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#6266 of 18028 Foresters in Chicago
May 15, 2002 (2:20 pm)
Actually, the new Foresters have been passing through the train freight yard in Naperville which is west of Chicago. I walk past there on my lunch hour to see what's new. It's possible they are arriving but can't be sold until all the 2002's are sold out. I know I tried three years ago to buy a 2000 model in August, 1999. They were in the back lot of the local dealer, but the salesman refused to even show them to me. They said they couldn't sell them until all 1999's had been sold. It was six weeks until the salesman called me; by then I had bought a different car. Perhaps this is the policy of all the Subaru dealers in Chicagoland.
#6267 of 18028 recumbentdan...
May 15, 2002 (2:20 pm)
you should hook up with yellowbikedon here, another avid cyclist.
#6268 of 18028 03 Forester bit more refined
May 15, 2002 (3:11 pm)
I have a 2000 5-speed OB that I love. I do get the occasional teasing from my girlfriend though. I originally wanted to get a 2000 Forester until I drove the OB. I felt the OB was "smoother" to drive and the Forester was "sporty". I chose the compliant ride because of miles I put on a car.
My question. Do you guys/girls feel like the 2003-8 Forester's ride will be closer to that of the OB???
#6269 of 18028 $600 Over Dealer Invoice
May 15, 2002 (3:47 pm)
> If you can wait a few months, prices
> should come down,
Another post above stated one dealer was selling 2002s below dealer invoice, undoubtedly coming out OK because of incentives or holdbacks or some other financial arrangement. If the 03 Forester is going to drop $2000 in a couple of months, I'm inclined to wait. If its going to drop $300 - $400 in a couple of months, I'm inclined to bite now. My old beater has 136,000+ miles on it. Its a domestic so it could croak at any moment.
#6270 of 18028 Where is the brake dust?
May 15, 2002 (6:26 pm)
Maybe it is too soon to tell (only 1000 miles on my 2003 XS Premium, Java Black), but I don't see the brake dust collecting on my aluminum wheels - and I like it! My domestic car needs a thorough cleaning every week to rid the wheels of the black stuff, but not the Forester. Hopefully, this means that I will have long life on the brake pads!
#6271 of 18028 Thanks and Thoughts
May 15, 2002 (6:46 pm)
First, thank YOU!! Yes, you are all a nice group of people and I appreciate the warm welcome and the help to come. I will try not to be a pest.
Chicago - no Foresters??? Hard to believe. I am just outside of Milwaukee (North) and got a call from the dealer yesterday that two had come in on a truck. He said they were surprised & did not know they were arriving. Of course I did go to look at them. They had no prices but wanted to sell me one anyway. They received a gold and a silver and I want a white one. They are searching for one.
Today, the dealer called back to say the brochures had come in. I will go get one tomorrow so I can study it.
I also wrote to Edmunds and to MSN Carpoint to ask why they had no info posted. MSN nicely answered to say they were turning it over to their research team.
I am wondering as a lone 'senior woman' if I am getting a decent price quote. The dealer is quoting absolute straight MSRP costs all the way. I gave them the VanBortel printed web page and there is no discount of any kind. I am pondering this.
Oh, and yes they still have 2002's in stock. They did not have the 2003 on the floor but in the back. Would have given me a great deal on a 2002 but I have been waiting less than a month for the 2003 after test driving the 2002.
#6272 of 18028 Tailgate could be #13
May 15, 2002 (6:49 pm)
Is that the correct term? When you were listing the improvments, no one mentioned it. I must tell you that it lifts and closes like a dream. When I test drove the 2002, it was no where as easy to lift and close it. The 2003 I looked at seemed to literally "float open and close". I am just 5"2" and it was very nice to deal with.
#6273 of 18028 You want 03 Foresters?
May 15, 2002 (7:28 pm)
Go to Costco. That's right, Costco. I was there tonight and to my surprise and amazement there was a blue, 03 Forester XS on display with door open! Of course, my daughter and I went to town. Overall, I like it very much. Similar look as 02. Tons of head room. Definitely more room in the back seat. Like the dash very much, especially the brushed Al. Controls and compartments seem of high quality. Also liked the metallic "C" pillar. The only thing I thought to improve it might be to rake the windshield a little more to give it a little more sportier look. Definitely a winner (especially in red). BTW, this was in Danbury CT. Down the road is Colonial Subaru which claims to be the largest Subaru dealer in New England. Size counts?
May 16, 2002 (3:43 am)
Donna: It takes time to enter pricing data into the Edmunds system. Even then, keep in mind that there are very significant regional variations in how competitively Subies are priced. Best prices (best sales & highest competition) are in the northeast. You can expect to pay MSRP at many or even most dealerships around the country until maybe later in the summer.
While dealers will be talking about great deals on the 2002s, I'd wait if I were you. They aren't going to give those older cars away, and meanwhile the new ones really have a whole lot more to offer (better styling, lighter weight, better safety, more convenience, higher resale value, better content overall). You will get your best price in two ways: 1) check prices at several dealerships (not just the closest one) and let them know you are comparison shopping, and 2) just wait them out until the initial excitement subsides and prices come down a bit.
You're no pest. Ask for all the help you want.
May 16, 2002 (5:58 am)
I agree with Steve. Have some patience, those MSRP prices will not hold very long, especially with the competition out there (RAV4, CRV, Escape, etc). I expect the selling prices to drop to within $500 of invoice by fall.