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Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, SUV
#555 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [fjhandir]
May 12, 2007 (3:15 pm)
I currently own a 2001 Forester "s" premium. The car has been the wisest car buy I've made. That said, I'm about to sell it and buy a Toyota RAV4. why? One reason: the rear leg room in the forester is pitiful. This has never been an issue until now, but rear facing car seats don't fit in the forester unless you put it in the middle with the car seat protruding between the 2 front seats. Add one more child, and you must be able to fit the car seat directly behind a front seat. To my knowledge all Subarus (not sure about Tribeca, but we hate minivans) suffer from this problem. This is disappointing as I'd buy another subaru in heartbeat, but for some reason they make three vehicles (Legacy, Forester, Outback) all pretty much the same size. Very frustrating.
#556 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [sidious6688]
May 13, 2007 (12:06 pm)
I've found this to be an issue in just about every SUV I've riden in or driven. Did you try the car seat in the RAV4? I always take my car seats along when test driving just to check for this very thing! Good thing is those rear facing seats are temporary!
#557 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [sidious6688]
May 14, 2007 (7:12 am)
Tribeca's 2nd row slides fore/aft, like the RAV4.
The 3 row model has a release knob to let the 2nd row go back all the way - a total of 8". So it has room.
Once your kids are in boosters it won't matter, but I can understand why you'd be frustrated. The Forester is the only vehicle left in this class with a wheelbase under 100".
Having said that, the Impreza's new wheelbase is about 104" and I suspect the next Forester will be at least as big. They're in the last model year, so the design is dated and about to be replaced.
#558 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [caliberchic]
May 16, 2007 (3:54 pm)
I took the car seat with my to check out the RAV4, seat fits directly behind the seat with no issue. This is not surprising as it has 5 more inches in the back seat. Anyone know when the next generation Forester comes out? And if so, will it command a premium while its new? Sold my 2001 today - $8900. Thank you subaru Resale!
#559 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [sidious6688]
May 16, 2007 (4:13 pm)
2001 for $8900? wow!
how many miles did you have on it?
#560 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [kate5000]
May 16, 2007 (6:31 pm)
I had 90k miles. Keep in mind its the S premium version. I bought the vehicle new, had all records, serviced only at subaru dealers and kept it garaged. This was a private sale. After doing a great deal of research, I felt it was a fair price, especially considering excellent condition. Brand new brakes and clutch as well.
#561 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [sidious6688]
May 16, 2007 (6:58 pm)
I have 2001 S premium too (Auto), also serviced only at Subaru dealers and kept it garaged. It's silver color, very clean, has professionaly tinted windows. However, it got 167K miles on it
The bottom line, I'm advertising it for $6500 and only got a couple of calls and no shows so far. I'm dropping the price to $5900 come Friday.
#562 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [sidious6688]
May 17, 2007 (7:41 am)
I'm selling my '98 for $5550 and got 2 calls already, plus I'm showing it to one potential buyer at lunch today.
I also have all the service records and receipts, plus a clean CARFAX report I got, MPG records, the works.
I'll be pretty impressed if I can get $5 grand for it, given I only paid $19k 9 years ago.
#563 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [ateixeira]
May 17, 2007 (7:52 pm)
any takers? Mine got sold for $5700.
#564 of 617 Re: subaru forester or rav4 V6- a difficult call to make [kate5000]
May 18, 2007 (10:32 am)
Yep, sold it about an hour ago. Got $5500 for it, not bad for a '98.
Price was $5550 but he made a typo, and I was not gonna fuss over $50.
I only have the Miata now, so we'll be using my wife's car a lot until I find something new. Still waiting for the 08 Tribeca to show up in dealers, so far we've only seen manufacturer's plates on those.
If I don't love it, I think I'm just gonna throw in the towel and get a minivan.