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#3338 of 3625 2012 Forester 2.5x Premium - Cincinnati
Dec 26, 2011 (2:45 pm)
Purchase Date: 23/DEC/2011
Car: 2012 Forester 2.5x Premium w/ AWP
Color: Sage Green
Options: All weather floor mats, Auto-dimming mirror w/ compass, trunk and side cargo nets, wheel locks, cargo tray, splash guards, and bumper cover.
Dealer: Beechmont Subaru
New Car Price: $23,500 (took Subaru's 36 month 0% loan)
Other: $150 Doc Fee + ~$60 Tags/Licensing + tax (6.5%)
Highly recommend this dealer. We called and told them what we wanted to pay for the premium with AWP, but explained that we didn't want to pay for any of the dealer's extras. They agreed to our price and didn't charge us for any of the options. On top of that, they offered us $1000 for our old car. We went down that day and were in and out of the dealer in an hour.
#3339 of 3625 Price Paid 2012
Dec 27, 2011 (1:19 pm)
2012 Forester Limited w/nav options dimming mirror compass, Cargo net (wow) all weather floor mats (they are cool) luggage cover ( i thought they were standard) puddle lights, rear bumper cover, remote starter and rear camera...$ 29500 out the door..also negotiated 2 year 24000 free scheduled maintenance...
#3340 of 3625 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package
Dec 30, 2011 (1:35 pm)
We are being quoted $23,530 (not including $390 dealer handling fee and state taxes) for a 2012 Forester 2.5X Premium automatic with the following options:
- All-Weather Package (Heated Front Seats, Windshield Wiper De-Icer, Heated Side Mirrors)
- Aero Cross Bars
- Rear Bumper Cover
- Luggage Compartment Cover
- Splash Guard Kit
- Floor Mats, All Weather
- Auto Dim Mirror/Compass w/Homelink
Does that seem like a reasonable price? We don't need to get the best deal ever, but don't want to pay hundreds more than we should. The dealer seems unwilling to come down further. By way of comparison, Truecar.com says $23,069 is the best deal in our area for the Premium with all-weather package (that's the only one of these extras we're really interested in). The dealer says they could special-order one with only the all-weather package and match that price, but it could take 10+ weeks to deliver.
#3341 of 3625 Re: 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package [dfo]
Dec 30, 2011 (7:07 pm)
Just the premium with AWP, was 23300 by me so I took the deal at 23500 with all the extras. FYI-If you special order then you can't get their 0% or 1.9% financing.
Just an update. Had the car for a few days now and love it. It has plenty of power, the audio is fine, and 4 gear auto is super smooth. I'm was also really surprise at how quite it is. A few issues though. For the extra money I would consider the limited for the radio alone. Audio is fine, but the display is the worst. The limited has extra functionality with bluetooth. Also, car has some sounds/rattles and doors sound light and hallow. Nothing that really bothers me though. Overall, love it.
#3342 of 3625 Re: 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package [niftydan]
Jan 09, 2012 (9:49 am)
"FYI-If you special order then you can't get their 0% or 1.9% financing."
That's not true. I just got my 2012 Forester X Touring at 1.9%/63 month. I ordered it at the end of November an picked it up on December 30.
MSRP $29,481 (rear bumper cover, arch molding kit, mirror with home link & compass): paid $600 under invoice + got $890 over Chase's buyout price on my leased 2009 Forester X ("traded" to the dealer 1 month before lease end) + "Subaru Severe Weather Companion" kit.
#3343 of 3625 Re: 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package [ursus]
Jan 09, 2012 (10:25 am)
Agreed. The sales guy last year (2010) told me no 1.9% for more than 2 years so I used capitalone.com
When the manager went over everything he asked if I was offered the financing and said the sales guy was wrong that it could be up to 5 years
I used Capitalone.com anyway as good a rate if excellent credit
#3344 of 3625 Re: 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package [georged4]
Jan 14, 2012 (8:01 am)
Any suggestion on how to sell 2012 Subaru Forester with under 1,000 miles? I'm not happy with it. I found a cargo space much smaller than what we had in our sedan and that's very important since we take many long trip and carry with us lots of stuff. I'm also puzzled with a placement of gas tank leveler on the floor and right next to my left foo. It came apart after my second hike and before I even open it for the first time to pump a gas. I also found that a gas mileage is surprising low.
#3345 of 3625 Re: 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package [hiker89]
Jan 15, 2012 (8:26 am)
It's lower b/c you are probably in colder weather just like all of us.
1. Newer cars get lower fuel mileage initially b/c the car has to be worn in a little for the optimal mileage to take place.
2. Colder weather=worse fuel mileage
I've been getting 19 mpg in the cold weather in the 2012 Forester. Also, I think it has a smaller fuel tank than the 16.9 gallons that the manual tells you, so you're not wasting as much gas, I paid around $44-$45 at 3.62 and my tank was over 3/4 empty.
3. Yea, the placement of the gas tank opener is odd to me too but maybe you pulled it up a little too hard? Just a guess? But yea, that's not good. So, how are you opening the fuel tank now?
Not everything is going to be perfect with the car unfortunately, and that goes for any car.
#3346 of 3625 Re: 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package [hiker89]
Jan 16, 2012 (3:47 pm)
If you want to sell it, first make sure that any warranty issues are repaired, then, since you don't have any price guides at this point, look at the closest comparable 2011 on the guides and start your asking price at a little higher than that. My guess is that your top starting point will be 10% under the MSRP of the vehicle.
You'll have to balance how much your willing to lose on the actual price of the sale with the added cost of keeping each month you do so. In other words, if you financed it and have full coverage insurance, how much are those costing you each month? If you ask $24,000 and somebody comes along and offers $23,800 (or even $23,500) after several weeks with no hits, how much is that extra few hundred worth to you versus the chance you won't get another hit for a month or two?
That, and you know the first question all perspective buyers will ask is, "so, why are you selling it?" Keep it simple; coming out with "I don't like it" isn't going to put you into a good selling position!
#3347 of 3625 Re: 2012 2.5X Premium w/ winter package [hiker89]
Jan 17, 2012 (12:46 pm)
I'd keep it.
You mileage will improve as it warms up, and then again as it breaks in. I just took a road trip to PA and recorded about 4mpg less than a similar trip in warm weather last year.
Another thing - gas costs are a small % of overall ownership costs. The big one? Depreciation. And what holds its value well? The Forester.
A Fusion Hybrid (I picked an efficient sedan) would save you roughly $900 per year, but you'll probably lose $2000 in trading in a brand new car, so that eats up 2 years' worth of gas savings.
Just keep it, see if mpg improves. By a shelf'/organizer for the tall cargo area. Foresters really hold their value well, it wins all sorts of residual awards.
Gas is cheap.
Trading in a brand new car for another brand new car? Very expensive.