Originally Posted by Janster
Shopping for a mini-SUV AWD for my 75 year old mother-in-law.
Been researching different utes and the Forester is the best bang for the buck at this point. Looking for years between 2005-2008. The newest with the least amount of miles for under $15,000 the better.
I've read about the head gasket issue....
So, if you've owned one, currently own one, or know a family member who's owned one....
Any feedback about anything .....
I used to own a 2007 XT and loved it. Great all around car and incredibly reliable.
The head gasket issue is normally associated with the DOHC engine found in the SF model. The years your shopping has the SOHC (the non turbo at least) and doesn't have the same head gasket problem reputation as the older ones did.
Foresters are very reliable, especially when maintenance is done on time. Because these use interference engines, it's important that the timing belt is changed on time, so check for service records if your shopping for a model over 100,000 miles, factor this into the car costs if it's nearing that mileage.