$14,980
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
42 minutes ago

2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i-L

  • 30056 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5I-L LUXURY AUTO AWD, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, 2.5L ENGINE, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, ONE PRIVATE OWNER FROM NEW WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY, DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL, REAR VIEW CAMERA, CRUISE CONTROL, PASSIVE ENTRY AND PUSH BUTTON START, LOVELY MOTOR CAR!

$35,990
Webberton, WA

Dealer used
47 minutes ago

2010 Subaru Forester S3 MY10 XT AWD Premium Blue 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 215498 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Top of the Range Subaru Forester XTP Premium Auto SUV Wagon in the Stunning Newport Blue Pearl....!!!!! Yes this vehicle has the Leather Seats, Sunroof and Sat/Nav and it will pass any test...!!!! Be Quick as it wont LAST...!!!! We are Located in Western Sydney. We are a family run business and have been serving the Sydney area for over 45 years. We pride ourselves in only re-selling the best quality second hand cars. Every one of our cars come with a valid Pink slip / PPSR and Clear Title. Al

$12,980
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
47 minutes ago

2011 Subaru Forester S3 MY11 X AWD Silver 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 200225 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Please enquire if you are serious, all of our cars are on line across all platforms with business details. If you see this car advertised, it is available. Just traded, pics will come when its in stock after detail and servicing. when you see pics, the car is here in stock. We are located 25 mins south of Adelaide CBD and we offer a new buying experience when it comes to purchasing a used vehicle. All of our cars undercover so rain hail or shine, you can come and see our cars in the

$11,999
Lonsdale, SA

Dealer used
47 minutes ago

Wanted: WTB Forester SG XT

  • 12 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Looking for what’s out there preferably another sg forester XT will consider a clean wrx

Free
Woodvale, WA

55 minutes ago

2011 Subaru Forester S3 MY11 X AWD Silver 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 214901 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

6 MONTHS REGO * FULL SERVICE HISTORY * AWD **PLEASE NOTE: Inspections & Test Drives are conducted via appointment only. To avoid disappointment and for us to offer the best possible service, please call text or e-mail prior.** This Subaru Forester is the ideal family wagon, with Subaru's famous symmetrical AWD it is versatile enough to venture down that bush trail to your favourite surf spot or scuba diving location on the weekend. This vehicle is in good condition inside and out. Complet

$11,997
Chevallum, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.5i-L CVT AWD Grey/280918 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 48000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Get pre-approved today with easy weekly repayments and quick approvals! We can have you approved over the phone without you even visiting the dealership. All of our vehicles come with our Zooper Protection Plan including a 7 Day money back Guarantee, 120 point safety check, Roadside assist and fixed price servicing. We also happily trade all makes and models. Please contact our team for an appraisal. We have access to over 2300 vehicles nationwide and are located in Townsville on the beautiful

$35,990Drive Away^
Garbutt, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2012 Subaru Forester MY12 2.0D Grey 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 120331 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Located 1.5 hrs from Melbourne down the South Eastern freeway, we are the largest non-franchise dealership in the Gippsland Region, locally owned and operated for over 30 years. We cater to country, city and interstate buyers and are able to conduct sales and value your trade-in via the phone or e-mail. We will also provide extra photos and additional information as requested to ensure an efficient and transparent sales experience. Finance and additional Warranty options are also avai

$19,990
Traralgon, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2020 Subaru Forester S5 MY20 Hybrid L CVT AWD Blue 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon Hybrid

  • 2256 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Amazing Hybrid Technology and legendary 4x4 performance combine in this near new ex-company demonstrator with Automatic Transmission, active Cruise Control, Reverse camera, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Alloy Wheels and so much more. Balance of New Car Warranty As a Multi Franchise dealer, we strive to give our Customers the latest and best vehicles Priced Perfect Every Time. Together with the after Sales service you would only expect from rom an Award-winning New Vehicle Dealership. If you

$43,990
Greenfields, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0d-s 6 Sp Manual 4d Wagon

$17,000
Casula, NSW

2 hours ago

2012 Subaru Forester X 4 Sp Auto Elec Sportshift 4d Wagon

  • 210000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Selling my Subaru Forester 2012 awd Auto. Car drives perfect and nothing wrong with the car. It got complete service records and car manual - allow Rims - cruise control - Bluetooth connectivity - multimedia steering - 2 original remote keys Its very comfortable to drive and maintained mechanically very well. Car is located in Devonport, feel free to ask any questions. Price reduced for quick sell, price firm Thanks

$9,800
Devonport, TAS

2 hours ago

2008 Subaru Forester MY09 XS Maroon 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 286988 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

"Travelled a few klms, Drives very nice. Representing great value. Newcastle dealer. Give us a call for all the details or drop in for a look and a test drive."

$5,900
Beresfield, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester MY18 2.5I-S Dark Grey Continuous Variable Wagon

  • 82453 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

STOCK NO.147735********WE ARE 100% ONLINE AND OFFERING FREE DELIVERY TO ANYONE IN METRO MELBOURNE********** You will see Carsales have placed the Certified logo on our listing onl ine to assist our local, country and interstate customers to buy with confidence online. Come in and visit Melbournes Cheapest Cars dealer. We have a lot of ca rs in stock. We offer: 60 minutes sign and drive loan approvals on all of our vehicles T.A.P. Top trade in deals. Dealership standard Tyre a nd Servic

$33,950
Moorabbin, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

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Overview of the Subaru Forester

Overview of the Subaru Forester

Subaru joined the 'soft-roader' SUV club in 1997 when it used the platform of its famous Impreza small car as the basis for the Forester.

The model has become the Japanese brand's most popular model in Australia, as well as being one of the country's favourite SUVs.

Currently into its fourth generation, an all-new Forester has been unveiled and is due in late 2018.

SUBARU FORESTER GENERATIONS (SINCE 2002)

2002-2008

2009-2013

2013-2018

2018 (September) onwards

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 5.9 to 6.4 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder petrol: 7.2 litres per 100km

2.5L 4-cylinder petrol: 8.1 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol: 8.5 to 9.3 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO SUBARU FORESTER

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: SUBARU FORESTER (2013 ONWARDS)

The first check with any second-hand Subaru is of the service record. These engines are generally tough but use small oil pathways, and when these block with dirty oil, terminal damage isn't far away.

Like a lot of modern engine designs, the 2.0-litre non-turbo petrol engine can also consume a little oil between services. Subaru is not on its own here, and it's a fact that the latest engines with their low-friction designs aimed at saving fuel can use some oil.

Similarly, with modern engine designs, a lack of proper servicing can lead to a build-up of sludge and even higher oil consumption. Check the service record for gaps and check the dipstick for thick, black oil that suggests missed oil changes.

Some owners also report that the CVT transmission can be slow to select gears - particularly reverse - from park. Subaru dealers have been re-flashing the on-board computer to fix this, but in some cases the delay gradually gets worse again as time and kilometres pass.

While the Forester is all-wheel drive it's not a heavy-duty off-roader, so make sure it hasn't been used as one.