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| || ||2001 Subaru Forester Review, Andy1016, From Toronto, Canada|
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Blue Ridge Edition
| ||Model||Blue Ridge Edition|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||-have to manually unscrew the brackets to remove|
| ||General comments?||I agree with other reviewers in that this car is not meant for off-roading, and is not meant to compete with the big SUV's. But if you want a safe, reliable, useful vehicle, the Forrester should be seriously considered. Compared to the Jeep Cherokee, this vehicle handles better, is more fuel efficient, and is just as good in bad weather.|
My wife and I purchased the car in May of 2001 and used the car on a cross country road trip during the late summer of 2001 - from Toronto to PEI and back.
We attached a hitch and bike rack to the back and loaded the cargo area with equipment. Was pleased with the amount of cargo room - with the back seats folded down, there was plenty of space, and with the outlet in the back, we had an electric mini-cooler plugged in to keep cold drinks and food. Despite the added weight - two mountain bikes and other cargo, there was plenty of power in driving through the hills and valleys of Quebec, and ample passing power when driving along the 2 lane highways.
The longest stretch of time we drove at one time was 8 hours, and was pleased with the lumbar support of the seats, and suffered no ill-effects from driving for long periods of time.
Have been driving it this winter and the AWD cuts through the snow without any problems, and the ABS works wonders when stopping on ice.
The only complaint I would have is the dog cage. I'm pleased with the amount of room in the back even with the back seats upright - there is plenty of room for our 80 pound golden retriever, but in order to remove
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