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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#720 of 3516 Got much better deal!
Jun 16, 2005 (6:34 pm)
Frank and juice, thanks for the encouragement but as much as I did the research I had missed the great rebates on 2005s this month. My brother in law thought he had heard of low prices on 2005 Subarus and made calls and discovered that for $3000 more I could get a 2005 LL Bean. I called the original dealer Monday morning explained this and asked what their prices were explaining that I was considering buying a new car instead of the 2004. Manager was too busy said
he would call me back in half hour but never did until late day and I was out. Next morning I called and learned that their own real post-rebate price on new Forester was $24300, and not the 27,000 he had originally quoted me.
I had been getting quotes as low as $23,100 on the LLBeans
from other areas. But this dealer already had my deposit and I decided that I would just take the one for $20,500. But with 21,000 miles and not certified
I wanted my mechanic to look it over. Dealer went bonkers and accused me of not trusting them and then said they had "bent over backwards" (never a good thing to hear from a sales person or an attorney) told me they had just changed the oil! and put in a new oil filter!....Heaven forbid I trust my own loyal mechanic over this dealer I had known for less than an hour heh? Anyway they got very unpleasant, the owner's daughter got on phone and told me I HAD to make a decision. I told her I had I wanted the car to be looked over by my mechanic. She agreed to it. They had already said two things to me that should have been large red flags the day I left deposit: manager said "you are getting great deal on this 2004 we are only making $100 over what we paid for the car"...and "Don't tell anyone what you paid for it" I laughed at the time and asked why not? I was told that it was "such a good deal" they didn't want people coming in expecting to do as well. Counter intuitive to me, good deals bring customers so I knew it was a sales line but didn't realize that they make more on a used car and wanted to get rid of this 2004. I cancelled order and got money back.
I know I should have realized they had the bill of sale for the Brooklyn
Bridge in their pocket for me but I was worn out. Buying a vehicle is very stressful and tiem consuming. I will be picking up a brand new 2005 LL Bean Forester tomorrow for $23,690 from dealer in Conn. I would not buy a postage stamp from the dealer of the preowned one. So for $2190 more than the 2004 XS Premium with 21K and only 16 months left on warranty, I have brand new LLB which has more features. I didn't bargain much, probably soemone could have done a few hundred better? But I am satisfied. I will post when I have the Forester. I just have to decide, crystal grey, green or white. Thanks all, Genga
Jun 17, 2005 (12:02 pm)
Sounds good to me. Those are very, very well equipped, too.
#722 of 3516 pricing on the X
Jun 21, 2005 (7:27 am)
I didn't know about this forum until after I bought my Forester yesterday!
In any event, I paid 18995 + fluff stuff for a 2005 X Auto with no extra options. (NJ)
Being a first time Subaru owner, I am not sure if this is a good price - I just hope it lives up to its rave reviews.
Jun 21, 2005 (10:30 am)
Great price for an auto, no doubt. Enjoy it and stick around.
What color? Options?
#724 of 3516 2006 Forrester 2.5XT Ltd. Automatic
Jun 21, 2005 (4:51 pm)
Hello all - - I was quoted 27800 for this auto? Does this sound like a good deal? I know, I could get a n 05 at a really-really-really good price, but my wife liked the 06 styling. Out the door cost including all taxes will put this puppy near 30K. This price seems high to me for this class of auto, am I just cheap(this is your invitation to bash me)? This auto does compete with the RAV and CRV, right?
I was leaning more toward the toyota highlander but my wife really likes the Forester. My compromise is that we get the Turbo! I test drove the X with premium package, it seemed good enough in terms of power. The salesman claimed the car would have more power after it was broken in; truth or fiction? I'm hoping that the turbo model will provide more power without it having that harsh feeling I have heard about. I'll take the Turbo out for a test drive this weekend.
Anyone else have the new 06 XT? Thoughts...
#725 of 3516 Re: 2006 Forrester 2.5XT Ltd. Automatic [mactel]
Jun 21, 2005 (7:33 pm)
That sounds like a pretty good price for a brand new loaded 06. And yes it is several thousand more than a top of the line CRV or RAV4 but then you get a lot more for you money The X has decent power and is more of a direct competitor with them. But once you test drive the XT there's no going back and performance wise, the CRV and RAV4 aren't even in the same class
Jun 22, 2005 (8:36 am)
You might have the first '06 on the block, and that is the price you'll pay to have the hot new model. 230hp is a number no competitor can touch. Factor in the equipment levels and the size of the moonroof and it's in a class by itself.
If you can wait, prices will come down, but right now I think that's par for the course.
#727 of 3516 pricing on the X - juice
Jun 23, 2005 (7:57 am)
Its the base car in the grey color. They had one silver XT and a couple of red Xs. The inventory on the 2005s seem to be paltry at this time of the year.
Being my first Subaru, my only concern is the reliability/longevity. I've always had Hondas in the past with excellent results - just routine maintenance pretty much guarantees reliability and longevity.
thanks for your kind words.
#728 of 3516 July Rebates On 2005 Forester XT
Jun 25, 2005 (7:05 pm)
I'm getting ready to purchase a 2005 Forester XT this week. The current rebate on the 2005 XT is $1,750 (down from $2000 in May). What do you think will happen in July? Should I wait till Friday (July 1) and take a chance the rebate will be increased to try and move the XT models off the lot? Or just bite the bullet and buy the Forester with the $1,750 rebate.
BTW: The kids just graduated from college so in April we purchased a 2005 Forester XS for my wife to drive. We are very satisfied with the XS and would probably get another except the only ones in our area have a sunroof ... and I'm tall enough that my head rubs against it! So the dealer has an XT without the sunroof and who can deny the joy of the extra power to a guy in mid-life crisis?
#729 of 3516 2006 Forester 2.5XT Limited -- $ 27,703
Jun 26, 2005 (10:33 am)
Price paid for a 2006 Forester 2.5XT Limited, Crystal Grey Metallic: 27,703+TTL
MSRP is 29,290
I was told I paid 375 over invoice. I bought this car via a credit union service. Once I found the auto I wanted they searched for it finding the lowest price. I spent a total of maybe 15 minutes total on the phone talking to my credit union's auto buying specialist. I gave her my auto details on Friday and my new FXT was delivered to my home at 9am on Saturday. Paper work took about 30 minutes and then the keys were turned over to me by the delivery person.
The only downside about this method of auto purchasing is that the auto had more miles on it than I originally expected, since it was driven from the dealer that is not very close to my location. Other than that, the whole process was painless. I know I could have gotten a better deal on a 05 FXT, but my wife fell in love with the little changes the 06 received. Since we plan to keep this car for the long term, we decided we better get the one we really liked. Plus, an another member said, we are the first on the block with an 06 FXT.
After my first 100 miles, I have no regrets buying the FXT, albeit I have not filled up the gas tank with "Premium Fuel". I had thought about using mid-grade fuel, but the manual says to us regular fuel only if premium is not available. I know others have used regular gas in there FXT but I don't want to take a chance.
Handling seems great. Power is amazing (seems like i have a V6 under the hood). Ride height seems just right. I love the turbo and my wife loves the size of the car. She is just glad we did not go with my original intent of buying a highlander. I'll give a more detailed review after a couple of tank refills. I hope I did not pay too much, but that is a moot point because the contract is signed and the car is my garage.