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#86 of 225 Is this a good deal on an 06 Leftover?
Feb 23, 2007 (10:26 am)
I'm thinking of buying a leftover 06 Forester from a local dealer in northern Va. I've never owned a Subie before and have been reading these posts for a couple of weeks. I got the info below off the local dealers website and this looks like a fair deal to me. What do you experts think?
Leftover New 2006 Subaru Base Forester auto, blue
X Wagon, Auto. Trans. Regal Blue Pearl, Gray Cloth.
Options: tweeter kit, floor mats, cargo net rear vertical, rear bumper cover, cargo tray, auto dimming mirror/compass
MSRP $23,740, Invoice $22,169, Internet price $18,564.
#88 of 225 Re: Is this a good deal on an 06 Leftover? [crazedcommuter]
Feb 23, 2007 (12:47 pm)
Good price *IF* that includes freight.
If they charge extra for freight, the fitzmall.com price is better. It's in Rockville, MD next to White Flint, not far from NoVA.
If you go there look for Maurice, tell him "juice" from Edmunds sent ya. My family has bought about 5 Subarus there.
#89 of 225 Re: Tires [bankerdanny]
Feb 23, 2007 (7:54 pm)
I don't find my OEM tires bad in snow. Juice is right, if you really want good snow performance get some snow tires. AWD doesn't overcome the limitations of all season tires.
#90 of 225 Re: Is this a good deal on an 06 Leftover? [ateixeira]
Feb 23, 2007 (8:18 pm)
Thanks Juice. The price does not include freight, so I'd add another $625 on top of that. I may go to Rockville on Sat. My son plays soccer at the Sportsplex in Frederick. Hopefully, I can swing by before or afterward.
And yes, dedicated snows make a huge difference. I have dedicated snows on my '05 Scion XB and it pulls great in the snow. I passed by the hulking SUVs that were spun off the road in last weeks storm.
#91 of 225 Re: Is this a good deal on an 06 Leftover? [ateixeira]
Feb 25, 2007 (5:40 pm)
Can you give me some Subaru info? This is the 1st Subie that I've researched. How will the Forester do as a daily commuter vehicle? I drive about 115 miles daily down to the DC metro area from the Winchester, Va. area, so I guess the auto tranny is the way to go for the stop and go traffic situation. How is the ride, reliability, MPG, regular maint. costs, etc.? Thanks for any info you can provide for my research.
#92 of 225 Re: Is this a good deal on an 06 Leftover? [crazedcommuter]
Feb 26, 2007 (10:09 am)
I have a '98 Forester and work in DC, so I think I'm uniquely qualified to answer that question.
Mine has averaged 25 mpg in its lifetime, though yours is an auto the EPA ratings are actually higher.
It's a comfortable vehicle, you may even want to splurge and get a model with heated seats, since it gets cold in DC, and you also get heated mirrors to melt away the ice and even keep them clear in the rain.
Ride is good, and the wheel travel is great for pot-holes. I take Canal Road and the Clara Barton Parkway and the pavement is in poor condition due to the snow/ice, so I've been using the Forester instead of my Miata that I use primarily in the summer.
Maintenance is like any other vehicle, the only difference with AWD is that you have a rear differential that needs its oil changed every 30k or so (60k at most). Not a big deal, just 2 bolts to remove, one quart of 75w90 oil that you can get at the local parts store for a couple of bucks.
e-mail me and I'll give you some more details. Use my handle and then add ifc.org to the end of it. I think you'll be happy with one.
Feb 26, 2007 (6:45 pm)
Thanks for the feeedback on the Forester. I'm not sure if I want to go with the manual or auto tranny yet. Since my wife is totally loathe to driving a stick I may opt for the auto. How do you fare with the stick in the DC traffic? II commute from Winchester to Chantilly straight down RT 7 to 28. Once a week I go to Arlington. Is the Subie seat comfortable for long periods? I feel that I need a vehicle more substantial than my Scion XB. Pot holes and mounded snow have beaten up the Box in the past, but I really do like the MPG.
Anyway thanks for your input and assistance with the Forester.
#94 of 225 Re: Forester Questions [crazedcommuter]
Feb 27, 2007 (7:59 am)
Auto is better for city traffic. My left knee can get sore on a really bad commute, gotta admit.
Plus, if the wife ain't happy, noone's happy, right?
#95 of 225 Re: Forester Questions [crazedcommuter]
Feb 27, 2007 (4:00 pm)
I second the auto. As much as I loath autos I went with one for my 05. Much nicer for commuting. Portland traffic isn't far behind DC traffic. I've still got my Miata and truck for rowing my own gears.