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#18000 of 18028 Thoughts on 2004 Forester Turbo automatic; 15,000 miles
Oct 06, 2006 (4:58 pm)
Versatility is my theme.
On a Saturday I took the Subaru up into the Jemez Mountains [New Mexico} on National Forester "roads." No, the Forester is not billed as an off-road banger [and it is not one], but it handled those "roads" [such as they are] with aplomb. You certainly wouldn't want to go there in, say, a Camry or Accord or Mazdaspeed3.
On the other hand, on the following Monday the Forester took a 300-mile trip to and from the Very Large Array via interstate and secondary [paved] roads -- mostly at extra-legal ["legal" being 75 mph] speeds with equal aplomb [quiet enough to enjoy Mozart on the satellite radio while drinking the hot coffee from McDonald's.
As a bonus for Continental Dividers, the turbo motor handles the 5,000-7,000 altitudes with nary a hiccup.
Complaints? Needs another gear on the auto box; brake pedal is way too soft; 91-octane gas. For all-round use, though, it's priceless.
#18001 of 18028 Re: Thoughts on 2004 Forester Turbo automatic; 15,000 miles [wfnaegele]
Oct 06, 2006 (8:48 pm)
I have made the same trip, without my Forester feeling at all sluggish, 80MPH, and it isn't a turbo, using that cheap(er) regular unleaded.