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2006 Subaru Forester XS Review

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The 2006 MY07 Subaru Forester is the second Forester in our family, with the previous one being a 1998 model. I love the smoothness of the 2.5L naturally aspirated Boxer 4-cylinder, which produces 121kW (162 hp) with the 5-speed manual transmission. The XS includes a 6-disc CD changer with factory subwoofer on the left hand side in the boot. The MY07 XS also includes factory tinted windows, a rear roof-mounted spoiler, exclusive colours (which included our colour, Obsidian Black Pearl), 16-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, side skirts, climate air conditioning and auto-leveling suspension.

We have been using Subaru's since 2008, and our last Forester only had 3 or so issues in the last 7 years that we owned it, while the 2006 has had no issues for the last year, which is brilliant. Our Forester currently has done only over 130,000 km which was fairly rare to find. We were looking at a 2006 XT Forester that had done 115,000 km but we didn't like the silver at all, despite everything else being perfect.

I like basically everything in the Forester, besides the fuel economy, which according to Redbook is 9.3L/100km (on average). I don't believe that is completely true, even though it does depend on how you drive the car. There is also the Electronic Throttle Control which, when you release the throttle, accelerates the car for another second before slowing down, which could be scary but it's something to get used to.

Overall, turbo or non-turbo, this car is a fantastic car and I do recommend Subaru's to anybody who is after a reliable and smart-looking car that has off-road capabilities. Originally we were looking for a turbo but it was so hard to find the perfect one, so we stepped down to the XS, and that's where we are today.