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Fair price for new 2003 base model Forester?
Posted 02 August 2003 - 07:53 PM
Posted 02 August 2003 - 08:20 PM
Posted 02 August 2003 - 08:25 PM
Posted 03 August 2003 - 07:27 AM
The cargo area in the Forester is much better than the Jeep. Did you know that rear seats in a Jeep is Optional? The radio, air conditioning, and a few aneminites are all optional. The Forester has those standard. In a Jeep of the same price as 2004 Forester, they are optional. I'm using the Jeep Wrangler Sport as a comparison, since their prices are similar, here's what is standard in a Forester that's optional in a Wrangler Sport: ABS, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Radio with CD Player (Jeep doesn't even offer a weatherband radio, Forester does!), and 16 inch wheels.
Now, here's a list of things that the 2004 Forester has standard that even the Jeep can't offer: Side Airbags, Full-Time AWD system, hill-holder feature on manual's, Power windows, door lock, and exterior mirrors, keyless entry, rear wiper with de-icer, rear defogger, and Driver's seat height and lumbar adjustment.
Basically, you're getting a lot of standard stuff with a Forester than with a Jeep. The reason why the automatics are $800 more (MSRP, One dealer has it for $720) is that you get a different kind of AWD system, that is electronically controlled. It's one of the most advanced AWD systems in the market, and typically high-end luxury cars usually have those systems. The Jeep is only part time, and has a speed ceiling to it. With the Forester, you can safely go 65, 75, 100 mph in "4WD".
One last thing to look at is MPG. I'm sure that the Forester gets better MPG than the Jeep Wrangler!
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