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2008 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

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  • $26,995 original MSRP
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2008 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Subaru Forester Sport Utility Crossover

The 2008 Subaru Forester combines the versatility of a wagon seamlessly with the maneuverability and sportiness of a car, and the result is as popular as ever. The Forester is distinguished by its outstanding full-time all-wheel drive and its great reliability. The interior allows for plenty of people and cargo, and with an available 224-horsepower turbocharged engine, there's enough get up and go to embarrass many two-seat sports cars.

What's new for 2008?

Changes for the 2008 Subaru Forester include slight changes to the front end treatment and roof rack on Sports 2.5 X and Sports 2.5 XT models. Topaz Gold Metallic, Steel Silver Metallic, and Dark Gray Metallic replace Champagne Gold Opal, Crystal Gray Metallic, and Urban Gray Metallic. Special two-tone paints are also available on L.L. Bean Editions. The L.L. Bean Edition discontinues its load-leveling suspension.

Model Strengths

  • Subaru's tried and true all-wheel-drive system
  • versatility of a wagon
  • excellent safety features
  • available turbo power.

Model Review

The 2008 Forester rides on Subaru's excellent all-wheel drive technology and provides all the room and pace for a variety of needs. Its blend of practicality and creature comforts, along with its excellent reliability and safety, means there is a Forester for everyone.

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2008 Subaru Forester: What's New

Source: The Car Connection

The Forester crossover received new front- and rear-end treatments as well as powertrain and other upgrades in 2006. For 2008, the changes are minimal to Subaru's plain-Jane crossover.

As in '06 and '07, the base 2.5 X model's 2.5-liter, "boxer" four-cylinder engine boasts the automaker's I-Active Valve Lift System, which results in a power boost up to 173 horses, along with added overall refinement. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine in the 2.5 XT Limited offers 224 horsepower, with 226 lb-ft of torque. Both powerplants feature Electronic Throttle Control to help optimize engine response, fuel efficiency, and emissions control.

Both four- and five-speed automatic gearboxes are offered, but have been improved to provide better overall performance. The four-speed version includes an adaptive control shift system that automatically selects between normal and "sport" shifting modes in response to the driver's throttle input. Subaru's Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel drive system is standard across the line, as are stability and traction control.

A revised suspension offers better handling and a smoother ride, and the vehicle's ground clearance has been raised slightly relative to the pre-2006 version. Anti-lock brakes and front-side airbags are standard.

An upscale L.L. Bean Edition offers a two-tone exterior, self-leveling rear suspension, leather seats, and a MOMO wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sports 2.5X models get new six-spoke wheels and leather parking brake and shifter wraps, while the 2.5 XT gets a roof spoiler and 17-inch wheels. An upgraded audio system is standard on all but the base Foresters.

 

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 MilesDrivetrain: 5 Years/60,000 MilesCorrosion: 5 Years/Unlimited MilesRoadside Assistance: 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

84 months or 100,000 mile powertrain (whichever comes first) from original warranty start. Many upgrade options available.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Current model year or preceding 5 yrs/80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 152
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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