Last post on Jun 28, 2009 at 7:10 PM
You are in the Subaru Forester
What is this discussion about?
Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander, Wagon, SUV
#31 of 40 Re: Forester vs Outlander [1racefan]
Feb 21, 2006 (10:34 am)
If the Subaru dealer network in my local area was better, I may very well have purchased the Subaru. However, I believe no matter what brand the car is (even Honda), warranty issues will probably come up, and I don't want the added inconvenience of having to drive a long ways to get it to a dealer.
Well I hope for your sake that Misubishi works thru its financial issues and stays in business for a while longer
FYI, I've been a Subaru owner for 6 years now and during that time, I've only had to make 2 trips to the dealer for warranty work.
#32 of 40 Re: Forester vs Outlander [p0926]
Feb 22, 2006 (6:23 am)
"Well I hope for your sake that Misubishi works thru its financial issues and stays in business for a while longer "
My Outlander is out of warranty now, so I really don't care what happens to them. I plan to keep the car until it dies (will be used as a 3rd car for lake trips and bad weather driving), so resale doesn't concern me. Thanks to the internet, I should always be able to find any parts and instructions needed for repairs (and I am lucky to have been born with at least a little mechanical ability).
I just find it pretty sad that in my area, I can find 3 Mitsubishi (poor old struggling Mitsubishi) dealers within 15 miles of my house (in 3 different directions), but yet there is only 1 Subaru dealer, and it is 20 miles away in a crappy location.
I am glad that you have only had 2 warranty issues in 6 years (I really am happy for you, and not trying to be sarcastic). However, I have a relative that has had multiple issues in 3 years with his WRX. That isn't to say that I believe all Subarus are that way (again, I like Subaru), I just believe that with ANY make, it is a crap shoot with what you are going to get. I guess I am just a "glass half empty" kind of guy, so I try to buy my vehicles from dealers that are convenient to get to for any warranty work that may arise.
#33 of 40 Re: Forester vs Outlander [1racefan]
Feb 22, 2006 (6:51 am)
I agree that regardless of manufacturer, there's always a chance you'll end up with a However, I think you can minimize the odds of that happening by choosing brands with proven reliablity track records.
As to why there are 3 Mitsu dealers near your house but only one Sube, I can only hazard to guess that you live in an area that doesn't fit the Subaru demographic (either the snowbelt or mountains).
#34 of 40 if she hasn't ...
Mar 02, 2006 (8:08 pm)
made up her mind by now, it is just hopeless.
#35 of 40 Re: if she hasn't ... [explorerx4]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 02, 2006 (8:10 pm)
I dunno - I'm on a ten year replacement cycle and I spend a year or more kicking tires.
#36 of 40 For the past 12 months
Mar 03, 2006 (5:39 am)
my wife and I have been debating between the Element, New Grand Vitara, Endeavor, Trailblazer, and Tacoma (I know, all over the board with this group). Hoping to pull the trigger on something by July. Every time we decide on one, we change our mind.
#37 of 40 Re: For the past 12 months [1racefan]
Mar 10, 2006 (11:06 pm)
If you are a family of more than two, the element has poor passenger accomodations. room for only two and egress involving a complicated procedure of opening the front door and unhooking the front shoulder belt before opening the rear half door. High wind noise due to boxy shape, rubber floor is not truly waterproof enough to "hose out". Unimpressive fuel economy for a small 4 cylander engine. the intended demographic was the teenagers who instead bought scion XB's. I actually loved the concept but felt that it failed in execution. Sometimes when you go out on a limb, the limb breaks. My cousin has a trailblazer it's electrics fail if he drives through a puddle. The susuki is the favorite of people who tow their cars behind an RV. it has special features that make it an excellent tender. I have read that they are not very comfortable for a long trip. If you are going to tow anything big or plow snow you are limited to the trailblazer with its full size ladder frame or the more reliable tacoma. current incarnations of the endeavor and vitara may have a third row seat option but it will probobly only be tolerable for children. lastly, both mitsubishi and general motors are in dire staits and I'm sure their products will suffer.Good luck.
#38 of 40 Re: For the past 12 months [1racefan]
Mar 11, 2007 (10:10 am)
..all over the map.. consider Tacoma best choice given your list, I own one prior model, my seats lack comfort though.
Endeavor uses premium fuel $$$
#39 of 40 Re: Forester vs Outlander [1racefan]
Jun 10, 2009 (6:45 pm)
I bought my Outlander in 2003. I have driven it hard for 6 years and 144,000 miles. Not one thing has gone wrong with this car yet. I rented a Subaru Forrester for a week. It's not a bad vehicle but it has too much road noise while on the highway. The ride isn't quite as smooth as the Outlander either. I did like it but it isn't as roomy, smooth or quiet. Overall I would say the Outlander is nicer but they are very similar.
Jun 28, 2009 (7:10 pm)
In Top Gear Philippines' latest comparisons. The Subaru wins.