2007 Subaru Forester Consumer Reviews

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2007 Subaru Forester
3.8
Average based on 18 reviews
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Great car for me

by from Nashville, TN on March 23, 2012

I bought my '07 Forester new. I've always maintained it and it's been a great car. I like that it has a little more elevation than a sedan. I can fit everything I need to in it or on top of it. The ga...
I bought my '07 Forester new. I've always maintained it and it's been a great car. I like that it has a little more elevation than a sedan. I can fit everything I need to in it or on top of it. The gas mileage is good and I'm hooked on the AWD. I feel so much safer in wet weather and on the highway. The only negatives are the road noise and the shocks/suspension. I wish it has a smoother and quieter ride. It has a lot of utility in a small package. At over 70k miles, I've never paid for a repair, only maintenance.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Best Car Ever!

by from Vestal, NY on October 1, 2012

This is my second Subaru Forester and the first one (a 1997 model) is still running with over 200,000 miles. The 2007 model has lots of extra features plus a smoother ride and sleeker design. Great fo...
This is my second Subaru Forester and the first one (a 1997 model) is still running with over 200,000 miles. The 2007 model has lots of extra features plus a smoother ride and sleeker design. Great for the family and very comfortable on long trips. Love the heated seats and AWD in the wintertime. Best car ever!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Forester 2007

by from NYC on December 3, 2012

Love the way the car handles. Its quick and feels great on city potholes. Feels great on turns and curves. I really notice the breaks in wet weather did a few test hard stops and it responded very wel...
Love the way the car handles. Its quick and feels great on city potholes. Feels great on turns and curves. I really notice the breaks in wet weather did a few test hard stops and it responded very well.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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The best of many cars that I've owned!

by from Portland, Oregon area on January 27, 2007

The 2007 Forester XT (turbo) is little-changed from the 2004 that I still own. When looking for a new car in 2003, I wanted a high-performance sports car, but really needed an SUV... room for occasio...
The 2007 Forester XT (turbo) is little-changed from the 2004 that I still own. When looking for a new car in 2003, I wanted a high-performance sports car, but really needed an SUV... room for occasional additional passengers, good ground clearance, and lots of cargo space. Other requirements: reliability, precise steering & handling, excellent visibility, good build quality, decent fuel mileage, reasonable cost... virtually impossible to find all these things in any one vehicle. There's no other SUV that has the performance that this offers, with the exception of the 450 horsepower Porsche Turbo Cayenne, which costs around $100,000, weighs twice as much, and isn't as much fun to toss around on the road. I would have liked an automatic, but - if you have a dynamic driving style - Subaru's auto is awful... sluggish, balky, unrewarding. With a good auto - such as in the Honda Accord - if you want a bit more scoot, gentle pressure will induce a smooth downshift. But this Subaru's auto resolutely refuses to downshift under pressure until you floor it. It thinks for a moment; then blasts off with the turbo in full song... not a graceful transition. The 5-speed manual is good, but needs one more gear. The turbo engine demands premium gas; my 2004 gets about 19 miles/gallon around town, 22-25 MPG on the open road. Some of the so-so mileage is due to the friction of the all-wheel drive, which I wouldn't want to give up. The capacity for maniacal acceleration is intoxicating. Torque is prodigious. Once I hit 5th gear on the interstate, there's no more shifting unless the road gets plugged up. Even passing on a long, steep uphill grade can be a 5th gear proposition. I have to force myself to drive "reasonably." The 2007 Forester has somewhat "taller" gears that minimally reduce acceleration, while improving fuel mileage a bit. The structure is tight. No rattles. The handling is a compromise; the car can be made to corner flatter, but then it wouldn't have the superb control that it has on rough roads. The strong structure, air bags and other design features make this the safest small car you can be in if you have to get into an accident. Its many other convenience items, reliability, and lack of pretence help make this the best vehicle (of many, including Mercedes and BMW) that I've ever owned.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Best Vehicle I have owned

by from Hickory, NC on March 2, 2016

Great car runs good, handles good, gets great gas mileage. Has good lines, interior in good shape for age. The price was very fair.
Great car runs good, handles good, gets great gas mileage. Has good lines, interior in good shape for age. The price was very fair.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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subi fan

by from nj on May 30, 2014

this is my second forester (first 95) and just recently bought 2014 xt touring. only thing I dont loke is tje ground clearance it fells like im driveing in a sports car but I am fixing that with a lif...
this is my second forester (first 95) and just recently bought 2014 xt touring. only thing I dont loke is tje ground clearance it fells like im driveing in a sports car but I am fixing that with a lift kit. it handles great off road and throuh mud. took it in a 2 1/2' deep hole filled with water and had no problem awd is great in snow just wish I could spin out a little easier without using the e-break so much
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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2.5 XT Limited is a powerful small suv!

by from California on January 8, 2008

I read the 2 negative reviews, but they must be reporting on some other vehicle, the forrester is a very solid, dependable, comfortable car. I'm 6' 1", and i can actually stretch out, although barely,...
I read the 2 negative reviews, but they must be reporting on some other vehicle, the forrester is a very solid, dependable, comfortable car. I'm 6' 1", and i can actually stretch out, although barely, in our forrester. The only complaint I have is the road noise is worse than i expected, but only when we are on rough roads, on smooth roads it's quiet, but i expected it to be. However, the good news is i get better gas mileaage than rated, and i can use 89 octane, instead of the 91 octane Subaru recommends. They recommend it to give a power boost, but since i don't drive it hard the 89 works just fine, even in the mountains. The things to take from the negative reports is don't to be pressured into a sale, make sure you have really researched the new vehicle you are going to buy, test drive several, and then take some time off before you make that all important purchase.
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Does recommend this car

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Why I loathe this car

by from Salt Lake City, UT on December 17, 2013

I needed to get a newer used car and Subarus seemed a good bet. I test drove a bunch and this one seemed to fit the bill. But I had not bought a car in 10 years and was not as attentive to certain thi...
I needed to get a newer used car and Subarus seemed a good bet. I test drove a bunch and this one seemed to fit the bill. But I had not bought a car in 10 years and was not as attentive to certain things at the time. The pros on this car are the AWD - Subaru makes one of the best - and its reliability. The cons are what I found out after driving over time and with practical use. To start there is very little legroom in the back seat. Also you cannot fit more than two people in the backseat - the middle section is only for a tiny child at best. Space in the rear trunk area is limited. Subaru uses cheap materials and little soundproofing so road noise especially on the highway was quite loud. In addition there was something wrong with the drivers side door (the windows are not surrounded by the door) as a lot of wind noise penetrated through. It was impossible to hear the radio/CD once over 50 mph without turning it way up. To top it all off apparently there was a known issue with the fuel pumps and at about 60k miles they would start emitting a high pitched whining noise. I got the car at 60k miles and one day within a couple weeks of getting the car my wife asked me what was that noise? At first I hadn't noticed it but once I did it was impossible to drown out. It was maddening! It's worse in the cold. I researched it online and Subaru knew about it and fixed it on the 2009 model. Everyone else was stuck! At this pointed I loathed the car but I was stuck with it for 2 years until I could replace it. I will NEVER buy another Subaru again!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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07 2.5XT Limited 5spd

by from Chicago, IL on December 3, 2008

I purchased the car new in March of 07 and after 3 months and 6800 miles, third gear stripped on me. I understand cars have issues and things do break, but Subaru tried denying my warranty. They pulle...
I purchased the car new in March of 07 and after 3 months and 6800 miles, third gear stripped on me. I understand cars have issues and things do break, but Subaru tried denying my warranty. They pulled out a Service Bulletin, something the general public will never see, and showed me that Subaru denies warranty claims on manual transmission cars equipped with the factory turbo. I was told by the service manager that Subaru was basically tired of warranting transmission rebuilds because it happened so often and after alot of research and asking around, he was right. Took me about a month of complaining and writing letters to corporate that Subaru decided to goodwill the repair. Goodwill!! Only because we have had other Subaru's in the family, i'm still very much disappointed with them. The 5speed transmission used on the XT is the same gearbox fitted to WRX and the previous Impreza 2.5RS which is plagued with syncro issues and brittle gears. Instead of rectifying the issue, they pin it on their customers and move on like nothing ever happened. In November of 08, it happened again and second gear stripped on me. Having gone through it prior, I ended up paying for a rebuild through a trans shop and traded it in days later. I did love the car and the brand. It used the same chassis, drivetrain and other misc parts from the Impreza/WRX. It was a blast to drive, had the power when I needed it and was a great looking car with bold lines. The stock Yokohama Geolander tires performed so so in light snow. It did have a tendency to hydroplane when braking where snow accumulated over a wet road. After about 6 months the car seemed to come out of alignment. When the car made right turns, the steering wheel would be offcenter about 5-10 degrees to right and when you made a left turn it centered it again. The car went through 2 alignments which did nothing to correct the problem. After speaking with other owners with the same issue, its speculated that it might be caused by soft steering rack bushings. I was a huge Subaru fanatic but this last purchase left a very bad taste in my mouth. If you do end up buying one, watch yourself. Make sure to keep all reciepts for any work including oil changes done outside of a Subaru service center and make sure any concerns you contact Subaru service with is documented for possible future warranty claims.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Worst car I've Owned

by from Northern Virginia on April 30, 2011

While its predecessor, a 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton wagon (manual transmission), was the best car I've owned, this one was the worst. It had about 30,000 miles on it when I bought it. Since that day,...
While its predecessor, a 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton wagon (manual transmission), was the best car I've owned, this one was the worst. It had about 30,000 miles on it when I bought it. Since that day, it had one thing or another go wrong every few months--fuel system, electrical system, emissions system--having to be towed twice, during the additional 50,000 miles I owned it, as if it rode under a dark cloud. That's it. I've jumped brands.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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