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| || ||2001 Subaru Forester Review, Richard T, From Los Alamos, Nm|
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| ||Model||Forester L|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||Rear legroom is insufficient if front seats are all the way back. While providing better acceleration, the standard transmission is very unrefined. You have to finesse the clutch to prevent "clunking" between gears and it bogs down of you slip the clutch in the least (plus, grinds slightly going into reverse most of the time).|
| ||General comments?||This car is and deserves to be offered at under $20k. I paid right at 19k with 10 miles (no k) on the odometer. I do not recommend going much over $20k with options and bells and whistles. This vehicle comes standard with power windows, AC, stereo and feels well-made. Buy the base model, maybe upgrading to auto trans if you don't like wrestling with a sensitive clutch, and upgrade the sterero and remote door locks aftermarket for MUCH less than dealer cost. I've heard that the painted panels and bumpers on the S model scratch easily, anyway.If you do feel like getting all the bells and whistles, which can exceed 25k, reaching towards $30k, consider spending a bit more and getting an RX-300.Expect a fun vehicle that is spirited, easy to drive, comfortable and basic and you'll be happy. Expect a luxury ride, a higher level of craftsmanship, great legroom, a quite cabin, and you'll be disappointed.|
| ||Previous car||It replaces our 2000 Lexus RX-300 (SUV), which was totalled 6 mo. after purchase. The Lexus is leaps and bounds better in almost all respects, but for 15 thousand less, I'll take my Subaru, thank you very much.||