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Brad Eden

Subaru Crosstrek or Forester...

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Brad Eden

I think Id prefer the Forester, but I know JoAnn likes the Crosstrek. Plus, again the Forester looks to be a good 3 to 4k more across the board. Budget is a big consideration. I don't plan on using it to truck dogs around or anything. Good idea for us to go look and drive both.

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Wildcat

Hey Brad, we traded an outback for a crosstrek because my wife wanted smaller. The Crosstrek is a dog, has no HP, and very little cargo space but it gets good mileage and it is smaller which is all my wife really wanted LOL

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jeff88

Not a Subaru, which I really like, but have you thought about the Mazda CX5?  They get great reviews.  Just drove one for almost a week in WI and around CHI and it seemed like a cut above the other rides in its class.  Ride and handling were much better than expected and no CVT.  Observed 28 mpg for city/highway mix of driving.  Just recommended one as a test drive to a friend in Denver who is driving an Outback.  One thing:  Subaru owners are the most loyal of car owners out there.  Another - Subaru cars have an average stay on the car lot many days less than the next best manufacturer, they can't keep them in stock.  

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Dogwood
1 hour ago, Wildcat said:

 The Crosstrek is a dog, has no HP . . .

 

Old people don't care about going fast!  40 mph feels like 70 when your a geezer.

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tut

I drove an Outback last summer for about 2,000 miles while I was out west running around on vacation.  I was very impressed.  Not sure how is is price wise compared to the other two.  PS.  My neighbor's wife has been hit twice in a Forester.  Both cars totaled and neither accident her fault.  Subaru's are amazing when it comes to crash testing. 

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Mike Connally

I have a Forester. It's significantly roomier than the Crosstrek. The Crosstrek is the exact same body as an Impreza hatchback. My wife drives one of those. I wouldn't even try to put a large dog crate and hunting gear in one. 

 

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NECarson

My parents had a first year Crosstrek, liked it, had no issues with it. 

 

They traded it for a 16 Forrester after a year or so. They just liked it better. 

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Dave Medema

I bought an outback for son #1 and a Forester XT for son #2.  The XT is a quick ride.  Both boys drove the outback, crosstrek, and forester but made different choices for valid reasons.  

 

One thing we all noted was that the forester rode more like a truck compared to the other two.  

 

We also had a WRX.  That was a fun car.  

 

The outback burns a little oil but other than adding a 1/2 quart every once in a while, all were problem free.  

 

Son #3 turns 16 next april and wants an older, smaller body style outback.  We'll head out to Colorado for a ski trip and buy one there where 1000s of them will be available.  We will try to find an outback XT for a little more pep.  

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River19

XTs still require premium fuel?

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Dave Medema
On 10/24/2017 at 7:54 PM, River19 said:

XTs still require premium fuel?

 

 

Yup.  

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25/06
On 10/20/2017 at 5:24 AM, Brad Eden said:

So, Crosstrek or Forester?
 

 

 

 

 

:ph34r:

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Flush

Those Explorer sports are nice, but their base price is literally more than twice that of a Crosstrek....

 

I test drove a Crosstrek and Forester a few years ago, and definitely preferred the Forester. The price difference at that time was very small.

 

 

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Brad Eden
1 hour ago, Flush said:

Those Explorer sports are nice, but their base price is literally more than twice that of a Crosstrek...

 

Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner.

 

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nobirdshere

Regarding the head gasket, it isn't fixed. I just did one on my 2011 Outback with 84K on it at the time. When I asked the guy about rumors Subaru resolved this, his response was "yeah, we're starting to see them now". Other than that, it has been a great car and I haven't been exactly kind to it.

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River19
19 minutes ago, nobirdshere said:

Regarding the head gasket, it isn't fixed. I just did one on my 2011 Outback with 84K on it at the time. When I asked the guy about rumors Subaru resolved this, his response was "yeah, we're starting to see them now". Other than that, it has been a great car and I haven't been exactly kind to it.

 

I kinda heard the same thing.  I wasn't trying to be argumentative here with the Subaru crowd, heck I had two Outbacks and drove them a combined 300K miles.....and I replaced 2 head gaskets, but they were the 2000-2004 models.

 

When I looked at replacing them with another OB in 2013 I spoke with the service manager at the dealer seeing as how I literally paid my dues by then and he told me to expect the same risk at 80-120K miles with any of the 2.5 normally aspirated engines even in the newer models. 

 

That was one of the reasons I moved on from Subaru.... again, not trying to be argumentative or crap on Suby,I would take a well priced nigher mileage OB for the right price if I needed something, but I would look at other options as well.

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