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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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TopSUBARU Forester XS PENSIONER FINANCE

  • 257011 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

4WD MANUAL DRIVES WELL PRICED TO SELL VALUE HERE DRIVES WELL PENSIONER FINANCE SOLE PARENT FINANCE YES WE WILL TRADE IN YES WE DO FINANCE WE ARE HERE TO MOOOOOOOOVE YOUR DOLLAR FURTHER!!!! OUR LOW OVERHEADS = LOW PRICES! THE SAVINGS ARE GREAT! We are the KING OF THE CHEAPIES! Our price range cars and a team easy to deal with will hopefully put the fun back in buying a car for you! With our big buying power and high turn over of cars you save $$$$$$ EASY ONSITE FINANCE! Our finance profession

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$4,999
Westcourt, QLD

Dealer used
23/10/2020

Top2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.0D-L CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 24328 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ADELAIDES LOWEST PRICES! 2017 SUBARU FORESTER S4 2.0D-L wagon - turbo diesel - awd - 4wd - auto - automatic - reverse camera - cruise control - bluetooth - dual zone climate control - 1 owner - white duco. Finance available tap* **The active Takata airbag recall check has been completed on this vehicle for your safety & peace of mind** Our team fully understand the importance of proper hygiene and are aware of the need to practice social distancing when presenting vehicles. The team a

$31,980
Enfield, SA

Dealer used
23/10/2020

Top2009 Subaru Forester S3 MY09 XT AWD Premium White 4 Speed Sports Automatic SUV

  • 160673 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Peter Warren Automotive Direct, is in South West Sydney and we are approximately 38 minutes from the Sydney CBD. We proudly present this 2009 Subaru Forester XT Premium Wagon with the Fun & sporty 4cyl 2.5L Turbo Petrol. WE OFFER ``CONTACTLESS PURCHASING`` • Virtual Video Presentations • Electronic payment facilities that will allow remote payments • All vehicles are SANITISED between each use ** • Disposable Gloves are provided for all test drives an

$14,990
Warwick Farm, NSW

Dealer used
16 hours ago

Top2014 Subaru Forester S4 MY14 XT Lineartronic AWD Premium White 8 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 148169 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2014 SUBARU FORESTER XT... SUNROOF, FACTORY BODY STI KIT, FOG LIGHT, 18 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, Revesb

$22,888
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2011 Subaru Forester S3 MY11 XS AWD White 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 166274 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*** DONT FORGET TO INQUIRE REGARDING YOUR PERSONALISED FINANCE QUOTE *** ABOUT US - We can tailor a Finance Package to suit your Needs and Budget! Our expert Business Managers will provide you with a Free Personal Borrowing Assessment giving you Peace of Mind without the hassle. We DELIVER Australia Wide, so Location is Not an Issue… We can send cars to anywhere in Australia including, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Moranbah, Emerald, Bowen, Townsvi

$15,990Drive Away^
Mackay, QLD

Dealer used
11 hours ago

Top2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY18 XT CVT AWD Premium White 8 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 76380 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2017 Subaru Forester S4 XT Premium Wagon with full service history and 2 keys. Comes with a host of features inc: Multi function Colour screen, Rear Camera , Full Leather , Satellite Navigation , Sun roof ,5 star safety rating , Lane departure warning, 18 Inch Alloys and so much more. Trade-ins are welcome and finance is available at great rates with fast approvals by our friendly team. Be quick...

$38,999
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
24/10/2020

2010 Subaru Forester S3 MY10 XS AWD White 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 199303 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

***We are located on the Mid North Coast of NSW a family owned business established for over 25 years. We can deliver to most places in Australia at a small additional expense if required. We specialize in New and Used Cars of all makes and models. Finance can be arranged on all New and Used Cars Thanks for looking at another of our fabulous selection of quality New and Used Cars.**** ***We are located on the Mid North Coast of NSW a family owned business established for over 25 years. We

$13,990
Taree, NSW

Dealer used
17 minutes ago

2007 Subaru Forester X 4 Sp Auto Elec Sportshift 4d Wagon

  • 176000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Good condition, selling due to upgrade

$7,000
Holland Park West, QLD

2 hours ago

2006 Subaru Forester X 4 Sp Auto Elec Sportshift 4d Wagon

  • 136000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This fantastic car was purchased this year off a family member of the original owner. The owner bought the vehicle brand new, was in his 70s and looked after the car meticulously. Not a dent or scratch to be seen, no signs of wear inside and out. It’s immaculate inside and out. It spent most of its life in the garage, and has with no signs of sun damaged at all as can be seen when inspecting the window seals, paint and interior. Interior is very clean and feels fresh with icy cold aircon. Engin

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$11,500Negotiable
Blakehurst, NSW

6 hours ago

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

  • 64235 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ADELAIDES LOWEST PRICES! 2018 SUBARU FORESTER S4 2.0D-L wagon - turbo diesel - awd - 4wd - auto - automatic - reverse camera - cruise control - bluetooth - dual zone climate control - 1 owner - white duco. Finance available tap* **The active Takata airbag recall check has been completed on this vehicle for your safety & peace of mind** Our team fully understand the importance of proper hygiene and are aware of the need to practice social distancing when presenting vehicles. The team a

$29,980
Enfield, SA

Dealer used
7 hours ago

2004 manual subaru forester *swap or sell*

  • 320000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

* June 2021 rego * 320xxxkms ( gets used as a forester should ) * fresh oil & k&n oil filter, changed every 5000kms using full synthetic * only ran on 98 * 21 inch lightbar in grill * brand new 31.5inch light bar on the roof * roof basket * near new tyres * paints rubbish has had alot of touch ups, as I said it gets used to get us in the bush to camp etc Needs front sway bar endlinks & drivers side rear wheel bearing Can send more pics if wanted Perfect car to get away in Swap for a commodor

Negotiable
North St Marys, NSW

8 hours ago

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

  • 33369 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ADELAIDES LOWEST PRICES! 2017 SUBARU FORESTER S4 2.5I-L wagon - awd - 4wd - auto - automatic - petrol - reverse camera - dual zone climate control - alloys - white duco - 1 owner - service books. Finance available tap* **The active Takata airbag recall check has been completed on this vehicle for your safety & peace of mind** Our team fully understand the importance of proper hygiene and are aware of the need to practice social distancing when presenting vehicles. The team are willing

$29,990
Cheltenham, SA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

2017 Subaru Forester S4 MY17 2.0D-L CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 151640 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

ADELAIDES LOWEST PRICES! 2017 SUBARU FORESTER S4 2.0D-L wagon - turbo diesel - awd - 4wd - auto - automatic - reverse camera - cruise control - bluetooth - dual zone climate control - 1 owner - white duco. Finance available tap* **The active Takata airbag recall check has been completed on this vehicle for your safety & peace of mind** Our team fully understand the importance of proper hygiene and are aware of the need to practice social distancing when presenting vehicles. The team a

$21,990
Enfield, SA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

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

  • 53922 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

``This beautifully presented 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i-l wagon, is outstanding value and offers great comfort and safety. Some of the many features include Great fuel economy, AWD, Sat Nav, Blue tooth connectivity, Rear parking camera & sensors. This SUV offers great value and is beautifully presented. The car looks stunning and comes with great comfort and safety features. Due to COVID-19, we've made a few changes to keep our easyauto123 family, our customers and our team, healthy and safe

$28,989
Seven Hills, NSW

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2016 Subaru Forester MY16 2.5I-L White Continuous Variable Wagon

  • 203874 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

If you didn't see the odometer you would think this was a brand new car on the lot. It is beautiful! Drives like a brand new Forester, great service history, no scuffs on the wheels, absolute gem of a car. We have great extended warranty options for peace of mind. Come in today and drive this one for yourself, you won't be disappointed. Price includes on road costs and is drive away. This established used vehicle outlet is locally owned and operated by long term residents P

$21,990Drive Away^
Earlville, QLD

Dealer used
10 hours ago

2017 SUBARU FORESTER 2.0L DIESEL TURBO AUTO

  • 41403 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2017 SUBARU FORESTER 2.0L DIESEL TURBO CONTINUOUS VARIABLE AUTO 12 Volt Power Outlet Dual Front Airbag Package Airbag Knee Driver Anti-Lock Braking Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones Adjustable Driver Seat - Manual Antenna - Roof-Mounted Shark Fin Type Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic Ambient Temperature Display Aux/USB Input Socket 17 Inch Alloy Wheels Brake Assist Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles Body Coloured Exterior Mirrors Bottle Holders - Front and

$25,999
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
10 hours ago

2011 Subaru Forester S3 MY11 XS AWD White 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 166274 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*** DONT FORGET TO INQUIRE REGARDING YOUR PERSONALISED FINANCE QUOTE *** ABOUT US - We can tailor a Finance Package to suit your Needs and Budget! Our expert Business Managers will provide you with a Free Personal Borrowing Assessment giving you Peace of Mind without the hassle. We DELIVER Australia Wide, so Location is Not an Issue… We can send cars to anywhere in Australia including, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Moranbah, Emerald, Bowen, Townsvi

$15,990Drive Away^
Mackay, QLD

Dealer used
11 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester MY15 2.5I-S White Continuous Variable Wagon

  • 226717 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Stunning Forester 2.5I-S ! ! ! Top of the range and Extremely well looked after ! 18 Inch Alloy Wheels with Good year tyres Tow bar Active Intelligent Cruise Control Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones Automatic Stop/Start Autonomous Emergency Braking Dusk Sensing Headlights Dust and Pollen Filter Electronic Brake Force Distribution Electronic Stability Program Forward Collision Warning Keyless Entry and Drive<

$17,715
Belconnen, ACT

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2006 Subaru Forester 79V MY07 X AWD White 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 202407 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

At High Quality Car Sales we are a locally owned and operated family used car dealership. We pride ourselves on giving our customers the best quality vehicle at the best low prices in Adelaide. We do this by keeping our overheads low so we can pass the savings onto our customers. We have our cars mechanically checked prior to advertising, we also offer a structural guarantee, where we can guarantee that the vehicle has not been involved in any major accident which may affect the structu

$8,990
Somerton Park, SA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2013 Subaru Forester MY13 2.0I White 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 170020 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Here at H&J Auto Australia we sell beautifully maintained and well presented cars. All of our cars come with 1 year of warranty and 1 year of road side assistance. This car is sure to please the most discerning buyer. The exterior is accident and dents free. The interior is as good as new and uplifting. The undercarriage and engine bay are spotless. with all prestige options.... Seriously a good car that will exceed all expectations when inspected...Ask about our easy term finance and ext

$16,500
Croydon, NSW

Dealer used
14 hours ago

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

  • 196095 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

The ever popular Subaru Forester Premium Turbo Diesel. Full documented service history, looks and drives fantastic and will not disappoint! Please call today to make a time to view! - LEATHER INTERIOR - SPORYT MANUAL - SUNROOF - 17 ALLOY WHEELS - SRS - AIRBAGS We are a South Australian family-owned business with 55 years’ car industry experience. All our sales professionals are fully trained and on hand to help you find the perfect car that suits your needs – friendly and h

$14,990
Gepps Cross, SA

Dealer used
15 hours ago

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

  • 49324 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2018 Subaru Forester S5 2.5i Wagon 5dr CVT 7sp AWD [MY19] CURRENT SHAPE SUBARU FORESTER READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!! WHY NOT DRIVE ONE OF THE SAFEST SUV'S ON THE ROAD? WITH AN ALL NOW UPDATED LOOK THE SUBARU FORESTER HAS NEVER BEEN SAFER OR BETTER LOOKING THAN EVER!! FEATURES INCLUDE 2.5 L SUBARU BOXER ENGINE REVERSE CAMERA APPLE CAR PLAY AND ANDROID AUTO SYMMETRICAL ALL WHEEL DRIVE EYE SIGHT TECHNOLOGY We are Perth's FAVOURITE Subaru Dealership! We are an Authorised S

$34,888
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
15 hours ago

2009 Subaru Forester S3 MY09 XT AWD Premium White 4 Speed Sports Automatic SUV

  • 160673 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Peter Warren Automotive Direct, is in South West Sydney and we are approximately 38 minutes from the Sydney CBD. We proudly present this 2009 Subaru Forester XT Premium Wagon with the Fun & sporty 4cyl 2.5L Turbo Petrol. WE OFFER ``CONTACTLESS PURCHASING`` • Virtual Video Presentations • Electronic payment facilities that will allow remote payments • All vehicles are SANITISED between each use ** • Disposable Gloves are provided for all test drives an

$14,990
Warwick Farm, NSW

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2005 Subaru Forester MY05 XT White 4 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 221926 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

With June 2021 Rego & 1 year Australia wide select warranty included! This Forester is a truly remarkable vehicle - Robust, reliable, durable, sporty & spacious car which was well looked-after by its previous owner. Surprisingly cheap to service. The drive feels exceptionally smooth & comfortable, combined with a 2.5L turbo engine, resulting in an overall natural, enjoyable yet powerful driving experience. This beauty is waiting for a proud owner to drive it. This 5 door 4x4 sports w

$7,920
Five Dock, NSW

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2015 Subaru Forester S4 MY15 2.0D-L CVT AWD White 7 Speed Constant Variable Wagon

  • 165489 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

We are located approximately 1 hour drive from the QLD border and just 25 minutes from Ballina Byron gateway airport on the far north coast of NSW Well looked after all wheel drive, turbo diesel SUV. Great service history and logbooks. This car has plenty of room and great fuel consumption. This car comes with 2 keys, reverse camera, Bluetooth (Phone & audio), dual climate control air conditioning, cruise control, paddle shifts, alloy wheels, roof racks, tow bar, electric windows and more.

$17,990Drive Away^
South Lismore, NSW

Dealer used
16 hours ago

Subaru forster luxury 2006 (REGO&RWC)

  • 163000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

I’m selling my Subaru forster 2006 luxury automatic,comes with REGO&RWC,there car is in really good condition no written off or accident history,just serviced the car couple days ago,welcome for inspection and test drive. Im slightly negotiable with the price please dont make silly offers thanks.

$6,599Negotiable
Rowville, VIC

16 hours ago

2008 Subaru Forester 79V MY08 X AWD White 4 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 159860 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Just Arrived!! Located at Easyauto 123 Hendra at 420 Nudgee Road, Hendra. Come on down and view Queenslands biggest range of quality verified prize range cars today. Due to COVID-19, we've made a few changes to keep our easyauto123 family, our customers and our team, healthy and safe. We’re taking precautionary measures and sanitising cars for the next person to use. Video chat car viewings and remote car finance support is available to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please enquire

$9,888Drive Away^
Hendra, QLD

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2002 Subaru Forester

  • 167000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2002 Subaru Forester, Low km 167000 Mechanical A1 long rego Only selling as we have to many cars

$3,990Negotiable
Ocean Shores, NSW

17 hours ago

2003 Subaru Forester MY03 XS White 4 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 131000 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Westside Car City 403-405 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing 3030 (Mel Ref: 203 D11) Mon - Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm PH: ********8140 OR 03******1177. We sell over 100 Cars p/mth, ALL CARS are from Victoria's Major Dealerships. No Frills, Discounted by thousands, Optional - RWC - Warranty.

$7,999Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
18 hours ago

2012 Subaru Forester S3 MY12 X AWD White 4 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 103498 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Vehicle is located in Perth WA 2012 SUBARU FORESTER XT WAGON * AUTO AWD * 2.5 LITRE # Please confirm all the above details with sales staff as we're only human & occasionally ``codes`` get entered in wrong. All vehicles receive a mechanical inspection. Finance is available to approved purchasers, The vehicle can be found North of the River., IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. We have over 80 vehicles in stock .Ute's , 4x4's, commercials & passenger cars. TRAD

$18,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
18 hours ago

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.