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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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Top2021 Subaru Forester MY21 Forester 2.5i AWD Wagon CVT (SK9CK3L) Crystal White 8 Speed

  • 21083 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto

Just arrived 2021 Forester 2.5i in Crystal White - Powerful 2.5i Direct Injected Engine - Symmetrical All Wheel Drive - Balance of New Car Warranty We are a Subaru Dealer located 30 minutes West of Brisbane.

$41,880Drive Away^
Booval, QLD

Dealer used
7 hours ago

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

  • 62837 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

***EOFY SALE ON NOW*** ***$2000 MINIMUM TRADE IN FOR THE MONTH OF MAY*** ***PRICED TO SELL, GREAT FINANCE OPTIONS*** ***DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY*** ***WALK AROUND VIDEO AVAILABLE*** IS THIS VEHICLE STILL AVAILABLE????? Yes absolutely, our s are only listed online when they are available for purchase, enquire now to speak with a consultant anytime between 8am - 8pm any day of the week. All vehicles are priced DRIVE AWAY with no hidden costs and are advertised as a SPECIAL INTERNET PRICE

$38,888Drive Away^
Pakenham, VIC

Dealer used
22/05/2022

Top2012 Subaru Forester MY12 X White 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 272971 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Facebook Special was $11,990 now $9,990 Payments From $46 per week*, Applying is Easy https://moneymartdirect.com.au/apply-now/ 2012 Subaru Forester, 272,971 Kms, Maual, Dual Front Airbags, ABS, Air Conditioning, Roof Rails, CD/Radio ? WE FINANCE YOUR FUTURE NOT YOUR PAST ! FAST APPROVALS FOR..... ? GOOD CREDIT ? BAD CREDIT ? UNPAID DEFAULTS ? CASUAL EMPLOYMENT ? SHORT TERM EMPLOYMENT ? SELF EMPLOYED ? ABN HOLDERS NO FIGURES NEEDED ? CENTRELINK SINGLE PARENTS ? CENTRELINK SICKNESS/CARERS ?

$9,990
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
24 hours ago

Top2013 Subaru Forester S4 MY13 XT Lineartronic AWD Premium White 8 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 150416 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2013 Subaru Forester S4 MY13 XT Lineartronic AWD Premium White 8 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

$23,207Drive Away^
Hillcrest, QLD

Dealer used
22/05/2022

Top2010 Subaru Forester MY10 X White 4 Speed Auto Elec Sportshift Wagon

  • 160624 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

"Automatic Forester in excellent condition with Feb 2o023 registration. Fantastic value. Be quick and dont miss it. Newcastle dealer. Give us a call for all the details or drop in for a look anda test drive."

$9,800
Beresfield, NSW

Dealer used
18/05/2022

Top2005 Subaru Forester 79V MY06 XS AWD White 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 146426 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

We are located in the heart of Ashmore on the Gold Coast. Top dollar paid for all trade-ins (any condition). This vehicle comes with a 12-month mechanical protection plan that can be upgraded to Platinum cover for 3 years, conditions apply. With on-site finance, available with over 20 different lenders, we can tailor package the right deal to suit your needs and budget. We also specialize in low-doc business loans & previous bad credit. For your convenience we also have the benefit of same d

$10,777
Ashmore, QLD

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2012 Subaru Forester MY12 X White 4 Speed Auto Elec Sportshift Wagon

  • 237098 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Service History with Books come with this vehicle Comes with all the Features you would expect from Subaru This vehicle has a Timing Chain not a Timing Belt Call today for a chat or email an enquiry ADELAIDE . . . Western Suburbs. Only 10 minutes from the city. Take a short drive to this family owned business for a great selection of quality used cars for all budgets. This vehicle is available from one of the oldest Independent Used Car Dealerships on Port Road Woodville. A

$11,999
Woodville, SA

Dealer used
4 minutes ago

2006 Subaru Forester CROSS SPORT Silver Automatic Wagon

  • 99000 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto

EJ20 TURBO/CROSS SPORT/FRESH IMPORT/REGO/RWC/1 YEAR WARRANTY - AUCTION GARDE 3.5 - 3 MONTHS REGO - 4 NEW TYRES - FIRST SERVICE WHOLESALE PRICES DIRECT TO PUBLIC PLATINUM WARRANTY OPTIONS / ROADWORTHY & REGO Located only 25 minutes from the CBD near Moorabbin AIRPORT Open Monday- Sunday 9.00am-6.00pm (Appointment Only) We are a family owned vehicle wholesaler offering only a limited range to the public. All our cars are approved for Platinum warranty with extended cover available up to

$16,999
Mordialloc, VIC

Dealer used
9 minutes ago

2005 Subaru Forester SG5 Cross Sports Silver Automatic Wagon

  • 59177 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4

Great example of a freshly imported 2.0L Turbo SG5 Cross Sport that is in excellent condition both inside and out which represents great value. This vehicle has passed our 100 points workshop inspection. Key features include: - Premium Leather Electric Seats!! - Nearly New Yokohoma Tyres!! - Heated Seats!! - Heated Windscreen Wiper!! - Momo Steering Wheel!! - Triptonic Gearbox!! - Very Low Kilometers!! and much more...... The price includes : - 03 Months Victorian Rego - 12 Months Warranty

$17,995Drive Away^
Braeside, VIC

Dealer used
9 minutes ago

2004 Subaru Forester Xt 5 Sp Manual 4d Wagon

  • 380000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Great car to drive, awesome for camping and pretty powerful. Some panels need some paintwork attention. Recently had a service at Subaru ultimate spares replacing wheel bearings etc. BOV, Kenwood head unit etc. 3months rego.

$3,200
South Hobart, TAS

11 minutes ago

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

  • 52369 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Just arrived!

$35,990Drive Away^
Moorabbin, VIC

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2016 Subaru Forester 2.0D

  • 159300 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

A great buy ! Automatic, diesel One owner garaged vehicle Complete service history Registration March 2023 Near new tyres , purchased September 2021 Towbar Floor mats , cargo mat Four slimline weather shields Bluetooth / cd Dual zone air con

$22,900
Bathurst, NSW

24 minutes ago

2018 Subaru Forester S5 MY19 2.5i-L CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 34737 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

**MASSIVE END OF MONTH 4 DAY SALE - $2,500 OFF!** WAS $41,750 - NOW ONLY $39,250 DRIVE AWAY! THAT'S RIGHT! THE DEALS DON'T GET ANY BETTER - STARTING THIS WEDNESDAY MAY 25th FOR 4 DAYS ONLY WE ARE TAKING A MASSIVE $2,500 OFF THE PRICE OF OUR ALREADY LOW PRICES ON OUR SELECTED QUALITY USED CAR STOCK. BEING THE BIGGEST FRANCHISE USED CAR DEALER IN VICTORIA WE HAVE OVER 250 QUALITY LATE MODEL USED CARS IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY NOW. OFFER ONLY AVAILABLE FOR CARS DELIVERED OR PAID IN

$39,250Drive Away^
Elsternwick, VIC

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

2018 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 2.0D-L CVT AWD Silver 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 119215 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Great log books, floor mats, roof racks. This silver 2018 Subaru Forester 2.0D-L S4 Automatic AWD SUV is in excellent condition and has only travelled 119,215 Kms. Features include:- - Reverse Camera - Cruise Control - Bluetooth - Drive Mode Selector - AUX/USB Inputs - 6 Speaker Stereo - CD Player - Hill Holder - 1418

$31,877Drive Away^
Moorooka, QLD

Dealer used
39 minutes ago

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.5i-L CVT AWD Special Edition White 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 70597 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

12 SERVICES IN ONLY 70,000 KLMS ALL AT SUBARU - SPORTS LUXURY LIMITED EDITION - ALL WHEEL DRIVE SAFETY! Not a misprint, this Forester has only travelled 70,000 kilometres and has already been serviced a massive 12 times with every one done at Subaru indicating just how well it has been loved promising reliable, hassle free and happy motoring. It comes with Limited Edition upgraded 17 inch sports alloy wheels, leather enhanced seats and trims, electric drivers seat, rain sensors, auto headlights

$29,999Drive Away^
Chermside, QLD

Dealer used
44 minutes ago

2014 Subaru Forester S4 MY14 2.0i-L AWD Ice Silver 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 150143 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Looking for a great vehicle with great size, AWD safety and performance, this 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0L will be the car for you. Complete service history at Subaru this is the one have. It is the perfect first car, second car for the family or just looking to update your current vehicle then check this one out. The Forester is known for its roominess and the fold down back seats make loads of room for you. This vehicle has been through our Franchise workshop for a thorough ins

$19,985Drive Away^
Capalaba, QLD

Dealer used
49 minutes ago

2003 Subaru Forester 79V MY03 X AWD Silver 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 389315 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

** WHOLESALE TO THE PUBLIC ** GOLD COAST ** - CD Player - Airbags - ABS Brakes - Central Locking - Immobiliser - Electronic Brake Force Distribution - Integrated Security System - Air Conditioning - Cruise Control - Grey Cloth Trim - Tow Hitch - Power Door Mirrors - Power Steering - 16" Alloys - And Heaps More! - Excellent Finance Package Offered - Trade In Welcome -* 12 Mth National Warranty Available - QLD RWC and Clear Title -* Excluding Government Charges Thank you

$4,999
Labrador, QLD

Dealer used
49 minutes ago

2013 Subaru Forester MY13 2.0D-S Silver 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 124738 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This Vehicle features: - With July 2022 Rego - Free full Australia wide dealer warranty included - Having only done 124,000km - Service history, owners books and spare key - Factory heated leather seats and sunroof - Reverse camera, Bluetooth and Navigation - Airbags and ABS brakes - Central Locking & Engine Immobiliser - Power Steering, power windows & icy Air Con - PPSR (Revs) Report, which identifies any finance debt and major accident history from a previous owner - RMS Authori

$19,999
Leichhardt, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2014 Subaru Forester MY13 2.5I-S Grey Continuous Variable Wagon

  • 178327 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

This Vehicle features: - With Aug 2022 Rego - Free 1 Year Select warranty included - Having only done 178,000km - Owners books and spare key but no service history, - Factory heated leather seats and sunroof - Reverse camera, Bluetooth and Navigation - Radar Cruise control - Airbags and ABS brakes - Central Locking & Engine Immobiliser - Power Steering, power windows & icy Air Con - PPSR (Revs) Report, which identifies any finance debt and major accident history from a previous own

$18,990
Leichhardt, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT PREMIUM TURBO AUTO GEM FINANCE FROM $88PW

  • 186000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

TURBO TURBO TURBO AUTO AND AN ABSOLUTE GEM LOADED WITH FEATURES AND LUXURIES 4 CYL VERY ECONOMICAL YET ZIPPY CHEAP ON FUEL REGO AND INSURANCES $24990 PLUS ONROADS OR FINANCE FROM AS LITTLE AS $88PW NEED FINANCE FOR SOME NEW WHEELS ? STLISH RIDES HAS YOU COVERED LOCATED AT 41 MOSS ST SLACKS CREEK OVER 100 CARS INSTOCK 2 FINANCE BROKERS ONSITE TO ASSIST WITH ALL YOUR FINANCE NEEDS STYLISH RIDES PTY LTD IS YOUR 1 STOP SHOW FOR ALL YOUR VEHICLE AND FINANCE NEEDS ! FINANCE AVAILABLE FROM

$24,990
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.5i-L CVT AWD Silver 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 71513 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

2017 SUBARU FORESTER S4 2.5i-L WAGON CVT 6 SPEED AWD (MY17) 1 PRIVATE OWNER FROM NEW WITH LOGBOOKS AND FULL SUBARU SERVICE HISTORY ! FEATURES: -2.5 litre engine -6 speed auto transmision -Bluetooth -Multi-function Control Screen -Driver airbag and driver knee airbag -Head airbag for 1st and 2nd row -ABS brakes -Brake assist -Traction control -Electronic stability -Hill descent -Hill holder -Rear camera -Voice recognition -Electric mirrors - and lots more !!!!! Our onsite Business Man

$30,990
Cannington, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2006 Subaru Forester TURBO AUTO GEM $9990 OR FINANCE FROM $65PW

  • 212000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

TURBO FORRESTER AT ITS BEST ! $9990 PLUS ONROADS OR FINANCE FROM $65PW NEED FINANCE FOR SOME NEW WHEELS ? STLISH RIDES HAS YOU COVERED LOCATED AT 41 MOSS ST SLACKS CREEK OVER 100 CARS INSTOCK 2 FINANCE BROKERS ONSITE TO ASSIST WITH ALL YOUR FINANCE NEEDS STYLISH RIDES PTY LTD IS YOUR 1 STOP SHOW FOR ALL YOUR VEHICLE AND FINANCE NEEDS ! FINANCE AVAILABLE FROM $88PW EASY TERMS ON A LARGE RANGE OF OUR VEHICLES VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL SPECS ON EACH VEHICLE www.stylishrides.com.au FINANC

$9,990
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 SUBARU FORESTER X MY10 4D WAGON AUTOMATIC LOW KMS 36 MONTHS FREE WARRANTY

  • 78780 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

This is a great example of the ever practical and reliable Subaru Forester, good on fuel, plenty of space and many great features including Free 36 Months warranty (Cover parts & Labour Australia Wide) Done only 78,000 KMS Excellent condition 4 Speed Automatic Transmission 2.5 L 4 Cylinder One owner since new Full log Book service history Up to date service Tinted Window ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

$15,486
Kenwick, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

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

  • 151491 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

2014 SUBARU FORSTER 2.5I LUXURY LIMITED EDITION MY14 4D WAGON 2.5L 4CYL CONTINUOUS VARIABLE GREY COLOUR *FRESH AUTOS OPEN 9AM -6 PM AND 24 HOURS 7 DAYS ONLINE * DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR (WITHIN SYDNEY METRO AREA) *DOOR TO DOOR VEHICLE DELIVERY SERVICE TO AUSTRALIA WIDE *EASY FINANCE PACKAGES APPROVAL AVAILABLE ONLINE * We do TRADE IN with FAIR PRICE. * Our dealerships is located in heart of Western Sydney, just a 2 min drive off from M4 and M7 motorways . * Yard 6 & 7

$20,990
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2005 subaru forester sti 6 speed stock standard 1 owner only 99000ks

  • 99123 km
  • Wagon
  • Manual
  • 4 2500

1 owner forester sti 1/05 model 6 speed manual sti Only 99000ks Very clean car Very rare factory blue Country car Genuine and original We are the jdm specialist Immediate Finance - We Can Help! Nationwide Warranties and Roadside assistance can also be arranged. Trade-ins always welcome! If you don't see anything that you like or you're after something a little different we can help bring that car in and have many more vehicles available We offer easy delivery Solutions Australia wide We are

$44,850
Haberfield, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2016 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 XT CVT AWD Blue 8 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 79990 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

* * * * * INTERNET SPECIAL * * * * * BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! If you are reading this, YES the car is available! Please call us Today or send an email for a quick response from our Friendly Online Sales Team. We have over 150 vehicles in stock available for immediate delivery. Manual or Automatic, 4x4 or People Mover, Van, Utility or Wagon, SUV or Convertible! Our Manufacturer Certified Technicians have personally certified this vehicle as meeting and exceeding our Quality Standards, giving you Pe

$36,450Drive Away^
Ferntree Gully, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

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

  • 120642 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

Located at the gateway to the Whitsundays! 2018 Subaru Forrester AWD Wagon! With a 2.5L petrol engine, 6 speed automatic, cruise control, reverse camera with sensors, dual zone climate control, one owner, full service history and 2x keys! In our State of the Art Showroom, we can provide you with all of your finance and insurance needs. We use Top of the Line Aftercare products to protect and maintain your prized new vehicle. Delivery available Australia Wide. Drop in and see us today! O’yeh!

$29,990Drive Away^
Mackay, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2010 Subaru Forester S3 MY10 2.0D AWD Premium Black 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 207104 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

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

$14,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.5i-S CVT AWD Blue 6 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 108546 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

2015 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5I-S AUTO AWD SUV ** FANTASTIC FUEL ECONOMY ** Presents beautifully both inside and out, Finished in stunning Quartz blue, Equipped with its economical yet reliable 2.5L engine coupled to its smooth 6sp automatic transmission & All wheel drive system for added safety and peace of mind. Loaded with features including its sleek styling, 18 Alloy wheels, Multi function control screen, Bluetooth audio + Hands free, Reversing camera, Satellite navigation (GPS), Electric

$25,490
Rockingham, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2003 Subaru Forester MY03 X White 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 351486 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.5L

BRADDON AUTOMART UNIT 4/277 CANBERRA AVENUE FYSHWICK, ACT, 2609

$5,990Drive Away^
Fyshwick, ACT

Dealer used
2 hours ago

  • Common FAQs
  • CarsGuide gave the Subaru Forester an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 with 95 expert reviews.The reviews span across several years and variants. Check CarsGuide site for more details.

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.