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Old 04-05-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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Depending on when you're going to purchase the Forester may have an improved mileage score in the future. It just depends on how long you have.

This year the Outback/Legacy received a CVT (continuously variable transmission) which jumped their mileage. Good chance that the US export Forester will gain the same during their next "refresh". Someone posted on another site that the 2011 Subies will start arriving in dealerships this summer (that's a rumor, I don't know) so it mightn't be that far off.

I just bought a new Legacy 4 months ago and a good friend has a year old Forester. She was suprised at the differences in the two (not just the visuals-mine is a Limited, hers is a "base"), particularly in the gas mileage.

The sticker for my Legacy shows 25/32 and I've been getting at least that, and mine just turned 4,000 miles last week.
The Forester isn't due for a major refresh for another two years or so. Next up will be the Impreza and the Tribeca.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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The Forester isn't due for a major refresh for another two years or so. Next up will be the Impreza and the Tribeca.
The Impreza was just refreshed in 2008. I have an 09 Impreza GT.. nice fast car.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:38 PM
 
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The Forester isn't due for a major refresh for another two years or so
Major refresh I know isn't due yet, but I don't think that would be necessary to slip in the CVT. And it would definitely up their CAFE averages.

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Next up will be the Impreza and the Tribeca.
Why bother doing the Tribeca for the couple of hundred they sell per year.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Pompey, NY
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We cross-shopped the Subaru line while looking for our new vehicle. I do like the way they handle, but the naturally aspirated engines are rather underwhelming, both in refinement and power, especially with the CVT. We wound up buying a 2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI, with the six speed manual. Much more refined, powerful and better finished to boot. I expect to get twice the fuel mileage as well, along with a $1300 federal tax credit. As far as price, the VW dealer was willing to deal, and I spent 300 under invoice, including the really impressive sunroof, upgraded wheels and winter protection package. The car wound up costing about 5% more than a comparably equipped Forester. Concerning reliability, no car company can claim to be flawless, and in the course of my research I learned of areas of problematic reliability for Subaru's as well as Volkswagens. I don't think you could go wrong with either of these cars, good luck in your search.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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We cross-shopped the Subaru line while looking for our new vehicle. I do like the way they handle, but the naturally aspirated engines are rather underwhelming, both in refinement and power, especially with the CVT. We wound up buying a 2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI, with the six speed manual. Much more refined, powerful and better finished to boot. I expect to get twice the fuel mileage as well, along with a $1300 federal tax credit. As far as price, the VW dealer was willing to deal, and I spent 300 under invoice, including the really impressive sunroof, upgraded wheels and winter protection package. The car wound up costing about 5% more than a comparably equipped Forester. Concerning reliability, no car company can claim to be flawless, and in the course of my research I learned of areas of problematic reliability for Subaru's as well as Volkswagens. I don't think you could go wrong with either of these cars, good luck in your search.
I hope you really liked their service department.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Pompey, NY
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Traded an '07 Honda Element for the TDI, the Honda had 2 recalls, one major for insufficient brakes. Plus, a leaking heater core, all this in a wonderful Honda which was well maintained and 3 years old with 35k on the clock. I'll take my chances with the VW, thank you.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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We wound up buying a 2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI, with the six speed manual. Much more refined, powerful and better finished to boot. I expect to get twice the fuel mileage as well, along with a $1300 federal tax credit. As far as price, the VW dealer was willing to deal, and I spent 300 under invoice, including the really impressive sunroof, upgraded wheels and winter protection package.
Wow, I am GREEN with envy! I have not seriously looked yet, because I do not NEED a new car, but if I could find that deal on THAT car I would be getting one too!

The VW naysayers just don't get it.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Wow, I am GREEN with envy! I have not seriously looked yet, because I do not NEED a new car, but if I could find that deal on THAT car I would be getting one too!

The VW naysayers just don't get it.
I have a 2011 TDI Sportwagen with 6 speed manual, panoramic sunroof and upgraded alloys. I LOVE THIS CAR. Prior to this car, I had a 2001 GTI 1.8 and loved it as well. I was sad to see it go but I sold it to someone who really loves it.
On highway road trips at 75-80 MPH, I am averaging about 43 MPG. If I'm more patient and drive 55-60, I am getting over 50 MPG. One thing that's really great about the TDI's is that you don't feel as if you are missing the "driving" experience. It's still a fun German car and I still get to shift gears unlike other high mileage cars like the Prius V.
On a side note, I used to have a Subaru. It was a nice but dull car IMO but it never gave me problems. It was forever uninspiring. I am sure that they are more fun than they used to be.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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The Subaru was no fun? I taught my son how to drive on state forest roads in the Outback Wagon. I figured that he wouldn't kill anyone out there. He reciprocated by teaching me how to do donuts in a freshly fallen field of snow a couple of years later. Subaru's are quite fun once you leave the paved road.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:15 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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The Subaru was no fun? I taught my son how to drive on state forest roads in the Outback Wagon. I figured that he wouldn't kill anyone out there. He reciprocated by teaching me how to do donuts in a freshly fallen field of snow a couple of years later. Subaru's are quite fun once you leave the paved road.
Well, there's my problem.....the only thing not paved is the Everglades and there's no snow.
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